I will be the first to admit that fashion has never been my forté – I’m still not really sure what Fashion Week is. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to love MFA’s current exhibit “Kenneth Paul Block Illustrations”. Featuring the world-renowned fashion designers drawings from the 1950’s up until the ‘90’s, this collection is enjoyable for Block’s use of color and illustration abilities alone. Block wasn’t trying to be meticulously detailed in his accounts of fashion. Instead he was trying to represent the ‘feel’ an outfit may give, making his work relatable to even the least fashion-conscious viewer. Block’s exhibit will be up through mid-November.
Rob Draper is a great reminder that our designs don’t have to live within the confines of a computer screen or even a print-out. The UK-based artist applies his beautiful typography anywhere ink will stick. Originally sketching on his coffee cups to jump-start his creativity in the morning, Draper quickly moved on to other every-day objects – many being edible. As designers will say; one man’s lunch is another man’s canvas.
How Magazine just released their winners for the 2015 International Design Competition and we couldn’t be any more excited to be included among the winners for our branding work for the new Boston start-up Tinkineer. The STEM company sought out our expertise for branding with a creative edge and an eye for detail and I think it’s safe to say, we’re delivering that and more. Their site will launch in the upcoming weeks, so keep an eye out for updates. Until then take a sneak peek at some of our work on their Facebook page, and read the full press release here.
Halloween is one of our fave times of year over here at Pinkergreen! We had a blast putting these masks together this year! So much fun in fact that we couldn’t keep them all to ourselves, so we’ve decided to make them free to download and print at home. Just click on the image to download!
This week I’ve been enjoying the amazing typographic work of designer Jessica Hische. Hische is an American letterer, illustrator, and type designer. She works primarily in print design, and has done work on numerous advertisements, book designs, and logos. In an interview Hische describes why she began her design career, and the thought resonated with my own design motivations:
“Design was satisfying in a completely different way than fine art—everything was like a puzzle you had to solve and it wasn’t (for the most part) self-expressionistic. As a nineteen-year-old from Nowheresville, Pennsylvania who lived a relatively charmed existence, I didn’t feel like I really had much to “express” yet. Being able to think and execute artwork on the behalf of others—to address their needs rather than my own—was a giant “Eureka!” moment.”
To see more of Jessica Hische’s beautiful typographic works check out her website.
Wall Painting for ‘Contently’ done by Seattle artist Will Pay
Office Installation by designer Clarke Harris
Wall Graphic for ‘Attido’ designed by Bond Design Agency
I think we can all use a little motivational boost when we’re at work, and today I am loving the inspirational wall typography found in these unique office spaces! These bold typographic solutions are a great way to brighten up the space, and offer some contrast to the typical office vibe. How could you not be inspired looking at this beautiful typography all day!?
A few weeks ago I was in a small bookstore and came across a children’s book illustrated by Jon Klassen. I loved the quirky, textural style of his illustrations, and how well they played off the funny, playful storyline of the book.
There is something refreshingly different about the approach Jon Klassen takes when illustrating for children’s books, and the artist touched on this idea in an interview he gave with artofthepicturebook.com. He was asked: It’s been said that your children’s books tend to be edgier than most; you avoid wrapping things up neatly with a bow. What’s your response to that impression of your work?
Klassen answered: I never want to promote edgy things just for the sake of it. I think there’s as much danger in that as going the other way and being too sweet or just too convenient. When the premise suggests that this can end more ambiguously, and if there’s more to be gained there, it should be allowed to do that. I think kids are fine with that. They can’t necessarily tell you that they want sweeter things or edgier things. They just want a good story to be told as well as it can be told. They want to be entertained in a very uncomplicated way.
Edgy or not, his unique illustrations are beautifully done! You can see more of his work on his blog.
After living in the city, My eyes have been opened to the importance of signage, and way-finding. Boston is so densely populated with great businesses, and the ones with bold exterior signage and branding really catch my eye as I’m walking down the street. This week I have been looking at great examples of signage and way-finding on Pinterest. For more awesome inspiration check out our Sign-me-up and Window Graphics boards on pinterest!
This is a project we took on a little while ago, but never got around to sharing…
Katama General Store came to us looking to refresh their brand and store. We loved the crab from their current logo but we needed to increase the legibility and modernize the brand. We updated the illustration and typefaces as well as introduced a new palette to reflect where they want to take their store.
If you find yourself on your way to South Beach on Martha’s Vineyard, stop in for some great picnic food and beach reads!
Today I stumbled across an Instagram account dedicated to fun and creative typography! 36 Days of Type is a project created by Rafa Goicoechea and Nina Sans, two designers that currently reside in Barcelona, Spain. 36 Days invites designers from all over the world to give their personal take on the symbols of our alphabet. Participants of the project are challenged to design one letter or number each day (26 letters, 10 numbers, 36 days). The result is an interesting peek into how designers can represent simple symbols in so many different and creative ways! Check out the 36 Days Instagram for some fun typographic inspiration!