Jean is a mega-talented London-based illustrator & designer who has a penchant for cuddly characters, costumes, and cut paper. His three-dimensional cover for Victionary’s 2008 Stereographics: Graphics in New Dimensions caught the eyes of the design world, and he’s since finished a number of projects and produced new exhibition work that explores an expanding galaxy of characters and his own playful visual language. Jullien gradated from Central Saint Martins just last year and is now studying at the Royal College of Art while continuing to produce a steady stream of colorful commerical work for clients like Print Magazine and The Guardian.
This gem of a design sparkles with custom typography that Non-Format designed specifically for the YUAG cover. What’s wonderful is how the gentle abstraction they deployed to create the letterforms lends itself to the satisfying activity of decoding the expected series of words, yet the overall design can be appreciated on a purely formal level.
Non-Format is the international design super-team of Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss. Working together for nearly ten years, the pair have produced a steady stream of innovative design and illustration. Their list of clients is star-studded with names like Coca-Cola, Nike, M&CSaatchi, Graniph, the Tate Modern and EMI (among many others). They have art directed the independent music monthly The Wire and also Varoom: the journal of illustration and made images. In 2007, Die Gestalten Verlag published Non-Format Love Song, an artist monograph that features their award-winning work.
Steven Harrington’s Summer 2009 calendar cover for the Yale University Art Gallery!
Steven’s addition to the series features his adorable personal iconography in a collegiate still life, complete with yarn ornaments and anthropomorphic objects. Harrington is based out of Los Angeles (check out the behind-the-magic peek into his California home at Design*Sponge) and has produced a stunning array of graphic gems, stellar art, and awesome goods under his own name and as co-owner and director of the graphic design studio National Forest Design. With influences ranging from classic Time-Life Encyclopedias circa 1965-1972, to thrift stores, owls, and the Moody Blues, Harrington’s distinctive style merges hand-drawn nostalgia with illustrative and dimensional cut paper objects, creating a recognizable universe of playful characters, symbols, and starscapes. His work has been exhibited widely, in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, Montreal, and Melbourne.
Summer is definitely here in the balmy Northeast, and that means it’s time to feature another set of Yale University Art Gallery Calendar Covers!
This cover for the Summer 2009 calendar is by digital typeface pioneers and respected graphic design publishing luminaries Emigre (Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko), and utilizes a typeface Emigre distributes (a shadowed Los Feliz by Christian Schwartz) against Puzzler type designed by Zuzana. Emigre is widely recognized as a hugely influential force in the field of digital typography and design, known both for designing or releasing many cutting-edge typefaces– early dot-matrix fonts, high-resolution typefaces, and vector-based designs– as well as for publishing Emigre magazine between 1984 and 2005. The magazine was a venue for radical digital experimentation, highlighting the potential of the studio’s innovative typeface design and establishing an early forum for a growing community of digital designers. The entire run of Emigre is now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
Cody Hudson creates his clean, multi-dimensional graphics under the name Stuggle Inc., producing everything from hand-painted skateboards for good causes like Skateistan to hot t-shirt designs for Stussy, 2k, and Sixpack France. His graphic work and paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In fact, if you’re heading to Chicago soon, you can catch his solo exhibition from March 27-May 9 at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery. If you can’t make the show but want to check out the wealth of imagery and projects that Cody has produced so far, check his recent monograph Save My Life. And if you want to see something truly special, make plans to attend the Hyde Park Art Center this summer when an installation by Hudson will be gracing the main foyer!
Cody luckily made time in his busy schedule to create this custom calendar cover for the Yale University Art Gallery. We love the clean lines and playful spirit of his cover, which uses negative space and simple geometric forms to achieve a compelling rhythm and grace. The simplicity of the elements belies the complexity and sophistication of the overall design, tantalizing the viewer’s eyes to find the embedded letterforms. It’s a fantastic addition to the Yale Calendar Cover Series!
This Spring 2009 Yale University Art Gallery calendar cover is by the talented and massively prolific London-based designer and illustrator Kate Moross. Kate has a simply splendid love of geometry, isometric forms, handcrafted type, and bicycles. In addition to throwing down all sorts of tasty images for a superstar roster of clients as well as creating lots of ultra-cool loot, Kate runs Isomorphs, “the world’s first art-driven record label.” Her calendar cover, like so much of her work, is playful, engaging, and undeniably rad.
2008 postcard for the Yale University Art Gallery’s Parents’ Weekend schedule of events.
Hip-hoppity goodness! It’s a new Yale University Art Gallery calendar cover for Spring 2009 by the formidable and wildly awesome Kevin Lyons! The man behind many a Nike, Adidas, and Arkitip designs (wowser, what a list, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg), Lyons created a delightfully whimsical cover that captures the sheer toothy good nature that greets Spring after a cold long winter. Lyons is a lion in the world of street-smart, DIY graphics, having manned the helm of Stussy Worldwide and directed the creative output of Urban Outfitters for several years, all the while pumping out a steady stream of solid fresh graphics. Nowadays, Lyons holds forth as Design Director for NYC’s Anomaly and is a proud father.
One of the fun things we did this year was attend the 2008 Yale MFA Graphic Design thesis show, something we try to see each and every year. It’s always a pleasure to see new and exciting work, and this year offered plenty of inspiration. Here’s a snapshot of some of Ken Meier’s work from the show– good stuff!
Hey there, friends! A great new project for a super good cause– the Friends of P site is now live!
The brainchild of Yvonne Jukes, Garrett Morin, & Ryan Waller, Friends of P is an awesome project to raise funds for the Lupus Foundation of America, in honor of their mutual friend P. The site features a great cover of The Rentals song “Friends of P” done by Toyko Police Club (watch the little record-player spin!) and the first fifty donations of $15.00 receive a complimentary (and hottt!) tote bag with a limited edition design by Garrett and Ryan, both highly admired contributors to our Part of It project. Help out a good cause and donate today!
And for those who aren’t among the first fifty donations? The tote is now available at the Part of It site.
Here’s a postcard featuring some type play created for the Yale University Art Gallery. The event being promoted with this postcard was an end-of-the-year celebration for students involved at the Gallery, and their families. The play with angles and curves– which often occurs in type created for the Gallery– reference the Louis Kahn building in which part of the Gallery is housed.
Summer 2008 has brought another onslaught of brilliant designs for the Yale University Art Gallery’s Calendar Cover Series. Three artists created designs for this season’s calendar, which we’ll be rolling out this week for your viewing pleasure!
Our first design is from Seymour Chwast, and features his current interest in intricate all-over patterning. Chwast founded Pushpin Studios in 1954, and together with co-founders Milton Glaser and Edward Sorel, went on to create some of the most sizzling graphics of the late twentieth century. Gluekit is a huge fan of the studio’s Push Pin Graphic, which paved the way for many of the studio and designer zines of today. Great stuff– and look out below!
Here’s another fantastic cover from the Yale University Art Gallery typographic calendar cover series! This one was created by Karel Martens, revered Dutch graphic designer and typographic master. Martens founded and currently supervises the Werkplaats Typografie (WT) program at the ArtEZ Institute of Art in the Netherlands; two monographs, Printed Matter (1996) and Counterprint (2004), have been published about his substantial contributions to the fields of art and design.
One of the wonderful things about the calendar series has been the opportunity to juxtapose generations of designers and various approaches to typography. The Gallery was honored by Martens’s Fall 2007 eye-opening contribution.
One of our very, very favorite magazines in the whole entire world, Grafik, profiled us and Part of It in their March 2008 issue. We only just got a copy this week, and are thrilled with the way they distilled the founding of Part of It and described the project. Mark Owens’s “Inherit the Wind” bag was featured in their Showcase photo shoot.
Grafik can be a little hard to get in the US (we order our copies from You Work For Them), so we took a couple of snapshots to share. Enjoy!