“Cerulean Crew (si.ru.le.an) was founded upon a desire to make. Our products take multiple forms but are united by two characteristics: physicality and the colour blue. We release our goods in series, never reproduced beyond their initial run. Power to those who make.”
Interbrand Australia are a studio at the top of their game, hot off the heels of their rebranding of Sydney Opera House which has deservedly been doing the rounds on the design blogs, is their playful rebranding of another Australian instituation, the Australian Design Centre.
“Having established kids as ADC’s new primary focus, we needed to find a way to communicate with them (without excluding our other audiences). So we created a colourful and customisable identity system, inspired by building blocks – the universal symbol of creativity, discovery, and learning through play. But it’s not all fun and games. While the system encourages curiosity and experimentation, it always puts what matters most at the centre – no matter whether that’s a global issue, an exhibition title, or simply the name of a visiting child.”
Veronica Lethorn from Australian outfit The Company You Keep has been in touch to let us know about the launch of their new website and projects. Beautiful!
The Mexican design studio XL has just published their new website, including great new projects. They are a young and emerging studio based in Monterrey, focused on branding and design experience, and have projects ranging from stationery design to web development.
Spiros Halaris is a multi-disciplinary Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. Originally from Greece, he was trained at the University of the Arts London and has studios in London and New York, where he’s currently based. He’s got a portfolio of beautiful work for the likes of Vanity Fair, Vogue UK, The Telegraph and Sunday Times. I particularly like this recent commission by MoviePilot Magazine for their Oscars coverage.
Strategic design & branding agency D8 kindly sent us a copy of their latest coveted publication to coincide with the recent revamp of their site (which at only 4 letters long has a very enviable url!) This issue, their 7th, has a loose focus on illustration and includes some of their own recent illustrative work (by the likes of Steven Bonner, Jack Daly and many more) not to mention some fantastic commissions including Noma Bar and Andy Lovell. Beg, steal or borrow a copy, its a thing of beauty! (..or just check out their site)
Time Trial is a new interactive rock climbing video game produced by Randori, and hosted at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville twice each month. Players are given the opportunity to compete in a dynamic setting featuring augmented reality on a climbing wall. Would love to give this a try!
Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. After studying Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. Her typography work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type to large scale hand-painted murals.
She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world. Her clients include Adobe, Volcom, Heineken, Kirin Cider, QANTAS, Heinz, Angus and Julia Stone and The New York Times. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
After 8 years working under the alias Destill, designer and illustrator Mike Harrison has launched a personal rebrand, now working under the name Studio MH.
Having previously been known primarily as an illustrator, Mike’s skill-set had evolved and a change was required to reflect that. As a result a stronger brand identity was developed, presenting a fresh face to his body of work, which now includes some excellent design projects.
We think the upgrade looks great and beautifully utilises the excellent Semplice Labs.
Whether or not you’re a fan of their music, the creativity and originality behind OK Go’s music videos is undeniable.
Created in collaboration with front man Damian Kulash’s sister Trish Sie, the new video “Upside Down & Inside Out” is an acrobatic display, which makes the most of zero gravity choreography, made possible as the entire thing is shot in a nose-diving S7 Airlines plane! That’s right, no wires, no green screen… no gravity.
To find out more about what goes into making a video such as this, head over to OK Go’s site.
Mexican graphic designer Ivan Pedroza has just launched the website for his freelance studio Made Office. His work is composed by great print and stationery design, with colorful and bold aesthetics. Make sure to also check his Behance site, more work is coming soon!
The English Premiere League is the richest, highest profile domestic league in the world. It is beamed into almost 700m homes worldwide and viewed by almost 5bn people – safe to say it’s a pretty big deal.
To create a new identity for a brand with this sort of visibility you need a safe pair of hands, think the David De Gea of design. Design Studio and Robin Brand Consultants got the call and we think they’ve done a great job. The new identity is fresh, bold and ultra confident, while the crown-headed lion anchors it in tradition. The simplicity of the lion marque also allows the new identity to scale down well, which had been an issue with the original.
That’s enough from us though, find out more about the new identity over at Design Studio.
Sam is an independent illustrator and paper artist currently living in the rural countryside just outside of Bristol, surrounded by scenery and wildlife. With six years industry experience and a background in graphic design Sam has turned her observational powers and attention to detail into creating dreamy and magical handcrafted artwork.
Her work is used both commercially and artistically, for a variety of different purposes ranging from advertising campaigns, magazine covers, installations, music and window displays. She has produced work for a large range of clients, including DLKW Lowe, Nokia, Kiehl’s, El Jimador, Paperchase, Camp Bestival, Unipart, Jetstar and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Ellie F-P is a London based illustrator specialising in witty and expressive hand drawn and collaged imagery. Since graduating in 2008 she has worked for a wide range of clients including: Random House, GQ, The Telegraph, Gramophone Magazine, Creative Review, The Guardian, The Independent, Eureka, Harvard Business Review and CBBC, and most recently, The Idler.
Follow on twitter to keep up to date with her most recent work.
Issue No.2 of Extra Condensed has a particularly numerical theme: from the origins of ‘spitting image’ to Stephenson Blake’s charming San Serif No.7, via a wander through the peculiar world of letter frequency and the printing of issue No.1.Every article also features its own pilcrow, each taken from a different fount in our collection.
Written, designed, typeset and printed by hand in a limited edition of just 200 (although this still involved over 2250 hand pulled prints). Each issue is individually numbered and comes in a custom printed envelope.