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Design Curiosities: Nicolas Sassoon

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Nicolas Sassoon is a French artist and designer currently working between Biarritz and Vancouver. He is making some of the most impressive and inspired animated GIFs I’ve ever seen. While the majority of his work can be found online, he does produce sculpture, prints, textiles, and site-specific installations. In addition to this work and his various collaborative efforts, Nicolas is also the founder of W-A-L-L-P-A-P-E-R-S, and a member of the online collective, Computers Club.

I did have to resize these images, I highly recommend viewing them at full size. It really is necessary. There is a lot of this kind of design going around, but Nicolas’s work really stands out.

Design Curiosities: London Deco

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Thibaud Herem is a freelance illustrator based in London. He is a trained graphic designer but has focused on creating some of the most amazing architectural drawings I’ve ever seen. His latest project, London Deco, is a collection of 11 drawings of iconic London Deco landmarks. London Deco is out via Nobrow Press. Can’t wait to grab one.

Design Curiosities: Line by Letters from Sweden

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Line is a collaboration between Letters from Sweden type designers Stefania Malmsten and Göran Söderström. Originally designed for Swedish fashion and culture magazine Rodeo back in 2012, it’s now available for commercial use. Line consists of the basic character set and some alternate letters, but it also comes with a large number of modular embellishments. These glyphs attach to the letters in different ways using kerning pairs. It’s all very nice. Obviously line is an English word, but it’s also a feminine Nordic name (lee-nay). You can read more about the process behind Line on the Letters from Sweden blog. It’s a good read.

Design Curiosities: Giacomo Bagnara

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Giacomo Bagnara is a Verona-based illustrator and graphic designer. He has a masters degree in architecture from Politecnico di Milano, which took me a bit by surprise. It does explain his affinity for architecture illustrations I suppose. I really like his approach to color and texture. It’s a style that’s familiar for sure, but he’s definitely making it his own. You should check out his client list, very impressive.

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).