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.
Wisconsin native Jason Munn now calls Oakland, California his home. He started his career with a love of independent music and design and in 2003 he founded his studio, The Small Stakes, where he produces designs for a wide range of products. The artist is best known for his poster designs, which are concept-driven and restrained, keeping only what is essential to the composition. On an interview with Grain Edit he discusses his use of found imagery:
“At first I wasn’t confident in my abilities to draw etc. Plus it was a huge part of the learning process for me. I was learning how images work together but, as I became more confident, I started to incorporate more illustration into my work.”
And on Teen Vogue he says this:
“My early work used a lot of found imagery or combined multiple pieces of found imagery to create something new. I rarely use found imagery now, but I do work with a lot of common objects, changing them in some way to get a different meaning from the objects and to relate them to the bands.”
You can see more of his work on his website and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Jason Munn.
Thinking about trying our hands at paper cutting. These designs are the works of Japanese cutting artist, illustrator and designer Yuya Takamizawa. His work is influenced by folk art from around the world and Scandinavian design. He creates his work at Atelier Folk where he sells paper cutouts, tenugui (cloth towel), and postcards while his wife sells yeast bread and jam. You can view his work on his website and Instagram. You can also view his wife’s culinary expertise on Atelier Sparrow and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Yuya Takamizawa.