Four score and seven years ago, shortly after college, I worked a certain retail job at a company that shall not be named (American Apparel) and had the pleasure of working with Max Wittert. Max was famous store-wide for his amazing and humorous doodles lampooning everyone who came into the store…and all of us employees. Max…I would kill to find those illustrations again, do you still have them? Anyway, we ran into each other again after many a long year at the Renegade Craft Fair last weekend, and much to my delight I discovered he’s now following his heart working as an illustrator. Wonderful 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.
Ngai Chuen Ching a.k.a Victo Ngai’s work entices you. Her illustrations are detailed narratives, that inspire you make up a story of your own to go along with each one. Victo uses illustration as a way to find her true identity and explore her different cultural backgrounds. She recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has already been featured in Communication Arts as well as Society of Illustrators NY. Who knows what she will amaze us with in the future!
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.
James Joyce is a London based artist and designer. His work is a mixture of simple typography, bold colorful colors, and crisp geometry. Joyce designs are very bold and eye-catching. I enjoy the simplicity of it but, like the “Chemical World” poster, it has a not so simple message.
Jen Mussari is a Pennsylvania native fine artist, illustrator, typographer, and maker of DIY handmade art. She is now at MICA in Baltimore working on her BFA. Check out her new series of hand printed poster series called Very Important Posters, which are a combination of hand-drawn typography and minimal illustration to communicate varied messages. These messages range from critical to welcoming, comical to concerned. You can collect all eight on her ETSY store!
Vilnius, Lithuania based artist Dziugas Valancauskas‘ work is a mix of creative typography and bold illustrations. His work explores different style: from clean, vectorized illustration, to more loose, handmade lines. Not only is he a graphic designer/illustrator, he also was the art director for a Suicide Dj’s video, Sea Boat.
Hernan Paganini is a graphic designer/interior designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a child, Paganini would collect objects he randomly found on the streets. As time went by, those objects became the inspiration for most of his work. He now teaches at the Public University of Buenos Aires, where he also graduated from.