Iconic Costumes of Famous Musicians Illustrated by Frederico Birchal


Frederico Birchal illustrates the iconic stage costumes of famous musicians from the Beatles’ colorful Sgt Pepper’s-era suits to Kurt Cobain’s anti-costume garb.
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“Grow” series of illustrations by Andreas Preis


With a fine attention to detail, Barcelona based artist Andreas Preis juxtaposes boldly illustrated animals with different virtuous words for a series of works entitled “Grow”.
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Illustrations by Bob Motown


London based illustrator Bob Motown enjoys the simple pleasures in life. He boasts a fondness for Cats, Pizza, Gangster Rap, Tacos, Burritos, Slurpees, Trap Music and Drinks with little umbrellas. Motown likes to juxtapose his many interests in his colorful and comically illustrated works, including various adventures with his character (and worlds greatest palindrome), Tacocat.
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Christmas Cards from Legendary Disney Animator Ward Kimball


Ward Kimball was one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men”, creator of Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio, the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, to name a few.

From the 1930s through 1966, Kimball, with his imaginative cartoonist skills, made cleverly illustrated Christmas cards starring himself and his family. His cards were very popular and by the time he designed his final card in 1966, he had over 1,000 recipients. (source)
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Paper Typography by Sabeena Karnik


India based artist Sabeena Karnik designed this three dimensional typography series with intricately arranged pieces of colored paper.
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Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP Album Cover Critiqued by High Profile Graphic Designers


It’s likely you’ve seen Lady Gaga’s latest album ARTPOP cover on a billboard somewhere. It was designed by Jeff Koons and is a striking and colorful pop art image. The cover bears a sculpturesque Lady Gaga sitting naked behind a blue gazing ball and is juxtaposed with Botticelli’s “Venus” collaged in the background along with bold chopped up typography. On her collaboration with Koons, Gaga says, “We bring ARTculture into POP in a reverse Warholian expedition.” Co. Design asked graphic design stars Stefan Sagemeister, Paula Scher, and Nate Duval to weigh in with their critique of the Jeff Koons and Lady Gaga album cover collaboration.

Co.Design: Do you think this Gaga and Koons collaboration is successful in its attempt to merge high art with pop culture? How might you have designed it differently?

Stefan Sagmeister: I am intrigued by the visual of the Lady herself. It is iconic and a good departure from past Gaga incarnations. Love the blue ball and hate the type. This would have been so much stronger without any typography.

Paula Scher: I LOVE the cover. It’s hilarious, sensual, and beautiful. Just like Lady Gaga.

Nate Duval: It sort of looks hastily pieced together in Photoshop. Personally, I would have focused more on the statue, which does look intriguing, in a more realistic high-fashion photo shoot setting, aiming for a larger focus on an artificial/natural juxtaposition. Seeing the hand of the artist and layout work done digitally sort of softened the blow of the striking and thought-provoking image of Stephanie cast in plastic.

Co.Design: In an effort to get people to actually buy the physical album instead of just downloading it, the first half-million physical copies sold won’t have a flat image cover. Instead, “Lady Gaga” will be pasted on, in hot pink metallic foil, and the word ARTPOP will appear in silver. Does this have potential to turn into a collector’s item?

Stefan Sagmeister: That depends 100% on the quality of the music. If the album is epoch-making and genre-changing, then yes, this will become an icon. If it is, as I suspect without having heard it all, one more pop record, then it will not. We shall see.

In general, files, unlike vinyl and CDs, are not scratchable and therefore do not need to be packaged. This is why album covers lost their meaning–and the reason we have not designed one in a long time. The Koons-Gaga collaboration temporarily reverses this. It makes the packaging matter a little bit. The fact that we are talking about this can’t be bad for her album.

Nate Duval: I think the foil version will look even more disjointed and be even less effective than the flat version. I think it will come off like some of the classic No Limit hip-hop covers of the ’90s, where the type was constructed out of diamonds and gold.

Glitter and tricks don’t always make something better, which I think is a funny sentiment that our fair Lady would probably agree with, too. A classic high-fashion shoot of the Gaga statue, with contoured embossing giving it a three-dimensional look, would have added to the level of realism and would have been a cool way to use an extra printing technique.

For those not familiar with the work of Jeff Koons, he made this life sized sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles:

and this balloon dog sculpture:

And here is another dog by Jeff Koons; a puppy made of flowers:

“The Art of Clean Up” by Ursus Werhli


German artist Ursus Werhli takes obsessive compulsive behavior to a whole new level with his work in completely organizing various objects and situations in clever ways. Here are some selections from his book, “The Art of Clean Up”. (source)

An Appetizing Font by HandmadeFont


Another incredible font from the Estonian design company, HandmadeFontEggs font was made with, “1000 eggs, 10 pans, 5 burned fingers, 3 hours, 1 bottle of oil and a half of flat smelling like perfect and brand new Eggs.”

The designers are confident in the taste, but say the plating of the font is up to the skills of the users.

Bruce Lee “Empty your Mind…” Kinetic Typography


Watch this famous Bruce Lee speech in motion.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee