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At first glance, it’s not immediately apparent what these round masses are. But upon closer examination, it’s clear that these are actually very familiar sights (albeit from a disorienting angle). Chinese photographer Lo Cheuk Lun and his Shanghai-based photography studio, Stuff, shot these shampoo-lathered heads for monthly international fashion magazine Numéro. While the concept is rather interesting, this could have been sort of dull and uninspiring. In the skillful hands of Cheuk Lun, however, the series really comes to life. It’s executed perfectly, and we’d love to see even more hair types. It’s a wonder this wasn’t conceived sooner. Well done.

Via wwwstuffcom.com

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Given the abundance of fonts out there (many of which are often free), one would think that the tradition of lettering would be dead. But similar to the rise of vinyl in music these days, the opposite is actually true. Lettering is experiencing a sort of renaissance in the design community. Call it novelty or nostalgia, but there is something very special about lettering, especially in this era of (and we don’t particularly like this term) desktop publishing. Styles run the gamut, and we have an appreciation for the great variety of lettering work currently being done. We are particularly fond of London-based freelance digital letterer and illustrator Linzie Hunter. Her colorful, whimsical style has served an impressive list of clients very well. Those clients include New York Observer, Washington Post, Random House Publishing, Harper Collins, Scholastic, Hallmark, American Girl, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Nike, and many more. Hunter’s work is really quite something… she has a distinct ability to make a heap of information engaging, and even beautiful. And her illustrations are fantastic too. What a talent!

Via linziehunter.co.uk

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You may remember Bryan Adams from the “Summer of ’69”, but this Canadian-born rock star has some impressive photography chops too. Adams, whose family has a rich military history, photographed 40 severely injured British vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan for this arresting and enlightening project. This series of intimate, and sometimes unsettling, portraits taken over the course of four years, documents the heroism and plight of wounded veterans, and was released as a book last year, titled Wounded: The Legacy of War. We can’t say enough about Adams’ remarkable photographs… he tells a story of human sacrifice and captures a vulnerability that we don’t often see with military personnel. An exhibition of these works starts today and runs through late January in London.

Via bryanadamsphotography.com

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The art of quilling, a technique that involves rolling, shaping and gluing strips of paper to form decorative designs, has been around for literally hundreds of years. Russian-born, UK-based designer and artist Yulia Brodskaya has a masterful handle on the time-honored art form, and brings it into the twenty first century through use in advertising, publishing and even CandyCrush-inspired art and animated replicas of her work (seen here and here and here). Her three-dimensional work is vibrant, highly detailed and really thoughtfully crafted. Brodskaya explains her passion for paper in her own words, “Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many deferent methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it”. Brodskaya’s reputation is unmatched, with an impressive list of clients to prove it.

More paper art posts here and here.

Via artyulia.com

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Information design, though fulfilling when done effectively and successfully, can be a tedious task for the designer. Ryan MacEachern, a young UK designer and recent grad, seems to have a particular knack for this type of design, as evidenced by his outstanding project “Design x Food”. MacEachern explains, “A day before I was given a brief to present information on a personal habit over a period of a week I started a very bland and uninteresting low carbohydrate diet because I have previously been eating copious amounts of high fat, high sugar colourful junk food and needed to cut down to a strict diet plan. This project explores the nutritional values of the diet and presents it in a contrasting way, it juxtaposes the dull and boring appearance of the food I was eating by presenting the data using colourful vibrant foods, which were almost entirely excluded from my diet.” The simplicity of MacEachern’s layouts allow the subject matter to really shine and engage the viewer. Well done. He produced a perfect bound book and poster for the assignment. View the entire book here.

Via ryanmaceachern.com

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Paris-based, Israeli-born image-maker/photographer Ben Sandler creates more than just pretty pictures. Sandler’s work is conceptually driven, challenging the viewer with thoughtfully crafted visuals. We are really taken with the theme of dissection, which we’ve seen in some of his work. In “No Limit” Sandler was faced with the task by Amusement Magazine to envision what the future will be like with the rise of on-demand production by 3D printers. What could have been an overly futuristic Photoshop extravaganza is an impeccable exploded view of the anatomy of a wristwatch. And for an editorial story on the subject of human movement for the French publication, Blast Magazine, Sandler utilizes long exposure in some really compelling ways. More on the subject of disassembly here.

Via bensandler.com and Behance

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French illustrator/designer Florian Nicolle employs mixed media to create wonderfully complex portraits that are so bold, yet nuanced, that they almost seem to move. With newsprint, watercolor, pencil, ink and Photoshop in his arsenal, Nicolle’s meticulously crafted chaos has been sought after by some pretty high profile clients, including Nike, Puma, Los Angeles Times and ESPN, among others. We love his style, and look forward to keeping an eye on his growing portfolio.

Via Behance

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Having created our fair share of infographics, we are fascinated by new and interesting ways to approach them. Austrian brand consulting and design firm Moodley Brand Identity has re-imagined what could be an annual report full of humdrum charts into compelling photographic compositions. The simplicity of text and image is graphic design in its purest form, and we applaud it.

Via Behance

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Dietlind Wolf is inherently creative. She seems to see the world around her a bit differently from the average person. This German visual multidisciplinary designer, prop-stylist and photographer’s eye for composition, color, texture is just exquisite. Her body of work really is something, but it would be impossible to feature it all here. We are particularly drawn to this series for German magazine Brigitte. We love the juxtaposition of sketchy illustration with prop styling. These could easily stand on their own. Be sure to check out all of her work, it’s like a masterclass.

Via dietlindwolf.blogspot.com

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