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.

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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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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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