New Work by Christopher David Ryan

christopher david ryan, book it, my little underground, illustration

Christopher David Ryan describes himself as a “a graphic artist, illustrator, daydreamer, pseudo-scientist, wanna-be astronaut and untrained intellectual.” Recently, he published the third installment to his As Overheard in the Back of My Mind series of books, which features a collection of thoughts and images from the depths of his psyche.  Chock full of peppy people and inspirational adages, this book is a great addition to your bookshelf.


Gerard Caris

gerard caris

Gerard Caris has been a fervent Dutch sculptor and artist who has pursued his pentagons since the 70s. With Pentagonism as the namesake of his artistic quest, Caris recorded his geometrical studies in the form of paintings, relief and 3D sculptures, and architecture.


Vintage Posters by Donald Brun

Posters by Donald Brun, Donald Brun, Swiss design, posters, vintage graphics, 1950s, 1960s

Swiss designer, Donald Brun (1909-1999), has designed an incredible amount of posters, all of which showcase a recognizable style featuring bright punchy colors, varied textures and interesting forms. This poster, created in 1956 for the International Festival of Music in Lucerne, is no exception with it’s array of shapes coming together to form the colorful scroll of a cello.


New Fonts Available at YouWorkForThem

ghs font

GHS / Designed by the House of Burvo

We’re big fans of YouWorkForThem and we’re excited to announce that they’ve recently added a slew of new fonts to their shop.


Timba Smits

grain edit / timba smits

Timba Smits, what a name! He also happens to be a very accomplished illustrator, designer, and maker of fine typography. It’s pretty fun looking through his’s work—everything is so juicy! From the textures to the unique typography, to the presentation, to the icons, I was definitely engaged clicking and looking.



contemporary, illustration, portland, jolby, josh kenyon, colby nichols

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

filmkonst magazine

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

impressive gestalten

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

grain edit / paul tebbott

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.