Cool & collected


Todays final three-ture from Mondo is… Jay Shaw! A Colorado based poster artists, who is part of the Mondo crew. As well as posters Jay has also delved into LP artwork and layout creating some of my favourite soundtrack artwork design to date!

A lot of Jay’s work revolves around 80’s horror and the ultraviolent to create a slightly retro yet fresh approach to the horror design genre.

For more of Jay’s work visit his website here.

Next up is Ken Taylor, Melbourne based designer and illustrator, Ken started work on gig posters in the early 2000’s and since then has been picked up by Mondo. As interesting as Ken’s gig posters are, I thought I’d focus on the work he has created for Mondo.

So here’s a bold as brass look at some of Ken’s work.

If you want more than this head over to Ken’s website here.

There comes a point in time where in which pop culture becomes a parody of itself, thankfully this is not one of those points in time. I’m going to be featuring three designers / illustrators, from Mondo, that wield pop culture as a weapon and create outrageously good work.

First off is Mike Mitchell, an artist from Austin, TX who loves animals, high fives and creating awesome portraits of pop culture icons, most recently Marvel heroes and Villains.

Hi five Mike for being awesome. Check out more of Mike’s work here.

Hey folks, I’m going to feature a little video whilst I beaver away at work. I found this video on how neon signs are made very interesting, being a massive fan of neon signs (check back here) its interesting to see how the industry has thrived and how it is seen as such a craft in the likes of Hong Kong and other Asian locations.


Elana Schlenker is a Brooklyn based graphic designer and art director who specialises in design for print, identities and packaging. 

Featured above is just a handful of Elena’s wonderful work that has a strong influence in beautiful typography, layout and strong art direction. As well as her design work, Elena also creates and curates a typographic magazine full of typographic porn (not real porn) called Gratuitous Type.

You can check out more of Elena’s work here or pick up a copy of Gratuitous Type here.

I’M BACK! So today I’m featuring Darren Haggar a New York based book designer / art director at Penguin Books. Haggar has a very traditional aesthetic that gives his books a very 70’s feel to them with the large bold type old feel photos.

The great thing about Darren is that he also takes awesome photos that you can check out here.

ou can also check out more of Darren’s work here.

Todays feature is Seb Lester atypographic genius from East Sussex. Lester has a very impressive portfolio including Nike, Penguin, Cadbury, Liberty, Ikea, The New York Times, Faber & Faber and Red Bull.

I’ve featured more of Seb’s personal work so if you want to check out more of his work, visit his website here.

IT’S THE WEEKEND! Well the end of it, so finish up your weekend with Sara Wood, wife to Jim Tierney who I featured the other day.

It seems that Sara’s approach to design is very illustration based, with lots of hand drawn imagery and lots of texture to give each piece of her work a certain warmth to it. Not a stranger to good typography, Sara Wood creates some top notch posters and book covers making her a very focused and confident designer.

Another massive gap, but now I’ve got my life sorted out things should go back into fifth gear! So as a comeback I’m going to feature Jim Tierney. Jim is an illustrator / designer from Philadelphia who is now working and living in Brooklyn after two years with Penguin Books, NY.

Jim has some great illustrations and ideas and doesn’t limit himself to just book design, he’s also worked on a number of editorial projects and chapter openings (The Hobbit above.)

For more of Jim’s work visit his website here and keep up to date with him on his blog here.

Nathan Burton is a London-based book designer working freelance for the likes of Penguin, Little Brown, Vintage and many more. As you can see Nathan’s mixes typographic, illustrative and photographic solutions together through collaboration, commissioning and lots of hard work to create a great portfolio of books. 

You can check out more of nathan’s work, including fiction, non-fiction and cookery books on his website.

It’s been a while but I’m back! Today I’m featuring Jon Gall, a US based book designer / art director who creates a great mixture of work. One of his main strengths is collage, which he also has a blog for called Never Always. This has an archive of great collage work that could be used for any fine art / design work.

You can check out more of Jon’s work here to see what else he gets up to.

This is I Love Dust. WhatsI Love Dust you ask? Well they are a multi-disciplinary design studio working on branding packaging, illustration, typographic design and animation (phew!) Situated originally in Southsea, they have also in recent years opened a second studio right here in London. The studio create some fantastic work that I can’t even fathom how they do it, this is why they’ve worked with the likes of Nike, Redbull, Kidrobot, Empire Magazine, Cartoon Network, Ray Ban and most recently Cast Software.

If you like what you see, I urge you to got check out the rest of the teams work here.

I Love Dust Vimeo.

This is Ben Wilkinson, he is a Brooklyn, NY based graphic designer, who is pretty special. After graduating in 2009 Ben started at Mucca and then in the same year moved to Pentagram, he now works at Doyle Partners. This isn’t why I want to feature him though, because outside of Doyle Partners Ben creates some very high class and almost very abstract album art for bands and musicians.

With a mixture of illustration, typography and packaging design Ben creates CD and Vinyl sleeves as well as little extras which really speak out and show what it takes to be a great creative.

If you like Ben’s work, you can check out more here.