Archives for the month of: November, 2012

Paris-based illustrator/design Julien Canavezes worked with German ad agency Jung von Matt on this fantastic campaign for Ricola. This special release of the popular Swiss brand of cough drops, The Ricola Music Edition, turns the drops into the heads of suffering singers. Each throat appears to be constricted, but when you unwrap the cough drop, the throat is relieved. Really smart concept and great illustrations. This project recently won Gold for Package Design at the London International Awards.

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We came across this simple, well executed tribute to the Man in Black by RISD grad and Boston-based illustrator/designer Chad Gowey, and had to share. Gowey says of the piece, “I’d been dying to illustrate the concept since it came to mind during a recent project. I imagined the image like a hand painted sign behind the counter of a 50s diner or a faded sticker in the back window of a pickup truck up on cinder blocks.” Prints available here. Also be sure to check out more of Gowey’s work here… he employs his superb painting skills in much of his illustration work, we love it.


Barbour Design recently designed a media kit for ESPN, their annual Planning Guide. This year, the design was driven by some great stadium photography, paired with dark hues and contrasting vibrant accents. All materials were printed on a silk stock with dull varnish, plus a spot gloss UV for some punch.

Dutch artist Ramon Bruin has the web abuzz with his spectacular 3D art. These photorealistic optical illusions involve a unique blend of drawing, painting and airbrushing, that makes the subject appear as if it’s jumping off the page. Impressive by any measure, but we especially like the apparent lack of computer work here. Makes them that much more special.


Detroit-based, College for Creative Studies senior Meg Jannott began a creative journey about 8 months ago to brand the U.S. presidents. With election season coming to a close, it’s more clear than ever that modern elections are about branding… an ad blitz if you will, just like you’d see for any given product or Hollywood movie. Presidents of the past didn’t necessarily leave behind very memorable visual identities, so Jannott took some liberties and invented some. With a bit of research, Jannott capitalized on some historical characteristics to define each president typographically. Makes for a really compelling series… she’s clearly a very talented designer with a great eye for typography. Now in the home stretch, Jannott only has a few more to go. Really well done, we look forward to the remaining designs. Now go vote!

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Nashville-based sculpture Herb Williams never put down his crayons. His work in this unique medium (crayon sculptures) is awe-inspiring (previous post here). This commissioned piece, composed of about 25,000 crayons, took about two months to complete. In Williams’ own words, “The real fun of the portrait is in adding colors that aren’t really there to make it more interesting, almost like a Chuck Close when you’re right up to the portrait, it’s abstract, but from a distance it completely works.” It really does work on so many levels… we are thoroughly impressed. Be sure to check out more of his work here.


It’s a painting, it’s a sculpture, it’s Superman! Metropolis can use Superman right about now, what with all that has been going on. Little is known about this artwork (other than the artist going by the moniker “Samuel”), but it’s been floating around the web for a little while now, and we just love it. It’s an interesting hybrid of painting/sculpture and fine art/digital art.


German portrait photographer Thorsten Schmidtkord has turned portraiture on its head, literally. From the looks of it, Schmidtkord photographs his subjects, then manipulates their likeness by swapping their chins with the top of their heads in this series he calls Head on Top. These “bearded” faces are admittedly creepy to some degree, but also fascinating and confusing. Can’t help but stare at them.


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