Raymond Lemstra

Raymond Lemstra

Raymond Lemstra is a Dutch illustrator based in Amsterdam with a unique and playful aesthetic that thematically explores primitivism through character design and masks. He takes great care in every illustration he creates, which is evident in the assiduous details of his line work and compositions. Raymond plays with soft colors, geometric figures, and crosshatching techniques to create strikingly peculiar images that I can’t get enough of.

Most recently, Raymond spoke at the Pictoplasma contemporary character design and art festival in New York, and will be speaking and exhibiting at Pictoplasma again in Paris next month. To see more of his work, visit his website and be sure to also check out his shop, where he has many beautiful prints for sale.

Raymond Lemstra

Raymond Lemstra

Raymond Lemstra


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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

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Saul Bass: A Life in Film Design is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. Saul created some of the most compelling images of American postwar visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best-known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as ATT, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta.

His wife and collaborator, Elaine, joined the Bass office in the late 1950s. Together they created an impressive series of award-winning short films, including the Oscar-winning Why Man Creates, as well as an equally impressive series of film titles, ranging from Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus in the early 1960s to Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear and Casino in the 1990s.

Designed by Saul Bass’s daughter Jennifer and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham, who knew Saul Bass, this book contains more than 1,400 illustrations, many from the Bass archive and never published before, providing an in-depth account of one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century.

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saul bass

Saul Bass: A Life in Film Design is available at Amazon as well as your local bookstore.

Details:
Hardback / 1484 illustrations / 440 pages

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Sanjay Patel: Deities, Demons, and Dudes with Staches

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Our good friend Sanjay Patel has been a busy man lately. He recently completed an amazing series of murals and posters for the Maharaja exhibition at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. In addition, he was asked by the museum to display his personal work in a separate but somewhat related show entitled Deities, Demons and Dudes with ‘Staches. The exhibit features art and sketches from Sanjay’s ghee happy projects, including his recently released Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities.

Deities, Demons and Dudes with ‘Staches will be on view at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum from November 11, 2011 through April 22, 2012.  For more information, visit www.asianart.org.

sanjay Patel

sanjay Patel

sanjay Patel

sanjay Patel

sanjay Patel

Chronicle Books has a great interview with Sanjay about his recent projects here.

You can pick up a copy of the Big Poster Book of Hindu Deities at Amazon.
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Scott Campbell

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Scott Campbell is an illustrator, designer, musician — and by the look of his work, a hands-on, analog, form-making lover. The current crop of work on Scott’s site is terrific. It’s clean, it’s messy, it’s bold, it’s abstract. It’s also very textural and dimensional, which I love. He’s great at using rustic imagery with clean layout and typography.

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scott campbell

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Château Vacant

Château Vacant

Château Vacant is Yannick Calvez, Lémuel Malicoutis and Baptiste Alchourroun, a group of French creatives who have hopped the Atlantic and set up their collective in Montréal, QC. As it states on their website, “We create images and videos thinking with objects and spaces.” Their work is eclectic, cutting edge, and slick, with media ranging from graphics and video to photography, illustration, and installation.

Château Vacant

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Sanay Patel: Deities, Demons, and Dudes with Staches

sanjay Patel

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sanjay Patel

sanjay Patel

sanjay Patel

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sanjay Patel

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Jesse Lefkowitz

Though I’ve been a fan of Jesse Lefkowitz for some time now by sheer chance of spotting his editorial illustrations in publications like Money, Village Voice and Fortune, I’ve only recently discovered his portfolio. His full body of work has a seriously cohesive style that embraces both digital and traditional illustration, but has such a unique updated twist that allows it to fit beautifully as conceptual editorial work. For more of Jesse’s work visit his site check out his shop to get a few pieces for your own!

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Pharma Exhibition

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The establishment of the pharmaceutical industry, especially in the mid-20th century, played a significant role in the evolution of graphic design and advertising. Herb Lubalin created some of his most influential work while working for Sudler Hennessey, an advertising agency which specialized in pharmaceutical marketing. PHARMA features a diverse array of original ephemera, rarely seen publicly, by many pioneering graphic designers including Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Paul Rand, Franco Grignani, staff of Geigy and Herb Lubalin, as well as contributions by Carl Fischer and Andy Warhol.


The exhibition highlights a defining change, as the marketing of brand name drugs to the consumer marked a paradigm shift in medicine away from physicians and into the hands of pliable public opinion. The actions of the pharmaceutical industry reflect both a reactive response to increased government regulation and a proactive attention to the demands of American consumerism.

While PHARMA provides examples of past and present, the public is encouraged to reflect and question the role of graphic design in the marketing of drugs, how that has changed over the years and, more importantly, why.

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Mailer for Geigy designed by Max Schmid, 1951; Courtesy of Display

pharma exhibition

Advertisement for Geigy c. 1954-55; Courtesy of Display

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Ad for Dompe by Franco Grignani, 1954; Courtesy of Display

Exhibition dates: November 1–December 3, 2011
41 Cooper Gallery at The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

If this exhibition interests you, I highly recommend the book: Corporate Diversity: Swiss Graphic Design and Advertising by Geigy 1940-1970

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Day-After-Day in NOD by Andy J. Miller

Andy J. Miller, NOD

2011 has proven to be quite the busy year for our friend Andy J. Miller. This year, he’s taken on a new and exciting personal project with a simple premise: create a new character, every weekday, for one year. The resulting project is Day-After-Day in NOD. As of today, 104 different characters with a variety of emotions and personalities have been created, each one of them representing an aspect of human nature we can all relate to.

Currently, Andy’s working on bringing his NOD characters to life by making a 4″x6″ 3 color screen print of each character. This, of course, take a lot of time, money, and effort, so he’s started a Kickstarter to help make this dream a reality:

The project has to be funded by November 17th, so definitely check it out and show your support!


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Ross Gunter

Holy gridness! Very slick work from Ross Gunter, a London-based designer and music lover. Ross is a co-founder of Bridging the Gap, the music and art collective for which this and the following posters were designed.

I’m a fan of the contrast in Ross’s work — the minimal structure/layout plays nicely with the bold, front-and-center imagery. Color palettes are restrained, which really help give the body of work a consistent feel.

Check out the rest of Mr. Gunter’s portfolio.

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