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Design Curiosities: Karel Martens

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I was first introduced to Karel Martens through his monograph, Printed Matter. I’ve been an admirer ever since. Karel Martens graduated from the Arnhem Academy of Art and Industrial Arts in Holland in 1961. Since then he has worked primairly as a freelance graphic designer. Throughout his career, in addition to his commissioned work, he produced countless prints and three-dimensional pieces. He has taught graphic design since 1977, and is currently senior critic in graphic design at Yale University. I cannot say enough about his work. For consistency sake, all of these images come from Hyphen Press — Printed Matter (1996), Counterprint (2004).

Design Curiosities: House Industries DTRA Numbers

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House Industries just dropped these amazing motorsport plate numbers for Britain’s Dirt Track Riders Association. The DTRA is a new motorcycle club promoting UK Flat Track Racing. I will spare you the House Industries introduction, they don’t need it. You can also purchase number 33 plate prints and tees. All tee proceeds benefit the DTRA.

Design Curiosities: Atelier Tout va bien

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Atelier Tout va bien is the moniker of French design duo Anna Chevance and Mathias Reynoird. Their entire body of work is really impressive, but this book is incredible. Chronique du chantier de l’Arsenal by Gaėtane Lamarche-Vadel catalogs the experimental research conducted by the urban research workshop at the ENSA (School of Fine Arts) Dijon between 2010 and 2012. I’m diggin’ the use of Grilli Type’s GT Haptik throughout this thing.

Design Curiosities: Rider Identity by Josh Finklea

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Josh Finklea is a Brooklyn-based graphic designer and typographer. His entire portfolio is pretty great, but I’m especially liking this work for Rider, a boutique hotel chain with locations in Portland, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Austin that caters to touring musicians. Nice idea.

Design Curiosities: Winkreative

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Founded by Tyler Brûlé in 1998, Winkreative is a Zurich-based branding and design agency with 50+ employees and clients in 15 countries. In 1996 Brûlé launched the incredible Wallpaper* magazine. As you probably know, Wallpaper* was an instant hit, even earning Brûlé the British Society of Magazine Editors Lifetime Achievement Award. Wallpaper* is now available in over 50 countries. In 2002 Brûlé sold his stake in Wallpaper* to focus on Winkreative. This guy knows what he’s doing, Winkcreative is producing some amazing work. I highly recommend checking it out.