You! Be Inspired! – The enchanting art of Meg Hunt

Meg Hunt, a graphic designer, illustrator and hand letterer from Portland Oregon has been making waves in the Illustration community for her cute quirky style and interesting choices of colour palettes. Primarily a creator of character based illustrations, Meg’s whimsical work combines a lot of mixed media techniques juxtaposed into busy backgrounds and quirky elements...

Flashlight: A Whimsical Wordless Story about Curiosity and Wonder

Shedding light on the wonderland that unfolds when you simply dare, and care, to look. As an immense lover of smart children’s books and of cleverly deployed die-cut ingenuity, I was instantly taken with Flashlight (public library) by Vermont-based illustrator Lizi Boyd — a wordless story about curiosity and wonder, following a little boy who...

Putting A Different Spin on Bland Choking Posters

After being required by law back in 1978, Choking signs and posters has become ubiquitous around New York City. Unfortunately for restaurateurs, the government sanctioned posters tend to be too formal or institutional or to simply put it, just too bland. This is why some restaurateurs in New York have decided to take the matters on their...

The ABC Bunny: A Sweet and Unusual Alphabet Book from 1934

“X is for eXit — off, away!” In 1934, six years after creating the oldest American picture-book still in print and a year before her brilliant proto-feminist children’s book, pioneering artist, author, illustrator, and translator Wanda Gág released The ABC Bunny (public library). Given my enormous soft spot for alphabet books and my deep admiration...

Parrots Over Puerto Rico: An Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrating the Spirit of Conservation

The heartening story of one of Earth’s most beautiful bird species, an underdog of geopolitics and evolution. Most children’s books are full of animals — as protagonists, as pets, as age-old standbys in fairy tales and alphabet primers alike. But, as Jon Mooallem poignantly observed in his bittersweet love letter to wildlife, by the time...

Top 10 Websites for Designers – Windows of New York + Character Challenge

As designers, we’re always looking for visual inspiration. This month’s best websites will do just that – offer plenty of creative juice via colorful illustrations, immersive videos and refined typography to take your next web design project up a notch. HOW’s art director, Adam Ladd, has curated some of the most exciting sights of the...

Arabic and Iranian Typography Show Unites Middle East

A woman who grew up in Syria and a man with Persian roots walk into CalArts. Jump ahead six years: They’re now passionately united in their goal to inspire a widespread design movement. Maece Seirafi is a Los Angeles-based graphic designer with an avid interest in both Latin and non-Latin type. She developed her love...

Migrant: An Alice in Wonderland for the Modern Immigrant Experience

A compassionate chronicle of the laboring nomad’s optimism and wistfulness. Having spent my entire adult life as an immigrant, with all the relocations, bureaucracies, and social strain implied, I have tremendous respect for any effort to capture the complexities of the immigrant experience, its joys and its struggles, without robbing it of dimension. So I...

How a Vintage Children’s Book Illustrated by Lynd Ward Saved New York’s Iconic Little Red Lighthouse

A timeless testament to the power of stirring the collective imagination. In 1880, a little lighthouse was erected on New Jersey’s Sandy Hook to guide arriving ships into New York Harbor. But by 1917, this friendly nocturnal sherpa had become obsolete, so it was dismantled and put in storage. Four years later, it was reassembled...

The Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous Illustrations of Phil Noto

It’s hard to tell what makes a Phil Noto pieces absolutely captivating. If it’s not the excellent use of low saturation colour palettes that deal with an experiment of cover. The gorgeous use of textures and rendering in his pieces. The really sharp and crisp line art compliments the very painterly feel to his illustrations,...

New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast’s Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Aging, Illness, and Death

Making sense of the human journey with wit, wisdom, and disarming vulnerability. “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,” John Updike wrote in his magnificent memoir. “So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?” It’s a sentiment somewhat easier to swallow...

Mocha Dick: The Story of the Real-Life Whale That Inspired Moby-Dick, Illustrated

“Some men sat stone-faced. Some shook.” In May of 1839, Herman Melville found himself riveted by an article in the New York monthly magazine The Knickerbocker about a “renowned monster, who had come off victorious in a hundred fights with his pursuers” — a formidable albino whale named Mocha Dick, who had been terrorizing whaling...

Beloved British Artist Ralph Steadman Illustrates the Life of Leonardo da Vinci

A visual “autobiography” of the legendary polymath that grants equal dignity to the grit and the glory. Freud once observed that the great Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci was “like a man who awoke too early in the darkness, while the others were all still asleep.” And how blazingly awake he was — his Vitruvian...

Bohemians: A Graphic History of Creative Mavericks

Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, Josephine Baker, Henry Miller, Gertrude Stein, Thelonious Monk, and other creative mavericks of semi-subversive status. Long before there were hipsters and squares, even before there were beatniks, there were Bohemians — named after Bohemia, a geographical area part of the modern Czech Republic, which mid-nineteenth-century French journalists mistakenly believed to be...

The National Poster Retrospecticus Showcases The Best Handcrafted Posters

No longer promoting movies and events, these amazing posters are now taking center stage in a traveling show. During its conception, posters have become one of the mainstays in terms of promoting and embodying an event. With the National Poster Retrospecticus, various posters as well as their makers are taking the spotlight. The National Poster...

The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Down the rabbit hole in enchanting reimaginings. On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends. Among them was a little girl named Alice Liddell. To entertain her and her sisters as they floated down the river between Oxford and Godstow, Dodgson fancied a whimsical story,...

Fantastic Art And Where To Find Them Friday: The Technicolor Illustrations of Estela Cuadro

Artist creates a fantastic world of prismatic characters through her illustrations. Estela Cuadro is an artist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a five-year old child, she abandoned classical dance classes to take her first steps as an artist with the encouragement of her parents. Estela took up a graphic design course at the University...

Tove Jansson’s Rare Vintage Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland

Down the rabbit-hole, Moomin-style. As a lifelong lover of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, I was thrilled to discover one of its most glorious creative permutations over the past century and a half came from none other than beloved Swedish-speaking Finnish artist Tove Jansson. In 1959, three years before the publication of her gorgeous illustrations...

Leonardo da Vinci’s Life and Legacy, in a Vintage Pop-Up Book

The legacy of the great artist, inventor, and scientist in illustrated “interactive” paper engineering that would’ve made Leonardo himself nod with delight. As a lover of pop-up books, a celebrator of the intersection of art and science, and a great admirer of the vintage children’s book illustration of wife-and-husband duo Alice and Martin Provensen, I...

Cute Illustrations of Pop Culture Characters and their Sidekicks

A late father’s day treat! Andry Rajoelina, more commonly known as “Andry-Shango“, is a designer in the animation industry based in Paris, France. He created a series of fantastic illustrations called “Super Families” where he showed some of our favourite pop culture characters and superheroes with their sidekicks. Each illustration depicts a character that we...