Ashley Dwyer

This week I was lucky enough to be introduced to a fantastic young talent in the graphic design industry. Ashley Dwyer is a recent graduate from the Winchester School of Art, where she has worked hard to develop her unique style. Its common today to see many young designers following the same trends and styles in their work, but what I love about Ashley, is that her work is new, fresh and full of character. She has been able to create a diverse portfolio, showing how her eye for detail can be translated across a wide range of media. For such enthusiasm and talent, its only a matter of time before we see much more from Ashley, and I for one am excited to watch her work progress even further. I caught up with her to ask a few questions:

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How would you describe your work and your style?

My style of work is very adaptive. Over my 3 years at university I have learnt to let the brief influence my style. It means I can discover new skills during a project that I may not have thought to do if I just stuck to one particular style.

As a designer your style seems very flexible to different briefs. Do you have a favourite medium to work with? 

My absolute favourite style is digital painting, to create the comic book style and if I can add the high fashion photography element in there I will, to make a piece of work I usually layer up many different mediums to get the best effect.

Do you have any advice for young designers, trying to establish their style?

My advice would be to not worry about having a distinctive style too early on, because as time passes you will mould yourself into a unique designer. I’m still not entirely sure what my style is! Also, employers love the idea of being able to sculpt a young artist if they don’t have a particular style.

Where do you hope to be in the future?

I would absolutely love being part of the graphic novel and gaming industry, whether it be on their design team or just making cups of coffee, as long as I am involved in some way!

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If you want to see more of Ashley, then check out her online portfolio here! 

Have a great week guys, Katie

Fung Yee Wai

Fung Yee is a recent graduate of Huddersfield University, with a bold passion and flair for Graphic design and paper craft. Her latest pieces are beautiful, intricate paper sculptures that will leave you in awe. Her work is not only clean and crisp, but also well thought out. She is able to communicate strong messages and concepts through her pieces, making them real show stoppers. With a string of awards already under her belt, this young designer is set to hit the ground running and take the design world by storm. I am totally in love with her pieces and I’m sure you will be too. Here’s what she had to say when I caught up with her recently:

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Tell me a little bit about yourself and your work

I am a british born chinese girl with a love for paper-craft. This love started off as a general hobby during my high school days, making some origami cranes. It wasn’t until my final year at University that I took this hobby further and developed it into a refined skill.

Your work has such a clear and distinctive style. Has it been difficult developing this, since you are still a young designer?

Yes, it has been rather difficult discovering this skill and style but with the support and encouragement from my tutor, Mr Brent Hardy-Smith, I managed to really challenge myself and create something new.

What were the inspirations for your latest pieces?

My latest white models are each based on a real event around the world, so you have the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Montreal Jazz Festival, Day of the Dead, Cannes International Film Festival, Oktoberfest and Gion Matsuri (a Japanese summer festival).

Your work is always new, fresh and experimental. What can we expect to see from your next pieces?Will you be trying anything new in the future, or just perfecting your craft?

Haha, good question Katie, it will be a bit of both really. I would like to take on and learn new areas of design to build on my design skills but simultaneously, I would also like to continue crafting. It’s a difficult question to answer but we will see how things go!

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If you want to see more of fung yee’s work then visit her behance portfolio to see more of her stunning designs, and to also get in touch!

Behance: www.behance.net/fungyee

Robert Marshall

 

Illustrator and graphic designer Robert Marshall has a style that’s slick, professional, and purposeful: you could easily assume he’s been working the industry for years, whereas he’s actually only just graduated this year (that’s with a degree from the University of Cumbria if you’re interested). 

His book cover design for Chandler’s The Big Sleep was actually the first thing that really caught my eye when looking at his website: the photo collaged flower design is really striking, and shows a really strong grasp of aesthetics and composition that carries on through everything else that he produces. Filters and noise layers also add a kind of personal touch that stops his work from having that overly clinical ‘photoshop’ effect that many graphic designers can fall victim to- Robert instead takes that clean editorial vibe and mashes it with his own strong independent aesthetic.

And whilst his posters and book covers are gorgeous his personal and zine illustrations are simply wonderfully vibrant and bold: slightly retro aliens and geometric monsters (whist only a ‘bit of fun’ in his own words) are some of my favourite things that I’ve seen all week.

So really, I recommend checking his website out as much as I can really- for between the silly monsters and clean-cut design work I’m sure there’s something you’ll enjoy.

 

 Robert was also lovely enough to give some answers to a quick few questions here below:

What would you say is the biggest inspiration for you in your illustration work?

I love strong shapes and colours so I would say collage is a big inspiration to me and that is how I see my way of working. The illustrator who has inspired me the most though is Matthew Lyons. His colours and textures and compositions are amazing plus I love the sense of drama he gets into his work.

Is there a particular piece of work or moment in your career so far you’re proudest of?

My facourite pieces are probably the Bagatelle cover and Porn Monsters. Proudest moment is getting my work in Digital Arts in the showcase section.

What are your future plans now you’ve recently graduated? 

My future plans are to make some collective zines with other illustrator friends and also to try and get an agent. 

Your work has a very definite style and tone to it, have you always worked in this way or has your style been a recent development?

I haven’t always worked like this it has been a very recent development. When I first started my course I was really hung up on getting a ‘style’ but my tutor told me to take my time and not to think about it. Instead work in whatever way or technique interested you at the time and what felt right for the work then your style would evolve and develop itself. After three years I can see now that what he said was true and my current style came very naturally from playing about.

And finally, are there any particular musicians or perhaps radio shows/podcasts you like to listen to whilst working?

I listen to a range of music whilst working but the main ones are Andre Williams (he is brilliant you should definitely check him out), MF DOOM, Boiler Room sets and Mark Mcguire.

 

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Time to Get Better Clothing with Margate’s Alex Foster

This week I was charmed by Margate’s very own Alex Foster and his eclectic and humorous graphic illustrations. Working with print, designing editorial wonders or making the bride smile with adorable wedding invites, Foster’s got it covered alright. Wait, did I forget to say the boy does zines too? Fresh out of Middlesex university, this young spud of a graduate has not only focused his attention on his studies but worked with a variety of clients too with projects from widely distributed magazines to an upcoming children’s book.

Not only that but the wizard has thrown his talent and know-how into his illustration cauldron, boiled it down and poured what was left over some pretty, awesome t-shirts and merchandise too, giving birth to his latest project, Get Better Clothing.

After two sell-out collections under his belt, summer 2013 brings a collection with inspiration drawn from Foster’s childhood toys and nature, bringing fun and naivety to the brand. Designs include playful cowboys and indians battling it out on mountains whilst tattooed bears show off their ink all available from the beginning of August. Foster makes sure Get Better Clothing is as eco-friendly as it can be too, using water-based inks, organic bamboo based t-shirts, paper packaging and recycling where ever possible.

So now, not only can you appreciate the boy’s immense talent as is but you can kit your wardrobe out with it as well – from a fashion girl’s point of view that’s a win win. I also like to think of him as a bit of a social media hussy treating his beloved clothing child to it’s very own blog, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

Go on, eye up Foster’s illustrations at his official website over here, you know you want to. Or if you really, truly want to go the extra mile and have a face-to-face perve on it then head on down to Margate’s Harbour Arm Gallery where Foster will be showcasing illustrations relating to his seaside hometown in exhibition ‘Coming Home‘. Of course, if you hadn’t guessed it, the exhibition is run by the man himself showcasing talent from some of London’s top illustration and sculpture students and graduates following the theme of hometowns from sunny seasides to cool California, wherever that artist calls home. It will be running from 24th-30th July. 

Also exhibiting in ‘Coming Home’ are: Chris Alton, Chloë Greenfield, Mark Holihan, Eileen Kai Hing Kwan, Amy Stevens, Liz Tweedale, Maddy Vian and Dawn Williams.

 

 

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Sylvia Moritz

Sylvia Moritz has never strayed from artistic disciplines, having studied Graphic Communication from an early age at Die Graphische in Vienna. Encouraged by her college tutors to cross borders, the multi-media artist and designer flew the nest at 19 en route to America. Here she discovered a lot about herself and her discipline, studying Illustration in Boston, and partaking in a six-month printmaking course in San Francisco.

On the back of a range of practical and industrial skills acquired from her travels, Sylvia enrolled at the University of the Arts London. In 2012, she found herself back in America on an erasmus exchange programme, this time showing The Big Apple what she was made of, in a six-month intensive at The Parsons New School for Design. She made the most of state of the art facilities, gaining advanced knowledge in branding and packaging design from peers such as Lance Wyman (Mexico ’68) as well as honing her illustrative expertise, mentored by reportage fanatic Veronica Lawlor.

The Austrian is an advocate of both the use of traditional and digital techniques that work hand-in-hand with one another, and such an ideal is conveyed in a lot of her work. Observations of Moritz’s surroundings play a vital role in shaping the direction of her practice. Usually with underlying environmentalist attitudes, her stunning mark-making qualities display a meticulous attention to detail and an enviable dedication to the creative arts. She continues to develop her style and relentlessly pushes herself to improve with every project she participates in. And the hard work has paid off, recently winning a Best of Year award with the D&AD for a project with the V&A.

Sylvia must be congratulated on her immaculate level of craft, her delicately balanced tone and liberating colour combinations. In the main image we capture an insight into her exotic amalgamation of geometric elements that satisfy the eye hypnotically – a feat of technical excellence comparable to that of the late and respected Escher. One can only hope that Sylvia continues to lead us on inspiring journeys through her labyrinthian creations. I have full confidence that she will.

 

 

 

Creative Graduates from Edinburgh Napier University

Last sunny weekend I visited Edinburgh Napier’s University Creative Degree Show 2013. I hadn’t been before but as the underdog of creative university’s in Edinburgh there was a certain number of graduates that caught my eye. Main image – Product Designer Aimi Robertson, Bottom Images – Graphic Designer Sam Dexter.

Aimi Roberston is a graduate in Product Design with a love for furniture design and restoration. Lucky enough to have been on exchange in China for 5 months last year she has great experience and has a fun approach to her work as a designer. Her degree project shows a love for Scottish Industry using Harris Tweed in an interior context. It’s quirky use of Harris Tweed shows the traditional fabric in a new light.

Originally from Inverness Aimi has shown her Scottish roots by using the iconic Scottish Harris Tweed jacket in a bespoke piece of furniture taking direct influence from the jacket with the 2 pocket detailing on the sofa with a modern twist. The bespoke piece has a strong historic narrative showcasing Harris Tweed’s history yet comments on Harris Tweed’s recent resurgence. The sofa uses high class materials yet is designed to be extremely flexible and I can see it fitting nicely within people’s homes. It is a great take on the traditional and ties in nicely with the current handmade market with consumers seeking out hand made, quality items rather than mass made. Aimi’s branded her idea really well even down to the traditional bottle of whisky in the sofa’s pocket!

Sam Dexter‘s ‘Red Letter Day Project’ motion graphic piece informs the public about a particular event that is important to the history of Edinburgh. With an interest in philosophy and ethics, Sam chose the birth of the philosopher David Hume and his theory called the ‘Induction Fallacy’. As Sam explained to me ‘Induction Fallacy’ theory implies that nothing in our world can be predicted. In the stop frame animation she communicates this theory-which would usually be quite hard to understand- in a humorous way using dominoes, similarly tumbling but with one rogue domino breaking the rules in an extraordinary way! As her first stop-frame animation and using 112 dominoes Sam’s made this animation with perfect detail and you can watch it here. Sam said that what she likes about graphic design is that ‘you can communicate with the audience on so many different levels and make a subject like The Induction Fallacy something quite light hearted and easy to grasp. I like to think my work is light hearted and uplifting. Since this project a lot of my work has been motion graphic based, I really enjoy film and projects that involve interaction and involvement with the public…’. Her attention to detail is incredible! Make sure you have a look at her ‘Red Herring Route’ intervention project which made people in Edinburgh look, and see, the city differently from usual.

Good luck to both Aimi and Sam!

 

Marializa Kambi

Marializa Kambi is currently undertaking a BA in Graphic and Media Design at the London College of Communication.

Marializa’s work is a blend of mixed media including but not limited to painting, screen printing, typography, photography, and illustration. In using these mediums, her artwork crosses the lines between what can be considered Fine Art and Print. The artist chooses her mediums based off of the image she is trying to evoke – Typography to accent characteristics, illustrations to accent emotions..The list goes on. By not limiting herself to one specific medium or even just to one specific style within her work, Marializa continues to constantly evoke a freshness and an innovative approach to her ideas.

To see more of Marializa’s work, as well as work in progress and her inspirations, check out her blog here – http://marializakambi.tumblr.com/

 

– Killian

(Images courtesy of Marializa Kambi)

Mila K

“I’d rather not sound cliché, but I feel that drawing is a means of escape. I can create things that don’t exist, I can portray how I feel at a particular time, or give a creative spin on events happening around me and the effect they’ve had.” Mila K, [Now Then]

Mila K is a longtime horror film fanatic; an understanding of his taste for the monochromatic and the unearthly is necessary in order to appreciate his vogue graphic and street art. The Sheffield based artist started out tracing and imitating the designs on horror film cases. Since then he has developed his own signature style, most notably in the form of his signature female character.

A full time illustrator, Mila has recently completely work for Michael Glawogger’s documentary film ‘Whore’s Glory’. His artwork captures the sinister artificiality of the underground world of prostitution.

The Knife and Folk gallery also recently played host to Mila’s first solo exhibition. The show was an interactive retrospective charting the development of his signature character and the diverse forms Mila has worked with.

With his masterful skill set Mila has made an impact in the worlds of street art, photgraphy, digtal art, photgraphy and, most recently fashion. Mila has designed t-shirts for local metal band Dead Harts, DEAD REIT Clothing, images for the startup watch brand LEAD and record labels.

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Frances Szweda

“Clicking play on a screen does the job but there’s nothing like the anticipation of owning, opening and listening to music…” Who can argue with that? Milton Keynes’ Frances Szweda has conveyed her advocacy for the ‘survival of vinyl’ by creating this series of creative sleeves. Focusing on the Mercury Prize 2012 Nominess as a case study for the project, the London College of Communication Illustration student highlights the shift towards digital purchasing of audio, that relentlessly steers away from the traditional forms of tangible music packaging that arguably helped define the musics intentions in a visual format.

The beauty of album art can be lost in the blurry rush of increased download speeds and the general digitised lust for more music in ever-expanding quantities. Szweda strikes a more serious tone in an otherwise fruitful and humorous portfolio by challenging the vinyl format. Misconceived as archaic or lacking contemporary, her project, entitled ‘A Case For Vinyl’ aimed to utilize the Mercury prize’s popularity as an anchor to convey the “lost appeal of owning a physical object.”

In-keeping with the uplifting attitudes of institutions such as Rough Trade Records, Frances’ work reaffirms our shared attitudes towards keeping the colourful world of music spinning, and highlighting the desire for vinyl to continue with spinning with it.

 

 

 

KRD – graphic design

It’s always exciting to find someone who is both professional and has fresh ideas when it comes to graphic design, and with Kathryn, Gola has been lucky enough to find both of these things.

‘To me, graphic design is everything really…it’s everything I do, and everything I will do’

Passion like this is Kathryn Davies down to a tee. Full of knowledge, excitement and drive when it comes to graphic design. She’s currently in the second year of her degree at Northumbria and spends a huge amount of time perfecting her art, ‘I practically live in the studio, and find any excuse to take a trip into the print room!’.

Kathryn describes herself as, ‘ginger by choice and obsessed with the printed word’. She was raised in Rochdale, and with both her parents being graphic designers, it is little surprise that she has turned out the same way, believing that ‘it must be in the genes’. Kathryn’s skill in publication is impressive and eye catching.  She is not just someone with a hobby or a passion – she is someone who knows exactly what she is doing, and her art reflects that.

Kathryn has a huge span of knowledge when it comes to graphic design, and is particulaly interested in Victorian typefaces. She enjoys working with people and bouncing ideas around in order to achieve fantastic results.

Kathryn’s dream is to design her own typeface, one that becomes a staple of any typographers arsenal and to work in the graphic department of films such as Harry Potter.

In a world where we are met with graphic design all the time, it is refreshing to meet someone with a real and raw talent, and it will be exciting to hear more from her in the future!

If you want to see more of Kathryn’s work, click here!

Introducing..Ana Marquis.

Ana Marquis is a recent BA Graphic Design graduate from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design based out of London.

Despite obtaining a BA Degree in Graphic Design, Ana considers herself a multi-disciplinary artist, and is also interested in illustration and animation as well as graphic design. One of her more known techniques is through her use of collage and montage, creating surreal, dada-esque imagery.

For her most recently-noted series of work, Ana gained inspiration from her dissertation research, involving multiple forms of relationships between Man and Technology. Her work became her way of deciphering all of this information needed for her dissertation, allowing her to understand these concepts more in depth. Questions such as, “How did technology come to change the way we act, think, touch, see, feel, and live?”, “How did it disconnect us from our ‘natural’ senses and natural surroundings?”, “How did it bring us a brand new technological world where we can have a disembodied existence, where we can connect with other cyber beings from all around the corners of the world?” – She answered these complex questions through her artwork.

To find out more about Ana’s work, feel free to visit her Website, here. 

– Killian

(All imagery courtesy of Ana Marquis)

Nick Riley

This week I’ve been chatting to a refreshing graphic designer with a bold style that mixes clean commercial design with show stopping conceptual pieces. Nick Riley, a soon to be graduate from Winchester School of Art, Southampton University is definitely one to watch in the world of design. His work is inventive and creative, never settling for the common place in design. This has helped him create an impressive online portfolio that shows how diverse and effective his work can be. However, interestingly, despite being a diverse and adaptable designer, he never misses the mark when it comes to the subject matter. There’s a charming realness to all of his pieces, that get a clear message across, whilst still being effortlessly beautiful. Just what you’d want from a talented designer. Here’s what he had to say…

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How would you describe your work and your style?

My work has a strong emphasis on colour with quite a minimalist approach to type. I also favour illustration over photography on the majority of my projects, perhaps due to it having a more harmonious relationship with bright colour schemes. I’d hope that my work appeals to quite a large audience and age range due to the colour schemes and simplicity of type layout. The majority of my work is print based and I’m a firm believer in the value and promotion of print over digital alternatives.

Your work is often very bold and graphic, what influences your style?

Michael Craig-Martin has been a large influence on my style for a good few years now, other artists such as William Morris have also played a part in some of my projects. Graphic designers such as David Carson and Stefan Sagmeister often influence how I approach briefs and the values I keep in mind when designing.

You’ve created some very deep and meaningful pieces ( like your genius loci work, which can be found on your online portfolio for those interested) do you prefer working in this style, or in a more commercial style?

The genius loci brief was really interesting due to the subject matter, seeing how the public dealt with the homeless brought about a lot of questions and it was good to explore those. However the more light-hearted, exciting briefs are what I prefer doing, I have more of an enthusiasm about brighter, positive challenges.

Where do you hope to be in the future?

I hope to head into London once I’ve graduated, as a junior graphic designer. I’d like to be mainly print based however the world is becoming evermore digital so I also look forward to designing for digital formats and briefs. Print and digital lends itself well to graphic installations and this is something I’d really like to get involved with.

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I hope you enjoyed that, and to really get a good idea of Nick’s work, I urge you to visit his website, and check him out for yourself!

Click here for Nick’s website