Studio Thomson have a lot of great design and art direction under their belts, but click-happy professional procrastinators will particularly love their photo-fit website for Ballistic Events (featuring photography by Peter Guenzel).
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Mad Men has left our screens for another year – for the rest of 2012 you’ll have to get your tailoring, interior design and receding hairline porn elsewhere. As for the actual advertising, fear not: as a nice change from squinting to make out what artwork Peggy has pinned to her wall, you can just open up Taschen’s rather wonderful Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era.
This hefty double volume contains an away of print advertising from the 50s and 60s, with an introduction by the ever-knowledgable Steven Heller. It’s the sort of thing you’ll be dragging off your shelf time and again for reference. So much of it is alien to design now – colours just looked different back then for some reason, and there’s so much copy! – that a flick through every now and then is useful for giving you a different perspective on a project.
It’s a shame that Taschen have only gone after the Mad Men pound, as volumes dedicated to advertising from earlier and later decades would be equally fascinating (you could fill the 80s volume with nothing but cigarette adverts and it’s be incredible), but that’s a minor quibble. Get this on your shelf.
Ashley Oostdyck is an Australian designer, photographer and – in her own words – closet marine biologist. Her portfolio and blog are well worth getting lost in, and will most likely inspire you to run outside with your camera.
Our favourite purveyors of big colourful calendars, Trebleseven have created an appropriately chic brand identity for the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, who are currently exhibiting their collection at the epic Salts Mill in Saltaire.
Tasked with creating a comic for Nobrow’s new Graphic Cosmogony, Matthew Lyons applied some Josef Müller-Brockmann gridular wisdom to his distinctive illustrative style. The result, Push It Backwards, is really quite beautiful.
Remember Trebleseven’s rather spiffing Socceraid World Cup posters from the Summer? Well they’re back with another piece of wall-candy, this time in the form of a colourful and lovely calendar, simply called Hello 2011. Perfect for brightening up that drab studio wall. Or radiator.
(Going off on a bit of a tangent/rant, to all printers/studios/agencies out there who want to send out promotional calendars and diaries: send them now or don’t send them at all. Receiving an unsolicited diary in the middle of February is quite useless and simply suggests that you’re incapable of delivering anything on time. It’s quite annoying.)
Excellent portfolio by Portugese illustrator Cristiana Couceiro, who combines geometric structures, simple palettes and vintage photography to great effect, as in this illustration for the The New York Times Weekend Section.
Federico Cabrera has a damn fine portfolio of mysterious, eery photography. Pretty much every shot looks like a still from one of David Lynch’s cheese-induced dreams. Which is a good thing.
Barnickel Design is a Brooklyn-based design studio specializing in brand development, art direction and graphic design for companies and individuals in the creative industries. More importantly, you just can’t beat a good bit of Eagle vs Deer, can you?
Atelier de création graphique have a vast portfolio, including some great identity work for the Louvre and Centre Pompidou.
Stockholmian Daniel Carlsten has an impressive portfolio, including printed goodies, art direction and some rather lovely film credits.
Some important questions being raised in the design world today: Why aren’t more posters folded into paper airplanes? Do printed things look better when accompanied by a trio of terrifying starlings? And precisely how lovely is the new Lundgren+Lindqvist website?
York’s Stone Soup have an impressive portfolio of cross-discipline work. It’s pretty sweet (sorry, couldn’t help it).