Teagan White's Patterns of the Earth

Illustration // Monday, May 13, 2013
Freelance designer and illustrator Teagan White studied at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design where she recently received her BFA. She currently lives outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, in the woods by the Mississippi river, near a fox den and abandoned train tracks overgrown with wildflowers. Inspired by the cycles and structures of the natural world, her work possesses a raw, rustic quality that is both captivating and lachrymose, reflecting the duality of nature's generative and destructive forces as seen through the human eye.

An Animated History of Typography

Illustration // Monday, May 13, 2013
Whether you're a bona fide typography nerd or an inquisitive newbie, this short stop-motion animation video from Canadian graphic designer Ben Barrett-Forrest is a blast to watch, providing a highly entertaining and educational look at the evolution of fonts and the art of lettering through the ages.

Martin Schmetzer, Drawing By Hand

Illustration // Monday, May 13, 2013
Martin Schmetzer is a Stockholm-based artist who focuses primarily on hand-drawn typography. The refined lines of his superbly rendered pencil sketches, combined with an impressively high level of detail and diligence, lend a uniquely elegant yet contemporary style to his work. Schmetzer's innate talent is evident throughout his visually and conceptually striking portfolio, making him an up-and-coming typographic artist to watch as his work continues to evolve and gain exposure over the coming years. 

Sophisticated Type by Sawdust

Illustration // Monday, May 13, 2013
Sawdust is the award-winning creative partnership of artists Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton, an independent design duo based in London, United Kingdom. Their specialties include custom typography, image-making, brand identity, and art direction across music, art, culture, fashion, and advertising sectors. Having earned a worldwide reputation for creating thoughtful, innovative, and meticulously crafted work, Sawdust has been recognized by numerous publications and organizations for their design excellence. 

Old School Style from BMD Design

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
BMD Design is a one-man hand lettering and illustration operation located in Bordeaux, France. Specializing in apparel graphics and logotype, BMD brings an old school French graphic style to his hand crafted and digitally adjusted designs, a rustic sensibility that is both vintage and very contemporary. His eye-catching artisanal work is in high demand, and his client list has grown to include an impressive array of companies and brands, including Levi's, Quiksilver, Audi, and Nike.  

Niels Shoe Meulman's Calligraffiti

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
Bridging the gap between typography, calligraphy, graffiti, and fine art, the work of Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman (also known as 'Shoe') is effectively a new art form for the twenty-first century, a contemporary expression of writing and design by hand in a predominantly digital age. Calling it 'Calligraffiti,' Meulman launched his cutting-edge art movement in 2007 with a successful solo exhibition in Amsterdam, and he has continued his success with various international exhibitions and museum acquisitions of his images.

The Lively Lines of Jessica Hische

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
Jessica Hische is an award-winning and highly regarded letterer and illustrator, who also describes herself as a "crazy cat lady known for her silly side projects and occasional foul mouth."  Hische's innate exuberance and passion for design is apparent with every her every stroke and curve, and her cleanly decorative yet indie-inspired style has landed her work with such notable publications and institutions as Penguin Books, Barnes and Noble Classics, ICON magazine, Tiffany's, Target, and National Public Radio, to name a few.

David McLeod's Textural Typography

Illustration // Monday, May 06, 2013
David McLeod's incredible mastery of three-dimensional form and texture is readily apparent in his impressive portfolio of typographic work. Born in Australia and currently living in NYC, the graphic designer and illustrator fearlessly tackles complex structures and materials, constantly experimenting with new ways of molding unusual substances into recognizable typographic designs while losing none of the substances' chaotic and spontaneous essence. 

Shadows, Typography and Installation by Fred Eerdekens

Juxtapoz // Friday, April 26, 2013
We love Belgium-based artist Fred Eerdekens' shadow typography created using everything from artificial cloud formations, food boxes, leaves, wires, and other found materials. They remind us of Diet Weigman's Michael Jackson shadow casting sculpture.

The 300&65 Ampersands Project

Juxtapoz // Monday, March 25, 2013
The 300&65 Ampersands Tumblr brought us a newly designed amersand everyday for an entire year. An ampersand (or empershand; '&') is a logogram representing the conjuction word 'and'. The symbol is ligature of the letters et, Latin for 'and.'
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