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Designer and Typographer Kelly Thorn

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In writing these Art Crush posts, I’ve found that I’m usually late to the party. Meaning, of course, that literally everyone else has known about these illustrators already before I stumbled across their work, since I’m probably an unhip grandma. But in this case, I’m kind of excited–Kelly Thorn is an up-and-coming junior designer at Louise Fili Ltd. and generally amazing typographer and illustrator, and she’s already blossoming on the scene.

I stumbled upon Kelly Thorn’s work by way of Friends of Type, a “typography sketchbook” of sorts started by Erik Marinovich and a few of his illo-designer buddies. Kelly’s command of linework and her gorgeous color choices immediately drew me in. Her pieces demonstrate a solid understanding of design and composition, but still leave room for illustrative experimentation and expression. Lovely.

A 2012 graduate of Tyler School of Art’s Graphic & Interactive Design program, Kelly now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


[collaboration with Dana Tanamachi for Nibblr]

You can follow along with Kelly on her websiteTwitterDribbble, & Tumblr. I can’t wait to see more of her work.

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 07/20/14 under design,digital,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

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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Illustrator and Cartoonist Jillian Tamaki

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Sometimes, you get stuck at a crossroads between two things you really love doing. For me, it’s being an illustrator and a musician. Years ago, I thought that I’d eventually have to drop one to wholeheartedly pursue the other. I was never able to decide what I loved more, because although different in myriad ways, my love for playing/creating music and my love for creating art are completely equal in nature.

Jillian Tamaki is a bit of a kindred spirit in this sense, although hers is a tug-of-war between illustration and cartooning. She’s been able to integrate both of these passions into an impressive creative career, having released two graphic novels with her cousin Mariko Tamaki and two books of personal work on her own–not to mention the plethora of illustration awards she’s achieved. Her ever-growing client list includes the likes of The New York Times, National Geographic, Penguin Books, The New Yorker, and WIRED.

Jillian grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and went on to study illustration at the Alberta College of Art & Design. While she originally intended to focus on design, she fell in love with illustration and began freelancing after a brief stint at Bioware, a Canada-based video game company. She works both digitally and physically, showcasing her general badass brushwork and drafting skills in addition to embroidery (!!!).

Her creative process is impressively flexible, shifting between rapid-fire deadlines and long-term projects.

This One Summer and Skim, while not necessarily limited to the teen reading section, exemplify the Tamaki cousins’ wish to expose more nuanced examples of teenage girls in literature (“not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth”) and graphic novels/comics. They don’t shy away from the heavy stuff–sexual identity, suicide, being a general loner. And perhaps there’s no better way to tell the stories of these painful experiences than through Jillian Tamaki’s gorgeous, expressive linework. Skim went on to win The New York Times’ award for Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2008.

Jillian’s exuberant, sarcastic personality is only complemented by her genuine desire to help others, especially in the creative community. She’s provided a wealth of advice on her website in the FAQ section, and also welcomes questions on her blog.

You can follow along with her at her websiteTwitterblog, and Tumblr. She also runs a webcomic at Mutant Magic, which will soon be published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2015. Jillian also teaches illustration at School of Visual Arts.

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 07/13/14 under artists,cartoon,comic,design,embroidery,illustrationfriday
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Catherine Lepage: Simple, clever editorial illustration

Posted by Heather Ryerson

Catherine Lepage

Catherine Lepage

Catherine Lepage

Catherine Lepage

Catherine Lepage

After studying graphic design and illustration, Catherine Lepage worked at an ad agency where she brainstormed quick and clever ideas and developed an efficient process of creating simple design solutions. She went on to co-found Montreal design studio Ping Pong Ping where she weaves illustration throughout her client work. Catherine Lepage continues to work as an editorial illustrator. See more of her work on her website.

Posted by Heather Ryerson on 07/11/14 under Blogroll,design,editorial submissions
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Paul Thurby: mid-century-inspired illustration

Paul Thurby

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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Illustrator and Hand-Letterer: Mary Kate McDevitt

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Mary Kate McDevitt is one of the most successful hand-letterers and illustrators working today. A graduate of Tyler School of Art, Mary went on to work at a design studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After 2 years, she moved out west to pursue a freelance illustration and design career in Portland, Oregon before ultimately settling in Brooklyn, New York, which is where she presently resides. While she previously imagined that she would work as an illustrator, dabbling in some lettering on the side–but it turned out to be quite the opposite. Her ever-growing client list includes Chronicle Books, CMYK Magazine, Fast Company, and the United States Postal Service.

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She is specifically inspired by vintage type and techniques, including the ones of her own family. As a teenager, she discovered a plethora of handwritten letters that her mother and aunt wrote to her grandmother during college. She used this inspiration for her Your Handwritten Letters project, a daily hand-lettering exercise. Mary would hand-draw a letter of the alphabet and mail the original to a unique participant each day.

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You can follow along with Mary Kate McDevitt on her websiteblogInstagramDribbble, and can also purchase prints through her Etsy shop. She also has two online classes on Skillshare that can be found here and here

 

 

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 06/20/14 under artists,design,illustrationfriday,Lettering,painterly,pen/brush and ink,technique
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Illustrator Submission :: Ben Javens

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Ben Javens is an illustrator from Yorkshire, England. Graduating with a degree in Fine Art in 1997, he has gone on to work with an impressive array of clients such as Warburtons, Anorak and Hugo Boss. His work captures quirky characters in a beautiful textural and bold style.

See more of Ben Javen’s work on his website: Portfolio

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 06/13/14 under artists,design,editorial submissions
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Illustrator Submission :: Rob Hodgson

Post by Chloe

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Rob Hodgson is a designer and illustrator currently based in Bristol. His work is an array of colour, texture and quirky characters. When he’s not illustrating, he is learning ceramics and is fascinated by the psychology of perception. A lot of his work is for print and has a tactile, friendly quality. He works in-house at Urban Graphic which is a design-led greeting cards and stationary publisher.

See more of Rob Hodgson’s work: Portfolio | Blog

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 06/07/14 under artists,design,editorial submissions
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Cool Stuff :: Hand Made Font

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Handmadefont.com is a side project of the Estonian designers Vladimir Loginov and Maksim Loginov. It was founded in 2008 and has some pretty amazing photohraphed typefaces, all made out of found objects and food!

See more on their website

Posted by Wendy Schiller on 04/15/14 under creativity,design,letterpress,photography,Wendy
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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:

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Posted by Wendy Schiller on 04/03/14 under animation,conceptual,design,Wendy
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