Of all designers spanning time and space, Josef Müller-Brockmann is firmly planted at the top of my list. His seminal work has become synonymous with Swiss graphic design. JMB’s focus on grids, hierarchy, and spatial relationships yielded both compelling, lyrical compositions and pioneering design systems — contributions that paved the way for the new minimalism and information architecture of the 21st centry.
I have always been drawn to textures and handcrafted goods. Jon Contino’s work is both of these and more. His artwork is quite inspiring. His illustrations and typography evoke a classic “New York” style with a modern minimalistic approach. You can find a library of his amazing work on his website. You can also wear his art over at the company he co-founded and creative directs, CXXVI Clothing Company.
U.K.-based graphic designer Tim Wan has some beautiful and restrained design work. His use of color is often sparing as well, which in our context makes his work worth a closer look. I especially like the Dimsum project, which is intriguing in its use of geometric iconography to describe tasty morsels of food. See the rest of Tim’s portfolio here.
About six months ago, I came across a stunning typographic art form that blends the legacy of traditional handwriting techniques with the urban flare of graffiti. The style, called “Calligraffiti”, was nurtured in Europe and launched into the fore by Niels Shoe Meulman (AKA “Shoe”), who has been creating cutting-edge art for decades. Check out the Calligraffiti website, scope out some of the images videos below, and watch this style continue to blow up. Also: check out Shoe’s book on Amazon.
This is a blog about the beauty of black and white, however we’ll budge now and then for some great color work. So, here’s a fun blend of film and graphic design from director and art director Gustav Johansson and Albin Holmqvist.
Some call it complexism others networkism, either way Tatiana Plakhova has created a very unique merging of science and art. Tatiana graduated with a Master’s in Psychology from Moscow State University and worked as a scientist and psychologist. Her persistant desire to create during her career in science lead her to pursue a new career as an art director. Although her work in branding, web and print was exciting, her sense of fulfillment wasn’t until she started creating her own personal artwork. She began this unique style doodling on a napkin and it has evolved into an emotional musical journey of art. Almost every one of her works is paired with music that influences the undertones and concepts of her art.
You can learn more about Tatiana and view a larger selection of her work at ComplexityGraphics.com, or read one of her interviews here.