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March 20, 2016
A Japanese graphic design magazine from 1901
A Japanese graphic design magazine from 1901

These pages are extracted from a graphic design magazine that was published in 1901 in Japan. The magazine was titled Shin-Bijutsukai and regularly published illustrators work. It’s interesting to notice that the inspiration you can get from this type of publication is in some way the same, there wasn’t just as much content all the time. […]

March 19, 2016
Sébastien Thibault creates colorful and witty political illustrations
Sébastien Thibault creates colorful and witty political illustrations

Based in quiet Québec, Sébastien Thibault expresses his talent on all the hot and controversial topics of the moment and get his work published in the most prestigious newspapers and magazines of the world. In The New Yorks Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, or The Neue […]

March 7, 2016
Impossible air transportation vehicles by Balthasar Anton Dunker
Impossible air transportation vehicles by Balthasar Anton Dunker

Born a Swedish citizen in Germany in 1746, Balthasar Anton Dunker lived and worked most of his life in Switzerland, where he created illustrations, engravings, pharmaceutical labels, and caricatures. The illustrator was very critical of the hopes his contemporaries were putting in balloon transportation. The two illustrations you can see on this page are imaginary […]

March 5, 2016
The art prints of Terry Fan
The art prints of Terry Fan

If you frequently check art and illustration blogs, you probably already have seen Terry Fan’s art. His most famous series are probably the Star Wars themed ones, his animals, or his night gardeners. You can follow his work on his Facebook page. The Night Gardener – Buy it on Society6. The Night Gardener – Buy […]

March 1, 2016
The drawings of Mark Powell
The drawings of Mark Powell

Despite all the details, Mark Powell’s drawings are quite minimalist. He doesn’t use any color and usually keeps the drawings centered on one subject. The artworks become special because they are drawn on old magazine and maps, and perfectly integrate to it.

February 29, 2016
Illustrated covers for the Tokyoiter, the imaginary New Yorker counterpart
Illustrated covers for the Tokyoiter, the imaginary New Yorker counterpart

Andrew Joyce and David Robert are two designers based in Tokyo. Inspired by the gorgeous covers of the New Yorker or the Parisianer, they decided to pay a tribute to these magazines iconic covers by creating an imaginary Tokyo counterpart: the Tokyoiter. The covers layouts and illustrations are of course heavily inspired by the two […]

February 23, 2016
The illustrations of Scott Martin, aka Burnt Toast Creative
The illustrations of Scott Martin, aka Burnt Toast Creative

With his bold outlines and colorful designs, Scott Martin’s style is easy to recognize, no wonder his witty illustrations are so widely appreciated. Major brands like Google, Fast Company, or Dropbox (among others) asked him to create work for them, and his work has been numerous magazines. Check out his portfolio at Burnt Toast Creative for […]

January 28, 2016
Minimalist animal drawings made with a calligraphic pen
Minimalist animal drawings made with a calligraphic pen

With a few strokes, Andrew Fox creates lovable illustrations of animals that get a calligraphic look-and-feel. The designer works with a calligraphic pen and uses the techniques of calligraphy to create these animals, a good exercise in minimalism.

January 19, 2016
Steve Cutts’ illustrations will make you think about the world we live in
Steve Cutts’ illustrations will make you think about the world we live in

Working from London, Steve Cutts creates illustrations and animations that make you think about the world we live in. Modern slavery, smartphone addiction, social media, consumerism, all these topics (and others) are illustrated uncompromisingly by the British artist. The 9 to 5 cubicle work life. Are you really in charge? Or do you have a master? […]

January 15, 2016
Portraits of famous movie directors by Stellavie
Portraits of famous movie directors by Stellavie

Stellavie is an agency formed by a duo of Hamburg-based designers, Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein. The duo teamed up with a talented illustrator, Julian Rentzsch, to create these wonderful posters dedicated to famous movie directors. The portraits, in black-and-white, are mixed up with references to the directors that give it a very dynamic touch. Some […]

January 11, 2016
Good agencies copy, great agencies steal and receive awards
Good agencies copy, great agencies steal and receive awards

“Good artists copy; great artists steal”. This quote was ascribed to Steve Jobs, Pablo Picasso, and William Faulkner, among many other talented men. I cannot confirm whether these artists really said it or not, but I can verify that Malaysia-based design agency Dentsu Utama took this quote quite literally. The agency just copied a logo published […]

December 18, 2015
An Italian Economic Revue features better cover designs than most design magazines
An Italian Economic Revue features better cover designs than most design magazines

Grid-based design with nice typographic hierarchy, check. Gorgeous Didone typeface for the title, check. Awesome, catchy, and colorful illustrations, check. I’d love to find something that’s not perfect with these covers for the Italian Economic Revue, but in my opinion they are flawless. The illustrations are the work of the talented Italien illustrator Ray Oranges. Now […]

December 6, 2015
Powerful editorial illustrations about war by Gunduz Aghayev
Powerful editorial illustrations about war by Gunduz Aghayev

Gunduz Aghayev is an artist from Azerbaijan who has a dark, very dark sense of humor and satire that he uses in his editorial style paintings. On the topics of war, ecology, and politics in general, the artist takes inspiration from iconic images, brands, and world leaders, to create powerful imagery that will make you think twice.

December 1, 2015
Studio Ghibli characters in the style of Art Nouveau
Studio Ghibli characters in the style of Art Nouveau

Earlier this week we shared posters designed for The Legend of Zelda in the style of Studio Ghibli. This time it’s the turn of Studio Ghibli’s characters to get a redesign in the style of Art Nouveau. These illustrations were created by Japanese illustrator Takumi. You can discover more of his work on his Facebook […]

November 30, 2015
Typographic prints and t-shirts by Yeah Awesome Wow Nice
Typographic prints and t-shirts by Yeah Awesome Wow Nice

The least you could say is that the designer duo behind YAWN chose a quite enthusiastic name for releasing their illustrations and prints. The acronym YAWN means Yeah Awesome Wow Nice. Hard to do more joyful. Based in Dortmund, Germany, Annika Janssen and Sandra Greiling create beautiful typographic compositions with a nice handmade look-and-feel. The […]