Showcase: Clase Design Studio

Showcase: Clase Design Studio

by Andrew Smith July 16, 2018

This week Clase Design Studio in Barcelona caught my eye. Their contemporary approach to design, strategic thinking, art, culture and strong conceptual execution makes for a highly engaging body of work.

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Fount Logo Design : By Amy Wilson

Fount Logo Design : By Amy Wilson

by Andrew Smith July 15, 2018

I stumbled across this logo design for an upcoming cycling guild call Fount. The design by Amy Wilson really stuck with me. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it has a striking retro feel and some interesting little quirks. Cool angled cross bars, the deep color-way, and crafted letterforms and typography. It will be very exciting to see what Amy Wilson does with the rest of the brand identity, let's stay tuned and see how it develops.

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Agency Feature: Stylo Design & Digital Work

Agency Feature: Stylo Design & Digital Work

by Andrew Smith July 15, 2018

Stylo is a small, but brilliant London design consultancy. They specialise in high-end brand and digital projects for a wide range of clients. Their driving passion is to produce the best possible design and digital work for their clients. The style of work is handcrafted, bespoke and carefully balanced between restraint and expressive.

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Graphic Art Poster Designs : By Violaine & Jeremy

Graphic Art Poster Designs : By Violaine & Jeremy

by Andrew Smith July 15, 2018

Violaine & Jeremy continue to impress with their new series of graphic posters for "Le Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord".

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Stunning Modern Farmhouse | Architecture by BDDM

Stunning Modern Farmhouse | Architecture by BDDM

by Andrew Smith July 03, 2018 3 Comments

I recently stumbled across The Deloache Residence by BDDMthis is an incredible interpretation of a modern farmhouse and has been executed with absolute perfection. The combination of white stone and black window frames sets off the beautiful architectural lines of this house. It feels warm and inviting while staying true to it's origins - the landscape architecture is equally well thought through and provides a simple but inviting balance to the structure.

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Graphic Design & Illustration for THÉÂTRE DES BOUFFES DU NORD

Graphic Design & Illustration for THÉÂTRE DES BOUFFES DU NORD

by Andrew Smith July 01, 2018

The parisian institution "Le Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord" commissioned Violaine & Jeremy to develop their visual identity for the 17-18 season. The result is a timeless piece of design, with distinct vintage themes. They enlisted the help of talented to illustrator Anna Kövecses to produce the highly graphic illustrations, which have been masterfully integrated with the bespoke typography.

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Graphic Design | Typography Inspiration

Graphic Design | Typography Inspiration

by Andrew Smith July 01, 2018

These beautiful typography explorations are the latest jaw-dropping pieces of graphic design by Jérémy Schneider and Violaine Orsoni at Violaine & Jeremy. Their work is an incredible illustrative mixture of both modern and vintage styling. 

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Incredible Modern Stone Architecture in Urbino

Incredible Modern Stone Architecture in Urbino

by Andrew Smith June 22, 2018

This incredible project by GGA Gardini Gibertini Architetti is infused with texture, structure and design. The extensive use of stone and timber helps create a striking modern home that draws on Urbino's surrounding medieval and renaissance Italian history.

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Business Cards DIY

Business Cards DIY

by Andrew Smith June 20, 2018

Take a look at this bold new Sans Serif business card template available at Abukoo. The expressive messaging area allows you to craft a more playful introduction when you are meeting prospective new clients or business opportunities. 

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Hello Business Card Design - Editable PDF Template

Hello Business Card Design - Editable PDF Template

by Andrew Smith June 16, 2018

The new 'Hello' series of business card templates are now available on Abukoo. They have an easy to use and quirky design all wrapped up in an editable pdf template. The content can be easily be updated using Acrobat Reader, which means you don't need design software on your computer.

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Minimal Signage Design

Minimal Signage Design

by Andrew Smith June 05, 2018

Incredibly simple signage design for this clothing retailer. I'm not sure where it came from, or who designed it, but it has a beautiful minimal approach to the typography. It's also been expertly manufactured. I'd love to know if anyone can find out where this came from. 

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Minimal Business Card - Editable PDF Template

Minimal Business Card - Editable PDF Template

by Andrew Smith April 25, 2018

It’s always important to make the right first impression when you hand over your business card. The last thing you need is to lose opportunities because of your ugly card. This simple, beautiful and minimal design will help do the talking for you. You won’t scare away potential customers or give the wrong impression.

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TINTIN Logo Design in Blush and Gold

TINTIN Logo Design in Blush and Gold

by Andrew Smith April 21, 2018

Minimal logo design and colour palette for TINTIN. Simple condensed type treatment helps accentuate the vertical nature of the brand name.

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Recipe Book Cover Design For Vitamin Sea

Recipe Book Cover Design For Vitamin Sea

by Andrew Smith April 16, 2018

This recipe book cover design for Vitamin Sea really shows off the brands core color palette and sophisticated design aesthetic. 

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Logo Design for Vitamin Sea Bistro & Bar

Logo Design for Vitamin Sea Bistro & Bar

by Andrew Smith April 14, 2018

Vitamin Sea is a conceptual bar & bistro business. The logo design is suited to a beachside venue with an ocean view. As the name suggests it would lend itself to food with a healthy slant. The graphic styling is a perfect fit for a highend hospitality spaceif you'd like to purchase the design and use it on your new venture get in touch.

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Logo Design and Business Cards for Fanshaw Rose

Logo Design and Business Cards for Fanshaw Rose

by Andrew Smith April 07, 2018

Very simple styling on this logo design for Fanshaw Rose. The typography and word mark help support the relaxing tone and vibe of the business. The subtle color palette is maintained throughout the business cards and letterhead helping the concept to lean towards the female demographic.

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Minimal Business Card Design for LUXIM

Minimal Business Card Design for LUXIM

by Andrew Smith April 06, 2018

I thought a few people would enjoy seeing the minimal business card design for LUXIM. The brand continues express the same stylish aesthetics as the core word mark, but extends the angular graphic elements into the background shapes. The simple clean approach helps elevate the branding into a more sophisticated space, while always keeping the logo as the hero.

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Cover Design | Photography Diary

Cover Design | Photography Diary

by Andrew Smith March 26, 2018

I love finding and creating beautiful everyday experiences. The cover design of this simple letterpress photography diary is definitely one of those things. It's a perfect place to plan, sketch and record your photo missions. The strong use of typography and graphic design all add to the tactile experience. Simple pleasures are always the best.

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Minimal Cover Designs for Fluvia

Minimal Cover Designs for Fluvia

by Andrew Smith March 24, 2018

Fluvia is an incredibly adaptable lighting system intended to give interior designers a new layer of creative freedom. The minimal graphic aesthetic is central to the lighting designs and supporting printed material. The product brochure cover designs continue this theme with simple use of colour and typography.

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Graphic Design Ideas: Make your own Printable Ruler

Graphic Design Ideas: Make your own Printable Ruler

by Andrew Smith March 15, 2018

This beautiful DIY printable ruler is the perfect measurement solution. It's a simple practical blend of graphic design and numbers. You'll never need to buy another ruler, and best of all, if you lose it you can just print it again.

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Minimal Logo Design for LUXIM

Minimal Logo Design for LUXIM

by Andrew Smith March 09, 2018

You have to admire brands that connect pure graphic design with naming and ultimately business outcomes. It's really the pinnacle of commercial design, without a clear business outcome, it's really just a pretty picture. I love the minimal approach in this concept. So simple but seems to harness some sort of visual energy through the font and diagonal line.

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Editorial layout and graphic design by Kuudes : Vuoden Huiput XV

Editorial layout and graphic design by Kuudes : Vuoden Huiput XV

by Andrew Smith February 26, 2018

This stunning piece of graphic design was created for the Finnish association for visual communications designers. This concept by Kuudes references boxing iconography and was designed for Finland’s most significant annual creative design competition. The high impact editorial layout direction has been easily adapted across channels, including printed materials, online content and event materials. 

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Modern Farmhouse Architecture

Modern Farmhouse Architecture

by Andrew Smith February 13, 2018

Architect Vincent Van Duysen has completely transformed this 19th-century farmhouse into a modern day architectural masterpiece, ”I wanted to reinterpret the classic Flemish country house.” says Van Duysen.

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Minimal Canvas Bag Design

Minimal Canvas Bag Design

by Andrew Smith February 09, 2018

This cool green canvas beach bag really hits the mark with it's minimal design approach. This one comes in three colours – green, red and yellow and is available here at fashion store Toast

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Graphic art

Graphic art

by Andrew Smith February 01, 2018

For years the world of fine art has been a source of inspiration for both fashion and graphic designers. The uninhibited and expressive nature of this work can provide a unique ignition point for many creative explorations and ideas.

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Printable Graph Paper

Printable Graph Paper

by Andrew Smith January 27, 2018

This range of printable graph papers are the perfect addition to your DIY design kit. The grid paper selection features 3 different grid sizes, plus a bonus dot grid template. The sheets are ideal for sketching plans or creating your own DIY designs.

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Amazing hotel pools

Amazing hotel pools

by Andrew Smith January 26, 2018

Every once in a while you come across something special when researching a trip, or indulging in a special travel excursion. This post is dedicated to capturing all of the worlds best hotel pools.

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Insanely beautiful nautical calendar design (2018)

Insanely beautiful nautical calendar design (2018)

by Andrew Smith January 16, 2018

The latest Abukoo calendar designs have arrived for 2018. These DIY calendars are the easiest way by far to track the year in total style. The best thing is they are completely free.

Visit the Abukoo Website to get the Printable Calendar Download

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Abukoo Printable Targets

Abukoo Printable Targets

by Andrew Smith January 12, 2018

Have some fun with your Christmas toys and download these new free targets from Abukoo. You can download these at home and print them on standard A4 or A3 paper sizes. There are both color or black and white formats. Ideal for darts, nerf guns or your classic tennis ball.

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Lightroom Tutorials - Getting Started

Lightroom Tutorials - Getting Started

by Andrew Smith January 03, 2018

If you are looking to get started with Adobe Lightroom (LR4, LR5 or Lightroom cc), then this video tutorial is a great place to begin. It focuses on how to use Lightroom in a creative, non destructive way. There is an in-depth tutorial on how to use the develop module, covering exposure techniques, gradient filters, color grading and image sharpening.

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Printable Sudoku | Free Download

Printable Sudoku | Free Download

by Andrew Smith December 20, 2017

If you or your kids love puzzles then you'll really like this free printable Sudoku download. It's beautifully designed and the perfect way to satisfy your puzzle cravings. The Abukoo store is now offering the worlds most popular puzzle game in a beautifully designed typographic format. It's been created in black and white for easy home and work printing. There are 4 puzzles per page, with answer sheets at the end (easy medium and hard).

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Inspiring Cover Designs

Inspiring Cover Designs

by Andrew Smith December 04, 2017

Here are a few of my favourite book cover designs. It's always fun seeing how my imagery will translate into a finished piece. Some of themes unlikely images can suddenly come to life when they are surrounded by some well considered graphic design and typography.

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Business Card Design for Hugos Bristro

Business Card Design for Hugos Bristro

by Andrew Smith November 30, 2017

This beautiful design was created by Hannah Stout for the folks behind Odettes (another eatery that Hannah Stout worked on), Hugo’s is a cozy but sumptuous space with a interior fit-out all about tactility and understated luxury. The design challenge here was to mark out a clear identity for Hugo’s, while still maintaining a subtle connection to its “big sister” restaurant.

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Graphic Typography & Numbers

Graphic Typography & Numbers

by Andrew Smith November 30, 2017

I have been collecting graphic letters and numbers for a while and thought it was worth putting together a post with a few of my favourites. I'll be trying to add images to this post as I stumble across new reference material.

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New Typographic Brand fro Mile Wright & Co

New Typographic Brand fro Mile Wright & Co

by Andrew Smith November 27, 2017

Mile Wright & Co.brand is a beautiful and simple design solution for the two lawyers who founded the business in 2015. The two owners joined forces to practice law especially for entrepreneurs. The understated styling and sophisticated design help create an unquestionable sense of trust and credibility.

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Minimal Business Card and Stationery Design

Minimal Business Card and Stationery Design

by Andrew Smith October 29, 2017

This minimalist business card and stationery design for Altea Esteve was intended to help differentiate Altea Esteve from her competitors - she needed a highly credible, fresh and original identity that would continue to grow her presence in the market.

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