Friend of FFF, Matt W. Moore has updated his site with a whole host of stunning new work featuring his signature style of bold, angular “Vectorfunk”. Equally at home on Beer bottles, ski wear, urban sculptures, trainers, wall murals or ray-bans Matt’s art seemingly injects an energy to whatever it touches.
Loving these energetic & insanely detailed graphic images by british illustrator James Roper.
James discribes his work appropriately on his website as directing “the viewer into a visual state of limbo, where the brain attempts to pull the image together, to make sense of the recognisable parts, but instead is left with a shifting surface that fails to fully intergrate.”
(by)Build Shop launched recently opened its electronic doors, stocking original products designed and produced by the studio, available exclusively on the store. To celebrate the opening of the shop they are offering you the chance to win a truly limited edition original Build print. All you have to do to be in with the chance of winning is to sign up to their Shop newsletter.
The winner will be given the choice of three designs; Smiley, 01/01 by MCP or Love, printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper (420(w) x 594(h)mm). The print will be personalised with the winner’s name and signed by MCP. You have from now until Thursday 28th February to sign-up when the winner will be chosen at random and announced in the first newsletter (out on Monday 4th March).
Everyone who has already subscribed is also in with a chance to win. The shop has its own dedicated twitter account: @Build_Shop
Today I was pointed in the direction of this lovely observational illustration blog.
It’s the handy work of designer José Guizar, who also has a good range of work on his portfolio site, consisting of some nice illustration and some lovely considered typography.
Excellent stuff. Thanks to @GaReth_Rutter for the heads up.
True to their DIY aesthetics the duo are creative juggernauts – in the 2 years since we reported on their launch they have produced some great work, continued to curate and organise Poster Roast, set up the UKPA (The UK Poster Association) along with Graham Pilling, Luke Drozd and FFF regular Bobby Evans …aaand launched a stationery company! (Dear So and So.) You can purchase their prints here.
Juan Carlos Cammaert the man behind behind the popular digital wallpaper download site Poolga has launched a “print it yourself” service called Poolga Prints which offers works of art by carefully selected distinguished illustrators.
Delivered in high resolution, print ready digital formats which can be printed at home or by your local printers.
The process is simple: 1. Download, 2. Print, 3. Enjoy!
Check it out!
As well as being one of the nicest and most humble gentlemen you’re ever likely to meet, the hugely talented California based Mr Corey Holms has stacks of new work on his website since we last featured him in 2008 – lots of which you’ll already be familiar with.
Also, worth checking out are Mr Holms’ tumblr of personal tumblr & “brain farts”. Great stuff.
Netherlands-based Buro Reng is Pascal Rumph & Hans Gerritsen, and they produce some brilliant work. Their Day of Architecture Groningen work was one of my favourite projects from 2011. Follow them on Twitter.
Tanamachi Studio is a boutique graphic design studio specializing in hand-lettering & custom typography for editorial, lifestyle, food, and fashion brands. We featured the stunning chalk-work of Dana Tanamachi in 2011 – since then she has left working under Louise Fili, and opened her own design & lettering boutique, Tanamachi Studio, working for clients including Google, Yahoo! & Rugby Ralph Lauren.
Purpose have launched an online shop, with the inaugural offering this rather lovely and very handy A poster. Based on international paper sizes, it looks set to be the first in a range of practical but attractive posters, originally created to decorate Purpose’s artworking department.
With a limited edition of 50, it’s a snip at £20 and just in time for the purchasing season.
The new site runs on the tumblr platform – you can read about the reasons behind that decision here – and check out those lovely hover captions.
With involvement in some great initiatives he’s fast become one of the go-to-guys for start-ups.
Rad stuff Ben!
The very best in materials and artisanship have combined to make something which will have a long and colourful life, to be both treasured and enjoyed. These beautifully designed and crafted dominos are available in two variations; Semaphor are made from Birch Ply, reversed in laminate, and finished by hand. They are beautifully boxed and packaged with a cotton drawstring bag. Oblique are hand cut and drilled from Douglas Fir, and faced in laminate. The turned edge case has been hand stitched from bridle finished leather with a suede pigskin lining. Both sets have been beautifully shot by Photographer Gordon Burniston and are now available to purchase via the Graphical Shop so why not treat yourself.
The very best in materials and artisanship have combined to make something which will have a long and colourful life, to be both treasured and enjoyed.
These beautifully designed and crafted dominos are available in two variations; Semaphor are made from Birch Ply, reversed in laminate, and finished by hand. They are beautifully boxed and packaged with a cotton drawstring bag. Oblique are hand cut and drilled from Douglas Fir, and faced in laminate. The turned edge case has been hand stitched from bridle finished leather with a suede pigskin lining. Both sets have been beautifully shot by Photographer Gordon Burniston and are now available to purchase via the Graphical Shop so why not treat yourself.
Art + Music + Grrrl
Kate Moross is best known for her illustrative patterns that have been applied to t-shirts, trainers, sunglasses, retail displays and advertising. Although her work is now much broader, incorporating art direction, identity, packaging and music video production, her hand-drawn, colourful and upbeat style prevails.
‘Tribal’ print | Still from music video for Jessie Ware & BenZel’s ‘If You Love Me’
She looks relaxed in front of the London TYPO12 audience and begins by telling us that she often gets asked to speak on the issue of “women in the industry”. She expresses her unease with it, seemingly reluctant to become a feminist poster girl, stating simply “I think the issue is an issue”.
She goes on to talk about how growing up in the 90s post punk / Girl Power culture was empowering. Describing punk as male dominated and heavily sexualised, she found that the American underground feminist punk rock movement Riot grrrl enabled women to embrace their own identity by removing that male lens. She was too young to experience Riot grrrl first hand being now aged 26, but did live through the capitalist version — The Spice Girls. As a teenager she rejected the traditional ‘girly’ stereotype, but loved the Spice Girls who felt fearlessly individualistic, with each band member having their own distinct personal identity (Scary, Sporty, Posh, Ginger & Baby for those unfamiliar).
Riot grrrl fanzine | Bratmobile & Bikini Kill were two prominent bands in the Riot grrl movement | the Spice Girls
From 2005 she began to experience this punk ethic through the democratisation of the internet — and primarily defunct file sharing site Limewire. Her interest in fanzines then developed — easy to photocopy and reproduce, they were key to developing her own style and in discovering punk for herself. Draw Together was the first fanzine she produced, by using an old photocopier that her Dad’s office was chucking out. This led to flyer commissions and her first paid work as a designer/illustrator. The DIY approach that Moross loved has been a strong theme through her work, and is still clearly identifiable.
An early adopter of MySpace, Moross declares it as “The biggest thing that ever happened to me”. The status and opportunity that came with knowing a bit of HTML in the MySpace era is hard to get across to those too young to remember it. She became a mover and shaker — designing other people’s pages and building a network of connections, some of whom are now music industry clients of hers. She describes that period of early internet and bootlegging software as ‘DIY utopia’.
Business Grrrl — the Punk Rock Guide to Business
So of the business model that has helped Moross turn this DIY approach into a successful business?
It’s pretty simple—
DIY. If you don’t know how, learn.
Share your skills, swap and trade.
She talks about an early advertising commission from a big brand — Sony Walkman — for which she held the phone in one hand, and took the picture with the other. For another job, Topshop commissioned her to do a mural in their store window — live. She of course said yes, and then had to figure out how to make it happen, spending two days drawing the mural live in the shop front, but not before calling Jon Burgerman to find out which type of pen to use.
Sony Walkman ad | Topshop Mural
For a Red Bull interactive billboard, she had no tech budget and very little time to make it happen. The solution? A low-fi highly interactive half-tone image of singer Jessie Ware that the public obligingly coloured in themselves.
One of the strongest themes in her work is having no idea what to do, but figuring it out and owning it. Her work isn’t slick, and her process isn’t glamorous, but her authenticity and integrity are what makes it so appealing.
Interactive billboard for Red Bull & Jessie Ware
With all this talk of punk and DIY, is Moross who now runs a successful studio with clients including Universal Records, Nokia and Adidas, a sell out? Isn’t all this corporate work very non-punk?
She thinks not. Punk wanted us to make and sell our own stuff, which is exactly what she does. She makes everything in house with her team at Studio Moross, and you can feel her hand in every project. She states that her aim was to build a studio that reflects her personality and her work — comfortable, down to Earth, interesting and friendly.
One of the greatest appeals of her work is its honesty and imperfection, and that’s due in no small part to a very hands-on, candid and positive attitude. For many people the essence of a designer is someone who makes things, but also makes things happen. The early adopters, the triers, the figure-it-outers. And she’s got all that in spades.