Tagged: visual excellence

Design One chose to open the new year with an artist who has great eye for usability and art. Pieterjan Grandry graduated from the St. Lucas school of Arts in Antwerp and now works across multiple design fields. However, the most thrilling of it all is his “Crap Is Good” concept – one of the very fine developments under this caption is the gif player box, a simple yet genius device that works simple and has unparalleled visual effect – moving image in stylish and simple box. His engagements stretch to logo and identity design where he is equally skilled. Should you feel already excited about Pieterjan please proceed to his site where there is so much more to enjoy and discover.

Whatever to say about Hiroshi Sugimoto is probably already said or written, nevertheless Design One can not miss the chance to mark this prolific and unique artist. Born in Tokyo, 1948, he graduated from St. Paul University, Tokyo and 4 years later form Art Center College of Design, LA. Although in 1974 he moves to New York where he is living until today, his works could be seen from Tokyo through Dusseldorf  and Edinburgh to San Francisco. Sugimoto art approach however remains unseen – he studies mathematical, physical or other science’s law or principle and interprets it in marvelously aesthetic manner to finely flourish in minimal perfect product. His works might seem to some as rare industrial design pieces but thats exactly where his benchmark is – to cut the thin line between object d’art and industrial design not in term of usage, but of creation. If you feel curious and demand more on that topic please pay a visit to his official web site – there’s a lot to be discovered.

Speaking of illustration might be an endless conversation, however, should the agenda turns into the “minimal” genre in “Illustration” the good examples are really few compared to the overall mass attempt. Malika Favre studied Graphic Design in Paris and relocated to London and Illustration after a while. Her style is bold and simple yet compelling and unique, exactly what brought her into the Design One’s radar. Malika’a clients’ list is not a mile long reading, but the bold names among compensate completely: Vitsoe, Wallpaper Magazine, Sunday Times. To get more fluent in her visual language, please pay a visit to her site, there’s lot to explore.

When speaking of simple yet unseen graphic approach is difficult not to mention Magpie Studio. The graphic design practice nestled at Perseverance Works, London shows a style of its own others only could envy. The studios clients list is least to speak impressive – Royal Mail, D&AD, Apple, Print Lounge and many more, mainly those who cherish exceptional work rather than tones of non-sense propaganda collateral. Here, Design One picks up only few just-getting-the-idea images, however, should you visit their site you will feel the true scale of their work. Design One’s favorite is the “Imagine the possibilities”, a series of illuminating thoughts from Robert  Horne, massively impressive posters both as visual and as copy power (only two of the visuals pictured above). Enjoy!

Design One is back to blogging after long summer with this massive young talent – Fleur Isbell. Recently graduated from Bath Spa University, Graphic Communication, Fleur is having a great eye and large scale ideas in digital experimentation. Furthermore, these experiments end up gracefully with smart modern touch, exactly within the taste radar of  Design One. Besides the great visual language you may also enjoy the Isbell’s blog which is equally exciting. Indeed, the Design One blog could hardly give the full details of Fleur’s work but if it triggered your curiosity the job is well done, now switch to fleur.isbell.net and enjoy.

This week design one is giving a deep bow to the architect John Lautner who would have turn 100 years on 16th of July. Being a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice is surely something that pays off over the years. The prove of this is Lautner’s own style and approach to the environment – his architectural heritage has become an emblem to the landscape it appears in. John Lautner’s prominent projects list is so vast this post could hardly outline it. If you really want to know more about this architectural pioneer please do pay a visit to The John Lautner Foundation site. Design One recommends the interview of Ms. Laskey with John Lautner.


Sometimes when we speak of contemporary art we intent to diminish the role of drawing – most conversations’ agendas are occupied by installations, large scale drawings, environmental sculptures but not drawings. However, here comes a bright ray of light courtesy by Jonathan Zawada – an australian artist whose drawings and sculptures dare to provoke deeper thoughts and at the same time don’t pretend to be a wow-thing. Should you feel inspired by the images shown here you could pay a visit to his official site to get a broader picture, you won’t regret.

It’s easy to write for someone whose work is a great mixture of unconventionalism, surrealism and bravery – leaving the images to speak for themselves is often enough instead of using various epithets and labels. However, some information on Darracott’s way might be of good use to those who are not intended to visit his site. Tom has graduated MA at Saint Martins and joined the Village Green design studio where he worked across diversified spheres of visual aesthetics for wide variety of clients such as Fabric Club, 032c Magazine, Nike, etc. Since April 2011 Tom Darracott runs his own design practice. For those really curious on his work please pay a visit to his site.