Category Archives: Graphic Design

El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) 1890–1941


El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) was a Russian born artist, designer, typographer, photographer and architect. The avant-garde artist left behind him a profound impact on the world of art and design.  His visual concepts were considered a breakthrough and helped to shape graphic design as we know it today.  Here are a few of his design philosophies:

“The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush.  This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which already existing in the world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people.”

“Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.”

“We believe that the elements in the chemical formula of our creative work, problem, invention, and art, correspond to the challenges of our age.”


Images:  Courtesy of various sources.


Levente Szabo

Admiring the minimalist art of freelance graphic designer and illustrator Levente Szabo.  The Hungarian designer is know for his spartan approach to design using basic linear shapes and solid colors.  On Talking with the Pros he says this about how his job as an illustrator influences his life:

“I like the term ‘design is a way of thinking’.”

“And I know it’s a cliché, but you can constantly learn from your surroundings: are you traveling with a bus? Look at the passengers – how does an ear look like from behind? Are you sitting in a loud pub? What are the people talking about based on their body language? Are you just walking the dog? Look up and enjoy the rarely seen details of the buildings! There are interesting details everywhere and the more you know, the more tools you’ll have when you sit down drawing.”

You can follow the artist on his website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Levente Szabo.

Budi Satria Kwan

We have very little information on Indonesia-based illustrator, Budi Satria Kwan.  The full time artist works from his home and focuses mainly on self-initiated illustrations.  His singular designs are either surreal or simple and colorful.  Known also as Radiomode on the internet, he is one of the most prolific and popular t-shirt artist in the world.The artist can be followed on his website and Gramho.  Some of his products can be purchased on Society 6 and Design by Humans.

Images:  Courtesy of Budi Satria Kwan.