Studio On Fire



Today I would like to introduce to you a very special book. This is a compilation of work by Ben Levitz’s Design Studio (and Letterpress Service) Studio On Fire. The book of the same name was published by Gestalten and shows Studio on Fire’s many small and large art works. This book is a true source of inspiration and does not cease to amaze how rich in detail work is becoming thanks to traditional printing techniques. For anybody who wants to take a look behind the scenes of Studio On Fire, watch the video below:

Video by gestalten tv.

Gestalten Verlag: Studio On Fire is at the forefront of the current letterpress movement—the rediscovery of old printing machines and techniques by young designers. The phenomenal detail and haptic sensuousness of their work have made this Minnesota-based company a seminal reference for how to effectively blend current and classical graphic design styles with production methods.

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InspireD – Clouds


Today’s InspireD-Photo was made by Philip Khoury from Athens, Greece. I have to admit that the decision was really hard this time because Philip has a series of wonderful photos. The good thing is, I don’t really have to decide. I will simply show you more of his pictures. You can also take a look at a selection of his photos on his blog . Philip you have a very unique view of the world. Please keep sharing it with us through your amazing photos. Thank you.

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InspireD – Minimal-Art


5 days and not a single article. What’s wrong? I have to admit, I haven’t even been anywhere close to writing a new post. But I have a good reason for that: I am currently working on a little Pre-Christmas-Present for you. A little treat in-between all the Christmas Preparation Madness and the mulled wine filled evenings. But, I can’t tell you yet. Be patient for just a few more days. For now I have another treat for you – the InspireD-Photo of the day. Today’s photo is from krim van riot from Stockholm, Sweden. krim is just as likeably as he is talented. He creates a new space for minimalism. Thank you for that beautiful photo.

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InspireD – Sun


Today’s InspireD-Photo is from John Mitropoulos from Athens, Greece. This photo is somewhere in between painting and photograph. Very impressive, thank you! I will definitely show you more photos by John. If you can’t wait, visit his website. It’s worth it!

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InspireD – Mosaic


Typography as a mosaic. A new picture by Jean Francois Porchez who has already inspired us with his Architecture-Photo. A very nice photo. Thank you!

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Erik Spiekermann – Putting Back the Face into Typeface



Here’s an amazing and very inspiring video produced by gestalten tv. Introducing one of the experts in the business: Typographer and graphic designer Erik Spiekermann talks about design processes, the visual language, the analogy of music and typophraghy and the necessity of travelling.

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Category: Typography

InspireD – Plaza Semanggi


On the last photo I promised you, that you will see more of her. Here is a new photo shot by Fretty Aulia from Jakarta, Indonesia. Brilliant! Thank you.

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International Year of Chemistry 2011 – Poster


International “what”? Exactly, it is the international year of chemistry and I am sure I wouldn’t be writing about it if it wasn’t for Simon C. Page, illustrator and graphic designer, who designed a great series of posters on this occasion. You can view and even buy Simons designs on his website. Chemistry has never been more beautiful. Here are a few examples of his work:
And special thanks go out to Mirko Humbert whos blog Designer Daily has drawn my attention to these amazing posters.

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InspireD – Street Art


Today’s InspireD-Photo was shot by Carine Joly from Paris, France. It shows a part of french street art. Great photo, merci!

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Arabesque 2 – Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia


Arabesque 2_Cover

Fall is here. The days are getting shorter, the wind is cold and the temperature is getting frosty. Just perfect to stay home, cuddle up on the sofa and grab a good book to read. Here’s my recommendation: Arabesque 2. It was published this year in September by Die Gestalten. The two editors Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma take you to the arabic and persian world. Impressively they show us how cultural and modern influences mix into its own new style.

Die Gestalten Verlag: “Arabesque 2 is a collection of recent cutting-edge work by young designers and activists from the Arab world and Iran. The examples of typography, graphic design, logos, editorial design, and illustration presented here chart a compelling course between local visual convention and a modern international style that is emblematic of the increasing cultural emancipation of the entire Middle East. The book’s rich selection of groundbreaking visuals is supplemented by texts and interviews that describe the environments in which the featured designers and artists work. Arabesque 2 also includes a preface by John Martin, co-founder of Art Dubai, and a CD-ROM with 4 typefaces related to its themes.”

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