January 2017

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Aleksandar Savić

Aleksandar Savić

From Fortune Magazine to restaurants in Croatia, Aleksandar Savić crafts illustrations and infographics for a range of clients around the world. Employing geometric shapes and muted color schemes, he crafts artful compositions that are playful yet refined. I’m especially impressed with his collection of portraits. Although the faces are built with flat shapes, his tactful use of color and striped textures make them dimensional and emotive.

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Jay Fletcher

Jay Fletcher

From sporting goods to upscale restaurants, Jay Fletcher works with a variety of clients and tackles a range of design styles. Although he collaborates with large companies like the NFL and Smirnoff, Fletcher is also passionate about working with small businesses, especially in his home of Charleston, South Carolina. Utilizing simple forms, he crafts branding systems that burst with colorful narratives and are instantly recognizable. His inventive work has been recognized by numerous publications including Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and LogoLounge.

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Gizem Vural

Gizem Vural

Brimming with puffy clouds and the familiar textures of colored pencils, Gizem Vural’s illustrations are deceptively simple. With a balance of sophistication and naiveté, she tackles serious issues such as education standards, carbon emissions, and mental health. This can be seen in the juxtaposition between colors and textures. Employing black and white wiry lines and loose squiggles, she conveys forms of negativity and loneliness. These chaotic strokes often provide a contrast against her robust and colorful characters. Her work has earned her recognition by the Society of Illustrators and a feature in American Illustration 35.

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Zup Design

Zup Design

With a passion for graphic and industrial design, Zup crafts two-dimensional projects with three-dimensional elements. This can be seen in their poster series for the NID Fashion Show in which they employ expressive typography that engages with and accentuates the models’ clothing. Building from the shirt’s pleating, the typographic characters add a structural quality that mimics elements of the garment and adds volume to the ensemble.

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Atelier Bingo

Atelier Bingo

Founded by Maxime Prou and Adèle Favreau, Atelier Bingo is a French studio that specializes in screen-printed abstract compositions. Employing organic shapes, wild squiggles, and hand drawn polka dots, the studio creates an intriguing mix of colors and textures that are beautifully balanced and refreshingly playful. Through collaborations with companies like Poketo and Element, their patterns have adorned an array of products such as notebooks, skateboards, and blankets.

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Studio South

South Studio

Based in Aukland, Studio South is a design consultancy that crafts branding, web, and print projects for a range of companies throughout New Zealand. With strong conceptual thinking, they create bold logos and minimal layouts that are sleek and recognizable. In addition, their use of lavish printing techniques, such as holographic foils and UV varnishes, enriches their work and adds an extra dose of flair.

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Drew Melton

Drew Melton

Fashioned from hand drawn sketches, Drew Melton’s typefaces vibrate with personality and flair. From thick gothic scripts to modern elegant flourishes, his fonts provide a variety of aesthetic options that uplift the letterforms. In addition to his commercial work, he also crafts custom lettering for brands such as Nike, Target, and the enamel pin collective Super Team Deluxe.

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Timo Kuilder AKA Zwartekoffie

Timo Kuilder

Timo Kuilder is a Dutch designer who works under the moniker Zwartekoffie. Utilizing simple shapes, he creates elegant figures and landscapes that pop with color. To add depth and texture, he finesses his pieces with delicate gradient-like shading and soft halftones. Although his characters lack facial expressions, they appear active and energetic as their personalities shine through their exaggerated actions and oversized accessories.

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Lili des Bellons

Lili des Bellons

Drawing from Egyptian and Japanese folk art, illustrator Lili des Bellons crafts space-aged versions of ancient beasts and samurai warriors. Set amongst barren landscapes, these haunting portraits are glimpses into the everyday lives of these majestic creatures. Adding to the mystery of his work is the strange juxtaposition of the archaic characters and their modern clothing. In each portrait, they proudly sport patterned polo shirts and neon jumpsuits indicative of ‘80 fashion.

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