Gemma O’Brien does her own thing. She quit law school to pursue her passion for drawing and letterpress printing and in the meantime became a well-known artist. Gemma does bold super graphics, illustrative lettering and hand-painted murals with the mission in mind to elevate words to art. We had a chat with the Australian artist about the in-between of digital and analog, trends within the creative scene and how to find balance in her creative career.
With Donald Trump as the president of the United States of America, the world has been through a lot. It has been a wild ride full of fake news, thousand of tweets, embarrassments, and political scandals. Four years it was all eyes on Donald. Magazine covers, political cartoons, photo installations, and design activism have been part of his era as much as his slips of the tongue (remember “covfefe"). High time to have a trip down memory lane!
Interview by Ana Carabelea
Best known for her large scale, black-and-white drawings made up of lines that are unmistakable hers, Shantell’s work is often accompanied by text pieces that address and engage their viewer: “Who Are You”, “You Are You”, “Are You You”, or, perhaps my favourite, “If life doesn’t give you a door, climb out of a window.”
Illustrator DXTR und Motion Designer Robert Hranitzky nehmen den Kampf gegen die Herausforderungen des Klimawandels mit einem animierten und aufrüttelnden Artwork auf. Mit bewegenden Motiven, wie der symbolischen Sanduhr oder einem rastlosen Kompass über vertrocknetem Boden verdeutlichen sie ihre Botschaft: Wir müssen handeln – jetzt.
After weeks of lockdown and countless video calls, we are tired of our own apartments. Stop redecorating your home office space, skip the fancy bookshelf and artsy prints – Studio Ghibli has something much more fun to step up your video call game.
Ferry Gouw is known as an illustrator, graphic designer, and video director. Personally, however, he doesn't want to restrict himself to any occupation in particular. Having directed a whole visual universe for Major Lazer, we spoke to him about designing for the music industry and learned how he usually creates such immersive narratives.
Since its foundation in 2016, the Vienna-based design studio HFA made itself a name with bold illustrations and multifaceted lettering. For their latest project they created multiple GIFs for the Viennese museum of art history KHM celebrating the baroque masterpieces of their recent exhibition "Caravaggio & Bernini".
We skyped with one of our oddest, most favorite and fun Forward speakers: Jim Stoten - and a few seagulls. The illustrator is based in a seaside town on the south coast of England and has worked for Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Home Festival Venice, Land Rover Magazine, and many more.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, has been rebranded - a new visual identity and brand strategy that aims to serve its citizens, as well as its increasing number of tourists.