Category Archives: Graphic Design

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.

Magnus Voll Mathiassen

magnusvollmathiassenIntrigued by these portraits created by Norwegian art director, illustrator and graphic designer Magnus Voll Mathiassen aka The MVM. He is known for his bold colors, graphic shapes and strong patterns.
On an interview with K’nstrct he says this about his favorite tools:

“Whenever I have a project where I need to use cutting board, knife, paper, and my hands, I truly enjoy that. Everything physical. Any tool that gives me some time off from the computer is truly appreciated. The computer isn’t my favourite one, but unfortunately like for everyone else, it’s become an extra limb you can’t function without.”

And on Creative Commission he says this about his style:

“To me, design should be based on a foundation that will dictate all possible visual elements, and the outcome should be easily understood, meaning it should be easy to see what the core foundation is. Secondly, a lot of my work is leaning towards the minimal spectrum, visually. This is both because I personally find “busy” work sometimes hiding the message, and more importantly living in a country with nature that just makes all things human made fade in contrast. Also, nature is a constant part of your consciousness and subconsciousness, therefore the more minimal looking work is a counterpart to just that. As a Norwegian at least. But I feel it is hard to be true to all this, and luckily some work turns out very, very differently. And I do love all sorts of work because it would be extremely boring of everyone just did the same as me.”

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

Images: Courtesy of Magnus Voll Mathiassen.