JONATHAN CALUGI: STRAIGHTFORWARD, BUT NOT SIMPLE

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.

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GLENN JONES: FURTHER BEYOND

Sometimes it’s clear to see that it’s connotations, and not word meanings, what really for a language. “Honey” can be an insult, a provocation, what bees puke or a nice word. “Fatty” can be an adjective, a cute way to call someone or a disrespectful name. There’s levels and even the slowest ones catch them.

The same thing happens with Glenn Jones; the reading levels are infite. Behind this easy and absurd illustrations, this Auckland (NZ – we’d love to be invited) born but Texas (USA – we’d love to be invited too) based designer build real wit pieces. From instagram and further beyond.

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PLEID: NATIONAL TALENT

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.

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MUOKKAA: SHIMMER IN THE EYES

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.

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UMBERTO DAINA: BYE PAINT, HELLO 3D

They say, they gossip, that Microsoft is going to make to his fantastic, nostalgic and borbonic (’cause he looks like the inbred outcome of two far cousins) Paint programme what common sense did to blu-ray; erase it from History taking with it  afternoons, presentations and 3rd grade essay titles full of fun and cognitive and eye suffering.
We don’t know if it’s true, if, while stroking a white cat, Bill Gates will throw away one of the last reminders of our pre-Adobe childhood. A whole generation started there; maybe Umberto Daina did too. This Italian 3D master, graphic designer and filmmaker, belongs to a world that is sweet and disturbing; it’s like that 2007 trend of pink skulls, but with nothing to do with it, exactly. His hairy figures, flying sprays, his pinks and blues convince us that the future, at least, looks nice.
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JULIA PETROVA: A dream world

The first time you see a picture by Russian artist and Moscow based Julia Petrova, you instantly think about the melody of “Nightcall” by Kavinsky, maybe because their videos show us an atmosphere not far away from the sinister paradise by Petrova.

Her illustrations are usually watercolour on paper and she has even used the famous Moleskine notebooks, a format that is already considered as a genre itself. The atmosphere that Julia presents is dark and fantastic, where warm colours and fucsias stand out. Her topics talk about the night, draw pictures of people hiding something and scenes where things have happened or where things are about to happen. Petrova’s exquisite twilight scenes, that usually happen in the city, have that jungle element that she achieves carefully selecting nature elements. We would pack and leave for Petrova’s world now.

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ANTON HJERTSTEDT: THE ABSTRACT RENDER

When you think about the word “render”, what does come up to your mind? In very talented graphic designer Anton Hjertstedt‘s brain abstract shapes, colours and easy to recognise elements appear; he then mixes them all forming very surprising 3D images we have only seen in dreams before. Hjertstedt is even naughty; phallic shapes pop up in playful shades amongst other fun structures and textures that generate his own world of adventures. What it is clear is that, like it or not, this artist has spent “butt-hours” in front of the computer developing what has turned out to be his own personal style. We love it and it inspires us!

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PEBE AND HIS STORE: WE LIKE THE PARTY

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.

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BARNÉY BAKER: HE LIKES EVERYTHING ELSE

“Barnéy does not care about good coffee, your beard, 12-hour workdays, dog strollers, credit cards, white drama, Lil B, and cats (excluding kittens obviously)”. He likes everything else. That’s how Baker describes himself in his webpage and that’s why we like him.

Besides, Barnéy Baker has a portfolio that includes names like Nike, Adidas, New Era or Microsoft (yeah, I know, it’s amazing), loads of awards and an impeccable taste. Moreover, he’s created what from I want to adopt as a pet; that stone with a pair of eyes so full of happiness that make me want to love. Just look at those eyes; it’s a good hearted stone. I can’t even resist. Baker is another name on our altar of Design.

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JONATHAN ZAWADA: MULTIPURPOSE

Do you remember those times when they said that extreme specialisation was a good idea? Those times when there was people that committed their life to studying the ways of mating of a certain type of crab that only lives in like 5 miles of beach in the world? And can you remember those who thought that the opposite way was the way to bathe in champagne and oysters? Those who said “you gotta know how to do everything and how to do it well”? Filming, editing, painting, illustrating, building and, if needed, singing popular songs with satanic voices?

Jonathan Zawada demolishes all theories. He’s specialised in his thing (“his thing” as something really wide, what he can do, “the touch”), and, at the same time, he’s broken professional barriers being, on the paper, a Graphic Designer but also going into fashion design, illustration, product design and so on. His work has been published in many many places (Pretty Ugly, Precursor, Juxtapoz, Bullet…) and he’s also held exhibitions. Jonathan Zawada is the way to follow, he’s the talent transcending. I’m sure he can even sing popular songs in satanic style.

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