Retro poster design for Swiss resort

Danish illustrator and graphic designer Mads Berg has created this stunning art deco inspired poster to promote the Hess Park resort in Switzerland. We particularly love the use of shading and texture which really brings the image to life and grabs the attention of anyone who happens to be passing by. We’re predicting that this little Swiss resort is gonig to see a marked rise in visitors over the next season thanks to this little delight.  

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A tool for good

As we mentioned in our earlier post games can be annoyingly addictive. If you work from home, they’re an evil distraction that can eat away at the time which should be spent on other projects. Before you know it’s 3am and your list of things to do has grown instead of shrunk. Whether you’re an Xbox devotee or a Playstation fan makes no difference. For many of us gaming is the ultimate vice. Now you can chart just how inefficient you are with the HOURS app designed by Radek Skrzypczak. The sleekly designed app tallies the hours and minutes you spend on your console and informing you which games are the most to blame when it comes to pulling you away from your work. The results aren’t going to be pretty but it may just shock you into change…or at least toning down your game time.

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Another mobile game……but this one looks great!

Mobile games are 10 a penny these days. They’ve become so popular and profitable that they even command their own TV adverts. More often than not they’re hugely annoying especially when you find yourself stuck on level 426 of Candy Crush Saga for months on end. Usually the accompanying artwork and graphics aren’t really much to shout home about. But Disposable Knights is a new game which is hoping to buck the trend on this front. Ido Yehomovitz took the reins on the project and his Art Direction has culminated in a mobile game that is incredibly aesthetically pleasing. So it looks like our lives might be dominated by another mobile game. But at least this one will look good.  

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The Cursed Soldiers

On the 1st of March every year the people of Poland remember the cursed soldiers. Small pockets of resistance that fought against the Nazis in World War II and then later the oppressive Communist regime that ruled over the country after the war subsided. These real life Inglorious Basterds, often had to live solitary lives and have now been immortalised in these beautiful illustrations by Pi & Sigma. Each illustration is dominated by the landscape, the soldiers only taking up a small fraction of the work, illustrating the enormity and scale of the battle that they faced. The threat of death was never far away for these brave men and this is embodied by the wolf that stalks them in each image.

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Getting up close and personal with nature

The natural world around us often gets taken for granted. We may admire it from a safe distance but we very rarely get up close and personal with it. These images captured by Bettina Güber from Kreffeld in Germany have provided us with a new perspective on these items from Mother Nature’s factory. Lit under low light and photographed after a rain shower they suddenly take on a whole new and almost alien form.

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A glimpse inside the monastry

Canadian photographer Bal Deo took a recent trip to India which gave him a rare opportunity to spend some time and document the lives of Buddhist monks in the country. He captured some very poignant images of the stoic monks which many of us have come to expect with those who practice Buddhist faith. However, he also captured some rare images of young monks joking around and engaging in playful antics that we don’t often get to see. It just goes to show that even though we think of them as serious folk, monks still know how to have fun.

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Abstract Illustrations from Italy

Italian illustrator Ale Giorgini was commissioned to create a set of bespoke illustrations for the Italian Gustolato chain. He came back with a set of that not only perfectly represented their product range but also a set that would not look out of place on a gallery wall. The people at Gustolato seemingly agreed and Ale‘s work now proudly adorns the walls of their outlets throughout the country. The linear make up of these compositions couple with the limited colour palettes make for striking visuals that really bring vibrancy and an injection of fun to the brand which can be appreciated by both young and old.

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Gorgeous illustrated map of the UK

When a client tells a designer that they want a map incorporating into a project, it leaves the designer with a difficult choice. Do they use an already existing map, knowing that it will probably fit like a bull in a china shop with the rest of the design, or do they invest the time and effort to create a bespoke map which fits perfectly? Illustrator Neil Stevens decided on the latter when working on an editorial piece for The Guardian and British Gas. And we should all be grateful that he did after seeing the finished results. It’s hard to think of a time when Britain looked more charming. Even the North Sea oil rigs are beautifully constructed with their candyfloss plumes of smoke. It’s a great triumph that will make you want to explore every corner of our island.

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Revolution 9

Keeping with the music theme, Italian designer Emmanule Serra has created this fantastic tribute to The Beatles and their revolution 9 recording which featured on their much heralded White Album. The layout draws on the experimental nature of the song, which was inspired by the Marmite figure of Yoko Ono as well as composers Edgard Varese and Karlheinz Stockhausen. These montages which include the band, prevalent newspaper articles and items from pop culture are laid out in away that plays around with the boundaries without being too experimental. It is a fantastic and well thought out tribute to a song which Charles Manson regularly referred to in his sermons. He and his crazed following believed it, and other songs from the album, referred to an impending race war which would doom the world. Thankfully this is a far more charming and less sinister tribute to the song and the band which we can all sit back and soak up.

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an 8-bit masterpiece

Sydney based illustrator and designer Andrew Fairclough has continued his collaboration with 8 Bit Love to produce this stunning cover artwork for their EP release ‘in 3-D’. Drawing on the band’s name Andrew has created a grainy but beautiful illustrated cover which draws on some of Escher’s works from the 50′s and 60′s. It’s a fantastic cover which will undoubtedly gain plenty of exposure for these Melbourne indie rockers. It’s just a bit of a shame that the band’s music doesn’t quite live up to the strength of their artwork.

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