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April 24, 2018

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Brett Yoncak

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Breathtaking Illustrations by Jenny Yu

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If I had to pick my favorite artist at the moment, it would have to be the incredibly talented Jenny Yu. Yu is an Illustrator, designer, animator, and maker of stuff, living in Los Angeles. Her work is stunning in such a way that it practically brings tears to my …

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If I had to pick my favorite artist at the moment, it would have to be the incredibly talented Jenny Yu. Yu is an Illustrator, designer, animator, and maker of stuff, living in Los Angeles.

Her work is stunning in such a way that it practically brings tears to my eyes.

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She has a noticeable knack for capturing both light and feelings in an equally beautiful manner, whipping up worlds which seem constantly suspended between fantasy and reality. Drawing inspiration from photography, film, and traditional oil painting, Yu manages to depict the contemplative, human emotions of solitary moments in the most marvelous of ways.

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I could honestly stare at her magic for hours. If you’re looking to do the same, here are some links to her wondrous work. Definitely, follow her on Instagram. You will not be disappointed.

Instagram

Behance

Dribble

Website

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My personal disposition tends to skew melancholic and nostalgic, and art is a means of comfort for me to remind me of memories and emotions I thought I’ve lost, and to remind me of my gratitude for life when things become disheartening or difficult. I hope I can comfort others too — that’s all I can wish for.

– Jenny Yu

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Images © 2018 Jenny Yu

April 22, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Lauren Hom’s #Homwork

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Whether you are in a creative-rut or would like to flex your skills, Lauren Hom’s #Homwork is probably for you.  Over the past weeks, thousands of users on Instagram have participated in the weekly lettering challenge in the hopes to expanding their portfolio, sketchbook, and maybe a chance to be …

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Whether you are in a creative-rut or would like to flex your skills, Lauren Hom‘s #Homwork is probably for you.  Over the past weeks, thousands of users on Instagram have participated in the weekly lettering challenge in the hopes to expanding their portfolio, sketchbook, and maybe a chance to be featured by Hom herself. I myself receive her newsletters and updates on her weekly #Homwork challenge. Every challenge is unique and bound to have interesting compositions to come from it.

It’s not homework, despite its name. Each challenge is optional, free, and the interactivity of her challenges allows you to share your work with other students in #Homwork.

I fully encourage you to take a peek at this weekly challenge since it is one-of-a-kind, and a fun weekend project. Below are projects from this week’s challenge. A new project is posted every Friday!

What’s your super secret shame snack? ????? You know, the one that tastes like magic to you but makes your friends uncomfortable to hear about? ? It’s the 15th week of #HOMwork (omg I’ve actually kept it up), and this week’s prompt is to design a piece about your gross guilty pleasure snack. ~~~~~ Mine is a classic PB&J sandwich…with banana and cheese ? I grew up snacking on them, and they just kind of stuck with me into adulthood. I always get a good laugh when I ask people about their ‘shame snack’, so I couldn’t help but turn it into an assignment (drawn in my @baronfig dot grid Confidant, of course) ? ~~~~~ Psst…It’s not too late to hop on the #HOMwork weekly challenge (I’ll continue it for as long as I can!) so if you want a fun creative prompt sent to your inbox every Friday, you can sign up with the link in my profile ? It’s so freaking fun to watch 18K people work off the same brief every week ? ~~~~~ Psst psst…this challenge lines up with 4/20 pretty nicely huh? ?

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April 21, 2018

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Jesus Ortega

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The Great New York Subway Map by Emiliano Ponzi and MoMA

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Each day as I take the subway down to Soho, throughout my travels I see tourists with a map in their hand or reading a map on the subway carts. Traveling through the city by subway is something easy and clear to do, but it wasn’t always like that. Currently, …

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Each day as I take the subway down to Soho, throughout my travels I see tourists with a map in their hand or reading a map on the subway carts. Traveling through the city by subway is something easy and clear to do, but it wasn’t always like that. Currently, over 5,000 New York subway riders can get to their destination thanks to graphic design legend Massimo Vignelli.

For those who don’t know Vignelli; he’s the person who was in charge of transforming a nightmare of a navigation system that had been around for more than 60 years to something more effective. In 1972, he revolutionized the subway system in NY with a design that, to this day, resonates in both the transportation and design community. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has recently released a book narrating the story behind the 1972 NYC subway map.

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In partnership with the New York City Transit Museum, MoMA published this book titled, The Great New York Subway Map. This book depicts the iconic journey that starts with the first phone call he received from the MTA to even explaining how his design career impacted the way he designed the map. A lot of interesting things are to be learned in this book written and illustrated by Emiliano Ponzi.

You’ll discover a lot of interesting things. Learning how he connected to the MTA and when they asked him to modernized the subway signage and wayfinding system is just one of them. Like most designs, he received critiques on how abstract it looked. However, the main goal was not to make the map visually appealing, but rather to create an easy and pleasant system to use. Vignelli paved the way to having an iconic wayfinding system that is recognizable throughout the whole world.

You can buy a copy of the book on Amazon.

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Images courtesy of MoMA and Emiliano Ponzi

April 9, 2018

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Jesus Ortega

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The Typefaces of the 2018 World Cup

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We are 66 days away from the initial whistle of the World Cup inauguration. These are the months where, as a fan, you start anticipating the possible lineup of the national team you are rooting for. At this same time is when you are eager to find out what jersey …

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We are 66 days away from the initial whistle of the World Cup inauguration. These are the months where, as a fan, you start anticipating the possible lineup of the national team you are rooting for. At this same time is when you are eager to find out what jersey your team will wear in Russia 2018. With 32 national teams from all over the world, eight sporting brands (Adidas, Nike, Puma, New Balance, Umbro, Hummel, Uhlsport, Errea) will have the privilege to present their designs this 21st edition of the World Cup. This is the time where teams will show off their impeccable jersey designs and there is one particular design that stands out from the rest.

There will be no shortages of beautiful jersey designs in Russia 2018. As always, the top brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, and New Balance added a beautiful touch the teams’ uniforms. This year those top brands focused on typography.

Athletic brands, Adidas, Puma, and Nike, released special-edition typefaces that will be used on all the uniforms for the teams they sponsor. As of right now, New Balance has only released the typeface that is being used by the Costa Rica National team. We are on the lookout for what other fonts will be plastered on their other team, Panama.

Adidas

The font being used for all Adidas teams distinctively commemorates the Russian culture. Designed in-house by Adidas and inspired by traditional Soviet imagery, the new typeface features letterforms cut-out in a 90-degree angle. All the numbers have an inline that goes through the center.

Nike

Aside from Adidas being a world leader in uniform design for the World Cup, currently Nike makes a close second. Based on their typographic qualities, Brazil, France, and England stand out the most. Among those teams, the main team I want to talk about is England. While most teams have a traditional number design, England made their design a one-of-a-kind.

Nike x England

England x Nike commissioned British Designer Craig Ward to create a special typeface for the 2018 England World Cup kit. Ward created a typeface modeled in 3D. The St. George’s Cross is incorporated into all the characters, making it dynamic. The curvilinear font was designed in various weights which include an inline, outline and fill. They all have complimentary numbers. Personally, I think England has the best Jersey in this world cup and particularly because of the font design.

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To wrap it up, let me share with you the fonts being used for the Puma, Hummel and New Balance Brand. As you can see below, each brand had their own interpretation of how to associate their typeface with Russian culture. Puma used unique shapes within their design to reflect an industrialized look. Let us know if you agree that England nailed it in their uniform design, or if you have any other favorites.

I can’t wait to see the other designs from all 32 teams competing in Russia this year. You can expect us to update you on the scoop as we get closer to the event! In the meanwhile, check out all of the other designs that are being released in the wake of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Puma

New Balance

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Hummel x Denmark

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April 4, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Drawn to Purpose

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  As a young female illustrator, I can’t help but feel awed by the grit and determination of female illustrators that paved the way for women like me. Unlike the society we live in today, women struggled more than I could ever understand. It was only a half a century …

 

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As a young female illustrator, I can’t help but feel awed by the grit and determination of female illustrators that paved the way for women like me. Unlike the society we live in today, women struggled more than I could ever understand. It was only a half a century ago when society expected women to live their lives as homemakers, secretaries, mothers, or wives. But what about the women who wanted to strike the world with their brushstrokes from their inked pens? What happened to the women that wanted to be illustrators and succeded? Even to this day, one might not know the women behind their favorite graphics or compositions due to all of the resistance they received. However, this is changing as society is turning a new leaf.

You should know these female illustrators, and the exhibit Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators is a love letter to all of the women illustrators that have been neglected for years.

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Taken from the rich collection of the prestigious Library of Congress, there are over 250 curated color illustrations by female illustrators from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. On display online, on-site, and in a book by Library of Congress curator Martha H. Kennedy, the multi-faceted exhibit explores the sophisticated socio-historical context of the illustrations’ creators and their concepts. One of the many illustrators that are highlighted is Barbara Brandon-Croft, the first African-American woman to have a syndicated comic strip titled Where I’m Coming From. Other pioneering female illustrators and artists like Jillian Tamaki, Alice Barber Stephens, and Anita Kunz also have work displayed. There are so many intriguing works in this exhibit. I encourage you to explore the wide selection they have in Drawn to Purpose.

You can explore this exhibit on-site and on their website. You can also purchase the book Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators on Amazon.

Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators:

November 18, 2017 – October 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

10 First St SE, Washington, DC 20540

 

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March 31, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Inspiration: Illustrator Ilse Valfré

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If there is one illustrator that has shown that social media can transform a creative’s business, that would be Ilse Valfré, owner of lifestyle brand Valfré. In only three years, she was able to take her illustrations and turn them into a million dollar business. From consistently posting on social …

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If there is one illustrator that has shown that social media can transform a creative’s business, that would be Ilse Valfré, owner of lifestyle brand Valfré. In only three years, she was able to take her illustrations and turn them into a million dollar business. From consistently posting on social media platforms like Instagram, she was able to build a following, where songstresses like Kali Uchis and Melanie Martinez are fans of her dreamy illustrations.

Born in Sonora and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Valfré started off as a school teacher.  However in 2010, she moved in with her parents, deciding to pursue her career in illustration full-time. She sent out her sketches to magazines and publishers:

“When the editors weren’t interested, I found I could use social media. I drew every day and I posted every day, and Instagram was the platform that really blew thieangs up. I owe a lot of thanks to Instagram; I guess I just used the right hashtags, and was really consistent.”

Between Tumblr and Instagram, she posted her work every day. By 2013, she was able to move to Los Angeles, to launch her brand Valfré. It wasn’t just her consistency that captured people’s attention. Her work is whimsical and honest, getting inspiration from unexpected graphic icons like Lisa Frank, the Archie Comics, and subjects like brujería. Her illustrations aren’t shy either, where Valfré describes her work as “indie feminist.”

Not only do I admire her illustrations (and love wearing it), her work ethic and drive is so inspiring. For many of those who may have not had a traditional route into the creative industry, her experience and success is a great example of grit and vision. You can purchase pieces from her clothing line on Valfré.com.

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March 20, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People

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Do you have a superstition or ritual for good luck? Do you believe in this sort of thing? For millennia, many of the most celebrated writers, artists, and designers have had peculiar beliefs. For instance, actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn considered 55 her lucky number and always requested it for …

Do you have a superstition or ritual for good luck? Do you believe in this sort of thing? For millennia, many of the most celebrated writers, artists, and designers have had peculiar beliefs. For instance, actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn considered 55 her lucky number and always requested it for her dressing room, or Sir Winston Churchill brought his cat to cabinet meetings to ensure success and liked to pet black cats for luck. What would motivate J.K. Rowling to always type the title page of her books last?

Inspired by the many weird and interesting things famous people do to bring themselves luck, Award-winning Illustrator Ellen Weinstein created the book Recipes for Good Luck: The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People. Her whimsical illustrations creatively bring to life these quirky superstitions in bright colors and rich textures. Page after page, each evocative composition will surprise and inspire you. The illustrator challenged herself to create a kind of conceptual movie poster for each featured luminary.

Presented in a slim hardcover format with a handsome silk-screened cloth spine, this is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone who could use a little good fortune. A must-have for our personal libraries.

Recipes for Good Luck. The Superstitions, Rituals, and Practices of Extraordinary People is coming out on April 2018 from Chronicle Books but is available for pre-order on Amazon. Get yours now!

Below are some of my favorites. Enjoy!

March 11, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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The Secret Life of Nuclear Gypsies

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In 1979 on a small island in Pennsylvania, after a myriad of complications, a nuclear plant omitted dangerous radioactive gases in the air. The Three Mile Island accident became the most alarming nuclear event in American history. This same event sparked Japanese magazines Garo and COM to call politically ardent manga artist …

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In 1979 on a small island in Pennsylvania, after a myriad of complications, a nuclear plant omitted dangerous radioactive gases in the air. The Three Mile Island accident became the most alarming nuclear event in American history. This same event sparked Japanese magazines Garo and COM tcall politically ardent manga artist Susumu Katsumata to create what we know now as Why Nuclear Power is Scary. Pages inked with fantastic visual interpretations of Katsumata’s interviews and research tells the unlikely stories of janitors working in a nuclear plant and the stark truth of their occupation.

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This year independent publishing company, Breakdown Press, republished an English translation of Susumu Katsumata’s work Fukushima Devil Fish, a collection of his illustrated documentaries on “nuclear gypsies.”  Despite nuclear power being one of the more feasible alternatives to fossil fuels, the fact of the matter is that nuclear power is frightening when things don’t go as planned. Even when it functions properly, its lethal properties poisons the environment, the 2011 meltdowns following the earthquake in Japan as a prime example.

Too many things can go wrong. And Katsumata wasn’t sold on this renewable energy source either:

“My impressions upon seeing a nuclear power plant? I’m a little prejudiced since I’m against nuclear power. But while the plants look clean and nice from the outside, inside they feel like a regular factory or plant. I don’t know if cluttered is the right word, but there are exposed wires and pipes everywhere, and cables squirming across the ground. […] You don’t feel like you are in the presence of the cutting-edge of technology.”

Structured into two segments, Katsumata tackles themes based on sociological conflicts of technology and humanity coexisting. While the first segment of Fukushima Devil Fish continues to inform the public on the dangers of having such a risky energy source, the second segment uses Japanese folklore to highlight Japan’s difficult transition into industrialization during the 60s and 70s. Edited by Asakawa Mitsuhiro and translated by Ryan Holmberg, this version of Devil Fish is more eye-catching than ever. This mindful graphic novel has remained as one of Katsumata’s best work. You can purchase this new version of the Fukushima Devil Fish on Breakdown Press.

All images © 2018 Susumu Katsumata

March 8, 2018

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Jesus Ortega

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Face Map Illustrations by Arunas Kacinskas

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Traveling and learning about other cultures are meaningful experiences someone can have in this world. Each city has a distinctive personality and beauty that, to a certain point, characterizes their culture. In our minds, cities are remembered by their iconic landmarks. When we think of New York, the Statue of …

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Traveling and learning about other cultures are meaningful experiences someone can have in this world. Each city has a distinctive personality and beauty that, to a certain point, characterizes their culture. In our minds, cities are remembered by their iconic landmarks. When we think of New York, the Statue of Liberty comes to mind, as well as the Big Ben for London. But do we ever think of its citizens representing their city? I came across a series of posters by a talented designer that not only illustrated each city by their iconic landmarks, but also by the faces of people living there.

Designer and Londoner, Arunas Kacinskas, digitally illustrated portraits of people we would most likely to encounter in popular cities. His depictions are quite accurate. This personal project was not only made of portraits, but it also included landmarks from eight different cities from around the world. From style to trends, the spirit of each city are visualized within the face maps.

The flow and rhythm of the icons traveling through the illustration gave it a harmonious vibe. In this face map series, we see a color palette that made it fun to experience. Another beautiful aspect of this project is the diversity and culture that many people can identify with.

If you like traveling and meeting people, take a look at the whole series and see which poster you can relate to. I hope we get to see more and more cities illustrated by Kacinskas. Although it’s not a city, I would love to see Harlem or other neighborhoods illustrated.

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March 7, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Design Inspiration: Abby Chen

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When I first glanced at Abby Chen’s work, I was pleasantly surprised by the meticulous and conscious grasp of her creative voice. In a culture where minimalism is almost painfully the norm, reflective of the Digital Age, Chen’s clear mastery of typography and illustration is a breath of fresh air! Her …

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When I first glanced at Abby Chen’s work, I was pleasantly surprised by the meticulous and conscious grasp of her creative voice. In a culture where minimalism is almost painfully the norm, reflective of the Digital Age, Chen’s clear mastery of typography and illustration is a breath of fresh air! Her graphic design work drastically contrasts her illustrations. Despite their differences, her versatile illustrations and graphic design work make a great combination.

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Based in New York City and a graduate of Parsons School of Design, her website is even more reflective of the type of creative she may be. Currently employed at Gallagher & Associates, she creates projects in the realm of brand identity, interaction, editorial, and information design for clients.

I look forward to viewing the progress of her work and love the direction that she is going. You can follow her work on her website.

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