Category Archives: Graphic Design

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.

Saana ja Olli

Admiring the textile collection and product line of Saana ja Olli, a designer couple and an award-winning design company from Turku, Finland. Saana Sipilä and Olli Sallinen design their own patterns inspired by ancient Nordic folklore and produce their hemp textile collection in south western Finland. You can follow them on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Saana ja Olli.