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I think it's safe to say that Fausto Coppi, along with Eddy Merckx belong in the category of the greatest cyclists of all time. There is a certain mystique surrounding this Italian 'Il Campionissimo'. 53 years after his death he's still interesting enough to write a new book about him. That's exactly what Grinta editor & Coppi fan Frederik Backelandt did.
CS6 has just shipped & just like we did in 2010 we'll take a closer look at the design goals of this Creative Suite release. An inside look at how it is to do design work for a big company like Adobe. Each Creative Suite release starts with a list of technical requirements and design goals. Our host is Shawn Cheris, he will guide us through the process just as he did with the CS5 branding.
It has been a while since I last posted an interview with a talented illustrator, and I thought it's high time to change this. So today I have the absolute pleasure to introduce you to Astrid Yskout, a 26 years old illustrator that lives in Antwerp, Belgium. She combines her illustration work with two part-time jobs. She works in a secondhand bookshop, and teaches children & teenagers at an art academy. I got to know Astrid's work through Flickr, and later on I encountered some of her marvelous illustration work in a Belgian weekly magazine that I'm subscribed to. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful spontaneous sketchy style, and felt the urge to ask her for an interview. Lucky for me she said yes… Interview with Astrid Yskout
Dieter Rams is undoubtedly one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century. Rams studied architecture at the Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden as well as learning carpentry from 1943 to 1957. He was strongly influenced by his grandfather who also was a carpenter.
I always have utter admiration for graphical artists who are able to stylize something to its bare essentials using only a few lines or shapes and yet keep things very recognizable. There are only a few who are really good at it. Ty Wilkins, an independent graphic designer and illustrator living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is definitely one of these talented few. He can draw illustrations in such a way that they look like logos. Ty worked for Gardner Design where he had the opportunity to redesign LogoLounge. He's also the founder and editor of the contemporary typography blog Type Theory. He currently teaches Typography for the Academy of Art University online undergraduate program. In his free time, Ty spends his time illustrating, drawing and collecting books by mid-century modern illustrators. His beautifully crafted style made me want to interview him, and this week I had the honor… Interview with Ty Wilkins
Today I would like to introduce to you Puzzld!, a beautifully illustrated wood puzzle game for children by Windup Rocket apps. It features the stunning artwork by Jacob Souva of Two Fish Illustration. Six wonderful boards come alive at the fingertips of kids. I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing Jacob and ask him about the design process of this beautiful iPhone and iPad app. Jacob Souva’s process of Puzzld!

Ogentroost typeface

10 Mar 2011
A while ago I received a thank you letter from a Dutch reader for sending him a free ticket for the exhibition Super Normal at Design Museum Ghent. That letter was accompanied by this beautifully designed leaflet from graphic designer Diederik Corvers. I remember clearly that I was so facinated by the way the leaflet was folded and how I could fold it open into a poster. What I remember even better was this perfectly shaped elegant typeface called Ogentroost designed by Diederik. Ogentroost typeface
I wanted to talk to our next Illustrator guest for a while, and finally the stars aligned, and I got to ask Clayton Junior a few questions. Clayton is based in London, but born in South Brazil. He works as a freelance illustrator since 1999. If you are like me and love colors, you'll admire Clayton's work. He's a true genius in the way he applies colors. By only using just a few colors he creates this beautiful color balance that sets his vibrant and meticulous work apart. Interview with Clayton Junior
Just a while ago I bumped into the site of illustrator and graphic designer Mikey Burton from Philadelphia. I was immediately impressed by his talent. What I love most about his work is its simplicity and his ability to wear many designer hats. He's a true master in translating a concept into such simple forms and shapes. There is this strong communication. I think it's the perfect combination of beautiful illustration work, great typography and a color palette that is sometimes soft and subtle, but even when he uses brighter colors they never shout. Then there is also his subtle use of textures which gives his work this nice refinement touch. I was really happy when I got the opportunity to interview him. Interview with Mikey Burton
Today I want to introduce to you the young and talented Romanian-based designer, Stefan Lucut. His work is a mix of photography and vector art, combined with typography, which has a very modern and contemporary feel. He loves to use a vibrant color palette in combination with primitive shapes to create an image that speaks for itself. The result is a bold expressive collage, with a definite sense of imagination, which sets him apart. Interview with Stefan Lucut
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