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Artist draws movie quotes for a year


Using simple pen and ink, artist Ian Simmons showed off his typography and illustrative skills by faithfully drawing a movie quote each day for an entire year. See the gallery here.















House of Illustration: The Only One of its Kind

photograph by Paul Grover

House of Illustration, located in the UK, is the only gallery of its kind that focuses solely on illustration. House of Illustration initially began as a group of illustrators in 2004 that would tour with various exhibitions. Throughout the years, the group gained traction and in 2014 they moved into a permanent physical location where the public can view collected works that celebrate illustration.

D&AD Awards

The D&AD is an organization that celebrates excellence in design and advertising. They recently announced winners for the 2016 D&AD Awards. Below are only a few of the many amazing winners and it’s hard to pick just a few to showcase here.  Also noteable are the “New Blood” winners, which include the new generation of creative thinkers and designers. Take a look at the list of those winners.

Grabarz & Partner (Disappearing Animals)

Grabarz & Partner created a beautiful piece for environmental organisation, Robin Wood. The illustration highlights the destruction of nature on the animals and the environment.

Droga5 (Coke Retweet)

Droga5 won for Poster Advertising and the agency creatively designed original tweets by Diet Coke fans.

Leo Burnett Chicago (Van Gogh Bnb)

Leo Burnett Chicago won for Advertising for Direct. Their winning project was their promotion of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Van Gogh exhibit in which they created Van Gogh’s painting called “The Bedroom” in 3D. I mentioned it in one of our blogs here.

thjnk ag & Leo Burnett (Burger Report)

thjnk ag & Leo Burnett created the report for McDonald’s Germany. Love the use of simple infographics to deliver the information.

The Partners (Fine Cell Work)

The Partners a Graphic Design winner for the Calendar category created a calendar symbolises the hope for a brighter future for inmates while needlework and fostering a sense of self esteem during a dark and difficult time.

House of Minalima opens to showcase the graphic design they did for Harry Potter films











Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima of the MinaLima Studio had the amazing job of designing the graphic props for all the Harry Potter films.  Their work will now be on exhibit in Soho, London so that you can see their fabulous designs in person (wish I lived closer!). The four storey building features work from the Harry Potter films on the second and third floors including actual movie props lent to them by Warner Brother Studios. The first floor shows their other graphic design work and the ground floor is home to their shop where you can buy prints, gifts and stationery. You can see some of their graphic props here.

Little Gems of Graphic Design History




The New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, not only helped those who might have found themselves lost in the complex New York Subway system, but also served as an important piece of modern graphic design history. It was designed in 1970 by Unimark’s Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda, and was reissued with the help of a kickstarter campaign by Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth. The pair, who are associate partners at the design firm Pentagram scanned the pages of the manual, which was originally in binder form, and made it into a hard cover book. The response to the campaign was enormous, earning 8 times the amount they were hoping to get. They followed up this campaign with reprinting the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual, designed by Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn in 1974. Both books serve as little gems of of the graphic design industry and showcase simple and modern design that graphic designers will just fawn over.