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“Designy Illustrator” Mikey Burton

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Self-described “designy illustrator” Mikey Burton is a Philadelphia-based creative with a serious bear preoccupation. His professional work centers around editorial illustration, infographics, and identity design. He’s also been bestowed with awards from ADC Young Guns, Communication Arts, & Graphis, some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry, and has worked with clients like The Atlantic, Converse, Facebook, Fast Company, and Wilco. Mikey values simplicity in principles of color and design, using minimalism and traditionally-inspired typography to an effective advantage. The understated elegance of his work is what secured his spot in the Art Crush Friday Hall of Fame.

Mikey’s aesthetic is identified in the intersection between sharp, geometric vector designs and substantial, meaningful textures. I use the word meaningful not to be an art school asshole, but to say that the textures have strong purpose and intent in his work.

As I’ve learned more and more about graphic design, I’ve started to see the fork in the road that exists between flat and realistic design (this gorgeous Webby-winning site explains this very conundrum in further detail). As I mentioned earlier, Mikey’s process allows real textures to shine through flat shapes, seemingly creating atmospheres within the simplest of flattened shapes. Interestingly enough, he’s referenced his really old HP LaserJet printer as being the very tool that creates these fascinating textures. [More about his process here.]

Mikey swears by two things in particular before starting his design process: coffee and preliminary sketching. He’s a refreshingly real person who needs to participate in real humany things before dragging along on the computer for hours on end. He will routinely post final work to his Dribbble account, modestly seeking feedback from the peers he so deeply respects. I admire his humility, honesty and continual hustle for meaningful work, even amidst his great successes thus far. For budding designers, here’s some of Mikey’s advice: create work that you want to be hired to do, and don’t be a lame person to deal with.

Follow along with Mikey and his adventures to come:

Website

Dribble

Instagram

Twitter

 

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 08/24/14 under artists,conceptual,design,digital,freelance,technique,typography
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Brian Stauffer: a conceptual take on social issues

Posted by Heather Ryerson

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Brian Stauffer

Brian Stauffer

Brian Stauffer

Brian Stauffer uses a combination of sketching, painting, and digital collage to create editorial illustrations. Much of his work graces the pages of news and political publications like The New York Times, TIME, The New Yorker, The Nation, and Rolling Stone. His thought-provoking illustrations illuminate social issues and set the proper tone for their accompanying articles. Stauffer’s work would not be out of place at a vintage propaganda poster gallery, but can be found instead at notable art museums and institutes.

Discover his large body of work on his website.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 07/18/14 under Blogroll,conceptual,design,editorial submissions
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Sam Falconer: fantastic editorial science illustrations

Post by Heather Ryerson

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Sam Falconer’s fantastic illustrations reflect science and the human experience through digital, collage, and hand-painted textures. His clever scenes provoke philosophical thought while quickly getting to the heart of a story. His editorial illustrations regularly feature in top publications such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, and New Scientist magazine.

Check out more illustrations on his portfolio website.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 07/04/14 under Blogroll,collage,conceptual,editorial submissions
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Paul Thurby: mid-century-inspired illustration

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Paul Thurby

Paul Thurby

Paul Thurby

Paul Thurby

Paul Thurby is a British designer and illustrator who takes inspiration from mid-century design and charity shop finds. He has worked with an impressive list of clients including The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Tate Enterprises. His clever, fun, and whimsical Alphabet and Number series can be found in many art and design shops around the UK. Paul Thurby’s Alphabet book has been published in the UK, US, and Australia. See more of his work on his website.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 06/20/14 under artists,Blogroll,conceptual,design,editorial submissions,typography
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Ankle Biters :: Jordan Bruner

by Wendy

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I stumbled across this music video last week, and can’t get over how awesome it is. The flat, simple shapes give it a playful vibe that go along well with the lyrics.

Check out more work by the artist Jordan Bruner here:

Behance | Twitter | Pinterest | Portfolio | Vimeo

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 04/03/14 under animation,conceptual,design,Wendy
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Mixed Media :: Johan Thornqvist

by Wendy

 

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I love mixed media, and just had to share these neat altered photographs by Johan Thornqvist! He takes the photos on the streets in Sweden, using his phone.

Follow more of his work here :

Pinterest | Portfolio

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 01/27/14 under artists,conceptual,creativity,digital,Wendy
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Artist :: Portlynn Tagavi

by Wendy

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Portlynn Tagavi is a [very talented] animation student at CalArts.  Click here to see more of her work on her various Blogspots: General Blogspot | Character Art

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 06/09/13 under animation,artists,conceptual,digital,Wendy
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Jon Gray’s Typographical Book Covers

Post by Sarah

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In my career I’ve been focusing on illustration for the last years, but coming from a much broader background in graphic & communication design I am fascinated with the whole book cover designing process and the challenges it comes with.

Creating visuals that somehow represent a whole story without going the most obvious route or being too bold and simple is a skill that results in beautiful work when it’s mastered. Jonathan Gray aka Gray 318 clearly is one of the masters in this field. His mainly typographical works are always smart, thought-through and often show a dry wit. If you are a fan of Jonathan Safran Foer you might already be very aware of Jon’s fantastic cover work.

You can see a video on youtube about the extraordinary cover design of Nineteen Eighty-Four (3rd cover shown above) here.

For more work and some videos of Jon Gray here: Portfolio | Blog

 

 

Posted by Thomas James on 05/11/13 under artists,books,conceptual,design,Sarah,typography
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Artist::Mel Kadel

Posted by Jeanine

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I recently came across Mel Kadel’s work, and it’s so unique and special I can’t stop looking at it! Mel’s originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. She now resides in Los Angeles and uses coffee-stained paper, micron .005 pens, hand mixed ink wash, Q-tips, pencil and blades to create carefully detailed and layered drawings.

Mel’s work has shown in numerous galleries throughout the United States and abroad in London, Sydney, and Denmark. Her work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Juxtapoz and LA Times Magazine.

Take a look at more of Mel’s work: Portfolio | Blog

 

 

Posted by Jeanine Henderson on 05/08/13 under artists,collage,conceptual,Jeanine,pattern
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Artist: Johanna Uhrman: Helsinki Meets Tokyo

Posted by Angie Brown

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Johanna Uhrman is Jonnakonna, an illustrator and artist from Finland. She has lived and studied in Tokyo and its influence shows in her work, in both subject matter and style. She currently works at Piñata, an illustration/animation studio in Helsinki.

Much of her work has an eerie and ethereal feel to it, and I love the way she effortlessly blends two very different cultures. See more of her work on her website | blog | Facebook.

Posted by Angie Brown on 03/28/13 under Angie,animation,artists,conceptual
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