Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage

Let’s face it. Some of us are image hoarders. With the wealth of images that can be found online and in print, it’s no wonder that collage is medium that many artists like to work in. The process of collecting images and carefully organizing them in a way to create and communicate fresh ideas is nothing new, yet there are many artists working in this medium today.

Cutting Edges, a hearty book published by Gestalten, successfully curates contemporary artists cutting and pasting their way out of vintage found imagery in order to produce innovative work. Featuring work by the likes of Jelle Martens, Anthony Zinonos, Eduardo Recife and more, the book is pure eye candy and totally worth adding to your own library.


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Jelle Martens
Valero Doval
Aaron McLaughlin
Mark Weaver
Chad Kouri

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This Is Forest — Joel Speasmaker

Forest Joel Speasmaker

Joel Speasmaker, also known by his studio moniker Forest, just updated his website with a big pile of great design. You may know of Joel’s pursuits through the early 00s magazine The Drama, or through more recent work as Editor of Swindle, Art-Director of Anthem, or on a more personal level through his series of zine editions: Forest Small Books.  Joel continues to work hard and is always keeping it moving, so pay his new site a visit!

Forest Joel Speasmaker

Forest Joel Speasmaker

Forest Joel Speasmaker

Forest Joel Speasmaker

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Sam Chirnside

Trademark Tim Lahan

Eric Ellis

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Heartwork: Art Benefit for Target House

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Heartwork is a project designed to raise money for art supplies within the art room at Target House—this wonderful home-away-from-home for the families of children facing long-term treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The idea is simple. Every year, a group of talented artists will create a series of posters to raise money for the art room. Each of the posters will feature a different interpretation of the Target House elephant mascot, chosen because it represents family, long life, strength and playfulness—attributes with special meaning at a place designed for families to live, play and heal.

Here’s a sample of the posters available in this year’s Heartwork benefit.
christopher lee

Balancing Act by Christopher Lee

michael bartalos

Tuskers Ahoy by Michael Bartalos

katie kirk

Circus by Katie Kirk

invisible creature

Collaboration by Don Clark

wink design

Love to Grow by Scott Thares (wink)

You can make a donation to the cause by purchasing Heartwork prints from the Poster Cabaret. 100% of proceeds, after costs, go directly to the art room within Target House. All prints are signed and limited to an edition of 40.

Follow the Heartwork project on Twitter.

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Invisible Creature Interview
Wink Interview
Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Graphic Design

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Resources / Dropbox I’m sure many of you have heard of or use…

I’m sure many of you have heard of or use dropbox already but in case you haven’t, you need to! Listen up.

If I had to make a list of the most useful and most used free resources I have, dropbox would be number 1. (ok, maybe number 2 to gmail but it’s close) 

features include the ability to:

  • share photo albums 
  • share large files
  • share folders of files to collaborate on with other people
  • temporarily host websites
  • keep files on hand from anywhere

What’s great about dropbox is that it work seamlessly with your operating system. It really is extremely useful and extremely easy to use. I keep putting my friends onto it, and since you’re not too bad yourself I’m letting you in on it too.

Make your life easier, get it here

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Takenobu Igarashi: Early Design Work

Takenobu Igarashi

Contemporary Sculptor Takenobu Igarashi started his career in the early 1970s as an extremely talented Graphic Designer, quickly attaining international acclaim for his axonometric style of form and typography. Takenobu Igarashi has created identity systems, signage, products, packaging and graphics for notable instituions such as GRAPHIS Magazine and MoMa, and has work now rests in the permanent collections of museums all over the world. In 1994 he put his design talents to rest and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a Sculptor. He is currently the President of Tama Art University, where he had originally helped to set up the first program for “computerized design” education in Japan.

Takenobu Igarashi

Takenobu Igarashi

Takenobu Igarashi

Takenobu Igarashi

Takenobu Igarashi

Takenobu Igarashi

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Principles of Three-Dimensional Design

Harry Murphy Friends

Michiel Schuurman

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Paper Punk

paper punk

Paper Punk is a startup company that’s equal part hands-on toy, art piece and educational tool. Founded by Grace Hawthorne (ReadyMade magazine co-founder), Paper Punk is the result of her many years engaging people with design and encouraging them to create with their hands.

Punks are constructed out of foldable, brightly colored die-cut paper blocks — each kit comes with stickers and instructions for building and customizing your robot, dog, or car. I love the built-in ability to remix and customize your own creations. The systems uses simple shapes and a variety of patterns allowing you to build a wholly unique creation.

I had the wonderful opportunity to be involved with Paper Punk as a designer early in its inception. It was exciting to work on a project with such a clear mission, and to adhere so closely to those goals throughout the project. The project has taken to Kickstarter to seek funding for the initial round of printing. The support been expectedly strong — now is a great time to get in on this exciting project.

Check out the Paper Punk Kickstarter page.paper punkpaper punkpaper punk

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