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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How to Create Minimalist Landscape Photography

How to Create Minimalist Landscape Photography

by Andrew Smith October 25, 2017

I have been a huge fan of simple, well constructed, minimalist photography for a long time. As a graphic designer I lean towards this style because it connects well with other design elements. It creates the opportunity where typography and imagery to fuse nicely together, rather than fighting. I wanted to share a few key things I've learnt about how to get started shooting minimal landscape photography.

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Inspiring Minimalist Branding and Visual Identity

Inspiring Minimalist Branding and Visual Identity

by Andrew Smith October 24, 2017

This beautifully crafted visual identity and packaging concept by Amanda Mohlin redefines how a luxury product should look. It has colour, personality and style - but always delivers on an inspiring sense of understated class. The conceptual graphic approach for Luc & Louna showcases a selection of different flavoured chocolate, each with a minimal design and always leaving the chocolate as the hero.

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Chandra typography and design

Chandra typography and design

by Andrew Smith October 23, 2017

This simple design layout for Chandra is a great example of classic styling and typography.

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Inspirational graphic design for Stones Throw Restaurant and Bar

Inspirational graphic design for Stones Throw Restaurant and Bar

by Andrew Smith October 20, 2017

Stone’s Throw is an iconic bar and restaurant that recently under went a full renovation to bring it back to life in the form of a modern watering hole. The design strikes an incredible balance between quirky Illustration, simple texture and sophisticated colour combinations. 

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Brand Identity Design for Watson Vegan Truck

Brand Identity Design for Watson Vegan Truck

by Andrew Smith October 19, 2017

This new identity for Watson Vegan Truck captures a unique style for the edgy vegan food market. It takes on a slightly retro premium feel, with incredible use of typography and colour. The graphic simplicity of the word mark and monogram feel effortlessly cool. The translation of the design through to vehicle signage and menus is a stroke of genius, I'd definitely stop to sample a burger if I saw this design - and I'm not even Vegan!

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COS MONTREAL SPECIAL PUBLICATION

COS MONTREAL SPECIAL PUBLICATION

by Andrew Smith October 18, 2017

A beautiful example of what you can still do with the printed projects. The design of this special edition brochure celebrates the store opening by exploring some of the city’s inspiring places. It was given away on opening night - nice work guys looks great.

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Stunning KELLER minimal windows

Stunning KELLER minimal windows

by Andrew Smith October 18, 2017 2 Comments

These incredible minimalist window frame designs by Keller  open up a whole variety of architectural features for designers. The frame profile is reduced to allow seamless integration into floor, ceiling and walls. It means the glass can take up to 98% of the area giving incredible light flow and near perfect finish. It also seems to substantially reduce the border between glass doors and helps minimise overly heavy appearance of vertical mullions. The office pod design was produced by Podspace

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The East Cut brand identity and graphic poster design style

The East Cut brand identity and graphic poster design style

by Andrew Smith October 16, 2017

The East Cut is a brand new neighborhood in downtown San Francisco. It's designed to unify these disparate areas into one vibrant modern community.

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Indesign Printable Photo Calendar Download

Indesign Printable Photo Calendar Download

by Andrew Smith October 14, 2017

I have recently helped produce this really cool new Adobe Indesign photo calendar template. 

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Free 2018 Printable Monthly Calendar

Free 2018 Printable Monthly Calendar

by Andrew Smith October 08, 2017 2 Comments

These Abukoo printable calendars have a beautiful minimalist feel. Best of all they are free to download and super stylish. These are definitely ideal for DIY projects or just a bit of fun if you want something nice to pin on the wall. The best part is you can reprint it again if you mess up writing in your birthday list. Check out Abukoo for the download.

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Apartment Interior Design for Small Spaces

Apartment Interior Design for Small Spaces

by Andrew Smith September 23, 2017

This apartment by Metaforma shows how small spaces can be both stylish and practical. The combination of black, timber and concrete create a modern industrial look. 

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Branding & Design for Hello Mario

Branding & Design for Hello Mario

by Andrew Smith September 23, 2017

Hello Mario is a brilliant small creative design store in Spain selling handmade products. The bright yellow, white and black visual identity created by Min hints at shops fun playful personality.

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Stunning black on black design and branding for Galamb Tailoring

Stunning black on black design and branding for Galamb Tailoring

by Andrew Smith September 20, 2017

Hungarian designer Kevin Harald Campean has beautifully delivered a new understated and elegant look for Galamb Tailoring. The brands striking and distinctive design reflects their core values of style, perfection and tradition.

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Beautiful Abstract Notebook Designs

Beautiful Abstract Notebook Designs

by Andrew Smith September 15, 2017

I'm a huge fan of simple design. These notebook concepts have a very graphic geometric design style that really appeals to my minimalist nature. 

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The Modern Sunset

The Modern Sunset

by Andrew Smith September 12, 2017

I generally have a love-hate relationship with sunset photography. I love experiencing them in real life, but I really don't like sunset photos. 

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Typographic Business Card: Design Agency BVD

Typographic Business Card: Design Agency BVD

by Andrew Smith September 04, 2017

If ever there was a simple design that says exactly what it does - then this is it. This incredibly minimal yet beautifully crafted visual identity plays perfectly to the needs of copywriter Mattias Jersild.

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Minimal Business Card Design and Visual Identity for Abukoo

Minimal Business Card Design and Visual Identity for Abukoo

by Andrew Smith September 04, 2017

Simple, beautiful and minimal typography is always refreshing to the eyes. We are bombarded with busy visual material and branding everyday. Seeing graphic design that is not over worked reminds me to do less and make it count.

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Using slow shutter speeds to create movement

Using slow shutter speeds to create movement

by Andrew Smith September 02, 2017

Using slow shutter speeds to capture movement is a true art, and to be honest it's not really that easy - but when you get it right there are some subtle and seductive qualities that are hard to beat. 

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Inspiring small spaces to stay

Inspiring small spaces to stay

by Andrew Smith August 23, 2017

I recently stumbled across this very cool bath-house located in Carinthia, Austria. It's located in the eastern Alps set near Austria’s highest mountain, Grossglockner. 

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Minimal Business Cards

Minimal Business Cards

by Andrew Smith August 17, 2017 1 Comment

It's always a huge turn off when some body turns up with tacky self promotional material - in my opinion it can completely change a clients perception of you and your business. I'm currently on the hunt for a few card designs that are perfect for photographers, it's always nice to have something that makes you stand out from the crowd - and for the right reasons.

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Beautiful lighting design by Float

Beautiful lighting design by Float

by Andrew Smith August 10, 2017

These incredibly beautiful and sleek lighting designs from Float recently caught my eye, I'd love to include them in a photoshoot at some point. They seem to have an almost retro flair to them, reminiscent of Hollywood glamour. The design is extremely elegant with long proportions and striking coloured glass. They have a stunning sense of simplicity that adds a modern touch to the design. 

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New Zealand's Incredible Black Sand Beaches

New Zealand's Incredible Black Sand Beaches

by Andrew Smith August 09, 2017

New Zealand is filled with pristine natural environments, one of the most intriguing and dramatic is the black sand found in a number of beaches scattered across the country.

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Nike Bounce to this Advertising Campaign: By Bureau Borsche

Nike Bounce to this Advertising Campaign: By Bureau Borsche

by Andrew Smith July 31, 2017

Bureau Borsche works closely together with Nike’s in-house design team to produce their highly graphic advertising campaigns. The 'Bounce to this' and 'Rise' campaigns are two superb examples - they are a few years old now but still pack some punch.

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Malik Bros Brand: By Sebastian Bednarek

Malik Bros Brand: By Sebastian Bednarek

by Andrew Smith July 31, 2017

Malik Bros provides hand-made, custom attire, that is perfectly tailored for each customer. The Malik Bros identity, designed by Sebastian Bednarek, is an extraordinary piece of branding work. The visual identity combines simple pattern work with deep green and bronze colour tones to create a truly luxurious finish. These elements have been tastefully rolled out across a variety of collateral and products resulting in a consistently beautiful, crafted and lavish brand. 

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Inspiration: Incredible gestural painting by Lü Shoukun (1919-1975)

Inspiration: Incredible gestural painting by Lü Shoukun (1919-1975)

by Andrew Smith July 03, 2017

This incredible abstract painting by Lü Shoukun was just the inspiration I needed today. I love the energy and dynamic qualities this painting has. The challenge is really how we bring the same energy to photography.

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Trabant 601 - Pure driving Posters | design by Institute of Design, Düsseldorf, Germany

Trabant 601 - Pure driving Posters | design by Institute of Design, Düsseldorf, Germany

by Andrew Smith July 03, 2017

I love how these posters are a beautiful union of graphic design, photography and typography. A brilliant piece of work by the Institute of Design, Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Inspirational Artist - Julie Wolfe

Inspirational Artist - Julie Wolfe

by Andrew Smith June 29, 2017

I find these abstract explorations extremely interesting. Lot's of interesting compositional techniques and shapes, it has a beautiful graphic approach to the design. On closer inspection the images look painted onto pages from a book creating some some stunning layered effects over the text.

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How a digital camera works

How a digital camera works

by Andrew Smith June 28, 2017 3 Comments

Ever wanted to know how a digital camera works? If you need a quick reference guide with out all the jargon you have come to the right place. Below is a step-by-step guide to how your DSLR camera works. The key functionality of your camera is set out with easy to understand infographics along with a simple explanation. Once you have mastered the basics take this guide with you the next time you're out and start putting your new found skills into practice.

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Inspirational Typografik Cover Designs

Inspirational Typografik Cover Designs

by Andrew Smith June 11, 2017

I love these beautiful type based cover designs by Typografik books. It reminds how simple things can always be the strongest.

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Two vintage radios found on opposite sides of the world

Two vintage radios found on opposite sides of the world

by Andrew Smith June 11, 2017

A few years ago I found this very rare vintage radio in Auckland New Zealand. I took a few cool shots of it and it's been used on a number of commercial projects. A few days ago I had a nice email from someone 12,000km's away in Colombia who found another one of these vintage radios! My friend Hernando took a pic of it, here it is below - totally cool. I love how social media allows us to connect with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and geographic locations. It made my day!

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Travel Destinations | Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

Travel Destinations | Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

by Andrew Smith May 28, 2017

Bondi Beach is one of the most visited sites in Australia, it's located about 7 km east of the Sydney. It's definitely one of my favourite spots to visit and take photos. There are loads of things to do, including surf lessons. If you get bored of the beach there are loads of cafes and an eclectic array of shopping markets. If you are up for some exercise don't forget the coastal walks.

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