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Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols are the dynamic duo behind Portland based illustration and design studio Jolby. Inspired by elements found in nature and the sea, the twosome collaborate on everything from original artwork, patterns, album covers, and t-shirts.


Curtis Jinkins

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“This is my website. There are many like it. But this one is mine.”

So goes the headline at Curtis Jinkins’s website. Curtis’s website is fairly standard: links to work on the left-hand side, and a lot of white space. What’s unique and nice to see is the repeating logo and background images; they make you look twice at what you’re viewing. It’s a small but subtle touch that adds a bit of dimension to the site.


Filmkonst Magazine

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Filmkonst (filmk) March 1998

Simple but beautiful cover for the now defunct Swedish magazine Filmkonst.

(via things to look at)


Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress & Graphic Design

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Impressive / 240 Pages / Published by Gestalten

Finally got my hands on a copy of Impressive. The book explores the interplay between current trends in graphic design and traditional handiwork such as letterpress printing, hand-cut linotype, chiselled woodblocks, and embossing. In addition to a rich selection of invitations, business cards, stationery, posters, and other material printed by hand, it offers personal insights from designers who are using old-fashioned techniques to create cutting-edge work.


Paul Tebbott

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Paul Tebbott, a designer and illustrator based in the UK, has a very nicely curated portfolio. Aside from having flat-out awesome work, it’s nice to see a consistency and thoughtfulness within his group of work.

I love the quiet minimalism and soft color palette, as well as the smartness contained in each piece. Everything works together nicely, but also functions well on its own.


Laurent Nivalle Photography: Le Mans Classic 2010

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The Le Mans Classic is a biennial vintage sports car event held near the town of Le Mans, France. Art director & photographer Laurent Nivalle has captured this experience in awesome detail. You can see his complete collection of images here.

If this gets you excited, I also recommend Saul Bass’s opening titles for the the 1966 film Grand Prix.


Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes, art, painting, Portland

Sprout (2005)

Remarkably eerie, yet beautiful painting by Portland based artist Josh Keyes. Keyes depicts a multi-faceted landscape where the creatures are left to adapt to new and often unsustainable environments.


KHUAN + KTRON for Weekend Knack Mag­a­zine

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Amazing illustration work by the uber-talented folks at KHUAN + KTRON. The Belgian based design firm was commissioned by Weekend Knack Magazine to create a series of weekly covers. You can see the first five here.


Travis Cain

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Travis Cain is a man of many talents. In a time where we seem to be flooded with posters and poster designers, it’s nice to see a range of work that’s more unique and imaginative. Travis’s portfolio doesn’t feel like a one-hit wonder, but instead feels considered piece by piece.


Q & A with Jason Munn of the Small Stakes

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The Small Stakes Music Posters by Jason Munn ©2010

Not too long ago we asked you, the readers, for questions to pass along to Jason Munn regarding his recent book published by Chronicle. In today’s Q + A session he shares his answers to some of the questions we received.