Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’

Tuesday Huesday: Vintage Wimbledon

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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vintage Wimbledon travel poster designed by Herry Perry for Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd in 1931

Well it’s finally happened – Andy Murray has broken the drought of 77 years. Wimbledon has seen the first British men’s champion since Fred Perry way back in 1936. To celebrate we’re sharing this vintage Wimbledon poster designed by Herry Perry (I wonder if she was any relation to Fred) in 1931 for Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd. Prints are available from the London Transport Museum.

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Tuesday Huesday: Lotta Nieminen

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

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Lotta Nieminen illustration for Hermès US shop window

Finland-born, New York-based graphic designer & art director Lotta Nieminen is a new discovery of ours. This is an illustration she did last year for window displays for luxury fashion brand Hermès. She’s also designed some fantastic packaging for coffee company Paulig.

She has a folk art inspired style that reminds us of Sanna Annukka, another Finnish-heritage designer we’ve featured in the past.

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Tuesday Huesday: Tom Eckersley

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

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Museum of London poster depicting a woman with basket of oranges. Designed by Tom Eckersley in 1977
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Tom Eckersley (1914-1997) was a Lancashire-born poster artist. His bold, graphic approach lent itself to the kind of work commissioned by big corporations such as Transport for London, National Savings Bank, Guinness and Gillette. His style transmitted messages that needed to be attention grabbing, immediate, memorable, informative and often quirky.

For a look at lots more of his work, visit the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) and Rennart websites.

Tuesday Huesday: BOAC drinks menu

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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detail from vintage BOAC drinks menu showing stylised bottles, glasses & olives

For this week’s Tuesday Huesday post, we thought we’d choose an image from our own archive. It’s a detail from a 1960s vintage BOAC drinks menu for a flight to or from Japan. We love the bold graphics and overlaid colours.

You can see more images of the menu in a post we did a couple of years ago about our collection of vintage menus.

Friday Folks: Amanda Shufflebotham aka Graffikheart

Friday, July 27th, 2012

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Coffee with a hint of Hornsea - digital print by Amanda Shufflebotham aka GraffikHeart

During a recent daily fix of Pinterest (yes, I’m still addicted!), the poster above by Graffikheart caught my eye. Isn’t it great how easy it is to find out more about a maker on the internet? In the click of a link I found more of her lovely work up for sale on Etsy. It has that colourful, retro, mid century modern vibe that I love – she’s a great Friday Folks guest!

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Who are you & what do you do?
My name is Amanda Shufflebotham aka Graffikheart, I am 42 year old graphic designer/illustrator and mum of two boys. Originally from Oxfordshire now living in Monmouthshire.

Amanda Shufflebotham aka GraffikHeart

How did you get into the business?
I attended Swindon School of Art & Design and from there I went to work for a pharmaceutical communications company as a junior designer. I stayed in the graphic design world for over 20 years, working for agencies in Oxford and Cardiff. I took a break to have my children but remained connected to design via freelance work. I always had illustrative leanings so took the chance to explore that over the last couple of years. I really enjoy what I do and although it’s not far removed from my actual ‘job’ it gives a welcome break from the more corporate work.

'The Animal Alphabet' digital print by Amanda Shufflebotham aka Graffikheart

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by other graphic illustrators like Charley Harper, Sanna Annuka, Rex Ray and Tom Eckersley. I’m also inspired by my late father, a great artist and my close friend, the paper artist Helen Musselwhite who introduced me to Etsy and has been very encouraging. I love the shapes, colours and textures of mid century ceramics so that’s why some of my work is inspired by certain pieces like Hornsea.

"The Mid Century Herb Garden" digital print by Amanda Shufflebotham aka Graffikheart

What has been your greatest success?
I was recently contacted by the people who own the rights to Hornsea to ask if I wanted to produce some official posters. That’s in the pipeline. But for now I am thrilled that I’m getting good feedback on the designs and have recently produced some kitchen items that I hope some of the manufacturers might like?!

"The Mid Century Kitchen" wooden chopping board digital print by Amanda Shufflebotham aka Graffikheart "The Mid Century Kitchen" wooden chopping board digital print by Amanda Shufflebotham aka Graffikheart

Have you got any advice for someone wanting to break into the business?
My advice to others would to be to try and make your work as visible as possible via all the routes that social media offers. I am amazed how many people tell me they have seen my work on Pinterest for example. I have also been commissioned to do some more conventional graphic design work from companies overseas that have found me via Etsy.