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Early 20th century Biritsh travel posters by painter Norman Wilkinson.

I’ve always been interested in the aesthetics of British art and design of this period, and Wilkinson is definitely of my favourites. He and a few of his peers developed a style that involves highly detailed and beautiful landscapes rendered in mainly flat colour. This gives the paintings a very modern and graphic look, reminiscent of the styles of many contemporary illustrators working in vectors rather than paint.

I’ve never managed to find anything that explains how this style came to be or why, but its definitely an interesting moment in the 20th century transition from artists and commercial artists to graphic designers and illustrators.

You can see more of these posters here.

Bonus fact: Wilkinson is credited as the inventor of dazzle ships, the crazy graphic camouflage that made ships simultaneously harder to spot and much more funky during the First World War.

Wanted the class to see these beautiful illos!!!!!!!


Jessica Hische    |    http://jessicahische.is

"A series covers of classic books. The books were leather bound and the design was then foil stamped in two foil colors onto the full jacket and spine. This is probably my favorite project of all time and thanks to Jo the interiors are as beautiful as the covers. Each has marbled endpapers, painted page edges and matching ribbons and headbands."

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine “30 under 30” in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists”. She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney’s, Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books and many others. She resides primarily in San Francisco, occasionally in Brooklyn.

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Love Hische!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Designer of the week - 13/10/2014

Olga Ezova-Denisova    |    http://ezovadenisova.ru

Olga Ezova-Denisova is an artist and illustrator based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She uses hand-held techniques to create her illustrations. Her favorite type of work is a collage, linocut and stamps. She likes to experiment with the new techniques, mixing and trying different artistic techniques.

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Light lettering

Andy Doig has been creating neon artworks since starting his apprenticeship in 1992.Now, from his own studio, under the arches on the Brighton seafront, he has create a huge portfolio of light-up installations that have been exhibited all over the UK and beyond.

These are pictures from Andy’s art installation Alphabet City which caught my eye on a visit to Brighton earlier this year. I love how the medium’s limitations has forced a range of character shapes and styles (note the outlined ‘i’ and ‘r’ verses the script ‘C’, ‘L’, ‘P’ and serif ‘d’ and ‘n’). It’s also amazing to see what a diverse spectrum of colour is possible.

“The idea came from a 1960’s child hood memory of playing with plastic alphabet building blocks.

None of the letters are recognised fonts, instead we worked to what the glass and space permitted, and of course like all neon it had to flow. During the final installation we began to notice how the colours and letter styles complimented each other.

Each letter has also been placed in a frame painted and gilded using traditional fairground techniques. So, each letter now has elements of light colour, font weight, style, and frame detail. It was fun playing with all these elements.”