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friday blinks – 2/17/12

17 Feb

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

The Pauses “A Cautionary Tale” CD packaging
Album made to look like a beat up Golden Book and a cd that looks like a vinyl record, featuring design & artwork by Travis Lampe. Really cool looking piece. I had to look them up and listen to a few tracks. Pretty good stuff.
(via Tymn Armstrong/twitter)

Inconceivible wine package design
The Princess Bride Custom Wine Packaging System for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema highlights this hilarious movie with awesome illustrations, type, and a wonderful 3-color design. The overlapping heads to form the chalice is fantastic.
(via Mike Metz/twitter)

Buddy League documentary
The trailer gave me chills. What a great story and idea. Type by Jeff Rogers.
(via Jeff Rogers/twitter)

Explosions in the Sky poster process
Another amazing “making of” video from DKNG for their Explosions In The Sky gig poster.
(via Mathew Shamloo/twitter)

New Theatre’s new look
Created by the Sydney office of Interbrand, this fresh look on an 80 year-old theater is incredible. From the mark down to the signage, buttons, stencil, clothing, bags, and tickets. Ughhhh, those tickets. So good.
(via David Sizemore/twitter)

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Adam Senatori

16 Aug

Adam Senatori is a vintage-obsessed designer, illustrator, and photographer based in Madison, Wisconsin. He trys to emulate the processes and craftsmanship of the designers and artists from yesteryear into his work, as you can tell. Adam’s work looks like it could have been done in the 1950s.

He’s been working as a one-man design team he calls Adam Senatori Creative since 2004. According to all of the photos of himself, he never smiles. Not even if you tickle him. Adam may be a design/photographer robot who requires a wheel of cheese 3 times a day. Even if he does smile and not consume that much cheese, he has an amazing eye for detail and is able to capture the old and worn look with a new twist.

Check Adam’s illustrations out on dribbble or his photographs on flickr. Great stuff, Adam!

(via Erica Mason/twitter)

Tymn Armstrong

2 Jun

Tymn Armstrong is a graphic designer, illustrator, art director, copywriter, and typographer, but he prefers to simply be called “a designer.” He has recently been hired by San Francisco-based Space Dog Books as an art director and designer, handling their in-house branding and book design. It seems that Space Dog’s books would be a must-have for any parent with young children. I might have to pick up an iPad after all.

Tymn’s style is illustration-heavy which can make an orthodontist look cool or help many businesses represent themselves in a very smart way. Not only are the marks he designs solid, there is tons of thought behind them. You can tell Tymn does lots of research and thinking in the concepting process. I also love the fact that he shares select pages from his sketchbook.

Congrats on the new job and thanks for the inspiration, Tymn!

(via Jon Ashcroft/twitter)

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)

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.

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)

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)