Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, isn’t home to many designers, which is perhaps why AKU has attracted such a wide range of clients. From microbreweries and music festivals to the more buttoned-up Estonian parliament, founders Alari Orav, Kaarel Kala, and Uku-Kristjan Küttis have already made a name for themselves in their mother country—but the international design community is getting to know them, too. At first glance, their work is startlingly simple, but upon further inspection you begin to appreciate the intricacies involved in color choice and type placement, as well as the use of illustration and graphics. This spare yet exquisite layering of details is the result of years of experience—Orav, Kala, and Küttis have been honing their design skills since they were teenagers. We recently caught up with them about the growing design scene in Estonia, how they collaborate with local artists, and their special recipe for particularly exciting work. Read the rest here.
Searching for novel gifts for creative colleagues? Looking for a fun activity to kick off your next staff meeting? Miss playing with crayons? This adult coloring book collection is for you.
As a kid, I loved getting a new box of crayons and trying out each color to see how it looked on paper. Coloring books allowed me to magically transform a black and white page into a vibrant concoction of my own design. Eventually, I lost interest in images of animated characters and moved on. But I never lost the desire to color and create with my hands.
The act of coloring has proven to be a great stress reliever for many people. It’s an escape from our hectic lives and forces us to focus on what’s right in front of us by using our imagination to arrange colors in a pleasing way. Fortunately, a new crop of coloring books aimed at adults has flooded the marketplace recently. Read rest of article here.
Located on Washington Street, just South of the Mac Arthur Hwy bridge, Prairie Center of the Arts is housed in a 120 year old building that was once home to a rope manufacturer. The warehouse is now occupied with a large gallery space on one side, and a printmaking shop and artist studios on the other.
The Center offers residencies to artists allowing them to work with the tools in the workshop without distraction. Dawn Gettler came to Peoria from Chicago as an art resident a couple of years ago, and when she was offered the program manager job at the Center, she moved here full-time last December. “I found that I could buy a house here and afford a studio and get a job in the arts. I sort of re-evaluated what it meant to be successful, and for me that meant being able to make work and sustain a lifestyle, which I can do in Peoria,” she says. Read the rest of the story here.
Designers Matt Titone and Ron Thompson met in 2009 while working at Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles. Both have experience at large agencies and small design studios alike, so when they decided to open their own multidisciplinary firm in 2012 in L.A., one of the first things they knew they wanted was the freedom to pursue all kinds of projects without limitation.
After an exhaustive naming process, they chose the name ITAL/C. “We like it because it’s not too descriptive or cheesy, and it’s part of the design vocabulary,” says Thompson. “It’s also a way to stand apart without shouting and be a little more elegant.” Fortunately, they didn’t have to shout to get business, but they did make a conscious decision when they opened shop that they wouldn’t take on freelance projects any longer. Read rest of story here.
The Citizen Project is a collaborative of four creatives in Grand Rapids, Michigan—designers Jody Williams and Brian Edlefson, type designer Terrance Weinzierl, and illustrator and designer Michael Nÿkamp. Formed by Williams, the collective was established with the intent of collaborating on side projects with a purpose: to raise awareness of the amazing talent in Grand Rapids. Read the rest of the article at Against the Grain.