Familytree Design

Familytree Design

I recently stumbled upon a poster series by a group of four friends who run an illustration studio, Familytree Design. Besides these posters being extremely cute, I really like the way they use lettering as a story-telling device alternate to the actual illustrations. Each of the posters in the series are illustrated and lettered by a different studio mates, which makes for really great variations in style while maintaining the same color palette to keep the look consistent.

Familytree Design

Familytree Design

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Familytree Design

After you check out the shop, head on over to their portfolio to check out more of this emerging studio’s charming work.

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Halloween Prints by Methane

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Halloween is here, which means it’s time to break out the Mork MIndy costumes and the stale candy corn. If you’re throwing a party you might want to consider these semi-spooky posters by Methane to add to your decor. Both prints come signed/numbered by the artists and are available at the Poster Cabaret.


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methane studios

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DKNG Studios

DKNG

This Black Keys Radio Flyer inspired poster was made by DKNG, the LA-based design crew. They do great work, and are also (awesomely) the resident poster artists for the world famous Troubadour in Hollywood. What a great gig.

I love the concepts and especially the detail within their work. The posters tend to be bold and straightforward concept-wise, but they really pull everything together with fine-tuned details.

The process video for Explosions in the Sky (pictured below) is quite interesting. In a time when designers employ a lot of Illustrator and vectors, it’s cool to see something executed by hand.

DKNG

DKNG

DKNG

DKNG

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Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico

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I recently received a copy of the newest book by the great Steven Heller Lita Talarico called Typography Sketchbooks, showcasing pages from the sketchbooks of 100+ typeface designers and letterers. The scope of this book is actually slightly overwhelming, drawing attention to the fact that what we normally think of as a small group of specialists actually is a vast spectrum of people doing different sorts of type-related work.

A couple of notable standouts for me were: Margaret Cusack with lovely headline lettering, friend of Grain Edit Michael Doret with his intricate logotype, Jesse Ragan who creates incredibly detailed typeface designs (Cedar Italic is featured) and Bernard Maisner with some beautiful examples of calligraphic scripts. When we get the chance to look back beyond the final vectorized works that we all admire so much, we can see how and where these great craftspeople begin their process. I think a great lesson to take away from this book is that every beautiful project begins with many rough sketches.

typography sketchbooks

typography sketchbooks

typography sketchbooks

typography sketchbooks

typography sketchbooks

typography sketchbooks

typography sketchbooks

Pick up your own copy and get started sketching your own letters!

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Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto is a Finnish illustrator based in Berlin with a knack for fine details and playful compositions. A recent winner of the ADC Young Guns 9, Vesa’s work is chock full of cheery color and subtle textures that are extremely delightful to look at.

Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto

Vesa Sammalisto

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Matt Lehman

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Matt Lehman, everyone! That is, if you’re not already acquainted. Matt’s got a wonderfully warm, lovely style that’s hard to resist. In the piece above, like much of Matt’s work, I’m drawn to the combination of color, texture, layout and wit.

Alongside his sharp type and illustration work, I really like Matt’s identities and logos. They’re simple and straight-forward, but also quite memorable. Like his design and illustration work, they also have that same wit to them.

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Philographics by Genis Carreras

Genis Carreras

Genis Carreras, a Catalonian living and working in London, recently created this wonderful series of posters which attempt to explain complex philosophical theories through basic shapes. The resulting graphics are perfect in their colorful and elegant simplicity. Check out Genis’ site for more great work.

Genis Carrera

Genis Carreras

Genis Carreras

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