Category Archives: Graphic Design

Olga Kawa

Admiring the botanical illustrations of Polish graphic designer and illustrator, Olga Kawa. The artist created the layouts and illustrations of this book entitled, “Magic Herbarium”, which was a part of her master thesis. Some of the illustrations were used on sketchbook covers and cotton bags. You can follow this designer on Facebook and see more of her work on Behance.

Images: Courtesy of Olga Kawa.

Patrik Svensson

Love the simple aesthetics of Sweden-based graphic designer and illustrator Patrik Svensson. Much of his work show his passion for art, movies and music. One of our favorite series is his flippable drawings that show two sides of the same story. On an interview with The Raw Book he gives us a glimpse of himself:

“I was born and bred in a small village in the south of Sweden. After having studied lots of different subjects and spent some years at dead-end jobs, I finally managed to build up enough confidence to explore the creative business professionally. Since a few years back, I work full time as a freelance illustrator, primarily in the publishing and advertising industry.”

“One summer some years ago, I worked as a freight forwarder. The job consisted of pressing a key on your keyboard, type some numbers in a blank field on the screen, and then press another key. After having done that 200 times a day, I saw my future dissolve in front of my eyes. One morning on my way to this hell, I came across an ad for a graphic design class. I applied, was admitted and finally started to breathe again, so that would probably be the defining moment–realizing life is too short to not do things that make you spark, basically.”

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

Images: Courtesy of Patrik Svensson.

Rob Blackard

Really liking the bold, graphic illustrations of artist Rob Blackard. The New York/California-based designer, illustrator and product developer blends color, shape and typography in many of his pieces which he labels as a ‘playful sophistication’ style. On an interview with Creative Honey he says this about his work as a product designer and leaves an advice for entry level creators:

“Creating something that has a life or function beyond being purely visual is one of my favorite things about product design. I work quite a bit in the art/craft/DIY category. Some examples are paper crafting and fabric. People are inspired by what I’ve created and use that as a jumping off point for their own projects. They take what I’ve done and then create something entirely different and new from it. I love seeing what they come up with and I’m continually inspired and motivated by their talent and vision.”

“Be appreciative of your talents and vision. Appreciate that you are a creator and trust that everything will unfold for you in just the right way. Opportunity is all around you.”

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

Images: Courtesy of Rob Blackard.