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.
We love sketchbooks and journals here at Cari Mateo and are always on the lookout for unusual designs. Found these particular ones on Etsy and just had to post them. They are the creations of Cyprus-based artist functioning under the business name, Lily Moon. They are blank hand-bound notebooks with different themes and adorned with various illustrations. The artist also does a great job of packaging her sold items. Her love of people, painting, books and nature is evident in her work. Here”s a small insight on the artist from Indie Pretty Perfect blog:
“I’m inspired by human emotions, by books or strange stories, by my travels and by the little things in life that are overlooked… I like holding an imaginary magnifying glass over them and wonder at their beauty!”
“I didn’t “intend” for it to be a business. I just wanted to share the images and stories with other people. I was very lucky to find Etsy and join a community that embraced my little world.”
You can follow the artist on Facebook and on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Lily Moon.