I recently stumbled across this blog, Crust Station which is a great place to tap into current trends and inspirations and is updated on a regular basis. There is also an extensive list of links to discover even more great sites!
Carousel on the hill is a newly discovered blog through the designers on MOO.com. Aspa Gika is a graphic designer and illustrator living and working in Berkeley, California. She loves type and patterns and her work has been described as having an old-time feel whilst remaining uniquely modern. Her range of cards available through Moo are really stylish with a great use of typography. The blog is a great read for unique finds and inspiration.
MOO.com is a great place to find the work of designers and also some really cool and quirky ideas such as these Christmas cards by Chocolate Log. I have found so many designers whose work is great so watch out for some posts over the next few weeks featuring these.
All are welcome to the Winter Art Market at Listers Mill Bradford on
Sunday 14 December. In addition if you or someone you know is
interested in having a stall, please read the call for artists here. It is an all day family friendly event inside part of
the beautifully restored Mill, with a full bistro service at the Chaat
café, interactive fun, live music and over 30 quality artists of many
disciplines on hand in one location.
We recently ran an E-Greeting Competition which is a relatively new area that were exploring here at Tigerprint and it was really great to see the variety of entries and interest which we received.
The judges selected the entry above by Jessica Allan as the overall winner as they felt that this idea would work really well for a variety of occasions. The limited colour palette and choice of font was good and added to the 'aged' feel of the design.
Four runners up were also selected:
'Cake' was a great concept and the sophistication of the illustration style really demonstrated this well. The combination of concept and caption works really well and the last frame is a really nice image to end on.
The judges really liked the quirkiness of this entry and the colour usage created a great impact. It's easy to imagine this concept working well through its use of naivety which eventually leads to sophisticated humour.
By Little Fish
The judges really felt that the styling of this entry was unique and the style of illustration is really nice and contemporary. The illustrations really emphasized the ' hand drawn' quality. It's a really nice technique of adding a red highlight within the flower and hat.
The judges said that this was a really lovely idea with the birds releasing the letters from the balloons. You can imagine this working really well as an animation and even an on-line game!
The judges felt that generally all the entries showed a sense of humour with a competence and ability to convey a message using varied styles. All entries were judged on their commercial awareness with an eye for something different yet appealing. This criteria was fulfilled in every case and we had a very pleasing response to a brief that asked a lot.
We will be developing ideas for E-greetings from now on and will hopefully be adding a section to the blog soon where you can continue to send us your ideas.
Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winner and runners up.
RCA Secret is one of the most unique art events in the U.K which promotes the work of up and coming artists. The idea is simple – invite famous artists and young art students to
submit an original piece of art with just two rules – the art work must
be completed on a postcard and it must be signed on the reverse,
keeping the artists’ identity a secret. All cards are sold in a one-day
sale, with each card costing just £40 each.
2,700 art works were on display this year, with over a thousand artists
responding to the invitation. All areas of fine art practice are
represented: painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, using
diverse materials and methods.
Have a look at the website to see all the postcards created here.
With Christmas five weeks away it's safe to say most of us are getting into the Christmas spirit and so I was thrilled to discover Paper & Cake via Print & Pattern which offers free down-loadable paper-ware. Above is an example of the PDF you can download, print, cut out and be the belle of the social scene!
We have just launched the next competition which is in keeping with the current festive season as it is to design a Christmas card which incorporates the caption 'Mum'. There is plenty of inspiration out there with the shops been full of Christmas product so get out there and be inspired. You can check out the full competition brief here.
A big thank you to everyone who entered the E-Greeting competition and we will announce the winner and runners up over the next few days.
Jen Renninger is a freelance illustrator and her styles vary greatly from figurative prints to prints which project calmness. Jen has an etsy shop where you can purchase her work and also a website where you can see further examples of Jen's work and her client list.