Category Archives: Graphic Design

Nicholas Matej

Hard to ignore the beautiful hand-lettered alphabet created by Cleveland-based freelance illustrator and designer, Nicholas Matej. The letters and numbers are his contribution to the 36 Days of Type project. His work is influenced by nostalgia, craft and the desire to push the limits of his own creativity through new ideas. More of his work can be seen on his website, Instagram, Behance and Dribble. Some of his designs can be purchased on Big Cartel and on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Nicholas Matej.

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Ayao Yamana (1897-1980)

Ayao Yamana (1897-1980) was an illustrator and graphic designer in Japan. The lead director for the design department of Shiseido Company was strongly influenced by French Art Deco which was very popular with the women in the 1920’s. His elegant and delicate illustrations decorated many of the the packaging and printed advertisement for the company. His five decade career produced an enormous and prodigious body of work.

Images: Courtesy of Google Images.

Emma Congdon

Emma Congdon is a London-based multidisciplinary designer who created these contemporary cross stitch patterns shown above. Her graphic design background is evident in her unique typographic and retro style.  A freelance designer she currently owns and runs a successful stitch embroidery business branded, ‘Stitchrovia’.

You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Her cross stitch patterns are available in her Etsy shop, Stitchrovia.

Images: Courtesy of Emma Congdon.