Tag Archives: illustration


Draco: Bringing Illustration to Life with Kinetic Textures

When you think of the word “illustration” your mind conjures up a flat still life drawing or it may even give movement to that image in the form of an animation. Historically animations have been created by creating series of images by hand and then ordering them in such a manner that when the...


Russian Law Sparks Outcry

Talk surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been abnormally heated. See how illustrators are responding to a Russian bill that’s viewed by many as discriminatory.


Hand Lettering, Spew Bags & Puns

Have you ever seen hand lettering so beautiful that it made you want to puke? Well, the creator of the “Spew Bag Challenge” site has you covered. Each of these images are hand-drawn with pencils, Sharpies and various other pens and writing instruments (which the illustrator places next to the image). Drawn on airline vomit bags,...


Behind the Design: HOW’s Sept. Cover

When the HOW team decided on Might & Main‘s brand identity for Eventide Oyster Company for the Best of Show winner in the Self-Promotion Design Awards, we knew exactly who should design our September cover. The HOW team came up with a few ideas, but Might & Main blew us away with their blowfish...

"Lighting -Up"

Illustrations with a Twisted Take on 1950s Advertising

These playful illustrated prints will bring some cheer to your Monday. Ben O’Brien’s “Twisted Fifties” series caught our eye with their warped sense of humor and colorful illustration. O’Brien’s tongue-in-cheek series poke holes in the idealized world often portrayed in 1950s advertising. With a fun, “twisted” approach, these prints show stylized women engaged in...

Storytelling in Web Design at DisruptUniversity.com

In my Site of the Day reviews, I’ve been talking more and more about a growing web design trend: storytelling. We’re seeing an increasing shift toward websites that tell stories. This website—for a design and innovation incubator in Thailand led by a former Google exec—is a prime example. Every element of the site draws...

Simple as Milk, Design Studio

Illustration: A Smart Web Design Strategy

If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times: Illustration is by far one of the most powerful tools in a web designer’s toolbox. Anytime you bother to create a custom illustration you inevitably end up with something unique. I appreciate how this contrasts with the flat UI design. In...