Category Archives: Graphic Design

Leslie Keating

Found these great drop cloth wall art on Big Cartel and just had to find out more about the creator. Melbourne-based graphic designer turned textile designer Leslie Keating is the artist behind the brand Maze and Vale. Originally from Canada she designs, screen prints and creates
utilitarian goods with her fabric. We were attracted to her simple designs and use of muted coloration. On an interview with Flower Press she says this about her work and her favorite media:

“I’m a graphic designer turned textile designer, avid sewer and mother of two little girls. I’m drawn to muted colours, interesting angles, asymmetry, disarray in patterns, simplifying the most compelling forms of nature and screen printing it all by hand in my wee tiny studio (ahem, the third bedroom).”

“I loooooooooove fabric. LOVE. Always have really. Sewing is the first craft (and I’ve done/tried pretty much all of them) that I’ve been inspired to keep learning and continue to be thrilled by, because it lets me work with fabric and create things that are both beautiful and useful. And now that I can design and print my own textiles, in whatever colours I want, I’m pretty much in heaven.”

You can follow the artist on her blog, Facebook and Instagram. She has both a Big Cartel and an Etsy shop.

Images: Courtesy of Leslie Keating.

Pascal Blanchet

pascalblanchetAdmiring the retro-vintage style of Canadian illustrator Pascal Blanchet. The self-taught artist uses simple color palettes, texture and sharp graphic angles to take you back in time. On an interview with Pushing Pixels he says this about his taste and style:

“My first contact with illustration was when I was a kid with the old 78rpm records sleeves at my grandparents house. It makes a huge impression on me.”

“I learned many many years later that they were made by guys like Jim Flora and Alex Steinwess and many others… I also remember having a huge crush for handlettered windowshop ads. It seems I loved art deco posters and streamline style illustrations long before knowing what those styles were. I’m still trying to find an explanation about my love for the 30s and 40s. All I know is that even when I was around 5 or 6 years old it was there.”

You can follow the artist on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

Images: Courtesy of Pascal Blanchet.

Christo Guelov

christoguelovLoving these colorful geometric crosswalks created in Madrid by visual media and conceptual artist Christo Guelov. Entitled, “Funny Cross”, the designs were developed to encourage people to cross the street safely making the crosswalks more visible to both pedestrians and drivers. On his profile he writes this about his work:

“Movement makes time visible, is the formal change. Distinguishing the terms: “things” of “events”, “mobility” of “immobility”, “time” of “timelessness”, “to be” or “to become”, my attention is focused on the “space-time” time. Temporality of the space, relativity of “the whole” and recurrence of the time in the life cycles are the target of my experiments and determine the nature of my work.”

The artist can be followed on his website, Facebook and Behance.

Images: Courtesy of Christo Guelove and Rafael Pérez Martinez.