I come across designers, studios, and firms all the time that make my jaw drop with love, lust, and envy. As someone who is a “self-taught” designer (as in, I don’t have a degree in design or art), looking at, analyzing, and admiring other people’s work has been one of the most fun and most educational aspects of teaching myself design. More often then not these creatives don’t get the attention they deserve, so I’m gathering them here with this regular roundup of educational inspiration. Enjoy!
Leeds, United Kingdom/ graphic design
Analogue has created everything from annual reports to custom figurine artwork for toys (see the Choice Work), and all of its work has a certain amount of playfulness that keeps each project approachable. I love the use of color and bold, yet careful typography that’s usually front and center of each piece.
Choice Work: Icons for the Custom Toy Show
Salih Kucukaga Design Studio
Salih Kucukaga/ Istanbul, Turkey/ design & branding
There’s a level of iconography in all of Salih Kucukaga’s work, which is probably what drew me to it in the first place. He does a really good job of using typography and minimalism to capture the essence of brands and identities. I also love how his designs translate to so many other things, not just packaging, but automobiles, apparel, and signage.
Choice Work: Static Coffee identity and packaging
North Chelmsford, MA/ graphic design & packaging
Judging by name alone, you’d think Snakebite Inc. has a lot of tough-looking designs, but the exact opposite is true. It’s work is clean, friendly, and classic, and in the case of its pacakaging, it always uses the essence of the product as a main influence when executing a design.
Choice Work: packaging design for various clients
I Shot Him
San Francisco, CA/ illustration and interactive design
Not only do they take lovely, textured graphic design and translate it beautifully to animation, but they also have one of the coolest studio names ever. I Shot Him grounds most of its work in caricature-like illustration, expressive typography, and what seems to be a lot of Photoshop/Illustrator brushing effects. And that’s great, I love that because it almost makes you feel like you can reach out and touch the designs, adding another dimention to each work.
Choice Work: Mexican Drug Cartel informational graphic/animation design in collaboration with Visual.ly
Rejane Dal Bello
Rejane Dal Bello/ London/ illustration & graphic design
Dal Bello mixes her Rio de Janeiro roots with Swiss elements to product striking work. Bold shapes, simple typography, and lovely photography make her work kind of a hodge-podge of styles, but the results are fantastic.
Choice Work: visual identity proposal for 500 Year Anniversary Jheronimus Bosch
Above photos, first to last: Analogue, Salih Kucukaga Design Studio, Snakebite Inc., I Shot Him, Rejane Dal Bello