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Favourite Graphic Designers

Posted in Favourite Graphic Designers by lisaholland on December 26, 2008

Stefan Sagmeister

is a graphic designer and typographer currently based in New York City. He has his own design firm, Sagmeister Inc. He has designed album covers for Lou Reed, the Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny.

This piece is made completely out of bananas. Amazingly intricate and instantly eye catching

Saul Bass

Saul Bass is one of the greatest designers of the mid-20th century. He was famous for his work for the cinema, designing the iconic posters and credits of Vertigo and The Man With The Golden Arm


Paul Rand

Rand was born in 1914 and his career went on right until his death in 1996. He is without doubt one of the greatest American Graphic Designers. He created the worldwide faces of UPS and IBM, two of the biggest companies on the planet. 

Alan Fletcher

His mixed media pastiche style helped Alan Fletcher to built up a formidable body of work and was behind many masterpieces such as the iconic V&A logo:

Peter Saville

The legendary cover of the New Order single Blue Monday (1983) and the sleeve of the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures (1979), were to bring the Manchester graphic designer Peter Saville worldwide renown. Using a reduced, Modernist style Peter Saville has made key innovations in the field of visual communications, and in recent times he has had a profound effect on the interplay between art, design and advertising.

His work is noted for combining an unerring elegance with a remarkable ability to identify images that epitomise the moment.


David Carson

 An American graphic designer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography. He was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun. Carson was perhaps the most influential graphic designer of the nineties. In particular, his widely-imitated aesthetic defined the so-called “grunge” era.

Neville Brody 

 is an English graphic designer, typographer and art director.

Josef Muller Brockmann

 Was a Swiss graphic designer and teacher. He studied architecture, design and history of art at both the University and Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. In 1936 he opened his Zurich studio specialising in graphic design, exhibition design and photography. From 1951 he produced concert posters for the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 1958 he became a founding editor of New Graphic Design along with R.P. Lohse, C. Vivarelli, and H. Neuburg. In 1966 he was appointed European design consultant to IBM. Müller-Brockman was author of the 1961 publications The Graphic Artist and his Design Problems, Grid Systems in Graphic Design where he advocates use of the grid for page structure, and the 1971 publications History of the Poster and A History of Visual Communication.

He is recognised for his simple designs and his clean use of typography, notably Helvetica, shapes and colours which inspires many graphic designers in the 21st century. Many of his works can be found on the gallery 



Studio 8

Studio8 Design is an award-winning independent graphic design studio with a reputation for delivering intelligent and engaging creative solutions. Based in central London, Studio8 was established in 2005 by Matt Willey and Zoë Bather. Working with clients both large and small, in the UK and overseas, Studio8 produces a diverse range of work across multiple disciplines. The studio’s team bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to every new project and offer a scope of capabilities that includes editorial, exhibition, signage, corporate literature, websites, and brand identity systems.

Headliners work

Headliners is a UK-based charity working with young people to provide facilities and programmes for those interested in journalism.Following the name change the charity required a new logo, stationery, printed literature and brand guidelines. Here are Studio 8’s solutions


Plastique Work


The design and art direction of a new quarterly fashion magazine published in London.

Zero Magazine

As part of the JoinedUpDesignForSchools scheme, we worked with a client team of 20 pupils at Dunraven Secondary School to design them a new student magazine. A template was created that could be used by the students (untrained in design) to implement their editorial content each issue.

Serial Cut

Zune Market Place

Art direction for Zune’s new online store

MTV UK Top 20

Open Titles for UK Top 20 show

Stupendo Records

Design of the logo, and design and art-direction of the album covers and T-shirts for the new record label from Barcelona, Stupendo® Records.


Why Not Associates

why not associates is a british graphic design company with global reach. 
they turn their passion for design into commercial success for clients in business, government and the public sector.
for nearly two decades, why not associates has been creating innovative work for clients large and small. Their team works in many different media 
on many types of projects, including corporate identity, digital design, 
motion graphics and television commercial direction, editorial design, environmental design, publishing, and public art.

ICF Prospectus 2009

Crawley Library

Typographic Tree Columns simply beautiful

Contagious Magazine


Coöp is a collective of creatives dedicated to the practice of visual communications. Visionary in approach, they are not limited by discipline, instead they work openly and collaboratively across many platforms.





Quantum of Solace

Posted in Quantum of Solace by lisaholland on December 24, 2008


I have recently seen the Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. . I really liked the intro to the movie.

One thing that I found was a bit odd was each location in the movie had a different typeface. I wasn’t keen on the typeface used for AustriaHaiti wasn’t a favourite either. I. The reason I feel uncertain about the typefaces is that the names of the loacation just seemed to float , rather than tied in to the scene. Although I have to give credit to the good font choices. Italy, Russia and London were my favorites. These are the ones that leave me undecided on the idea 

These are all handcrafted typefaces, designed by They did a wonderful job. The work is awesome. Their portfolio is awesome.

High a Balloon’s Tale

Posted in High Balloon's Tale Animation by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

I found this video on youtube thought the simplicity was rather effective.

Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

 This BlueTooth Laser Virtual Keyboard, a laser projection keyboard, allows you to type on any flat surface. You can use it to compose an e-mail on your Bluetooth enabled PDA or Mobile Phone. With 63 keys and and full size QWERTY layout the Laser Virtual Keyboard can approach the typing speed of a standard keyboard. Price: $150.

Toast Messenger

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

Toast Messenger incorporates a little message board where one can write quick notes and then instantly print them on the toaster. Simple, yet innovative.

Sony’s Apple Remote Control

Posted in Gadgets by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

Is there any place for innovation when it comes to the design of remote controls? Apparently, there is. This Sony’s”apple” allows users to perform basic functions like changing channels, volume etc. with simple motion gestures (see image below). Once “apples” are placed on the bowl, the remote control is being recharged. Neither price nor production dates are known.


Posted in Rozhdestvo Animation by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

This animation is called Rozhdestvo, or Рождество in russian which literally translates into “Christmas”. The animation is about the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. The animation is 14minutes long and has some lovely touches i thoroughly enjoyed it. The animation was produced in Moscow out of the Pilot studios, directed by Mikhail Aldashin, it won a Golden Dove award in 1997.

Favourite Magazines

Posted in Favourite Magazines by lisaholland on December 20, 2008

 Amelia’s Magazine

Amelia’s Magazine is a beautiful creation that aims to bring together the very best in new music, fashion, art, illustration and photography. Renowned for its very special covers (previous issues have been encrusted with Swarovski crystals, lazer-cut, made out of furry flock, scratch ‘n’ sniff in different flavours and glow-in-the-dark) it is lovingly edited, designed and crafted by Amelia in her spare room just off Brick Lane in East London.

Issue 4

With an innovative scratch ‘n’ sniff cover with three flavours. This issue came with an exclusive set of smelly pens that can be used to colour in the colouring pages by assorted illustrators. Features include photos of American Halloween decorations and interviews with the likes of The Long Blondes (before they were signed) 

Issue 2

This came with a unique lazer cut cover by illustrator Rob Ryan that detached from the magazine, and a limited edition necklace by either Tatty Devine or Reino Lehtonen-Riley.

Sherbert Magazine

Started as an idea between two friends in Denver Colorad 2001 Sherbert began with and still exists on one simple idea: to inspire and to be inspired. 

Each issue of SHERBERT is based on a loose theme and features emerging international talent in the fields of illustration, photography, design, and literature. SHERBERT is an “open submission” based magazine and are always looking for new artists and writers to submit work for possible inclusion in an upcomming issues. 

SHERBERT does not contain traditional advertisements instead it raises funds to print each issue by accepting sponsorships at various monetary levels. This funding and support comes from small businesses, art entities and individuals. Sponsors are recognised in a concentrated area in the back of each issue. 

Issue 5

Focusing on Childhood as a theme. illustrators, artists and photographers submitted there work to create this issue. The issue is 48 black and white full bleed pages printed on heavyweight stock and comes packaged with a Wooster Collective vs SHERBERT Magazine coloring book, a mix CD from DJ idiom from Denver, and 3 pixie sticks. Limited to 800 copies, each issue is hand numbered and each cover is hand stamped with a sponge logo.


Cube Magazine

Cube was first published in 1998. No expense wasw spared on design and production. The issue was designed to be a small table as well as a magazine. That trend has continued as Giorgio De Mitri and Patrizia Di Gioia based at Italian design agency Sartoria, continue to produce a visually rich and inspired production.

Cube is a work of passion more than anything else it is aimed at people De Mitri knows, it is not for sale he only distributes it to his close friends and family. A shame I would love a copy!



Kruger Magazine 

Kruger is a free quarterly music magazine that was started at the end of 2003. Every issue has a theme and a concept behind it,. It doesn’t look like any other magazine available in the UK, and I think that it reads really well too. They currently have  got circulation of 25,000 copies per issue .

Issue 14 – Welcome to Krugerville


 Featuring Late of the Pier, Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man, Bat For Lashes, Death Vessel, Tokyo Police Club, Bonde Do Role, The Ting Tings, Pop Levi, Super Furry Animals, Architecture in Helsinki, Good Shoes, Holy Hail, The Mules and Cate Le Bon.


Grafik Magazine

Grafik is a London based, independent monthly design magazine. It offers current information about the Graphic Design industry and examples from the most cutting-edge work today’s designers have to offer. Thefree-minded editorial seeks opinions from the industry’s leading experts and each month’s edition contains a special report that takes a detailed look at an area related to the industry. This could be anything from the fashion to photography or from art to the design process.

Grafik has had much appraise for its design over the years as it has its content. I was originally attracted to it for its quirky layout consisting of layering, trasparency and overlapping text and image – a technique almost invented by Grafik as it went againstevery unwritten law of graphic design, treating its content as objects to be experimented with.

October 2008 Issue

2007- 2008 Grafik Covers


Gum magazine 


Front cover of Glasgow University Magazine, 4 December 1889. The first issue of GUM had appeared on 5 February 1889, aiming to keep students informed of news and events within the University, and to provide an outlet for student writing and illustrations.

It is the oldest continuously published student magazine in Scotland and despite changes in style has continued to document the University’s history from the student’s point of view, with reports of sporting achievements and debates, short stories and poems, articles and letters giving opinions on the political and moral issues of the day, and photographs of office bearers and medal winners.

GUM provided a start for a number of illustrators, writers and editors who went on to make their marks in the wider world. They included James Bridie, Charles Oakley, and John Buchan, the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, who wrote for GUM in the 1890s.


Latest Edition



Issue 19


This issue has original cover art from Mr. Danny Sangra, along with King Adz on Hush, the photography of Lyle Owerko, and work from Faith47, El Gato Chimney and others and a review of Woodstock’s new summer haircut, a trip to see Transfer meet Beautiful Loses in Brazil  and more

Issue 10

Dazed and Confused

100% independent in ownership and spirit, Dazed is one of the most influential monthly magazines in the world.

Dazed’s newly re-launched online mag is packed with features on fashion, art, culture and music, exclusive interviews, live footage from cutting edge, musicians designers and artists, blogs from around the world from contributors.

Dec 08 Issue

Magazine: Dazed & 


Issue: December 2008
Models: Kate Somers & Nathan Sutherland
Photography by Daniel Sannwald
Nicola Formichetti posted the cover at his blog, he said this issue is dedicated to the new photographers, new designers and new artists.
Sept 08 issue


Oct 07 Issue

Eye Magazine

Eye Magazine, The International Review of Graphic Design is a quarterly print magazine for everyone involved in graphic design and visual culture.

Dec 08 Issue/Issue 70

Issue 69

Contagious Magazine

Contagious is a quarterly intelligence briefing in magazine, DVD and online format. It identifies the ideas, trends and innovations behind the world’s most revolutionary marketing strategies.

Plastique Magazines

“Creativity, Bravery, Fearlessness. Life is a journey so is Plastique. Think for yourself.” Plastique magazine reaches a broad readership of style conscious women and mena ged 20-35 years old.

Clutter Magazine

UK based with an International perspective, Clutter is the first English language magazine to focus on the designer toy phenomenon. Combining in-depth interviews with the scene’s leading figures, forthright editorial and outstanding photography and design, it’s rapidly establishing itself as the toy collector’s must have read.

Dark Knight Film Posters

Posted in Dark Knight Posters by lisaholland on December 18, 2008

I love the posters for the Dark Knight The quality of photography is amazing and the posters show the genre of the film extremely well





Top Ten Album Covers

Posted in Top Ten Album Covers by lisaholland on December 18, 2008

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles


Designed by Peter Blake this pop art collage is probably the most recognizable album cover in history, as befits one of rock music’s most important artistic statements. 

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures


The cover, pictured above, was created by Peter Saville in 1979 after guitarist Bernard Sumner found the original image in an astronomy encyclopedia. It represents, apparently, 100 pulses from the remnant of a collapsed star.

Abbey Road – The Beatles

One of the most famous images of all time. The Beatles 1969 album, Abbey Road. The pose is so well known throughout the world that hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to liverpool each year to have their picture taken where their idols once walked. What is particularly impressive about this image is that the band name and the album title are not needed in order to identify who the image is of and where they were at the time it was taken.

Nevermind – Nirvana 

The idea for the cover came from the immortal frontman, Kurt Cobain. It brilliantly depicts an innocent baby floating peacefully whilst being lured by a dollar on a fish hook – Cobain’s not-so-subtle way of rebelling against the money grabbing executives he claimed were trying to control Nirvana’s musical direction.

The cover was initially thought to be too offensive due to the baby’s genitals being shown, however, Cobain argued his corner and the album was released with a sticker covering the questionable area stating ‘If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile’. Brilliant publicity, and a brilliant cover design.

Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd allegedly picked this incredibly iconic “refracting prism” image in about three minutes flat
The simple but memorable drawing was emblematic of the group’s psychedelic tendencies as well as their famed laser light shows.

Homogonous – Bjork

Leave it to the ever-eccentric Icelandic pixie to basically describe her third solo album as homogonous, and yet dress up like a long-necked, possibly alien techno-geisha. 

British photographer Nick Knight has also shot covers for everyone from David Bowie to Kylie Minogue, but he’ll always be known for this shot, which also happened to be the very first pic he snapped during the 3.5 hour session.

The Velvet Underground

Designed by Andy Warhol this simple design stands out and the cover is interactive. The banana on the sleeve actually peeled back  to reveal a suggestively pink banana on the inside

Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks 

The one and only album released by the Brit-punks during their brief but influential two and a half year career. Cover art is by anarchic artist Jamie Reid

Stanley Road – Paul Weller




This ex-Jam frontman’s cover is the second iconic collage album cover by Peter Blake in my top ten.

 Bold as Love – Jimi Hendrix

Hendrix is depicted as two Vedic deities, with the multiple hands of Durga and with his bandmates as avatars of Vishnu

Other interesting covers