Colin Henderson, a designer and illustrator, enjoys captivating the viewer through the use of bold coloring, shapes, and patterns. I was happy to sense that not only does he seem to absorb inspiration through classic video games, mainstream media (do I see Flava Flav in one of them? I think so!) and street culture, but the inspiration from various ethnic art.
If our sins had a shape it would probably look quite similar to how Alexey Malina, a Russian designer/ digital artist, imagined them. Alexey created a series of abstractions based on the seven deadly sins. He explores each vice through geometrical shapes but without losing the probable syrupy movement they have. I especially enjoyed his interpretation of “wrath.”
Bea Szenfeld is an outstanding, innovative designer based in Sweden who creates theatrical fashion shows featuring her designs. Her recent collection “Sur la Plage” a continuation off of her earlier work “Paper Dolls,” features 12 hand-made designs that was inspired off of a sea-side folklore of seamen. If you are not familiar with Bea Szenfeld’s work, you may be amazed to know that (just the same as Paper Dolls) this collection is constructed entirely out of paper. Handmade, entirely out of paper, and held together by the process of gluing, sewing, and pleating.
A man of many talents, Craig Redman is a New York based illustrator, typographer, pattern artist, installation artist, sculptor, animator, designer, and art director. A list worthy of comparison would be his equally long list of well-known clients, such as, MTV, Louis Vuitton, Nike, Apple, Vogue, Converse, and The New York Times. And this may be overkill, but Craig not only has exhibited in various parts of the world, but he also exhibited at the Louvre, Paris (every artist’s dream!)
While we have many reasons to envy Craig Redman, we can also take solace in the fact that all of his accomplishments are well deserved. Craig’s diverse talents are immediately visible in his vibrant, smart, and secretly optimistic work.
Staples: usually a necessary evil based on time constraints or lack of paper clips. Who knew they could look this good? An illustrator and type designer, Alex Robbins was obviously listening when we were urged him not to ignore the negative space. His ability to transform mundane materials– be it finishing nails or fingerprints– into delicate, blooming bits of information always leaves me wanting more.
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, visual artist Josh Vanover (a.k.a. SPACEKNUCKLE) combines geometric wizardry with a frenzied collage technique to explosive effect. Something about that darkly epic aesthetic seems to scream contemporary design. Outer-space overload can be a beautiful thing.
The Small Stakes is a designer in Oakland, California who is also known as Jason Munn. His thorough yet simple conceptual ideas are the main wind-in-the-sail for his mostly music and band-oriented poster work. He recently produced a beautiful book that collects most of his work, and happens to be a very nice thing to lug around and get inspired by.
I had this exact conversation with Mom and Dad the other night over a bottle or four of wine. The alcohol may have played a major role in our enthusiasm, but it got pretty heated when Dad kept insisting capitalism “just works”. What I’m saying is, if you’re not up to the Michael Moore version, this is a much more aesthetically pleasing and humorous explanation of what’s wrong with the world today, courtesy of the MUSCLEBEAVER design team. And it will cost you less than four minutes of your lunch break!