Dec 03, 2022



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Kindness and Humility

Kindness and Humility - Chris EriksonIn the work and not work of Chris Erickson, we don't find a lot not to love... (get it?) Yes, his work is really nice. However, we are totally crazy about the compressed minimalist Flash UI that gives us a very easy framework from which to view a showcase of his print, identity, packaging and industrial design talents. Set into a grey background, the web and print projects really pop out nicely, yet they all still fit snugly on a laptop screen. Now getting back to the work, it's important that you also don't sleep on the not work (or "play") which unveils a compassionate and down to earth side to this talented multimedia designer. Great stuff there, not here.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design, multimedia.

Kindness and Humility - Chris Erikson

Skwiot Smith

Skwiot Smithskwiot/smith is a small graphic art and design studio based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The work revolves around a smattering of many projects - from print, identity and collateral materials to CD designs, books, posters and websites. Essentially, this is a one person studio, and skwiot/smith is actually Peter Skwiot Smith... which tells us a little about the artist himself: He enjoys producing minimal, yet beautiful abstract works that are sprinkled with a distinct esoteric quality.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design.

Skwiot Smith


Joshua Distler

Joshua DistlerThis super understated HTML portfolio betrays little of the actual work that went into the selected print and interactive projects. It doesn't scream "Wow. Look at me!", or "Hey, I'm a great web designer!". Nope. None of that. Partly that's because the designers' strength is in print, packaging and book designs. Partly because it's easy to update and shows photos of his work in a really accessible way. And partly because of the Joshaua's obvious love of minimalism. The end result is that we looked through almost all of Joshua's contemporary design works - including his contributions on none other than Apple's iPod and G5 award winning packaging design. Great stuff.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design.

Joshua Distler

Mogollon

MogollonMogollon is collection of graphic design, production design, branding, illustration and motion graphics by a fresh, young duo who met while working on a film documentary for PS1/MoMa. They produce some interesting work spanning a range of media that has a youthful appeal and is still in a process of evolving. They even had a steaming series of music accessible from their site dubbed "Mogollon FM" which you can just click and play. These two are true kids of the multimedia age, getting their fingers messy in any way that they are able.... Read more

Also posted under multimedia, illustration.

Mogollon


Friend of a Friend

Friend of a Friend Down-right dirty, but right to the point, this is a portfolio site that takes a back-yard approach. Wheel in the pick-up truck of links on this single page wonder, and you'll basically get direct project URLs, a bunch of motion videos, shorts, and a reel of their work. Simple and sans information, this dusty minimal approach gets high marks for originality, verve, and kudos for just not giving a damn (but underneath it all, showing they really do). Brilliant.... Read more

Also posted under film, motion + video.

Friend of a Friend

Milky Elephant

Milky ElephantMilky Elephant is a professional collective of three unique design artists based in New York. This collective consists of Karl Ackermann, Eun-Ha Paek and Mumbleboy (a.k.a. Kinya Hanada), who together make installations, games, illustrations, music videos, animated series, and artistically inspired designs. They work on an eclectic variety of funky projects spanning from toy design to viral interactive e-postcards that you've probably helped spread. Very quirky, often miniture and cute, it seems like they have a niche around being silly and youthful, which also shows in the variety of mediums they like to craft their projects (everything from coin purses to TV interstitials). Also check out The Milky Shop, the cool pink retro nav (that we really like) and the sites of the three design artists.... Read more

Also posted under multimedia, illustration, film, motion + video.

Milky Elephant


Upnorth

UpnorthUpnorth is a duo of designers by the names of Steve Green and Justin Kay... Currently based in New York City, but once hailing from the bitter north of Wisconsin, Upnorth blends clean graphics and original typography into designs which have been inspired by a rich history of skateboarding, Black Sabbath and the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers. Upnorth publishes the online 'zine Oneonenine, but the two are probably more well known for their work designing and art directing Marc Ecko's trendsetting print magazine Complex (Internal Link). Cruising through this simple site is like skateboarding by a splattered wall of fun graphic designs and street stickers.... Read more

Upnorth

Otra Design

Clicks, pings, whrrs, and a slightly challenging interface... Otra Design makes us feel like we're not quite on the same planet as when we started this journey. And that's a good thing. Too many websites try to make you feel like you're in a modern minimal winterland or reading a slick print newspaper, and we often forget that we're still surfing the same cyber world as envisioned in the cyberpunk sub-genre created in William Gibson's novel Neuromancer. Well, Otra - meaning Other - reminds us again that the Internet is still digital and dark and difficult. And while exploring this cyber dream world - use the strange octopus plant to navigate - we discover that creator Jozias Dawson is a designer with his own particular vision. Strong in Flash and digital illustrations, we also should bring attention to his 200 plus sounds made for Flash and web designers. Great original... Read more

Also posted under sound design.

Otra Design


root45 design

root45We're not so sure what a root45 is, but this personal play space and work portfolio of Gary Pikovsky makes a defining impression that explains everything we needed to know. From many great logotypes and identities, to print, posters, websites and even signage, every project is simply presented in beautiful large format with great descriptions within a flowing navigational architecture. In fact, besides the name, there's nothing we could possibly find on the site that isn't perfectly explained and showcased. Great work from a designer who has worked in such firms as Pentagram, The Partners, Visual Dialogue and others.... Read more

root45

The Rock Collection

The Rock CollectionYou know you're a talented graphic designer when you create a 3-page website, plaster in a bunch of huge jpeg samples of your work, and don't even bother to put in a back button. It's like... who needs a website with navigation when the work speaks for itself... and your browser has a 'back' button embedded in it anyway? Well, this is one of those special occasions where it truly doesn't matter, because in the personal portfolio of Philippe Richardson, the illustration work and stills of broadcast commercials (some with Quicktime movies) will blow you away, and you won't even notice you're sitting at your desk anymore, much less which direction you want to navigate (besides simply scrolling up and down... over and over and over again).... Read more

Also posted under illustration, film, motion + video.

The Rock Collection


Atslopes

AtslopesWestchester County's finest is none other than independent brand, motion, interactive and graphic designer Andrew Thompson. This self-proclaimed portfolio of "trendy stuff" shows us that Andrew has a solid understanding of the design game and knows where and how to kiss some serious butt. Yes... it's all in the irreverance, isn't it? As long as it sells, kids... as long as it sells! And that's why this great motion graphics designer with a BFA in design is looking for full time work? Please, someone snap him up quick.... Read more

Also posted under film, motion + video.

Atslopes

in the habit

A nice window into the moonlighting career of New York resident (but Swiss born) graphic designer Tiziana Haug. Fluid monochromatic elements give a decidedly feminine feel to most of the pieces. Nice presentation of pitches and personal projects. This student of the Swiss style is a top print designer and has a great mind for keeping design in the fore-front of all of her projects. She also helped us cultivate version 2 of Digitalthread.com.... Read more

in the habit


Hydrafuse

"Albums and shirts. Websites and rock. That pretty much sums up Hydrafuse." That's what they say, but we think they're underselling themselves. And by "they," we mean Gregg Bernstein, who founded the freelance company in 1999, and since then has found himself creating album covers, website, t-shirts, and other graphic designs for some pretty swell bands. If you listen to Weezer or drink Mountain Dew, you're probably familiar with his work. You just didn't know it till now.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design, illustration.

Hydrafuse

Stay Honest

The easy going folks at Stay Honest cover it all. They've got their print ads and web sites, which are all fine and good, but what is really exciting are their short films and commercials, commissioned by the likes of Diesel, Nike, the band "The Gorillaz," and more. What happens when graphic design sensibilities are transposed into short works of cinema? Try downloading a few, and we think you'll agree that the results are awesome. Honest.... Read more

Also posted under us based firms, graphic design, multimedia, film, motion + video.

Stay Honest


Spent2000

Spent2000Funky. Fresh. Funny. This creative site of Spent2000 offers a big bang to the viewer. Whether you're shopping for services or not -- you've gotta see this site!... Read more

Also posted under multimedia.

Spent2000

PLUS

The PLUS web site offers the online portfolio of Paul Lee, a MFA student at Yale University. Based in California, Lee has already made a big name for himself. We recommend him.... Read more

PLUS


Andy Lim

Andy LimA photography and eclectic design firm, Andy Lim's special talent areas appear to be in corporate identities and product branding. This is a smooth, impressive portfolio. Get into this guy’s head as you surf his sub-websites.... Read more

Also posted under multimedia.

Andy Lim

Motomichi

A modern and eclectic portfolio. Everything-Japanese is hot in both the US and Japanese markets. Animation is the specialty. We like what we see here -– fresh and funky.... Read more

Motomichi


asmallpercent

asmallpercent“Creative problem solving through print, interactive, illustration and concepting. Playskool, MTV, Macromedia and FedEx are a few of the big name clients this company has served. Top notch services extend into identity issues, web, print and flash services.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design, branding + advertising.

asmallpercent

504Destruct

504Destruct"Emeril Lagasse" and "Major League Baseball" ring a bell? Of course, they do! This awesome company boasts these as only a sample of their client portfolio. With digital imagining and a myriad of services, this New Orleans company is hotter than Mardi Gras.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design.

504Destruct


Bau-Da Design Lab

Bau-Da Design LabBau-Da is responsible for some of the most well conceived, designed, and illustrated CD cover art the MTV generation has owned and enjoyed (sometimes making the box more interesting than the contents). 'Tis a pity the site is designed for compatibility and not in-depth exploration of product. Then again, they probably don’t need to sell to anyone; they already have just about every record label at their Xmas party. They do book art, too. Profound. Artsy. Fab.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design.

Bau-Da Design Lab

Sebastian Chevrel

Sebastian ChevrelWe hereby forgive Mr. Chevrel for referring to himself as a “creative technologist” –- his portfolio is a tightly orchestrated display of his programming skills and artistic ventures. His client list is a tad thin, but the complexity of his work makes the experimental/alternative art he creates very thorough and highly professional.... Read more

Also posted under multimedia, technical + misc.

Sebastian Chevrel


Thunk Design

Thunk DesignComforting, rounded fonts and a palette of cozy colors are the touchstones of Thunk's projects. They do mostly iconic stuff - logos & labels -- but they also have a small and very nice assortment of Flash motion graphics and interface designs.... Read more

Also posted under graphic design.

Thunk Design

Dreamless

Ever had those sleepless nights where sparkling ideas keep the eyelids open for hours? Welcome to your haven, insomniacs, for Dreamless Studios are poised to add more inspiration to your nighttime visions of creativity. Their organic illustrative style melds fantastically with subliminal design sensibility that will render many an artist sleepless with inspiration.... Read more

Dreamless


Spinach and Salami

Kirill Mazin is the designer behind Spinach and Salami - a multi-disciplinary studio specializing in packaging, branding and signage along with the usual print and web work. An updated portfolio is "coming soon" but the projects currently on view are a nice mix of traditional style blended with fresh colors and an excellent use of photography. Tidy and tame with just a hint of free-spirit.... Read more

Spinach and Salami

Fast Spot

Fast SpotWith a range of projects and clients under their belt, from art schools to business aviation services, Fast Spot's design capabilities run the gamut. They created a twist on the "Concentration" game to lure visitors to the Tommy Hilfiger site, and shot custom photography to convey the atmosphere and character of Henningers Tavern.... Read more

Also posted under multimedia.

Fast Spot


Gr33nhous3, Inc.

Gr33nhous3 is a Brooklyn-based web, identity, and print design firm. They claim to have a trademark "visual navigation system" which "transcends the cliche of cold, lifeless technology and creates an everlasting emotional connection between its users." Whut WE Thought: that unnerving stare of the flash-driven eyeball graphic on their homepage will haunt our dreams till we die. Bu, hey,t maybe that's just the same thing said two different ways.... Read more

Gr33nhous3, Inc.

Jordan Crane

Taking the idea of face-to-face introductions quite literally, the home page of Jordan Crane's site offers a full color, intricately detailed portrait of. . . hyllo, Jordan Crane. He then shows us he is capable of producing a very pleasant jumble of photography, text, and design. This is one bird that we fully expect to fly very high. Watch out for that sun. . .... Read more

Jordan Crane


pre emptive strike

The found portfolio of Simian creator breathes some new ideas into the web. Makes you wonder where all the thinkers have been... Looks like he caught us with a pre emptive strike (2002)! Password required on request to enter portfolio.... Read more

pre emptive strike

Wrecked

Refinement is close to Godliness. And every once in a while - and it's usually the indy portfolios - we find something that's rubbing elbows with perfection: Get Wrecked with the work of Gabriel Rubin. Showcasing lots of photo illustrations, mostly in websites for films and video games. Great stuff.... Read more

Also posted under Netherlands.

Wrecked


Joshua Davis Studios

joshau davis 'folio A place to see what the most heralded Flash designer is up to and what he does to help support the family.... Read more

joshua davis / praystation

DesignUnion

You know you've stumbled onto something special when you sense a light breeze tickling your screen. Very sensuous, slightly feminine, and with a clearly Eastern influence, DesignUnion is a relatively new boutique (born summer of 2002) with impressive and sophisticated clients. Paul Lee is the man; he majored in Rhetoric at Berkeley (who knew that would prove so marketable?), with an MFA from Yale. A bonus: he is fluent in Korean. And more than fluent in spare and lovely design. Go see. You'll feel rinsed.... Read more

Also posted under best of breed.

DesignUnion


Carbonatedjazz

CarbonatedJazz is a one person enterprise that features some fantastic illustrations, sounds and animations that 'll need to see to believe. Also includes a portfolio of great Flash web sites from the days of Kioken.... Read more

Also posted under sound design.

Carbonatedjazz

David Carson design

David Carson DesignWell, we'd have to say it's not what you might expect when you think about David Carson's design in general. However, once you figure out the basics of 'IT' (definitely the most antique-looking navigation ever developed), you can explore a lifetime of showcase studies and keep tabs on the man.... Read more

David Carson Design


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