Iceland-born illustrator Siggi Eggertson’s work is tough to categorize. It’s similar to pixel art, with the repetition of various colored shapes being used to create a larger image. However, unlike pixel art, Eggertsson utilizes the shapes created by overlapping forms as details in his complex and beautiful illustrations.
Alex Cornell’s work is classy. The time-bending effects used (photo cross-processing, yellowed paper, and other grungy “flaws”) look nice, but type selection and layout style are what I really like about Cornell’s designs. For example, on several of his projects, Futura is used in a way which is reminiscent of Mid-Century museum signage; centered and tracked out. You can see more examples of Cornell’s work on his Behance page and on Scott Hansen’s ISO50 blog.
Scott K. MacDonald (SMAC) is an illustrator/animator living in Vancouver, BC. His style references comic art and street culture. I’m quite partial to the way he represents fashion in his illustrations, he pays attention to intricacies while maintaining the crisp simplicity that permeates his work. Some highlights include the Tyson 85 Book (which I’d love to get my hands on) and the Cold Kids Series.
Micah Lidberg has a wonderful artist portfolio, full of illustrations, patterns, and hand-rendered type. The artist uses a variety of media, including digital, to produce these incredibly detailed works.
Letman (Job Wouters) has some great illustrative and hand-lettered work in his portfolio. It’s refreshing to see that many of his projects do not contain any digitally-rendered typefaces. I also really like the video project, ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ, in which Wouters has a lettering session with his nephew. It’s really interesting to see how children interpret the letters that they see.
Today, cabedge.com (the web design and development company where I work in Nashville, TN) launched a new portfolio site. Everyone worked incredibly hard, and the resulting site functions as an explanation of our process, a portfolio, and a portal for clients to access some of the applications that we use here on a daily basis. Some new additions include an employee bio page and a blog (coming soon).
Experimental Jetset is an incredible design studio in Amsterdam. Most of us recognize their work from Gary Hustwit’s documentary, Helvetica. This podcast, filmed at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, reveals the backgrounds of the designers and some of the processes behind some of their iconic pieces (I had no idea that Experimental Jetset was behind the John&Paul&Ringo&George t-shirt designs until I saw this lecture).