Patternbank love Barry McGee’s unique personal style of fusing together found and invented imagery along with tags and assorted objects. Influenced by Mexican muralists, tramp art, the graffiti artists of the 70’s and 80’s and the San Francisco Beat poets, he creates a unique visual language. McGee, also known by his street name, Twist, is acclaimed for his work in the street and for his painted installations in galleries, museums and art festivals around the world. You can see more of his work at the Prism Gallery in California where he exhibited earlier this year.

 

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Patternbank have a major crush on Contino’s work and not surprisingly, he has garnered considerable attention for his unique approach to design utilising hand-drawn lettering and typographic illustration in conjunction with a modern, yet minimalistic sensibility. He has received numerous accolades for his fusion of old and new world aesthetics and continues to influence modern trends in graphic design and apparel design. Jon resides in Brooklyn with his wife Erin where he works not only as a freelance illustrator, but also as Co-Founder and Creative Director of menswear brand CXXVI Clothing Company (see our post on their Spring 2012 T Shirt Collection). The Great Discontent have just done a great post on him which you can read here or check out his website for more inspiring work.

 

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Patternbank love vintage graphics and with such an abundance of inspiring visuals on the web, sometimes it can be hard to track key graphic trends happening. This great collection of inspiring vintage potato graphics caught our eye recently. PopKulture’s Flickr site is a inspirational destination for vintage graphics, signage highlights and forgotten U.S graphics.

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Patternbank love the work of NYC born artist Max Rippon (Ripo), now based in Barcelona. Heavily influenced by sign painting, Ripo creates text-based work with an urban aesthetic. Elaborately-drawn fonts, formed with watercolour, ink, graphite, sign painters enamel and oil pastels on delicate hand-cut paper, allow us to appreciate the aesthetics of the words regardless of their associations. Using techniques of calligraphy and layering, Ripo crafts letters that appear to jut and curve outside of the page in swift, fluid motion. Bleeding colours and splashes of paint burst beyond the constraints of the page, rendered in incredibly fine detail. To see more of his work both in the streets and studio check out his website ripovisuals.com and at whitewallssf.com

 

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Patternbank are loving the way Harold Hollingsworth re-interprets vintage lettering and embellishments into beautiful layered large scale mixed media paintings. They contain a great deal of texture and depth with the beautiful hand painted vintage lettering dissected and then overlaid on to canvas and panels. For more of Harold’s work check out his website.

 

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The Bases Loaded Series is an exploration of conceptual graphic design and storytelling using American Baseball as the vehicle. The concepts are driven home with the relationship of text and image, and the process is 100% hand-done. Raw, hand-drawn iconography in partnership with hand-crafted typography are used to convey strong and sometimes deep messages. These icons and graphics emphasize concept and idea over aesthetic. The aesthetic is achieved by way of the idea, the tools used, and the process. For more of Brian’s incredible work check here, and on this beautifully designed site – Eephus Leauge Magazine.

 

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“See Inside Box for Details,” aims to re-evaluate our understanding of product advertising by juxtaposing unlikely and confronting elements into some of our most loved and well known consumer icons.  Australian artist Ben Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photorealism, comics books and sign-writing.

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These quirky illustrations are the work of Australian born artist James Gulliver Hancock. The Big Apple is one place that is not short of beautiful architecture. Jame’s detailed architectural sketches depict whole streets and singled out buildings. His artworks have a unique style that brings life and soul into bricks and mortar. Check out his visual diary blog to see more of NYC illustrations and more prints for sale, and his website to see his full portfolio.

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French Graffiti Artist Nelio transforms grey urban walls all over the world with these abstract spray painted masterpieces. His work is Graffiti rooted but incorporates elements of art history, illustration, lettering, architecture and graphic design. We like how the walls become part of the art along with his beautiful use of colour and composition. Check his Flickr page out for much more.

 

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These incredible maps of the Mississippi River were created in 1944 by Cartographer Harold Fisk. In great detail he mapped the twisting and changing path of the river over time in these swirling rainbow colours. The result is the most amazing set of infographics presented in a beautiful way. The high resolution files can be downloaded from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

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These beautiful infographics, created by Michael Paukner is data visualisation at it’s very best. He takes obscure facts and data such as ‘Swine Flu Mortality’, ‘Circular Periodic Table of Elements’ and ‘Mayan Interdimensional Star Map’ to name but a few and presents them in this clean, refined and informative way. For many more of these fascinating visualisations head over to his popular Flickr Gallery.

 

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Field notes goes vintage in this release of their 14th season limited edition book collection. Field Notes co-founder Aaron Draplin has been collecting these forgotten memo books for years, “rescuing them” from obscurity. Patternbank love Draplin’s creative energy for the graphic past and how he see’s it inspire new generations of graphic designers. Check out Draplin’s short video that shows a brief snapshot of his unique passion for unearthing forgotten graphic gems.

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Luggage labels are fascinating bits of history from the golden age of travel, roughly the 1900’s to 1960’s. During this time these labels were used by hotels and airlines as advertising and eagerly applied to steamer trunks, suitcases and all sorts of luggage. Today, these same labels are highly desirable and sought after by collectors all over the world. Many of the designs were produced by some of the best poster designers from the golden age of travel like Roger Broders, Jan Lavies and Mario Borgoni. Check out ‘Art of the Luggage Label‘ on Flickr for hundreds more of these fascinating Labels.

 

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Long ago when mobile phones were the size of houses and the closest thing to the internet was the loading screens on a zx spectrum. There was a kid who could almost always be found scribbling away. Conjuring up imagery of anything and everything from hyper advanced cars to magnificent beasts. That kid was Scott Balmer. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art & Design in Scotland, Balmer started life as a freelance illustrator and has never looked back since. Patternbank is digging Scott’s trippy graphic explorations in colour and pattern. With clients like Umbro, The Guardian, Howies and The New York Times magazine already tapping into his creative mindset, he’s definitely one to watch. See more of his illustration portfolio here.

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Nate Duval’s quantity, quality and variety of work is incredible, one man creates all this great stuff. These are gig posters, band t-shirts and album covers of the highest order. We love the crazy and often chaotic, almost psychedelic patterns and textures that he crafts into his work and the freaky amalgamation of humans and animals. It’s beautiful to see such consistent quality throughout this Massachusetts-based illustrator and designer’s work. To see his drawings before he’s coloured them up check out his Tumblr, for everything else get yourself over to nateduval.com

 

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Mixing humour with beautifully hand crafted typography is where illustrator Andy Smith excels. The Patternbank team love his quirky offbeat type statements that have real energy and impact. Smith studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art and now lives by the sea in Hastings, East Sussex. We first spotted his work at Pick Me Up(contemporary art fair) at Somerset House and have continued to follow his inspiring work. See more  of his work here at asmithillustration.com

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Patternbank are loving the handcrafted neon bright ‘Pop Art ‘statements by Morgan Blair. Morgan is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in using pattern, symbols, and pop culture references to explore hypothetical scenarios from a cryptic future-past. Her work has been exhibited around the U.S. and internationally. See more of her work at morganblair.com

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Vintage graphics are such a major source of inspiration for new design developments. Patternbank aims to deliver vintage print & graphics for direction and inspiration in layout, colour use and typography. We stumbled across this amazing and stimulating collection of U.S airline baggage tickets. Covering the 50s, 60s and 70s, this collection is a rich source of of graphic inspiration. Flickr member MR38 has over 1000 ticket examples that show off great colour combos and typography trends of that time. Get lost at MR38 Flickr site now, just make sure you have a good hour or so spare !

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With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing, the Patternbank team thought we’d enter into the sporting action with a graphically sporty highlight. We’ve been tracking Greek based visual artist Charis Tsevis for some time now. His work focuses on fractured graphic pattern, and the 2012 Olympics is no better place to find a great variaty of shapes and visual movement. These amazing artworks have been recently created by Tsevis for Yahoo’s Olympic 2012 coverage.

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