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Print Inspiration: Business Cards

Print Inspiration: Business Cards

Do we still use the  business card? I love the business card, might be a bit 90s old school of me but I found this concept still working nowadays. With all the social/portfolio platforms where we can share our work like your own site, unlike the business card. It's still very fond to show an impression of yourself on a piece of cardboard. Coming to this, I don't think there's a trend in designing a business card. I think the best concepts are the ones that relevantly showcased either you, your brand or the company you represent. Designed by Steve Wolf Designed by Eric Nyffeler Designed by Steve Wolf Designed by Milosz Klimek Designed by Daniel Haire Designed by Salih Kucukaga Designed by Aaron Eiland (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Designed by Keith Davis Young Designed by Studio JQ Designed by Milosz Klimek Designed by Tony Babel Designed by Keith Davis Young Designed by Chad Michael Studio Designed by Rahul Pande

A New Type of Imprint

A New Type of Imprint

Nothing like ending the week with some beautiful editorial design inspiration. For this post I want to share the work created by Anti, one of Norway's most award winning agencies, for A New Type of Imprint Volume 6. I love how simplicity and beautiful photos are the only thing you need to achieve an elegant result. A New Type of Imprint Volume 6 'Conversations on Creativity and Culinary Aesthetics'. Design Chapter TO by Umer Ahmed Art Direction cover Maja Hyggen About Anti Anti is a multi-disciplinary agency offering creative solutions to clients from every part of the world. We believe in simplicity, storytelling and creating an audience. In todays society people are bombarded with around 5,000 communication messages on a daily basis. To make a lasting impression, we need to stop telling others what we are good at, and instead tell them what we believe in, creating an authentic sharing of experiences and passion between client and brand. With a growing competition for attention, brands who establish a strong and engaging concept, accompanied by strong visual expression, become the most memorable brands of tomorrow. For more information check out http://anti.as/news

épuré – Fashion (Editorial Design)

épuré – Fashion (Editorial Design)

Translating design across multiple mediums is always a big challenge for even experienced designers. A solid branding system gives the flexibility and scalability to allow designers to carry over some design elements, the épuré – Fashion is a good example of that. The editorial design is strong and perfectly translated to the web. The project was created by Robert Gutmann, a graphic designer based in the south of Germany. Currently studying media design at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences where he's just about to finish his bachelor thesis. Besides his studies he also works as a freelance graphic designer, Illustrator and Photographer on projects for various clients. You can check out his full portfolio at http://www.robert-gutmann.com/

Makershift #14: Harvest Issue

Makershift #14: Harvest Issue

It has been a long time since my last editorial design post. For this post I want to share a beautiful IdN Magazine project we stumbled upon from their Behance profile. It's the Makershift #14: Harvest Issue. There's not much to say besides go check out the images and get inspired by beautiful imagery, an elegant grid layout and typography. This issue features insect cuisine, black market syrup, time-traveling fridges, and mine-sniffing rats — the creative crops of a global harvest. For more information check out http://idnworld.com/ ABOUT IDN IdN (International designers' Network) is an international publication for creative people on a mission to amplify and unify the design community. It is devoted to bringing designers from around the globe together to communicate with, learn from and inspire one another. It has truly become what the initials of its title proclaim it to be — an international designers' network.

Metal Magazine Editorial Design

Metal Magazine Editorial Design

The amazing people from Folch Studio put together an incredible editorial design project for Metal Magazine, a fashion publication for a younger demographic. As I've said many times before, editorial design is such an inspiration for me. I love the way designers play with the grid, imagery and typography. For this project you can see some details that give a super fresh look, like the images breaking the grid and almost superimposing the text. Moving away from the young fashion publication for young people, Metal’s visual language turned more mature and sophisticated, claiming a more conceptual idea of fashion. The new format, art direction and typographic treatment symbolised this transition. While creating a strong attitude and strengthening the magazines structure, design almost disappears, creating with its absence a recognisable look and feel. "Metal came out from this new zeitgeist and contributed to the necessary creation of a new format, where content and concepts were finally dealt with in an unprecedented way in fashion fields. Some of the photographers who turned their noses up at this choice, were later aspiring to see their work published in such a fresh and experimental framework. Images were strongly enhanced by an innovative and playful choice of papers, something not really common in editorial design at that time: the harmonic play between the organicity of the offset paper and the cold white of the coated ones was spread across the bound and stapled publication. For more information check out the full case study at http://www.folchstudio.com/work/metal-magazine/

I Love Bodoni

I Love Bodoni

Good design is timeless, Massimo Vignelli said that once and Dieter Rams reassured use with Good design is long-lasting. If you look back to 5 years ago you can see some of the trends but you can also see this saying working. That's why I like to go back to old projects in sites like Behance, Dribbble, Pinterest, books and of course my own site Abduzeedo to see how much things have changed, but also how much good design is still good design. The project I am sharing today is a great example: the I Love Bodoni book by TwoPoints.Net Every typeface has its own charisma. Not only does its presence in design lend an attribute to the identity of a product or project, but also reflect the taste, personality and attitude of the designer behind. Most designers keep a list of favorites with no more than ten typefaces throughout their trajectory. Some make a statement by sticking to just one typeface in every piece of their work. The choice for typeface is the flag held high by designers. Bodoni has been used in everything from 18th century Italian books to 1960s periodicals, and early versions of the typeface are still used for fine book printing. Popular for poster use, it has graced diverse ad campaigns from Mamma Mia! to Nirvana. This graceful illustrated volume comprehensively explores the broad scope of experimental and creative design ideas that have been realized using Bodoni. I Love Type is a collaboration between Viction:ary and TwoPoints.Net. The type collection series, with focus on one specific typeface at a time, documents the fashionable comeback of a selection of time honored typefaces in a myriad of contemporary designs gathered from around the world. The jacket is printed in CMYK, plus a Pantone neon color and a holographic metal hot foil stamp. As well as the spine, the edge is colored with the neon color. Each book of the series is going to have another color, so when all the books are displayed together they will form a neon rainbow. The preface for I Love Bodoni was written by Wolfgang Hartmann of BauerTypes. Publisher: Viction:ary Distribution: Gingko Press Year: 2011 Buy this book on Amazon

driexdrie - branding

driexdrie - branding

For today's post I want to share a nice visual identity project title driexdrie. There's a lot to love about it, the simplicity, style and of course the beautiful printed collaterals. The project reminds me a bit of the Material Design branding project that Google created 2 years ago. This project was was created by George&Harrison Design Studio based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. They are a young graphic design studio, specialized in identity and communication for print and web. For more information check out http://www.georgeandharrison.nl/

A Blue Moon Book

A Blue Moon Book

The talented people over at Wedge & Lever never cease to impress and inspire me. Every project that they share on their Behance profile has something worth sharing. The View From A Blue Moon Book is a great example of meticulous attention to detail and, visually, a level of craftsmanship that make me envy them, in a good way of course. Without further ado, check out this stunning project. What is cool about this project is the beautiful outcome, with a wide variety of layouts and compositions. They were also very generous to share a bit more of the behind the scenes with the grid, and also how they came up with several of the images, like the one with water ripples over text. Before production of View From A Blue Moon began, we knew that a print piece would be just as critical to the project’s success as the film. A plan was developed to have photographers on hand to meticulously document every moment of the production process. Between these photographers, John Florence’s personal images, and terabytes of 4K footage to pull framegrabs from, there’d be more than enough visual content to create the in-depth documentation of the three-year project. When production wrapped for View From A Blue Moon, nearly 50,000 images were cataloged. After three rounds of photo editing, we got the image selects down to a much more manageable amount: 2,000. These selects ranged from decades-old family photos to RED framegrabs shot from helicopters flying over desolate stretches of African coastline. We then collaborated with CR Stecyk III and the Hurley team to craft the written content, which ranges from unguarded interviews with the cast and crew to long-form essays. Wedge & Lever is an independent design studio based in San Diego, California. For more information check out http://www.wedgeandlever.com/

Buff - Exhibition Catalogue

Buff - Exhibition Catalogue

Editorial design has become almost an addiction to me. I used to spend most of my time checking illustrations and photo-manipulation but in the past few years I noticed that compositions, grid and typography were gaining traction. Every time I see someone posting about this subject on Behance or Dribbble I dig deep trying to learn a bit more about the project and how the designer came up with that solution. For this post today I will share the work of Max Winter. Max Winter's project is titled Buff - Exhibition Catalogue, 2015 and it was created for his bachelor degree final project. It's a catalogue for a fictional exhibition, which would focus on the aesthetics of graffiti removals. Visualizing three facts of those removals was his main task. The layer, that ordinarily hides graffiti, is symbolized by the paper itself. Because of the japanese binding the paper is covering some content which is only printed on the inside. A graffiti removal piece is also influenced by accident which i visualized by using a script that was placing the content randomly. For the cover i used the look of a washed out tag. The result is a catalogue that is also functioning as a navigation tool while visiting the exhibition and offers gimmicks like posters to take the exhibition home. For more information about Max, check out his work at http://www.wntr.de/ Max Winter does not earn the rights of the used images and they were just used for the presentation at the university of applied sciences Potsdam.

Beauty of Black & White Prints

Beauty of Black & White Prints

There's something with black and white designs that really catches my attention especially when designers are able to go beyond the lack of colors and create beautiful artworks full of dimension. The project that Steve Stewart shared on Behance is an excellent example and definitely worth checking out.

Printing Friends Magazine No 8 – Food

Printing Friends Magazine No 8 – Food

Printing Friends is a magazine about design and creativity which is published by the print house Danagård LiTHO in Sweden. Since 2010 the magazine has been designed on different industry related themes, but in 2014 it was time for something bigger. The new Printing Friends opens up for new themes that appeals to a wider audience, still focusing on inspiring within the creative industry. The magazine is all about vision, thoughts and creativity in an easy and down to earth tone of voice. It contains everything from illustrations, photography, typography to personal stories. Printing Friends is an influential and print exclusive magazine where talents and creators meet and are showcased, in order to inspire the creative industry. Issue no.8 – Food Printing Friends took a culinary trip around the world and ate mashed potato typography, a coconut flavoured 'space burger' and a knitted hot dog among many other delicacies. This is issue no.8 - Food. Bon appétit! DanagårdLitho: http://www.danagardlitho.se/en/ Via Behance

Creative Cards

Creative Cards

Creative Cards is a super cool project 54 of the top digital artists were invited to design 54 unique playing cards. The result, as you can see in this post, is pure inspiration. I will share some of their own words, from the two of clubs to the ace of spades, each card in this deck has been individually designed by one of the 54 selected international artists in their distinct style and technique. The idea is to create a deck of 54 unique playing cards. Artists and illustrators pick a card each and design it in their own style. When all designs are submitted, the deck is printed in a strictly limited number of copies, which are distributed between the members of the project. We invited 54 creatives to choose one playing card each, then make an image in their own unique style to go onto that card. The results are spectacular. For more information check out http://creativecards.cc/

Cool Art Prints by Glenn Jones

Cool Art Prints by Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones is one of my favorite illustrators and he started an art print collection inspired by his life growing up and living in New Zealand and iconic pop culture. Check them out! All these prints are available at glennjonesart.com. Harbour Master Beach Store At The Bach Again Stoked Pet Fish Playing Statues Elbow Grease Take A Seat Handy Summer Love Sauce With That You Choose Cool Kids Perfect Day I Know What You Did Last Summer

Google Material Design Printed Kit by Manual

Google Material Design Printed Kit by Manual

Today Google announced the name of the new version of Android, the "L" that stands for "lollipop." Among the many new features, one of the most important things with this new release is the new visual language called Material Design, a take on the classic principles of good design combined with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. Manual, a design studio based in San Francisco, created some beautiful promotional work for Material Design that shared during the past Google IO. As a memory refresh, we're happy to share Manual's incredible work here. Material Design is a visual language recently rolled out across all of Google platforms and devices to provide a unified experience. Google has based this new approach on ‘the classic principles of good design combined with the innovation and possibility of technology and science.’ In conceiving Material Design, Google took inspiration from the material world–paper, layering, space, and light—to create an interface that feels tangible and grounded in reality. To celebrate the launch at the 2014 I/O Conference, Google’s UXA team challenged us to interpret and encapsulate the Material Design philosophy in a limited edition printed takeaway that was both inspiring and functional. Celebrating the team’s original inspiration, we created a rich, tactile, and layered printed piece. Our concept was to reinterpret the graphic language of Material Design and present it in a reductive and physical way. The kit communicates a set of intentions and design principles through abstract visual postcards. Special attention to print and production details bring the principles to life. Also contained in the kit is a functional sketchbook that provides different UI templates for interface designers to sketch ideas during the conference workshops. For more information about Manual check out their work at http://manualcreative.com/. If you want to learn more about Material Design visit http://www.google.com/design/

Imprimerie du Marais Notebook 2

Imprimerie du Marais Notebook 2

Anagrama is a design studio specializing in branding and graphic design. They created a really cool design for notebooks inspired by technology with a beautiful abstract artwork. It reminds me of some Bauhaus artworks. The reference is from motherboards and print marks and the level of detail and craftsmanship is really inspiring Anagrama was invited to collaborate by Parisian printer Imprimerie du Marais, along with seven acclaimed agencies around the world, on a project to design a second round of notebooks using their vast collection of excellent print effects and techniques, such as hot foil stamping, microembossing, silk screening and sown binding. With the support of Arjowiggins Creative Papers, Imprimerie du Marais launches this project resulting in another final package of eight unique notebooks. For more information about Anagrama visit http://www.anagrama.com/

Life & Thyme Magazine

Life & Thyme Magazine

For the past two years, Life & Thyme has been publishing stories on a weekly basis, covering food culture and the people behind it exclusively on their website. They have interviewed chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, farmers, coffee roasters, cocktail designers, handcrafted apron makers, ice cream makers, all sorts of purveyors, and anyone contributing a masterful skill to the food, beverage, and hospitality industry from around the globe. Their content is typically long­form with an editorial sensibility in order to create a more meaningful connection to the reader. Now our friends from Life & Thyme are going print, publishing the first edition of Life & Thyme Magazine. To make that happened they started a Kickstart campaign. We should definitely support this and other similar efforts from our community. Storytelling is our focus, while also executing original photography and filmmaking to establish a platform with a variety of content related to food, its lifestyle, its history, and more importantly: the people. Through a global network of hand­selected contributors, our stories and content go beyond our home state of California and into other culinary destinations such as New York, Nashville, Austin, Portland, Chicago, Mexico, Colombia, Rwanda, Scotland, Taiwan, Turkey, Japan, India, and many others. Where there is good food, there is culture and stories to be told. For more information check out Life & Thyme website. Back this project

Mimetico 3

Mimetico 3

Playing with geometric patterns are always fun and can produce incredible results. Mimetico 3 is a great example as we can see in the images below. Daniele De Nigris explores simple shapes to create patterns and then manipulate it in 3D. The simplicity and elegance of the end result is very inspiring. This little project contains my last work "Mimetico 3" with some steps of the construction. This is an other example of "Analogical Digital Design". I Hope you like it and thank you for watching! For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/denigrisartwork