Archive | May, 2011

Michael Jeter

27 May

Michael Jeter is a full-bearded San Francisco, CA-based graphic designer, illustrator, animator, and art director currently working for I Shot Him. He is also the co-creator and curator of the Black Harbor, an “online art and design magazine featuring prominent young designers, illustrators, photographers, film-makers, and dreamers.” I’d say that’s an understatement. The work they feature is super top-notch and very impressive, sometimes showing process, others just straight-up bad ass illustration work.

Michael’s work definitely fits in the same “super bad ass illustration” category. Technical, detailed, sometimes dark and creepy, and others which have a vintage feel with tons of texture. His Sexy, Sex, Sex posters that were featured in O.K. Periodical’s body issue are truly hilarious and awesome.

Fantastic stuff, Michael!

(via Evan Stremke/twitter)

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Alonzo Felix

24 May

Alonzo Felix is a Baton Rouge, LA-based graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer with a glorious voice. As his song hints, he owns and runs his own design studio which I find intriguing, but intimidating since I like the constant connection with other creative people. It seems like Alonzo has tons of self-motivation. He’s been working on a sketchbook project with a “Boys and Girls” theme, which is a “loose exploration of thoughts about relationships through quick typographic drawings in pencil.” When he has filled up the sketchbook, his and other sketchbooks from artists around the world will go on an exhibition tour around major U.S. cities starting in February of 2012. Check out the tour dates and more about the project here.

Almost all of his work centers around wonderful hand-created type, many featuring beautiful flourishes and details. One of those examples is Alonzo’s contribution to the Lost Type Co-op; an old-school circus-inspired typeface he calls Tightrope. This typeface was his way to pay homage to the old type on posters and train cars that promoted the different circus troupes from years past.

Thanks for the inspiration, Alonzo!

(via Lost Type Co-op/twitter)

Joe Geis

23 May

Joe Geis is a NYC-based graphic designer, who currently works for Myspace as a design strategist. I’m guessing that has to deal with a fair amount of research, concepting, and mass quantities of caffeine. It sounds like doing that type of work would be a lot of fun, and definitely keep you on the forefront of what’s happening on the interwebs and in design. Of course, I could be horribly wrong and Joe might hate what he does.

He also is the co-Founder and creative director of Formatic Clothing. Having a clothing company of my own, I really dig the designs and concepts behind Formatic. It’s like the ‘do it now and see what happens’ approach. Big, bold, but personal.

What really stands out to me about Joe’s work is the typography. Even if he’s not using a super clean typeface, it’s simple and effective. He seems to have a knack for branding; whether it would be for a singer/band, record label, or for a clothing company.

Great stuff, Joe! Thanks for the inspiration and for following on twitter.

Dana Tanamachi

20 May

Dana Tanamachi is a graphic designer, custom chalk letterer and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. According to her website, she enjoys crafting, reading, walking, and listening to Country music from the 1990s. Based on that, I picture Dana bobbing her head, listening to Achy Breaky Heart on her yellow Sony Walkman while chalk dust flies all over the place.

She got her start in NYC working at SpotCo designing posters for Broadway shows, but now works at Louise Fili, with previously featured designer, John Passafiume.

Her preferred medium is chalk, which is so bad ass. It would be my favorite too, if my illustration and hand-made typography was as good as her’s. I understand that chalk is meant to be temporary, but I was wondering if anyone who wanted a more permanent sign has sealed over her work so it wouldn’t get smudged/ruined? I know I would if I were them.

Beautiful work, Dana!

(via John Passafiume/twitter)

Ty Mattson

18 May


Ty Mattson is an Irvine, CA-based graphic designer, illustrator, interactive designer, and principal of Mattson Creative. He’s worked with such big-name brands as ABC, Apple, Cartoon Network, Coke, and Discovery Channel. What caught my eye was the series of poster designs he did for the Showtime show Dexter, which if you haven’t seen yet, block off a week or two and get caught up. The time lapse video is a fantastic peek into the mind of Ty Mattson and into the Dexter series. Knowing the meaning behind the illustrated objects makes this series even better. Here’s more about the Dexter posters.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for letterpress and birth announcements. Ty’s design of his son’s birth announcement is spot on. Perfect!

He also runs his business out of an old lima bean processing warehouse built in 1895. It’s really cool how they kept a lot of the old feel of the building and tied it in with the fresh, new materials. Check it out.

Great stuff, Ty. Keep it up and thanks for the inspiration!

(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Amy Kirby

17 May

Amy Kirby is an NYC-based graphic designer who currently works for Roberts + Langer DDB in NYC. She previously worked at Crispin Porter + Bogusky where she did a mix of huge outdoor signage for Umbro, to t-shirt designs for the CP+B Fishing Tournament. She also runs her own wedding/stationary side business called Milk & Ice Cream. Through Milk & Ice Cream, she did her take on the Royal Wedding invitations, which were full of nice touches that would have made any “normal” bride extremely happy. But, noooooo, the actual invitations were stuffy, boring, and cream-colored. BLAH! Vibrant colors, nice patterns, and a sprinkle of royal imagery is what makes these faux invitations fantastic.

Great stuff, Amy!

Evan Stremke

13 May

Evan Stremke is a Madison, WI-based graphic designer, illustrator, and all-around creative thinker. He’s currently working for Planet Propaganda, but does a fair amount of work on the side. Evan seems to have somewhat of an obsession with history. What was the reason it happened, the impact it caused, and the aftermath of the event all seem to be part of each piece he creates. One of his on-going projects is the Invitation to an Assassination series. Not only does it glorify the person who’s life was cut short, but what role these powerful leaders had in our society.

Another project Evan is working on and just announced earlier this week is his Momentus Project. He describes it as “The visualization of the most defining moments in United States history.” This list includes wars, expeditions, the birth of flight, natural and man-made catastrophes, and presidential elections. I can’t wait to see some of these summed up in one image. It’s bound to be strong and meaningful.

Check out Evan’s thoughts on twitter, shots on dribbble, and his DesignerMX mix, too.

Thank you for the inspiration, Evan. I’m excited to see what’s to come.

(via Darren Booth/twitter)

Brandon Oxendine

11 May

Brandon Oxendine is a Charleston, SC-based graphic designer, illustrator, front-end developer, and type enthusiast. He currently works at Fuzzco in Charleston, South Carolina, creating mostly websites for their clients, but weaves his love of type and illustration into those sites. Brandon’s style is incredibly clean; whether it’s a custom type treatment, illustration, or logo. Clean cut is the way this dude rolls, except for his ever-changing facial hair. Sounds like a guy after my own heart.

Brandon also had a side-project of sorts last year. He called it “A Word A Day,”  and drew a new word almost every day. He used this project to push himself and explore his capabilities and boundaries and finished out the year with 144 solid, custom lettering explorations. I’m curious where the words came from that he used for this project? Brandon?

Great stuff, man. Thanks for the inspiration!

(via Daniel Blackman/twitter)

John Passafiume

10 May


John Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer who has created some really impressive stuff. He works for Louise Fili in NYC; a logo, packaging, restaurant, and book design specialist, where he has created a book cover for the new Steven Heller/Louis Fili colaboration, Scripts, as well as the always awesome, Blue Q. Although John’s done some outstanding work at his 9-5, the piece that really stands out to me is a hand-lettered wedding invitation for his friends, Alex & Adela.

Before John joined the corporate design world, he spent 700 hours creating a 32 x 40 inch, hand-drawn/typeset masterpiece he calls “(Process).” He said this piece was a kind of backlash against modern design culture and pop culture in general. I’d say so. Hand typesetting a piece of that size and that much small type is crazy, especially since he created this while taking time off from using his computer because of some wrist trouble (carpal tunnel?).

All of that work wasn’t all for naught. John has won such honors as “Best of Student Work” and a Gold Louie at the XXIV Louie Awards in Louisville, a “Best of Show” at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications National Student Show, where he also received a scholarship for typography from Neenah Paper. He also won a trip to New York for the 87th Art Director’s Club of NY Awards, where he was the only student participant to win a “Gold Cube.” Passafiume was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, which is widely known as “the Oscars of the design world,” where he won his category, Print Communications. “(Process)” was also selected to be in Print Magazine‘s 2009 Regional Design Annual, and at the National American Advertising Federation (AAF) Addy Awards in Atlanta, he took home the “Gold Award” and “Special Judge’s Award.” John was honored with The 55th Type Director’s Club Competition’s “Citation of Typographic Excellence” and was selected as “Judge’s Choice.”  The piece has been shown in galleries around the world, including China, Argentina, Ireland and Malaysia, and a design professor in Tokyo has asked for a copy of the piece to show his typography students.

Fantastic work, John!

(via Dan Cassaro/twitter)

Ed Nacional

9 May

Ed Nacional is a NYC-based freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer with a cool style. His designs are simple and graphic and have a vintage feel (60s, 70s), sometimes utilizing textures, other times as clean as they come. Ed has done editorial illustration work for Time Magazine, The New York Times, and Money Magazine, all having a clever sense of humor about them. His info graphics are wonderful and smart. When necessary, he’s even used old newspaper or from his collection of neck ties (acquired from his dad, bought at flea markets, or thrift stores, as well as a few brand new ones) to create type. Very cool, Ed!

(via The Live Now Project)