Posts Tagged 'Illustration'

One Line Animals

It’s been a little while since my last post (work and personal life has been incredibly hectic), but following nicely from the Arabic Animals we have another animal-based graphic series.

The techniques used by graphic design studio DFT gives an almost overly simplistic representation, yet they manage to convey such lot of detail entwined within each.

Taking the time to “remove what’s not substantive” they are left with a single stroke that captures the animal.

The illustrations all your eye to naturally fill in gaps or interpolate the missing information with what it thinks should be there, completing the picture and adding depth.

A lack of shading on the illustration of the two elephants doesn’t prevent you from seeing that the baby elephant is in the foreground of the adult elephant.

The flowing lines naturally lend themselves to alluring to the idea of movement and fluidity.

The “distinctive unbroken line style” is at the core of everything they approach so be sure to check out more of their work here, particularly the Iconic Sneaker series.


The Importance Of Colour

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




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



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

Have a good weekend!

One Of Those Weeks

It has been one of those weeks.

one of those weeks

But now it’s the weekend.  Happy Friday!

More awesome GIFs and illustrations by Robin Davey here.

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.


Johanna Basford is one super talented illustrator.  One of her more recent commissions has involved decorating the new electric Smart car from bonnet to boot in her trademark inky goodness.  Cue the #smartpic project!

24 hours drawing over 2 days in London, and 100s of of tweets inked onto the bodywork of 1 little Smart car.

The project at South Bank in London is the UK stop of the Smart Urban Stage, a pop up stage that has been touring Europe over recent weeks.

Particularly love the expressive octopus in the middle there!

The days following involved a big re-draw of the entire project – definitely worth a look on Johanna’s blog.

Lots more images in the Smart Twitter Picture Flickr set to check out.

Double Entendre Graphics

IBM have come right out of their rigid corporate shell and commissioned graphic designer Noma Bar to design a series of beautiful and clever illustrations to support their Smarter Planet campaign.

The Smarter Planet campaign is for technology giants IBM to welcome us to “the decade of smart” where “the planet has grown a central nervous system”.  Cool or what eh?

Technology has advanced incredibly over the past few years, remember that UI in Minority Report that we all gasped at?  Well only a matter of weeks ago a real life working example of this was presented by John Underkoffler on TED (skip to about 6mins30 for the really amazing stuff), demonstrating that we’re only a whisker away from infusing intelligence into systems that we build.  Designing more complex products will provide richer customer experiences and that, ultimately, is really what we’re all after.  Plenty more worth reading on the campaign site by cruising through the icons at the bottom of the page.

The humorous and witty posters use part negative space, part optical illusion to hide an image within the image, a somewhat elegant and surprising solution that big IT corporations traditionally tend to stay away from in favour of more linear and straight edged adverts.  Maybe this, deliberately or not, is hinting at future products and technologies.  Not necessarily hiding, but combining products within products, technologies within technologies, and more!  The future is almost upon us, so, for now, let’s just sit back and enjoy the graphics that go along with it.

Along with the initial image this is one of my favourites, combining a classic pen nib with a cheeky little USB.

A great series, well done Noma.

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