Beach Fossils are a young band from Brooklyn that could easily accompany your summer. Catchy songs made up of fairly simple but great repetitive guitar parts and lyrics as cheerful twangs of another guitar separate sections of the songs. They love their reverb too, like everybody should. ‘Sometimes’ is a great track. Worth looking at what pitchfork have got to say about them too.
Product design isn’t usually something that interests me all that much, but Héctor Serrano stands out from most other things I’ve seen. Playful ideas are turned into stylish and simplistic items, such as the napkin/tie combination. Transformers are also something that don’t really interest me, but I’d quite like to own one of these cute little wooden versions. Personal favourite has to be the floating lights, just need to own a swimming pool or over-sized bath now so I can get some.
Gary Andrew Clarke is the man behind ‘Graphic Nothing’. He makes beautiful vector images that carefully combine block shapes and colours to create intricate surreal landscapes, bold stand-alone images and lovely patterns.
The last designer i featured on this site, one Luke Shuman, attended “Taylor University” in Indiana, USA. I’d be lying if I said i’d heard of the institution, being from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. However, completely by accident I’ve managed to stumble across another great designer who also attended the same art school. His name is Dustin K. Friesen and he’s a Canadian-born designer, photographer and illustrator.
The one piece of his work that really struck me is the strikingly-beautiful “Holy-Yes!” illustration displayed below.
Luke Shuman grew up outside of Basel, Switzerland and is fresh out of Taylor University, Indiana, USA. He seems to have already amassed a large portfolio of great work, producing illustrations and infographics for Wired Magazine. This guy will go far..
Eileen is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, concentrating in graphic and web design. Her clean illustrative style is charming and I especially like her branding work.
There isn’t much information available about Annie (not that i’m e-stalking her..) – from what i can gather she’s currently residing in Minneapolis, USA where she’s studying a BFA Graphic Design at Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Her work displays a real level of maturity, with both confident and effective use of colour and type.
To quote her:
When I was 16 I was an active member of the Hanson fan club. There was a website design competition in which the winner won a phone call from Hanson. Guess who won? This gal.
Mark Goss is a multi-disciplinary artist from London who now lives in Antwerp, Belgium. There is a clear-cut street influence running throughout his work and it’s impressive how his style is so recogniseable regardless of the media he decides to work in.
Luke Dixon is a 25 year old illustrator from the UK. His twitter page says he’s from Eaglescliffe – Google maps tells me that’s up in county Durham..
I first saw Luke’s illustrations around christmas-time 2010, I remember this because the first piece of his work I saw was a novelty xmas-tshirt design “Murray Christmas” (It’s a Bill Murray pun..) Anyway, he normally makes awesome, super-detailed black line illustrations and seems to have a thing for drawing bears!
Check out his portfolio page here, his Tumblr blog here & his Flickr photostream here.
WU LYF are a Manchester based band who spent the last couple of years playing tiny unknown gigs and for a long time the only image of them was on a rooftop with bandannas around their faces and smoke everywhere. Well now they’ve decided to let people watch them and started to tour around. I saw them in Nottingham and it was one of the best gigs I’ve been to in a while, probably not more than 30 people there and they left the stage by humbly thanking everyone for coming.
The video for ‘Spitting Blood’ was made by a bunch of friends going off to Australia, and it’s great.
If they are in your area or near-by and you get the chance to see them then definitely don’t turn it down.
Caleb’s work is really special, there are about seventy images on his portfolio site yet it’s easy to spend hours ogling at his use of type, the meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship that runs throughout everything he does. He has produced work for Nike, Levi’s & MTV
Cla Se is a Barcelona-based design studio establised in 2001 by Claret Serrahima. There’s not that much to read about the studio online – I’ve sat for the last hour using “Google Translator” set from Catalan to English trying to find out more!
The work is stunningly clean & effective – using grid systems to their full potential.