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M. C. Escher

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Recently visited the M. C. Escher exhibit in Industry City in Brooklyn, was deeply inspired, then walked through the gift shop and decided not to buy the print album of his work (I felt so strong, but the deep regret set in quickly), but then on a trip to Vermont last week I found an album of his work for sale at a beautiful old library, for three dollars, bought the book and felt that […]

Jazzlab – Poster

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Stumbled upon a series of posters created by Jefferson Cheng, with a simple but compelling taking up majority of the page, in different shapes and colors, creating a lovely set of posters. I’m particularly liking the balance he’s striking with the elements, while still creating a sense of fullness despite the minimal presence of content.

How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things… – Notes

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How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world Book by Michael Bierut Below are my personal notes and excerpts from this book.   Disclaimer: The highlights that I note are not, by any means, all of the highlights of this book. I am certainly missing many important points, but the ones listed below were […]

Michael Bierut – Poster

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I learned about Michael Bierut and the work of Pentagram when I started listening to Debbie Millman’s podcast about a year after graduating college. The breadth of people she spoke to opened my eyes to a whole new world of design and it was invigorating to say the least. It was only until I read his How To book a few days ago, that the breadth of his work with Pentagram really sunk in. I […]

Pouya Ahmadi – Work

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I’ve been perusing Behance for graphic design inspiration, and somehow came across Pouya’s work, which stopped me in my tracks. His work stuck a cord with me in its typographical exploration with minimal use of color. Something about it is simple, yet endlessly interesting, making we want to explore every corner, and look deeper into the layers.

Poster Design

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This is a poster designed for the Mausashino Art University by the Daikoku Design Institute. I am pushing to explore the simplicity in Japanese design. Its appeal is in its no nonsense presence, which says so much, with less – a very attractive and effective concept for design. Update: I will be posting these graphic design inspiration pieces every Friday! Trying out this things called consistency.

Paula Scher – Campaign

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I recently listened to Debbie Millman’s interview with Paula Scher, on Debbie’s incredible podcast, Design Matters. As always, it is a huge inspiration to hear how the best of the best got started doing what they do. Paula’s journey was fascinating, and once I took a look at her work after the podcast, I was embarrassed that I hadn’t seen it earlier. She holds a long career of eye-catching and rule-breaking work, pulling it off […]

Logo Design Love – Notes

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Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities. Second Edition. Book by David Airey Below are my personal notes on this book.   “Work on things that interest you with people you like.” Simon Manchipp   I will just preface by saying that this is my first set of book notes that I’m sharing with the public, so I definitely do not yet have the knack for it. It is a challenging feat […]

Teaching Myself Graphic Design: The Literature Syllabus

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As an aspiring graphic designer, I am teaching myself the technical and theoretical components of graphic design through free online resources, as well as books. I’m starting this off with the list of books itself, curated with heavy inspiration from Karen X. Cheng’s blog post, as well as the generous input of several Reddit posts in the graphic design subreddit, and other blogs floating around the internet, (like this one). So, all credit goes to these folks. […]

Mitsuo Katsui – Poster

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I am a big fan of Japanese graphic design. Actually, Japanese…everything, but that’s for another time. Here’s the inspiring work of Matsuo Katsui. I gathered information about his life and past work at a site called Graphicine. Someone created this website to organize their design inspiration, which in turn helps me in my discovery process. Good on them indeed!