Dan Pelavin is one of those designer/illustrator/typographers who sees little distinction between these disciplines and considers them all integral to the same goal: communication. He has worked and trained with artists involving the entire spectrum of the graphic arts, including decorative, fashion, product, and technical illustrators, in addition to letterers, typographers, and graphic designers. In a recent interview with Creative Pro, Dan discusses how all of this experience has helped his work evolve to where it is today and where it might go in the future, where he gets his inspiration, and the nuts and bolts of the creative process. Be sure to take a look at the twenty-two type fonts he’s created with a brief history of how he developed each one. But be sure to take a look at his complete website, too; there is so much more to see!
The National Cherry Blossom Festival committee came to Judy Reed Silver seeking her illustration/design talents to help them produce marketing materials for their world renowned festival.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.
Submitted here, the dynamic poster Judy designed for the NCBF committee. She also created artwork specifically for the event’s licensed properties including such items as totes, slippers, and scarves. All have proven wildly successful as evidenced by multiple production runs.
Ask anyone who has attended this festival, they will tell you it is beauty unmatched.
Judy is represented by the Liz Sanders Agency.
True to Steph’s positive n’ perky personality, Steph Calvert created this image for Teaching Tolerance Magazine. The Spring 2017 issue includes both a spread (shown here), as well as a hand lettered quote of Frida Kahlo’s. The story is titled “Mariposas” and focuses on how a school founded a Latina civic engagement group to build confidence with the girls.
Judy Reed Silver creates this intricate & beautifully designed compass rose for EarthLust Bottles. EarthLust bottles are hand made from recyclable high-quality food grade stainless steel, which is unlined and naturally safe.
Inspired by Scandinavian folk art, Sudi McCollum illustrates this Christmas card showcasing the letterpress capability of a San Francisco letterpress printer, Digital Engraving. The card is printed on a thick board paper stock. Sudi also designed a sticker as a festive touch for the envelope.
We love her work and you can see more of it here!.
Yana Beylinson is an award-winning designer, illustrator and artist. She is talented beyond measure and creates decorative illustrations, branding, packaging and print design. Her work can literally be seen everywhere, from murals to product packaging to pillows and poufs. She designed her own stationery line published by Chronicle Books and penned a book published by Wiley & Sons. Her signature style is elegant and sophisticated and she creatively lends her expertise to a myriad of projects as seen below.
Letterer and typographer, Daniel Pelavin, is inspired by the past and the future when approaching his lettering designs. His new font, Rosa, was created for La Société Parisienne de Savons packaging and inspiration came from the Art Deco period.
In his own words:
“In mythological legend, Chloris, the goddess of Spring flowers transformed the body of a nymph into the first Rose. Aphrodite gave her beauty. Dionysus, the god of wine gave her, a sweet fragrance and the three Graces, charm, joy and radiance. Crowned queen of flowers by Apollo, she is now the jewel of every garden.”
From time to time I’m asked where I get the inspiration to design fonts. More often than not, I just complete the alphabet of characters I have created for an assignment. My latest font, Rosa, actually has a very sweet story.
Its genesis is in the elegant graphics and sweet fragrances of the age of Art Deco. Based very loosely on a snippet from an old cold cream label, I developed a suite of packaging for luxury soaps, candles, cologne, balms, powders and hand creams. I became more fond of the 4 letters as time went by and decided to finish the alphabet (and the additional 100 or so glyphs required).”
Abby Carter is a wonderful children’s illustrator, among other things. Take a look at her website to see all that she does. We’re honoring Dad’s for Father’s Day this weekend and showing some of Abby’s illustrations she created for several children’s books, like Daddy’s Zigzagging Bedtime Story.
Abby is represented by MB Artists.