With much of the world in lockdown, Covid has sent millions of people home to work. Corporate offices, and CBD's are eerily quite with the metro hum being pushed in the suburbs. Our homes have become a new sanctuary from the world, and working at home has become the new norm.
Jäger, is a highly crafted new typeface from Violaine & Jérémy It's now available is two two weights, bold and regular - plus a bunch of amazing ligatures. Jäger is described as a tribute to fine craftsmanship. The typeface is directly influenced by traditional techniques mastered by craftsmen.
Wamhouse is a Polish architecture, interior and furniture design company. Recently they undertook an extraordinary creative project to design buildings based on company logos.
This New Zealand inspired house is located in José Ignacio Uruguay, but would feel right at home in the New Zealand countryside. Architect Martin Gomez was highly influenced from his time spent traveling the world - in particular the months spend in New Zealand. He describes the 'kiwi' style as something that transfers well into his local landscape, as does the use of timber. "We love working with wood," says Martin, whether natural or stained black. "Black is the best colour to go between the trees and the green farmland."
As many of you will know I've been a huge fan of the typography and font design of Violaine & Jérémy. I follow their work with a sense of excitement because whenever they release something new it's usually amazing. The new typeface Voyage is no exception, it's bespoke and highly crafted letterforms will grace any project, I hope you enjoy discovering it as much as I did. You can test drive and buy the font from the link below - make sure you support their work as there's not many designers who can deliver what these two do.
Sivak Partners are an award-winning team of architects and designers working in Ukraine and worldwide. They produce beautiful, minimal and highly crafted design solutions for their clients. They work with private and corporate clients, designing bathrooms, houses, apartments, offices, cafes, restaurants, hotels and more. These incredible bathroom and hotel room designs were for a recent beach hotel in Odessa, Ukraine. Truly incredible work.
The Waterfall Bay house was designed by Bossley Architects is located in a remote bay in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. This stunning mid century inspired house emphasises the intimate qualities of the small bay. It's set close to the water it runs along the contour as a two storey primary element incorporating living areas above and guest rooms below - the main bedroom is linked by a glazed bridge.
Recently I started exploring some new typography layouts and bespoke fonts from VJ Type. I thought visualising some of the motivational quotes I've been collecting looked like a good place to begin. I've done a few variants below and will add more as I find them.
Anthony James is a typographer and graphic designer based in the UK. He recently released this project called Alphabetica. The project uses graphic illustration to bring letter forms to life. The playfully constructed letterforms turn each piece into a stand alone art form that would grace any gallery. Take a look at more of his work on Behance.
Artiva Design is a multi-discipline graphic design studio based in Genoa, Italy. They specialise in producing high impact minimalist branding and visual design communication. The studio was founded in 2003 by Daniele De Batté and Davide Sossi. Their distinctive style has a strong typographic and geometric aesthetic. It often leans toward pure black and white as a core colour palette. The spectacular volume and quality of work is defined by its rigorous use of the grid system. This is coupled with strong contrasting line weights and graphic pattern work.
Isabella Conticello is graphic designer and illustrator in Milan. Her highly graphic work spans both editorial and brand identity design. Her work is bright, simple and colourful, it’s characterised by her love of geometric minimalism and abstract pattern work. She has a stunning range of work, to see more of it check out her Behance profile - and if you have a project is also available for commissioned work.
Quim Marin is a graphic designer and art director based in Spain. He creates highly graphic eye catching posters that manage to cut through even in the busiest environments.
Formist is a graphic design studio, a publisher and a type foundry. Formist utilise their unique design and typography experience to develop a variety of bespoke solutions for both self-initiated and commercial projects. Formist has vast experience working with industry leaders specialising in design for some of the world’s most exciting cultural and commercial organisations.
For a while I've been wanting to showcase the full alphabet set of the new Love typeface. As mentioned in a previous post the font was designed in 2018 in Paris by Jérémy Schneider - the typeface is a beautiful blend of contrasting elements, characterised by its big counter-forms and thin stems. Take a look at all the font forms below, both light and dark backgrounds have been included. Perhaps some of the most exciting parts exist in the special characters, the '@' symbol and '&' are superb and worth checking out.
Sydney based designer Nick Barclay has carved out a named for himself by creating beautiful graphic poster designs. His approach is typically minimal, with a strong Swiss styled design aesthetic. The inspirational work provides vast typographic inspiration and his conceptual ability allows him to interprets different topics and messages in a graphically dynamic way.
Midnight in Woody’s color is a self directed poster project by visual artist Selman Hosgor.
New York Architecture firm Mapos Studio have designed this stunning grass-topped holiday home in the lush hills overlooking a Long Island bay. It's covering in untreated wood, steel and concrete to match the surroundings. The result is a striking, modern and beautiful beach front home.
MultiAdaptor is the design studio behind Google's Campus brand identity. The rebrand was positioned slightly away from the main Google brand and serves the special network of google funded start-ups. The design helps capture the energy and excitement of start-up culture, and supports the spirit and energy of the entrepreneurs, founders, employees and investors that make up the Campus network.
Graphic design duo Jérémy Schneider and Violaine Orsoni run a multidisciplinary creative studio in France that focuses on typography, illustration and editorial design.
VJ Type recently created this fantastic new custom font for Welcome to the Jungle magazine. The typeface has 4 weights and italics. The stylised upper letter forms have a number of clever customised curves. This create some truly bespoke personality, just take a lot at the editorial layout designs below.
Here are some new business card designs by Abukoo. They have a distinctive illustrated style. Stay tuned for a few for design variants in this space, there are a bunch of alternate color ways included in the pack which give you options to create something bespoke. Check out the new Indesign templates here.
Iceberg is an editorial publication produced for KAE. The publication is itself balances both content, layout and typography in a powerful way. The purpose of the newspaper was to act as a voice for KAE to communicate opinion, discoveries and achievements, while establishing a tone of quality not usually achieved in a standard newsletter or online blog format. The result is a highly designed, informative and visually enjoyable piece of work. With the proliferation of digital content (such as this site!) it's a welcome relief to see such a stunning piece of printed work.
Julia Kostreva is an American designer who specialises in brand identity, strategy, direction and design. As a brand designer, she helps companies define their strategy and then translate this into a meaningful expression of the brand. Julia's style is both elegant and minimal. Her approach creates timeless and enduring work that seems to transcend design trends. This work extends to both large and small clients – focusing her effort into projects that create the highest impact and most value for growing brands.
I recently designed a new minimal look for a potential Sushi Restaurant, love the graphic simple nature of the design. It could potentially expand into a full scale identity system. The project is purely speculative at the moment.
Parsons Branding recently completed their own brand identity. The beautifully crafted design system is a showpiece for their core offer. The is firm based in Cape Town, South Africa and have been building a reputation for high end brand strategy and quality creative for over 10 years.
Herbst Architects are producing some of New Zealand’s best modern homes, and now they have a string of awards to prove it. Lance and Nicola Herbst have a special gift in defining both style and elegance, the trick is they can do it without indulging every available modern convenience. Their work endeavours to have a positive and meaningful contribution to the environment, rather than just another self serving monument.
Violaine & Jérémy continue to produce some incredible work, I wanted to keep everyone across some further work showcasing their font sets. This collection of typography stands a long way a head of almost any other ornate collections. The detail and love that has gone into this work is beyond most of us. So enjoy a few extras listed below.
SP-GD are a graphic design and visual communication studio based in Melbourne Australia. Their work is a perfect blend of strategic thinking, highly crafted aesthetics and functionality. SP-GD specialise is branding, visual identity, publication design, campaign Collateral, packaging, posters, art direction, design strategy, naming, photography, print production, web design, web development, product design, spacial design.
Graphic Designer Nick Barclay has decided to pay tribute to cities and their 3 favorite colors through his minimal poster series 'Three Colors Cities'. For the city of New York, the yellow is reminiscent of the color of the taxis, the green is for the Statue of Liberty and the gray refers to the skyscrapers. On the poster of London, we find the red buses and phone booths. You get the idea, it's a fantastic and highly stylish use of the Swiss design style. The approach is something worth bookmarking if you need some killer typography examples.
Leroy van Drie used a clever combination of photography and illustration to create this high impact campaign for the Encore music scene in Amsterdam. The campaign visuals represent the hip-hop and R&B culture and translate both movement and rhythm into static poster designs. The carefully overlaid doodles and typography give a distinctly creative and human element to the work. The visual energy is a great way to help captures the viewers attention.