Illustrator Spotlight: Justin Gabbard

Working for HOW and Print, the editors and art directors tend to see a lot of illustration promos. From postcards to emails announcing new work, the level of precision, punch and personality runs the gamut. Needless to say, it takes a lot to catch our eyes, and even then, many great talents fall through the cracks. After all, we can’t work with or showcase everyone. That said, it’s nice to bring attention to the awesome work creatives are doing when we can.

TED features a bunch of illustrations for a book about what makes people happy.

TED by Justin Gabbard features a bunch of illustrations for a book about what makes people happy.

So, without further ado, meet Justin Gabbard, an illustrator and designer who moved from Manhattan to San Fran to teach at The California College of Arts. His impressive list of clients include big names like Wired, New York Magazine, Microsoft and Ben & Jerry’s. Gabbard’s work ranges from poster illustrations and hand-drawn type to animation and infographics design. It was mainly the ladder that grabbed our attentions. Infographics are having a moment, and the well-done designs are striking. Check out Gabbard’s take on education in the U.S. below.

Corporate Knights

Corporate Knights is an infographic about education in America.

On his website, Gabbard describes his work by saying:

Drawing inspiration from pop music, new york storefront signs, bright colors and loud people, he creates likenesses from a combination of strong shapes and graphic hand made details that capture the eye.

As you can see by his work, this description is dead on. Scroll down for other examples of his handcrafted style. To see even more of his colorful projects, head to his website.

Gabbard created this for a Remodeling Magazine article about employee theft.

Gabbard created this for a Remodeling Magazine article about employee theft.

Gabbard designed this opening spread for a Reason Magazine article on Hurricane Sandy.

Gabbard designed this opening spread for a Reason Magazine article on Hurricane Sandy.

Want to learn to create your own show-stopping infographics designs? Take our HOW U course on data visualization, Infographics How To: Data, Design, Distribute, to learn the art of the infographic.

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