Gemma O'Brien's lettering is truly inspirational. The 29 year old Australian artist quit law school after a year to pursue a creative career by developing "a practice that sits between art, illustration, design and typography."
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"In October of 1936, J.R.R. Tolkien delivered to his publisher the manuscript of what would become one of the most celebrated fantasy books of all time. In September of the following year, The Hobbit made its debut, with 20 or so original drawings, two maps, and a cover painting by Tolkien himself. But it turns out the author created more than 100 illustrations, recently uncovered amidst Tolkien’s papers, digitized by Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and freshly released in Art of the Hobbit — a magnificent volume celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit with 110 beautiful, many never-before-seen illustrations by Tolkien, ranging from pencil sketches to ink line drawings to watercolors. It’s a fine addition to our favorite peeks inside the sketchbooks of great creators and digitization projects in the humanities, and a priceless piece of literary history."
"A rare piece of cross-disciplinary creativity from the mind of one of modern history’s greatest creators, Art of the Hobbit is equal parts literary treasure and treat of art, exploring the notion of the author as designer — a particularly timely concept in the age of self-publishing and disciplinary cross-pollination in the making of books."
Thanks to Brain Pickings for the article!
For over a decade, Angel Sarkela-Saur and Andrew Saur, have pioneered an art movement by creating fine art using coffee as the medium, Coffee Art®. Together, they developed a process and technique of painting with coffee. People have been using coffee as washes for sketches and other shading for some time, but this is one of the first times where a process is used to gain very dark hues. They concentrate on creating fine art and the communication of their works using this new medium. This artwork has been displayed in both traditional and nontraditional exhibitions. Their artwork has also been employed for special events and product launches for corporations large and small such as Alakef Coffee Roasters, Starbucks and Hershey’s.
Reindeer Crossing print available here. Check out the Coffee Art® Gallery
The new IKEA baking cookbook, Hembakat är Bäst” (Homemade is Best), isn't your typical cookbook. Instead of showing the reader/chef/user images of a finished plate of cookies or perfectly executed pie, the book's visuals are those of the ingredients before they are mixed together. The photographs were shot by Carl Kleiner and the ingredients styled by Evelina Bratell.
(Images via of Today and Tomorrow)
“I see my work as a way to display a meaningful piece of art onto a book that would otherwise sit on a shelf and collect dust; it’s also my way of recycling a book that might otherwise end up in a landfill. The words or symbols I use are drawn from anything that invokes inspiration or encouragement, such as “Read”, “Dream” and the Recycle symbol. If my work also makes people look at a book and even art in a new light then the piece has done its job“ - ISAAC SALAZAR, the artist
(Images courtesy of BOOOOOOOM)
(Courtesy of Design Observer: Professional Management: Joseph Wharton USA, 1981, design by Rudolph de Harak ’92 | Deutsche Automobil-Ausstellung Berlin (International Automobile Exhibition, Berlin) Poster stamp, 1924, design by Lucian Bernhard ’97 and Fritz Rosen | Folk Art: Pennsylvania Toleware USA, 1979, design by Bradbury Thompson ’75 | Emancipation Proclamation USA, 1963, design by Georg Olden ’07)
(Courtesy of Design Observer: Bosch Magnetos Poster stamp, c.1910, design by Lucian Bernhard ’97 | National Park Service USA, 1966, design by Thomas Geismar ’79 | Great River Road USA, 1966, design by Herbert Bayer ’70 | Canada Centenary USA, 1967, design by Ivan Chermayeff ’79 | Learning Never Ends USA, 1980, design by Bradbury Thompson ’75)
We were fortunate to meet and work with book publishers, Creative Storytellers, on their most recent book release, Van Gogh's Untold Journey. The book takes a deep look into the life of Vincent Van Gogh as told by the author through his research of nearly 900 of the artist's letters. As providers of global print solutions, we managed the printing and bookbinding of this book via our print partner in Belgium.
Proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to PROGENY–an international organization dedicated to the rescue, safety, treatment, and rehabilitation of exploited and endangered children, and the pursuit of justice on their behalf.
This wonderful book can be purchased here.
Our beloved client, LA Opera, is bringing Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen to the great city of Los Angeles! As their print partner, we are proud of our involvement in producing the printed materials to support and promote this extraordinary event.
The Los Angeles Region will celebrate this production by assembling Ring Festival LA, the most interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, collaborative artistic and cultural event to occur anywhere. We are bringing together a multitude of different compa