Javier Garcia is a graphic designer and illustrator based in San Francisco, California. Applying his playful sensibilities to a variety of professional identity, print, and web design projects for about a decade. Some of his clients include Coca-Cola, Corona, Target, North Face, Facebook and Google.
Filter017 started as a creative design agency in 2004. Based in Taichung City, Taiwan, the trio Enzo Lin, Wen Ko, and Nick Chen set up the company with the aim of bringing together Eastern and Western design cultures. In little over ten years Filter017 has earned multiple awards, featured in countless publications, exhibited habitually, and worked with several leading brands worldwide.
They designed and manufactured packaging, clothing, toys, skateboards, and all kinds of sports accessories for comapines including Nike, Adidas, Dr. Martens, Rody, Scooter Attack, laFraise, OUTERSPACE, and adFunture. In 2009, Filter017 utilized their experience working for others to create their own products. They released a clothes and lifestyle brand under their own name. It received international attention and become famous virtually overnight. Thier East meets West philosophy has been carried over to their own brand, additionally mixing up humour, classic and street trends. Since then, they have produced an array of clothing and accessories, vinyl toys, skateboards, key rings, cups, umbrellas, lighters, and the list goes on.
Ty Wilkins is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Austin, Texas. He graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from a Auburn University. After which he worked for various design companies, gaining experience and honing his skills. In 2010 he took the plunge and formed his own design studio.
Working for himself Wilkins is able to inject more of his personality into projects. He also takes the opportunity to explore geometry and minimalism. Creating typography, icons, and illustrations that have liveliness and charm. Wilkins’ distinct style has attracted brands including Target, Cheerios, IBM and Facebook. As well as publications including Monocle, ESPN Magazine, Wired and Bloomberg.
Wilkins’ illustrations take full advantage of the perfect lines of vectors. However, he often incorporates scanned painted textures adding an element of handcrafted imperfection. His pastel pallet, as well as his strong use of geometric shapes, is very reminiscent of 1950s illustration. Which he plays upon by adding subtle noise and distress.
Danilo De Donno is an Italian freelance graphic and fashion designer, who goes under the mantle Stylographic.. His illustrations take advantage of a range of media and techniques, frequently incorporating photography as well as hand lettering.
Donno switches his work between sensitive and humorous. Just as easily I laugh at his dogs wearing crowns, I can lose myself in his floral patterns.
Brave the Woods is a design and illustration studio based in Texas, comprised of duo Brad & Krystal Woodard. They create retro inspired illustrations with strong graphic design sensibilities. Some of their clients include Target, Old Navy, Honda, Urban Outfitters, Microsoft, and the History Channel.
Their styles vary per project, drawing inspiration from a range of sources and experiences. Though, looking across their portfolio, I can see the influence of UPA in their character design and a touch of Alexander Girard in their graphic design. The typography is also a key element of their work. Always in keeping with the overall piece, their type is playful and fun without compromising the clarity.
Brave the Woods also have a shop called Brave Outpost. It is jam-packed with goodies from Books to T-Shirts. With great prices too, it is definitely worth perusing.
Presenting the work of graphic designer and illustrator, Gregory Hartman. Based in Pittsburgh, Hartman is currently a designer at language-learning service, Duolingo. Hartman’s styles comfortable split into two areas. The first being his re-imagined existing characters, with exaggerated physical features, beautifully rendered. The second is a flatter, icon-inspired, with geometric shapes and limited colours. Where does Hartman get his inspiration from? Well…
My most reliable source of inspiration is my drive for creating something different.
Illustrator and designer Noma Bar’s work has placed him in high demand. His client list is longer than my Amazon wishlist with the likes of The New Yorker, The Guardian, Random House, The Economist and Wallpaper* making repeat appearances.
Born 1973 in Israel Mr Bar graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Art& Design before moving to London in 2001. Throughout his career Mr Bar has pushed and stretched the boundaries of negative space. Crafting hidden meaning with juxtaposing elements his images demand you always look twice. His thoughtful illustrations have earned him multiple awards, not least the prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil award in 2012. Mr Bar also released two books titled Guess Who?: The Many Faces of Noma Bar and Negative Space, both of which received high acclaim.