Tip 5 — week 09, 2023

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These are some of the most interesting and beautiful things that we talked about in our studio this week. We show you the stuff that we have come across on instagram, the web or in real life and that inspires and excites us. And yes, sometimes we mingle in our own projects. We enjoy sharing it with our friends, colleagues and anyone interested. Below this week’s 5 tips, here our collected overview.

1: NethAirlands

The Dutch stalwart youth uniform sneaker since the 80s has been the Nike Air Max 1 (and subsequent versions), with The Netherlands leading the global chart of Air Max popularity. This Air Max Day (on March 26) will feature the return of the classic that has never been (because the big Air Bubble was always a prototype); Air Max 1 ’86 “Big Bubble”.

2: Naive fun

Jay Daniel Wright blends a stylish retro feel with a fine dose of humor and a pinch of punk attitude in his illustrative work. Be sure to check out his CCCP-era-infused products under his Home Folk moniker. 

3: Al Whiteness

Al White/a.k.a. Crudex creates graphical universes that mix psychedelics with primitive print reproduction techniques and some sort of primitive scifi aesthetic. His series of record artworks for weird-electronics-ambient-label 12th Isle are wonderful and as weird as the music in them. Al’s work is somewhere on the intersection of riso/stencil-art and the work of David Rudnick.

4: Mellowcore

Andrés Reisinger creates surreal futuristic universes in muted pastel tones that create an infinite hunger for more. You just keep on clicking through his portfolio of videos, photographs and renders. Yum!!

5: Booking

Graphic designers seem to be born with a weak spot for printed books. And justly so; is there any field of graphic design where message, image and type are constantly finding themselves in new territory? The Casual Optimist supplies a constant torrent of contemporary book cover designs, studios like Rodrigo Corral’s have portfolios that enforce awe. Even the dullest of photographs of the dullest of book covers are actually pretty amazing (see Mickey Smith’s work).