Posts Tagged 'Graphics'

Arabic Animal Letters

Egyptian designer Mahmoud Tammam has a strong Arabic influence in much of his work and his most recent typography project is no different.

I spend a week in Dubai every few months so I’m quite familiar with the style and look of Arabic letters and words, and the problems that they can present even to many western brands that have to double up their signage and graphic applications to show both alphabets.  Though the logo for Dubai’s Department of Tourism is excellent in this regard!

In an attempt to try and bridge the difference Mahmoud successfully manages to visualise the word and transform the Arabic letters “into the shape of their meanings”.

ape

Ape

cat

Cat

His project considers a range of words, but I was particularly taken with the animals and the elegance with which they become recognisable.

dog

Dog

duck

Duck

fox

Fox

Whether through a hint of colour or a decorative embellishment (did you notice the fox’s “nose”?).

giraffe

Giraffe

lion

Lion

monkey

Monkey

whale

Whale

Very nicely done!

Be sure to take a look at his other projects, including Arabic Logos here.

The Importance Of Colour

Some Friday fun with the colourful and whitty illustrations of Stephen Wildish.

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As you can see, colour is, well, rather important!

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Check out more of his clever illustrations as part of his Friday Project here.

Have a good weekend!

Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design

It’s unlikely to rival the explosive content of any upcoming  Hollywood blockbuster, but that hasn’t stopped the new trailer for docu-film Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production catching my eye.

It is a history of the changes that took place in the graphic design industry from the 1950s through to the introduction of “desktop publishing” in the 1990s.

I don’t work in Graphics specifically, but I have done a bit within that sector over the past 10 years or so.  Whilst many of these skills were before my time, I did spend time at university painstakingly positioning Letraset transfers and experimenting with my own somewhat crude version of paste-up boards.

The precision and craft of doing everything by hand in the trailer really resonates with me.  Look forward to this coming out in early early next year!

More information www.graphicmeans.com.

Noma Bar’s Guess Who

Inspirational Geek’s favourite negative space illustrator Noma Bar has been up to his usual blend of creative and clever imagery.

In his latest book Guess Who? he takes a playful, and sometimes amusing, twist on illustrating typical portraits of cultural and popular historical figures.  Some of my favourites below, can you guess them all?

And my absolute favourite, probably the world’s most famous physicist.

The traditionally unkempt hair, atomic symbol face and electrons for eyes.
Brilliant!

Negative Space

Noma Bar‘s talent in creating negative space images (often with a hidden twist if you linger over the image long enough) has been noted on Inspirational Geek before with his Double Entendre Graphics.  Back in the limelight for recently redesigning some classic DeLillo covers for Picador Books I discovered a classic book of his own – Negative Space.

 Artwork for an article on the oil politics of the Iraq war

Negative Space is a quite compelling collection of Bar’s work from a variety of magazines that surreptitiously (or otherwise!) challenge current affairs and increasingly political news stories.

 Artwork for an article older men who pursue younger women


When Doves Cry

This is my favourite:


Business in War – a symbol of warfare with a hidden element of business

Artwork for an article on violence and gun crime


Artwork for an article on how CEOs invest personal wealth

You can buy Negative Space here.


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