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!
Brooklyn, NY/ graphic design & illustration
I love Buchanan’s illustration style because it mixes realism with iconography to create a hybrid that’s both detailed but still hints at a lot of nuances.
Choice Work: The Onion illustrations
Milano, IT/ design & architecture
I’m not the most well-versed in architecture, but Novembre is one of the most famous in Italy and his body of work shows by being so varied. Word is that he’s working with AC Milan to redesign their football stadium.
Choice Work: Triennale Design Museum, Milano
Milano, IT/ branding & graphic design
Is there anything Zetalab doesn’t do? Probably not. I really love its vision for the Moleskine brand, as well as ZoomArt and Mixa mag.
Choice Work: Moleskine stores
Chicago, IL/ illustration & graphic design
McQuade has an interesting style that roots in minimalism, but uses just the right amount of detail, texture, and flare to set it apart from others. You can definitely tell all of his works are kind of “cut from the same cloth,” but given personal attention that makes them unique in their own ways.
Choice Work: Cima illustration
New England, USA/ illustration & graphic design
Piascik’s hand-drawn typography has such a strong, consistent personality throughout all of his works, it’s truly remarkable. Some of his designs I never would have pictures with that kind of typography, but he makes it work and makes it fun in the process.
Choice Work: CADC 2011 Award Show invitation
Above photos, first to last: Larry Buchanan, Fabio Novembre, Zetalab, Mike McQuade, Chris Piascik