01 On Conceptual Art
Location New Haven, Connecticut
Job Graphic design student
Software Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Ken Meier is a graphic designer from Chicago, Illinois, currently based in New Haven, Connecticut. His focus is on design for the arts and cultural sector, including clients such as Yale School of Architecture, Sonotheque, Yale University Art Gallery, Percepts and Dean Sakamoto Architects.
Recently, Ken has collaborated with New York design studios Project Projects and NYC & Company, as well as San Francisco's agency: collective. In 2003, he received a BA in humanities from the University of Chicago, and is now in his final semester of the graphic design MFA programme at Yale University.
On Conceptual Art "Taken from an ongoing series, these posters reimagine statements made by Sol LeWitt in his influential 1969 text 'Sentences on Conceptual Art'. Using a strict triangular system, the posters only become legible when folded down, playing with the instructional nature of LeWitt's writing."
Location Lahti, Finland
Job Freelance illustrator
Software Illustrator, Photoshop
Using a bold, striking, yet simple style, Daniel produces most of his work digitally. Still, he loves classic printing techniques such as woodcuts and screenprinting. "Often there are traces of the unfinished that give the drawings a certain roughness," he says.
Although Daniel is German, he lives and works in Finland and has been freelancing since 2006.
Umbrellas Rainy Autumn days inspired this image, which Daniel developed starting with a few people holding red umbrellas. This piece has been used as a cover for a single by the Australian band Ancient Free Gardeners.
03 Crown Jewels
Caroline Ayello Wright
Software Illustrator, Photoshop
Since leaving Kingston University's illustration course with a BA in 2006, Caroline has been part of the Candeo Illustration collective. "We have designed a 'bio-banger' car that runs on vegetable oil for a charity rally to Rome," she says. "Our next project is for Portuguese TV, where we'll be going to Madiera to draw stills for a documentary."
She is a winner of a D&AD New Blood award, and is influenced by textiles and wallpapers by the likes of Zandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell, Neisha Crosland and William Morris.
Crown Jewels Caroline created this image for the YCN show at the RCA last September. The pattern was drawn directly onto some paper, which was then scanned. The colours were edited in Photoshop.
04 Exhibition Poster 1 & 2
Sebastian Fischer and Philipp Hubert
Job Graphic designers
Software Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
Visiotypen Studio was founded by Sebastian Fischer and Philipp Hubert in 2006 after the pair met at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart. They took their first graphic design commissions while studying. They take inspiration from art and literature, and things observed in the world around them.
"We think graphic design should be fun and you shouldn't have to force yourself," says Philipp. "It's a way of life, and that doesn't stop when you're addicted, like we are. We often walk a thin line between loving and hating what we do."
Exhibition Poster 1 & 2 Both posters were produced using silkscreen printing. The first is black and white, and the second is three-colour. Both were A1 using DIN and they were done as college projects at the Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart.
05 More Colour
Location Athens, Greece
Job Illustrator, 2D animator
Software Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, After Effects
Aside from editing Grafitas+web design, a Greek magazine for digital artists, Ilias works across a range of fields including children's books, web design and broadcast TV graphics. "My favourite work involves design and decoration for fashion clothes shops," he says.
Colour, energy and motion are all characteristic of his work. He draws most of the shape elements in Illustrator, but Photoshop is his favourite application for creating final compositions. Glamour and fashion styles, high levels of detail and a composition that blends shapes and photography are his hallmarks.
More Colour 'Colour in nature' was the theme of this image, which features a feminine depiction of nature and the birds represent beauty and variation of colour in nature itself. It was created for the cover of a catalogue by a paper and printing company.
06 When Logics Die
Location Bandung, Indonesia
Job Art director and visual merchandiser
Software Creative Suite
According to Baihaqi, he is interested in things that are dark and gloomy, extraordinary and unusual creations. He also likes bold styles, street art and mixed-media creations. Last year Baihaqi joined the creative collective MODE4. At 26, he is an IT graduate who is self-taught in design.
When Logics Die The title of the images was inspired by Baihaqi's favourite musician, Soulwax. The images themselves were for a spread in an Indonesian fashion magazine. In each image he combines abstract imagery with photographed characters. The photography was by Firman NI, styling by Kae Prawira and the models by Eko.
07 Thank You
Location Portland, Oregon
Job Art direction, graphic design
Software Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects
"I try to combine both the analogue and digital worlds in order to create most of my work," says Bryan. "I'm constantly inspired by my surroundings, and I'm always attempting to capture or reveal the beauty of things that are quite often mistaken as being ordinary."
Bryan is a co-founder of the website http://sweetgifs.com and loves collaborating with other artists. The project aims to bring new life to an artform that has dated.
Thank You "One of a series of ephemeral installations saying thank you to the people and places that inspire me every day," says Bryan.
Job Designer, illustrator, animator
Software Photoshop, Illustrator
Casper graduated in information design from the University of Pretoria in 2004 and has moved from South Africa to England to pursue a career in the field of 'making things beautiful'. He has representation in London and Paris and does illustration, design and motion work. With a background in African dairy farming, he has come a long way.
"I love my sketchbook, scissors, paper, glue, foam and anything you can generally cut through," he says. "I love senselessness." Casper has recently set up his own company, Shotopop, to carry out projects in art direction, illustration and various other fields.
Totius "This is the first few lines of an old Afrikaans poem my grandfather used to read to me. It's about forgiveness and letting go of the past, and was written by Totius," says Casper.
09 Body Language
Location San Francisco, California
Job Graphic designer
Software Photoshop, Illustrator
Originally from Israel, Carmit moved to San Francisco about ten years ago, where she studied at the Academy of Art University. Winning several awards at the university's annual shows, she moved into graphic design and has been working for seven years.
Clients include IXI Mobile, Ted Turner/ Olive Studio and Tedi Productions in Israel. She is currently freelancing and in her spare time prepares digital work for gallery exhibitions.
Body Language "This piece is rather engaging as the diagonal lines of the work convey movement and action on the canvas. The deep contrast of colours catches the viewer's eye," says Carmit.
10 China Environment
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Job Bookstore employee
Software Photoshop, FreeHand
Although a full-time bookstore employee, Pedro spends all his spare time drawing and illustrating. He works for blogs and online forums, and has had some editorial work published.
"My main source of inspiration is politics, both local and international," he says. "I'm working hard to become a full-time illustrator who spends their spare time in bookstores."
China Environment "I made this illustration to satirise the Great Leap Forward in China," he says. "The theme is pollution, and the cost of developing too quickly without concern for the environment. Mao's polluted lungs are testament to this."