STARDECK is a custom deck of poker-sized playing cards, the design and illustrations were done by Lunar Saloon, and printed by The United States Playing Card Company. The project was launched on Kickstarter and is waiting for our support. The people behind Lunar Saloon are my good friend Alex Griendling and his wife Meg Griendling. As we could expect the illustrations are beyond stylish and in addition to that there is a beautiful Kickstarter-exclusive wooden etching where they worked with Neutral Ground to produce. We struck out to create STARDECK after unsuccessful attempts at finding a well-designed set of sci-fi themed playing cards. Most are based off of existing properties like Star Wars or Star Trek, and their face cards are decorated with uninspiring photography. In response, we created our own world and filled it with richly illustrated characters in the style of classic card art - Lunar Saloon. STARDECK tells of four archetypal sci-fi factions as they vie for control over Proxima B, Earth's terrestrial neighbor in the Proxima Centauri system. Proxima B's native population, the aliens whose subterranean existence has earned them the moniker "Spades", defend their world from outside invaders. Their overwhelming numbers are enabling them to fend off Earth's militarized colonization effort. The Hearts, an advanced robot population, aid Earth's various civilian and military factions via combat, manufacturing, and espionage; all while advocating for equal treatment and representation on Earth. The Club, Earth's most decorated combat unit, was the first to touch down on Proxima B. Quickly overrun by the Spade horde, its surviving members defend their landing site from the planet's hostile natives. The Diamond Corporation, currently profiting from a lucrative arms market, are diversifying into natural resource commodities, arriving on Proxima B with the goal of claiming rights to the planet's unassigned lands. Card designs and illustrations About Lunar Saloon Lunar Saloon is the Minneapolis-based creative studio of Alex and Meg Griendling. With nine years of industry experience, we've worked with clients like Google, Tumblr, IGN, Game Informer, and Double Fine. We hope that STARDECK will be the first of many fun products in our studio's lineup.
Chris Reath shared some incredible illustration work on his Dribbble profile most of them featuring strong contrast with some vibrant accent colors. In addition to that he beautifully worked with isometric perspectives. The result is some stunning compositions like the "paint the black hole blacker" and "An Ode to Radio Raheem". The latter was a homage to Bill Nunn. Chris is a graphic designer located in Orlando, Florida. With experience in a range of projects from illustrations, graphic design to UI and UX. You can catch him making stuff on his Behance, Dribbble, and Instagram. Illustration
&Pizza is a packaging design and illustration project created by Futura for a Washington DC based chain restaurant famous for their crafted pizza, and for their retribution to society. The challenge presented to Futura was to come up with a series of designs celebrating individuality and freedom. The result is a beautiful set of simple black and white illustrations for the pizza boxes as well as labels for bottles. Take a look after the break and let us know what you think. Project description They were given the task of designing a series of boxes with certain inspiration which reflected &Pizza’s vision. What they are all about is celebrating individuality, that is one of the main reasons we got absolute freedom, and how they came up with the packaging design for this project. - Behance Each pizza box has its own graphic inspiration behind, going from Americana theme, to Street Art. We even got to design our own Futura themed box. &Pizza also crafts their own sodas, and teas offering completely new products to their costumers. Futura designed the branding for their beverages (5 flavored sodas, crafted teas and wine). Each one with just one specific petition: make them feel like a unity, but each line with a completely different feeling. - Futura Packaging Design About Futura Futura is an Independent Design Studio, boutique-like workshop that seeks to redefine the Mexican design values, maintaining functionality, wit and charisma. They specialize in resource optimization paying attention to every detail. For more information check out http://byfutura.com/ Photos by: Non Form
On Abduzeedo, we get requests from designers and artists coming from all over the Globe. We truly appreciate it and along the way we would discover many talented people throughout our journey to inspire you more. We would love to feature the work from Khanhalso running under the name of Tuyệt Duyệt. Khanh is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and focus his work on Illustration, Drawing and Character Design. You should definitely check out his Behance where you’ll see more of his handcrafted work, definitely worth a visit. More information via Behance.
It has been pretty recent that I’ve been leaning towards the Nike brand. I just like how they market themselves to the masses by keeping a standard to their quality and style at the same time. I also like the fact that they take the time to work on collaborations with many worldwide artists on different projects to create products that are layered with many different styles. You have a little something for everyone. Well speaking of that, we are taking a close look at the work of Hussain Almossawi and the work he has done for Nike Basketball on different signature shoes and apparel for their stars like Lebron James, Kevin Durant and others. I was contracted by NIKE Basketball to create a floral seamless pattern made out of tropical plants which would be used on different signature shoes and apparel for their star athletes, such as Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant. The pattern was created using 3D Max, and then retouched and enhanced in Photoshop where it was prepared to work as a seamless pattern. More information: http://www.moxxawi.com.
We are taking a close look at the work from Al Power and his illustrative series about various landmarks in Europe. Going through these, you can quickly recognize the Eiffel Tower, London Clock Tower and so on. Being in the design industry for the last 13 years, Al Power is a designer based in Dublin. He specializes his work mainly in visual and brand identity, he can see his recent work on Ryanair. Hope you will enjoy this series! A collection of various landmarks from across Europe. The illustrations are currently being used on the Ryanair website. A decision was made to use illustration on the site rather then standard photography so I set out making the illustrations based on landmarks from the busiest cities in Europe. More information: http://www.alpowerillustrates.com.
We’ve featured many series that focus their theme on the Alphabet, It’s a great practice because every single letter has their own properties and characteristics. We are taking a closer look at the work from Bogdan Dreava and his minimal approach at this take on the Alphabet Series. Bogdan is mainly a photographer based in Timișoara, Romania. What I do like about this series it’s the minimal use of elements and the play with the light and shadow. It definitely create a tone to the collection and the color palette just enhance well the overall experience. Hope you will enjoy these! Adventure of a simple sphere in alphabet world. More information: http://www.bogdand.com.
Our good friend Peter Tarka never ceased to impress us here on Abduzeedo, with his inspirational concepts filled with colours, digital CGI goodness and the combination of different elements that could literally go from a little plant to a full-size statue for results to be quite lovely. From this series, we are plunging into the personal work and concepts that Peter worked on during this summer (From May-September). For those who doesn’t know who is Peter? He is a designer based in Warsaw, Poland that worked with an impressive list of clients including brands like: Honda, BMW, MTV, Adobe, Google RedBull and more. Make sure to follow his Instagram @petertarka for his daily updates. Personal projects made during the Summer '16. More information via Behance.
I’ve always been impressed about the level of details when a designer/artist work on symmetrical art and especially with animal faces. It’s not a new concept but it’s really interesting to witness every single perspective based on their background, inspiration and what drives them to go forward with this series. We are taking a closer look of the work of Rich Field also known as Fieldinspired. He’s an illustrator based in London, UK; you should definitely check out his shop where you’ll find limited prints of his art to buy. In Rich’s process, you’ll find a hand-drawn start with a finishing touch digitally that can go with a minimum of 80 layers to 220+ layers on certain pieces. Totally worth checking it out! I’ve always been fascinated with the beauty of the world around me. From the perfect gradient sunsets form, to the complex symmetry on a seemingly simple leaf. The way nature creates beautiful design so effortlessly has always filled me with wonder. More information: http://www.fieldinspired.com.
To start off the week, we would like to share this beautiful collaboration that involves Illustration, Motion Graphics and Animation. Created by a team-up with Rutger Paulusse and the folks from RoomCR6, we are taking a closer look at the work of different communities coming from London, Amsterdam, New York and Rio De Janeiro. All together and one of the many reasons why the Internet is still wonderful and I must admit that is great to see different perspectives coming to this process with everyone living at contrasting timezones. This is a collaboration between Rutger Paulusse / Gwer from Amsterdam who made the illustration and RoomCR6 from London who were responsible for the animation. The concept behind this piece is to illustrate how the design & creative community are able to come together and create pieces of work no matter where in the world they are. Whether you are from London, Amsterdam, New York or even Rio De Janeiro the internet brings us all together and the tools we have today make collaboration a seamless process. Credits Rutger Paulusse RoomCR6 Hashmukh Kerai Paul Stayt More on the project via Behance.
We've previously featured the work from Serafim Mendes with Invisible Cities on Abduzeedo and now he's back with a collaboration with Danny Ivan on their submission for Andante Design Contest where they had to create a new concept for the metro cards on its branding and also providing designs for advertising and promotional content. The challenge was to be limited by using Andante's existing logo and colours. For those who don't know, Andante is the intermodal ticketing system used in public transportation in the metropolitan area of Porto, Portugal. Let's take a look at their beautifully done concept and see what was their thinking behind their idea. Submission for the Andante Ideas Contest, hosted by Transportes Intermodais do Porto (TIP). A project by Danny Ivan and Serafim Mendes. Credits Danny Ivan Serafim Mendes
I'm still impressed by how some artists take their art to a next level with simple ideas. Shamekh Bluwi is a very talented architect, visual artist and fashion illustrator that has tons of exquisite fashion illustration on his Instagram and Facebook Page. He certainly took his cut-out fashion illustrations to a next level adding urban backgrounds to it. From beautiful buildings to trees, sky, streets and much more, Shamekh brings his dresses to life using day to day backgrounds. Check it out! More about Shamekh Bluwi: Instagram Facebook Twitter
To keep the hype about the Rio Olympics Games on Abduzeedo, we decided to feature related projects that designers and artists have worked on for the occasion. You can follow them through the tag Rio2016. What's your best Olympic moment so far? It's always incredible to see the athletes coming together and pride their skills to represent their countries. Let's take a closer look at the stunning work of Decktwo and his commissioned work for a Brazilian Sports Event Company. Looking closer at his work and it just impresses a total craft of his technique and I just can't even imagine how long it will take to accomplish this piece of art. Located in Paris, France, Decktwo is a multidisciplinary artist, he does wall painting, motion graphic design, illustration, storyboard and VFX. Commission Work for a Brazilian Sport Event Company - RIO OLYMPIC GAMES 2016 More information: http://www.decktwo.com.
Showcasing your portfolio is really important in the process of job hunting, I don't believe that is all about your education but what work did you worked on or were part on. Many things that we share to our next employer totally defines your first impression as a whole. I've done several interviews for design positions in the past and one thing that we mostly tend to forget or to finish off too quickly is the Curriculum Vitae (our resume). How you define yourself on that piece of paper is also a form of presentation of you. Let's take a look a cool 3D take on a Curriculum Vitae. Designed by Benjamin Benhaim, a motion designer, CG artist and art director based in Paris, France. I like the colour palette of this artwork and also how detailed it is from different angles. Artwork made with Adobe After Effects, Maxon Cinema 4D, Octane Render More information via Behance.
We just wanna warn you that the following article might be very "sweet" and you might get temptations at getting a snack. We just wanna warn you first! :) Let's talk about the ads that we are all encountered every single day. According to CBS News, we are exposed to an average to 5000 ads per day. This is an enormous number when we all know that there are only 24 hours in a day. Among ads about cars, events, campaigns and others; we'll see a lot of advertising about food. They triggered temptations to simply fulfill your desire to eat. Let's take a closer look at the work of Andre Caputo, he is a CGI artist and graphic designer based in São Paulo, Brazil. What I love about his work is how close it looks like a photograph, even though we know in the back of our mind that it's not real. Beautifully done! Here I gather: passion for working with image creation; creativity; disposition to search for new techniques and innovation; esthetic sense and seek for the best quality; eagerness for a great relationship with clients; and discipline, that allows the projects to be delivered on time. More information: https://ac.myportfolio.com.
Among everything we feature about UI/UX, we do feel that we don't share about graphic design and typography. A little less than 5 years ago, we didn't such a craze about user experience and interface design so we had graphic design. Let us feature the work from Ian Jepson on 80s and 90s inspired artwork for Vans. That little detail that has been striking for me was the thickness of the letter "P" from Surf Pro. Loving seeing the behind-the-scenes/process which is always inspiring and good for crafting your style. Earlier this year I was contacted by Vans to create a logo, poster, and various other artwork for their Surf Pro Classic 2016. I drew inspiration from late 80s and 90s surf artwork, and had a blast working on the project. About Ian Jepson Ian is an illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa. After 5 years in the industry, Ian has been focusing his work in graphic design, typography for poster gigs and more. We'll look forward to see more of Ian's work. More information: http://ianjepson.co.za.
We would like to share the latest work from Christi du Toit with his The Lost & Found illustrative series on Abduzeedo. Rarely we'll see an artist sharing an ongoing compilation of illustrations created either as personal pieces, smaller client projects, rejected concepts, or even a discovery of style exploration. Whatever is your work background, I truly believe at taking the time to make stuff. All the time. Aside from your 9-5, keeping yourself busy at making creates a high balance in your journey as a designer/artist. "The Lost & Found" is an ongoing compilation of illustrations created either as personal pieces, smaller client projects, rejected concepts, or style exploration. The idea is that these illustrations may not be extensive enough for them to have their own individual places in my portfolio, but it would be a pity if they never had the chance to see the light. About Christi du Toit Christi is a freelance illustrator/designer currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. Located in such a beautiful place, Christi focus his work main into illustration, graphic design and typography. We look forwart to see more of him. More information: http://www.christidutoit.co.za.