Check out the brilliant portfolio of Glasgow-based designer Maeve Redmond. The new website shows her work for a range of Scottish arts organisations including her commission for the V&A Dundee. You can read an interview with Maeve about this project on the V&A site here and browse her full portfolio here: https://maeveredmond.co.uk
“If you’re starting out as a freelancer, landing those first few commissions can be a real balancing act. Not only will you be locating the right contacts and working out how to appeal to them, but once you’ve landed a job, there’s a whole world of process and contract know-how to master. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing guides to being commissioned – including opinions from every corner of the process. To get things started, Chris Clarke, The Guardian’s global deputy creative director, is giving us the art director’s view on finding the right commissioners, nailing a brief and laying the foundations for great working relationships.”
It’s also worth checking out Chris Clarke’s instagram feed as he often post great examples of editorial illustration he’s commissioned: https://www.instagram.com/chrisclarkecc/
Chris Rowson TBWA Chiat NY shares his advice to young creatives for breaking the mould with typography and learning new skills.
Rowson’s A-Z of typography spoke about interesting use of kerning and leading, negative space, and experimenting with algorithms and new technology within typography.
Chris goes on to say by learning experimental typography, and how to improve your typography and lettering knowledge, designers can convey powerful and meaningful messages in their work.
(Reposted from D&AD website here: https://www.dandad.org/en/d-ad-typography-tips-chris-rowson-new-blood-advice/)
There’s a really insightful interview with German graphic designer Eike König on Adobe’s great 99U blog. Eike shares stories about his journey and offers great advice about collaboration and how to keep your creative process fresh. I highly recommend reading the interview and taking a look at the work he produces with his collective Hort as well as his solo artworks on Instagram.
Bread Collective are a London based network of designers that together create attention-seizing murals and installations. View their work at http://www.breadcollective.co.uk/work/
Read-Only Memory is a beautiful imprint from publisher / art director Darren Wall celebrating videogame history.
Geographic North are cassette label based in Decatur, GA, USA. They’re sleeve artwork is stunning making excellent use of different paper stocks, folds and cut aways. Take a look at their site for more images of the releases.
Thanks to my colleague Natalie Russell for recommending the beautiful work of French artists Louis Rigaud and Anouck Boisrobert. They have both produced pop-up children’s books which make great use of folded paper to enhance their stories.
I was also very impressed with this creative drawing app:
On 31 March, 2017, Gilbert Baker the creator of the iconic Rainbow Flag sadly passed away. Mr. Baker was both an LGBTQ activist and artist, and was known for helping friends create banners for protests and marches. To honor the memory of Gilbert Baker, NewFest and NYC Pride partnered with Fontself to create a free font inspired by the design language of the iconic Rainbow Flag, the font was named ‘Gilbert’ after Mr. Baker. A preview version of the font can be downloaded for free from: typewithpride.com