Archive | May, 2011

Heath Killen

6 May

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Heath Killen is anĀ Australia-based graphic designer and illustrator who has a rather unique style. It’s a mix of hand-illustrated pieces, photo montage, and sometimes a combination of computer-generated and/or handwritten type, which has a very nice balance. The photo placement and cropping are interesting in themselves, then he adds in the type, color, and texture which makes each piece even more intriguing.

Heath has designed a ton of self-initiated spec. work for film, music, and the arts. I think these production companies should take note and hire this guy to do their actual promo art for their movie/music/theater productions.

Wonderful work, Heath! Thanks for the inspiration.

(via Skinny Ships)

Jez Burrows

4 May

Jez Burrows is an Edinburgh, UK-based graphic designer, illustrator, and woodland appreciator. He is also co-founder of an independent press Sing Statistics which publishes fiction and visual art , one fifth of collective Evening Tweed, and frequent contributor to It’s Nice That. Jez has a clean style with lots of detail in most of his pieces. The infographics he’s designed could make the most boring of facts into something people would actually want to look at and enjoy what they see.

Jez also designed the logo (and possibly other pieces) for the Build Conference. He also had a hand in designing/making special over-sized wooden nuts which were given to each of the speakers at the conference. Real nice!

As I was reading his blog, I came across a tumblr site Jez and his buddy Jake Blanchard created that I thought was quite funny/useful. Photobooth Reference: Illustrators using themselves for reference. I would be neat to see the pieces the illustrators created based on their reference photos…Just a thought.

Great work, Jez!

(via Dan Cassaro of Young Jerks)

Ryan Feerer

3 May


Ryan Feerer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and instructor based in Abilene, TX. He got his education in Texas and NYC, and at the School of Visual Arts, learned from some of the best in the business (Steven Heller, Milton Glaser, and Stefan Sagmeister, to name a few). He earned his masters in design, then worked at Funny Garbage in NYC for a few years as a web designer. There, he worked with kid-friendly clients such as Teen Nick, Nicktoons, PBS kids, HIT Entertainment, and the always-adorable Lil Jon. He then picked up with his wife and moved back to Texas, where he recently help form Abidesco (Abilene Design Co.). He also teaches at Abilene Christian University where he got his undergrad and where his passion for design started. Full circle.

Ryan’s style is very hands-on. Lots of hand-drawn type, flourishes, and truck-loads of character. I really enjoyed the series of portraits that he did, that were sold on an artsy, online store called Elsewares. I wonder if Ryan would be willing to draw me and my family (hint, hint). I also loved the identity he did for Betty & June, a boutique in Abilene, Texas, where he chose to hand-stampe all of the bags, tags, and business cards. Nice touch.

I get the feeling that he really enjoys what he does. It certainly shows through the work he has done. Great stuff, Ryan! Thanks for the inspiration.

(via Jeff Rogers)

Chris Streger

2 May

Chris Streger is a New York City-based graphic designer, illustrator, and art director who’s super clean style has allowed him to design for Kraft, Nike Golf, Burger King, and Domino’s Pizza. He spends his weekdays working at the legendary Saatchi & Saatchi, NY, designing, concepting, and generally holding-it-down for Toyota. Chris previously worked for heavy-hitters, Crispin Porter + Bogusky. I guess you could say that Chris is pretty damn good.

He also started something called “To Resolve Project.” It was an idea that sprouted from a conversation with his girlfriend, then turned into an open invitation to designers and illustrators everywhere to create an iPhone wallpaper based on their new year’s resolution. He figured since most of us look at our phones (iPhones or not) everyday, why not have it remind you of your (or someone else’s) resolution? Nice idea. Check them out on Chris’ blog.

Another cool thing that Chris has done (and where I stumbled across him and his work) was he illustrated designer and illustrator Jon Ashcroft‘s tweet one day. Here’s the link to dribbble. Awesome stuff.

(via Jon Ashcroft)