There’s something engaging and uncomfortable in straightforward things, as happens with Jonathan Calugi. It’s engaging because, well, he’s well suited with aesthetic quality, human warmth and an intricate balance of shapes and lines. It’s uncomfortable because it’s inevitable to feel that little voice in your head saying “how did I not do this before”, saying “I could’ve done that”. And you could’ve. But you didn’t. Calugi is clear and straightforward, but not simple in the slightest.
We’re very used to read articles about English, American, Nordic or Swiss talent. That’s maybe because they’re more people if you sum them up (you might as well kick a stone and 432 designers come out from underneath) but, beloved friends, you know that Spain is a big country in everything related to creativity and the Arts… and Spanish omelettes and ham. Today, one more time, we want to talk to you about national talent. About Juanma Mota, in particular; with his fine taste and his newly founded Pleid studio he’s got a space in the market and in our hearts. Sounds cheesy, we are, but listen to me and click on the link below. We’ll talk afterwards.
Since 2010 we’ve spent some good hours glued to Instagram, no matter if it’s to upload our mirror selfies, to make people jealous of those 8 cinnamon rolls we’re about to eat or to promote our latest work to an audience whose origin ranges from the smallest town to the coolest loft in Brooklyn. We also “invest” hours being nosey in everything that pops on our newsfeed; fun is ensured no matter what you follow, tits, arses or Art. Art on Instagram is Muokkaa‘s case. This Madrid based Spanish designer makes an effort and each and every one of his posts melts our retinas in pleasure. He actually makes us want to learn how to 3D. Fart for everyone, friends.
Tambellini‘s pictures are beautiful; in them we can find abstract compositions taken out of everyday situations the artist finds around the city of LA.
Tambellini’s work consists in exceptional close ups that make colour have a smashing main role in every image. It’s also visible that he has this thing for the hyperrealism of triviality; his raw material are swimming pools, tropical plants, shiny plastic and bright walls, creating this way a world of contrast and patterns very well put together. Tambellini looks for the detail of beauty and the beauty of detail.
Not much we can add, really; we use headlines in our own particular way, but to be honest, they say enough, they make longs stories short better than when your parents ask you how did last night go and it’s Monday. We love Tristan Bagot; he lives in Paris, designs like the angels and really knows how to use his camera and lens. Tristan, show us the Eiffel Tower, we can pose in front of your art and we can be friends, sounds good?
It was about time for some graphic inspiration after many colourful still life and good photography examples, wasn’t it? Here you are Carole Gautier and Eugénie Favre, aka My Name Is Wendy, aka graphic design and art direction with the Parisian baguette and croissant vibe. Wendy’s design and style adapts to each client causing them to experience a sort of Stendhal stroke; the beauty excess and the know-how make us more excited than Boy George’s make up. We got the name for our future daughter. Guess: it starts with Wen and ends with dy.
Besides the fact that we love his artistic name, Lobulo is one of those examples of the savoir-faire, of good taste and patience, features all creative soul needs to face every day of the year (Chinese year too) with a positive outlook and rainbow eyes. He knows how to use his hands, he chooses materials carefully and finishes his work with great detail… and the result of this is names like Google, Coca-Cola, Converse or New Era in his client list. All real, all physical, all in volume; Lobulo has magic in his hands.
Warning: I’m gonna get sentimental here. Seven years ago I moved to Barcelona like another graphic-designer-to-be, without a clue of basically anything and hungry for new experiences, amongst other things. 84 months, thousands of problems, millions of good times and billions of parties after (you know, welcome to Spain), we bring you PeBe (Pablo Benito), former classmate and partymate. In fact, we’re going to talk about going out, because PeBe re-draws this clubs and joints you so eagerly attend and turn them into divine illustrations to hung up on your living rooms; if you turn the music on, there’s no need to go out even. From my beloved Apolo club to Razzmatazz, Berghain or Fabric, you can buy them, all of them, in his online store. If, on the other hand, your body is not up for partying, you can also find prints of historical buildings of touristic destinations to which we would go right now. Desk pride; congratulations Pablo, this is ace.
If there are capital sins at all, in Spain we’d always have the envy sin hanged on the back. We are, culturally, quite jealous of our neighbour upstair, the one below, the one by us and everyone of the block in front too. We sometimes get so green with envy that we could be easily confused with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles country.
Put it down to that or because we got a saying that actually says “no one is a prophet in his own land”, we seem to forget that our gross creative product exists and it’s good enough to be there with foreign schools. Like Noelia Lozano, Graphic Designer and Art Director from Madrid. After working for the prestigious Serial Cut studio and having published in magazines like Computer Arts or IdN, this freelance presents us a very talented manual work, with a turn to the analog versus the digital. The know-how, the colours and shapes are the best paella and sangria that Lozano can export. Olé!
Switzerland is a European country known for their extreme punctuality, their exquisite manners and their constant neutral position in every political shenanigan that’s going on. Not only these clichés define Europe’s #1 tax haven (chocolate and cuckoo clocks are on the list too), but Swiss are also exceedingly good in the graphic design area. Besides being the creators of the more than used Helvetica type, they constantly promote new aesthetic ways inside the graphic communication world. An example of this is the poster master Felix Pfäffli and his design studio Feixen, who present us a collection of posters where typography mixed with degrade and bright colours and compositions that challenge the neatness of the Swiss 70’s design are the main course. He is the perfect example of the new design wave of the neutral country that can’t stop being a trend in Europe; it is not the most functional of them, but aesthetically is just too much.