Eight Hour Day (EHD) is the graphic design and illustration studio of Nathan Strandberg and Katie Kirk. We were first attracted to their black and white art print series of the zodiac signs and knew we had to feature their work. The Minneapolis-based husband and wife team works in close collaboration on most projects most particularly on branding. They give us a little insight on their role as designers on Grain Edit:
“As designers, we’re constantly looking, searching and evaluating the world around us: what’s working, what isn’t, how things could be better. During our initial mood-board and concept phases, these are the questions we always ask ourselves, directly or indirectly. Asking the right questions isn’t the same as relying on hard numbers, but I don’t feel like they are any less important. Plus, I feel if hard numbers, data spreadsheets and focus groups ran the world of design, I think it would be a pretty sad and boring place.”
You can follow this design team on their website, Instagram and Dribble. Prints on a few of their work are available for purchase on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Eight Hour Day.
Turin-based illustrator Annalisa Bollini creates these incredible mixed media scenes with emboidery, applique and bits of paper. This Italian artist received her Bachelor of Arts degree both in Turin’s European Institute of Design and Milwaukee’s Institute of Art and Design. She is a published illustrator and also works as an art therapist for nonprofit organizations. Pattern Prints Journal describes her work as follows:
“Rich of patterns, textures, clippings, details, material effects and applications, sometime with a “childish” style, sometime refined and more adult, always however full of magic.”
You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Prints of her work can be purchased on her Etsy shop, 2Hands2Tails.
Images: Courtesy of Annalisa Bollini.
Admiring the tenacity of Japanese artist Shigeno Ichimura in creating these incredible
silver monochrome paintings. The artist was born in Okinawa, raised in Tokyo and has lived and worked in New York since 1989. His work starts with a single dot that slowly emerges into a larger circular pattern. At first glance the dots look mechanically produced but they have been in fact meticulously squeezed out with precision by the artist’s own hand. On My Modern Met he gives us an insight into his work:
“My works begin with one small dot, squeezed out by hand onto canvas.”
“One small dot evokes many others, finally forming a group, a gathering that seems to have purpose. Each small dot works together with the rest, calling out to the others, reaffirming both its isolation and its place in the group. For me, it all begins with a single dot.”
You can view more of his work on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Shigeno Ichimura.