graphic design

Ben Johnson for L’MAD

L’MAD Collection is a local fashion brand who creates limited edition collections with south african artists & designers. they have worked with people like Nico Krijno, Daniella Mooney and Michael Taylor amongst other, and their latest colab is with Ben Johnson, a talented graphic designer & creative who, funnily enough, used to work in my office space before we moved in here!

Ben Johnson is a graphic designer, director and photographer based in Cape Town. His original approach to African iconography, inventive layering and “novel nod to MS Paint effects” have been combined to produce a sublime collection for L’MAD.

also check out the cute promo by Michael MacGarry. you can shop the scarves here.

Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD

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Blog Milk Giveaway!

the giveaway is now closed. congrats to Danielle, Ellie, Sara-Jane and Megan!


Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

i am so excited about this giveaway because it’s something close to my heart… beautiful blog themes! as a designer (and blogger) i really appreciate a nice theme. many times it influences whether i will visit a site again or not. understandably it’s not always possible for the average person to afford the services of a graphic designer to design their website, and sometimes it’s frustrating to find a theme that doesn’t look like it came pre-packaged with whatever platform you’re using. and that isn’t already used by a million other people.

with designer Ana Degenaar at the helm, Blog Milk designs beautiful minimal themes for both Blogger and WordPress. i have been a fan of her work for a long time. they just released their latest collection of themes Off the Record. 12 new themes  - one for every month.

today FOUR people stand the chance to win a theme of their choice. worth $98. this is how:

1. head on over to Blog Milk and look through their themes.
2. leave a comment telling me which is your favourite theme & where you plan to use it
3. share the giveaway on instagram, twitter or pinterest using the hashtag #missmossblogmilk
4. be sure to leave your instagram, twitter or pinterest name so i can check.

that’s it! my personal favourites? May & September. those are good months.

Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk
Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

See the demos for all the themes here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

RULES: 4 winners will be chosen at random and they will each win one theme of their choice. please leave a valid email address so that we can contact you. Blog Milk themes work on both Blogger and WordPress. the WordPress themes only work on self-hosted WordPress blogs, NOT WordPress.com. if you win you may specify your platform preference. you will only receive a theme for ONE platform. a downloadable zip package with installation instructions will be delivered to the winner via email. please check Blog Milk’s FAQ if you have any questions. The giveaway is open to all readers internationally.

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 13 August.

Oliver Munday

i found book cover design to be one of the most challenging tasks when i was studying. we’d see all these brilliant, often very simple, cover designs and think – of course! but getting there is such hard work (as with anything in design, of course). i am so impressed by the work of NY based designer Oliver Munday, whose book covers are so good i would buy them regardless of what the book was about. he has a tumblr too.

Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday
Oliver Munday

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Identity Designed

have come across some wonderful identity designs lately. please click on the images to be taken to the original designer and more information on their process.

designed by Tata&Friends for Mr Marcel School (wonderful website too!)

Designed by Tata and Friends

designed by Hvass&Hannibal for The Conference:

Designed by Hvass Hannibal

designed by Rudi de Wet for Willem Dirk du Toit:

Designed by Rudi de Wet

designed by Hardhat for Alex Fulton:

Designed by Hardhat

designed by Neue for Tregde Feri:

Designed by Neue

designed by BVD for Nina Jobs:

Designed by BVD

designed by Non-Format for nyMusikk:

Designed by Non-Format

designed by Jonathan Garrett for Frida von Fuchs:

Designed by Jono Garrett

designed by Michelle Viljoen for Monique Ferguson:

Designed by Michelle Viljoen

designed by Nicole Dalton for Elford / De la Foret:

Designed by Nicole Dalton

designed by Shaz Madani for Russell’s of Clapton:

Designed by Shaz Madani

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Archist

since it’s a bit of a design slash art history day around here – i dig these clever Archist posters by Italian architect & designer Federico Babina, where he imagines what buildings by 27 famous artists would look like (Architect + Artist – get it!)

the important question is – which of these building would you actually want to live in? i think walking into Keith Haring’s dog house every day would put a big smile on my face. otherwise i’d have to go for Duchamp’s building, for sheer wack factor.

all images c/o  Federico Babina. see them all here. buy any of these as a print on Society6.

Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist Archist

 

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A Poster A Day

Alex Proba is a German designer, now based in New York, who spends 30 minutes of her day after work designing a poster – A Poster A Day. she has made 250 so far. the poster designs are a combination of manipulated found imagery and designs and patterns that Alex created herself. i love these kind of self-initiated projects that push already busy creative people to flex creative muscles that might otherwise be neglected in a working environment.

As a designer it is easy to spent a whole day tweaking just one tiny part of a graphic and it’s also easy to never be pleased with the result. I knew that the only way the project could work would be to give myself a 30 minute time limit. It was challenging for me to do this at first and equally difficult to incorporate into my daily routine. Making a poster is now the last thing I do before I head to bed. It’s like brushing my teeth. *

see all of the posters at her tumblr. quote via Sight Unseen, where you can read a great interview with Alex herself.

Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY
Alex Proba // A POSTER A DAY

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Kristina Krogh

Kristina Krogh is a Danish graphic designer and artist who combines different materials and their surfaces to create fascinating designs that you can buy as prints. you can see more & purchase at her online shop.

I think the strong mix of these exclusive and cheap textual materials such as marble, ply, wood, cork and paper is an interesting an unexpected combination that I love. My inspiration comes from the things and objects that surrounds me; a beautiful old parquet, a perfect color combination on a building, a stone floor in a church, a bike ride through Copenhagen – among many other things.

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2014

last year i did a post on 2013 calendars and, well, the time has come. 2014 to be exact… so here are 14 calendars for 2014.

there are only 5 Mondays left and then it’s Christmas!!

 

Snug Studio:

Marimekko:

minerals by Lindsay Jones:

Linda & Harriett:

Scandinavian florals by The House that Lars Built:

12-Month Desert Shapes by Leah Duncan:

Silhouettes by 1 Canoe 2:

bookhou:

a cat’s life by Gemma Correll:

robins by the paper bird society:

Frankie:

Helvetica by Yumalum:

colour composition by Moglea:

Cute Animals by Loopz:

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