Patternbank have a major crush on Contino’s work and not surprisingly, he has garnered considerable attention for his unique approach to design utilising hand-drawn lettering and typographic illustration in conjunction with a modern, yet minimalistic sensibility. He has received numerous accolades for his fusion of old and new world aesthetics and continues to influence modern trends in graphic design and apparel design. Jon resides in Brooklyn with his wife Erin where he works not only as a freelance illustrator, but also as Co-Founder and Creative Director of menswear brand CXXVI Clothing Company (see our post on their Spring 2012 T Shirt Collection). The Great Discontent have just done a great post on him which you can read here or check out his website for more inspiring work.
Emma Kunz was born into a family of Swiss weavers in 1892. Kunz who was loosely considered a visionary or spiritualist artist, created these complex patterns that employed strict symmetry and geometric transformations of lines and crystalline shapes. Kunz created these mandala-like grids with colored pencil on graph paper which she used as visual instruments for healing.
The Patternbank team visited London’s Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park last weekend. The Affordable Art Fair’s formula is simple, yet unique: a relaxed, inspiring environment and lots of good quality contemporary art. In this post we give a quick snapshot of our favorite finds whilst walking the show. Check the website for dates and info on other global cities that the fair is visiting.
In Halloween Mood, the Patternbank team thought we’d share these unique and stylish illustrations. Graham Erwin, a designer, illustrator and screen printer based in Columbus, Ohio. His work is a real mix of crafted linear illustrations and precise studied detail. Check out more of his work on his portfolio site grahamerwin.com and learn more about his recent exhibitions on his blog.
These glitch fuelled visuals are the stunning work of Hong Kong based artist and photographer Laurent Segretier. His digital artworks take on new forms when computer screens displaying original photos are smashed up and then re-photographed. Amazing and refreshing stuff, see more of his work on his tumblr site – monsieurchon.
Patternbank love vintage graphics and with such an abundance of inspiring visuals on the web, sometimes it can be hard to track key graphic trends happening. This great collection of inspiring vintage potato graphics caught our eye recently. PopKulture’s Flickr site is a inspirational destination for vintage graphics, signage highlights and forgotten U.S graphics.
These sweeping strokes and flashes of pattern are a signature style for painter Ky Anderson. His work is inspired by memories and the objects and shapes which obscure our view into the far distance. Patternbank love the contrast of naive painting and his balanced use of muted colour combinations.
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