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Barcelona design firm Hey Studio has a thing for pop culture and illustration. They married these two loves into a fruitful serial project (others here and here and here) that has boosted their social media presence to over 50K Instagram followers. Though the project, called EveryHey, seems to have since ceased, Hey Studio posted over 400 minimalist illustrations of a very wide variety of pop culture figures, from Prince to Parker Lewis, to Baywatch babes to Beyoncé. We love Hey Studio’s bold, colorful style, and their smart choice of details to make each illustration just recognizable. This is a very small sampling, so be sure to check out the entire collection online or in their EveryHey book (available here).

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Nostalgia is a prominent theme in art and design… simply a reflection of the human experience and human nature in general. We’ve seen it take many forms time and time again. Our latest find is a “bit” unexpected (no pun intended). Taking larger-than-life personas of rap and hip-hop artists, and minimizing them into pixelated 8-bit graphics may seem counterintuitive in this age of lifelike 3D avatars and such. But curiously enough, it works. This ever-growing collection of 8-bit characters is the brainchild of young UK artist A.Mulli (aka Adam Mulligan). A.Mulli’s low-res portraits pay homage to vintage arcade games like Street Fighter and Donkey Kong, imagining current hip-hop artists and rappers and other famous figures through the lens of a 1980s arcade character. Below are a few of our favorites. Keep ‘em coming, A.Mulli!

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Tokyo-based illustrator/painter/designer/artist Sayori Wada is crazy talented. She has a very distinctive style that is immediately recognizable, and she works in a variety of media from calligraphy felt pen, to pencil, chalk, spray, toothbrush, tissue paper, acrylic paint, oil paint and crayons. Hands down the coolest deck we’ve ever seen, Hip Hop Playing Cards from trendy Japanese brand Mynority Classics features original hand-drawn illustrations of legendary artists of rap and hip hop by Wada. Keep your eye on Wada… we have a feeling you’ll be a seeing more of her. Be sure to check out more of her stellar work here.

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