Taiyo Matsumoto’s new series, Sunny, comes out from Viz later this month. Don’t know much about the story, but it’s Matsumoto and these promo images look amazing. That’s all I need to know.
For the final typography entry of the semester, thought I’d post something a little different. These images are part of a series by Chinese designer, More Tong. Love the handling of texture and distress to add variations throughout the design. Gorgeous, elegant and powerful typography—even without being able to read the text.
Always loved the geometric work of London based designer, Simon Page. A few samples from his Futurism and International Year of Chemistry poster series. The repeated shapes, patterns and typography create a rhythm that helps unify the design across each series.
This week we’re studying the grid system and starting a brochure design assignment, so I thought I’d find an example for the blog that encompassed both things. This synth pop festival brochure is by Argentinian designer, Patricio Murphy.
The basic structure for the grid is dictated by the folds, so he ends up with 6 columns and 2 rows. Within each of those larger columns (the folds) he then fluidly changes things up—sometimes subdividing it into two, three or even four more columns depending on content.
The thing that really excites me about this design is how he activates the grid by blending elements from one column into others every now and then. Really creates some dynamics in the layout that keep it from being too rigid and repetitive.
This week we’re looking at the principle of unity in typography and graphic design. These examples are from the magazine, User, designed by Ames Bros. as a guide for Virgin mobile phone users. Ames Bros. used a consistent, limited color palette, abstracted imagery (generally of two tones), and repeated graphic shapes lines, shapes and patterns to create a style that’s interesting enough to grab and hold reader attention, but still unified enough to feel cohesive throughout each volume of the magazine.
This week we’re posting logos and marks and one I came across the other day that really stood out was for a local military surplus/outdoor store, Champaign Surplus. Recently, the owners sold the store to their daughter, Shira Epstein, who happened to be a graphic designer by trade—Trillium Creative—and she handled the rebranding herself. I thought the new logo—a military dog tag shape and the star and stripes from a sergeant major insignia tweaked into a mountain range—was brilliantly conceived and executed.