Toru Kase

We were browsing last year’s Google Design’s SPAN conference and came across the work of Toru Kase. The Japanese freelance designer has a simple and playful technique. We are very impressed by his ability to make images that are part symbol and part picture. His…

What happened to the design blog?

This is a question we are seriously asking ourselves these days. As you may have noticed GraphicHug has recently come-back from a long hiatus and we can’t help but notice that the web-publishing landscape has changed radically. Did everyone retreat to Tumblr? Even many of…

L2M3

L2M3 is the design practice of German designer Sascha Lobe. Founded in 1999, the studio has focused primarily on designing visual identities for exhibitions and cultural institutions. In their own words they have “high standards of form and content”. A simple gander at their portfolio…

Studio Marie Lusa

An unassuming package would be how we describe the playful editorial work coming from Zurich-based Studio Marie Lusa. Founded by designer Marie Lusa in 2012 the four-member studio has an impressive portfolio focused on editorial and book design. Their work for artists and cultural publishers plays…

Ines Cox

In 2014, Ines Cox set up her personal studio operating as a designer in the field of graphic design and typography. Before setting out on her own, she was the other half of Cox & Grusenmeyer, who we wrote about earlier. Cox has an especially enthusiastic…

Bureau Grusenmeyer

Lauren Grusenmeyer is a Brussels-based designer whose independent practice demonstrates a strong intellect with a love of making. This combination of thought and action are seen throughout her portfolio works, which consists of posters, installations, exhibition designs for various clients and institutions around northern Europe.…

OK-RM

OK-RM has been designing classy and intelligent design projects since forming in 2008. The collaborative studio is run by founding partners Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath. We are particularly taken by their straightforward and direct approach to typography. You can see that no-nonsense attitude in their Billboard…

Julia

This London-based studio Julia has been crafting sharp graphics and type designs since forming in late 2008. The three partners Valerio Di Lucente, Erwan Lhuissier, and Hugo Trimm form an international team decided to work together shortly after graduating from the Royal College of Art. We have…

Wayne Daly

We don’t know much about the London-based graphic designer Wayne Daly, but we love his delicate typographic craft. His portfolio consists mostly of books and exhibition materials for contemporary galleries and publishers. Even his online portfolio demands patient consideration like his book designs. He is…

Haw-lin Services

At a time when fashion and tastes changes quicker than you can refresh your browser it is a real feat to remain relevant. Somehow Haw-Lin Services have made it their mission to achieve this slippery feat. The studio founded by Jacob Klein and Nathan Cowen. They specialize…

Eline Mul

We really enjoy the playful range of Eline Mul‘s work. The recent CalArts MFA alum blends her Dutch design education with American confidence. Check out her work!  

Ghazaal Vojdani

Strong typography and fun visuals by London-based independent designer Ghazaal Vojdani. The work strikes a nice balance between intellectual, trendy, and whimsical. Working with designer Mark Owens, photographer David Brandon Geeting, and Bidoun magazine Vojdani runs with cool company.

COMMON NAME

Stellar work from NYC-based studio COMMON NAME. The work by Yale MFA alumni Yoonjai Choi and Ken Meier, along with a team of collaborators, is sharp and smart. They have a successful practice at a time when small studios are increasingly rare in NYC. Working closely with…

Alex Prager

Beautiful and haunting images from Los Angeles-based photographer Alex Prager. We’re particularly in love with his xxx series. There’s something about the light and aura of Los Angeles that instantly makes everything cinematic. We’re talked about this special quality before, and we see it again in Prager’s…

Daniel Gordon Studio

Wild, vivid, and flat are some immediate adjectives that come to mind when looking at Daniel Gordon‘s still lives. His photographic work blends ideas from painting, digital media and art history. The result is this dialogue is a loud and dizzying conversation about what it means…

Stephanie Gonot

If you are a frequent reader of Refinery29, GOOD, or Fast Company you have probably come across the vibrant visuals of Stephanie Gonot. We really dig the LA photographers bright colors, pop sense, and photographic precision. Her work continues to evolve, while honoring the work of surrealist…

Sean Kuhnke

Amazing work by Yale MFA Sean Ervan Kuhnke. If you have been to the New Museum in New York City recently you have seen his strong typographic work. We are also very impressed by his Risographic printing. Nice1.

Tabor Roback

Tabor Roback is a somewhat confusing artist, but there is no lack of enthusiasm. The artists’ work celebrates technology and HD digital imagery to an extreme. What results are lush images that burn their way into your brain and make you question digital imagery all together. To…

Katie Steciw

We are digging the energetic images by American photographer Katie Steciw. Her images are full of energy and play with collage, layering, and material. Recently, her work has become quite sculptural; challenging the form of the traditional printed photograph. Images courtesy Artsy and Dust Magazine.…

Mike Willis

Solid work from English designer Mike Willis. His retro style makes us long for days past and more physical music packaging.

Motoi Shito

Exquisite work from Tokyo-based Art Director and Design Motoi Shito. The delicate sense of typography and color really add a fresh touch to projects for luxury and fashion clients.

Post Projects

Classic branding and identity work from Vancouver-based studio Post Projects. Soon, we will be post-everything, but until then we can delight in the detail and exactitude of their work. A bit of restraint and typographic discipline go a long way and one can see that…

BWANA!

A fun promotional site for recording artist BWANA’s Capsule’s Pride (Bikes) album. The album and site are an homage to the Akira by Katsushiro Otomo. If you’re a fan of the manga or anime you will recognize the images and sounds. You can also listen to…

Michele Abeles

American photographer Michele Abeles composes images that often fool the eye. Today, we encounter more images than any previous time. Often we interact with these images through screens and the internet. She is part of a generation of young photographers who are confronting this very relationship. Her photos…

Jan Horcik

Great typographic work from Czech designer Jan Horcik. We really dig the attitude and craft behind his strange letters. Also, check out some of his typefaces at the Heavyweight foundry.

BEST storefronts

BEST was an American retail chain popular in the 80’s and 70’s. The company was essentially like a Wal-Mart of Target and owned by Sydney and Frances Lewis. The Lewis’ were art collectors and had impeccable taste, which they sought to transfer to the design of…

Hommakazuki

We came across some seriously whacky and fun music videos the other day. The psychedelic, lo-fi, throwback visuals of Japanese music video director Hommakazuki are pure fun. A little bit of net art, a little bit of digital trash, and a whole lot of creative energy…

CLANDA

Clanada is the collaborative graphic design practice of Lana Caver, Natash Chandani and Danielle Aubert. Their studio moniker is a clever amalgam of their respective names. The three designers have have worked for a variety of organizations including AIGA, Columbia University, GSAPPP, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit,…

Lester Beall

“The way a man lives is  essential to the work he produces.  The two cannot be separated.” – Lester Beall