Mike Ellis, Room For Rent

"Room For Rent" is an experiential installation imagined by Toronto-based illustrator and graphic designer  Mike Ellis (The New Yorker, The Boston Globe). "Ellis designed a three-dimensional miniature house to contain a series of bedrooms which the gallery patron can view. With the help of multicoloured LEDs, the illustrations come to life within the house, exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.

Janine Rewell x Minna Parikka

Helsinki-based Janine Rewell, a multi-awarded illustrator and graphic designer, imagined this ad campaign for Finnish shoe brand Minna Parikka SS14. The amazing bodypaint, replicating Rewell's design in the background, was executed by Saara Sarvas & Riina Laine (photography by Jonas Lundqvist)

Paul Catherall: sketching the City

A sight for sore eyes: graphic artist & designer Paul Catherall's prints and linocuts (for Established & Sons, British Airways, Transport for London) were recently exhibited at the OXO Tower, London. Architectural landscapes, sharp lines combined with vivid colors: Catherall's designs are a vibrant homage to his hometown - though the illustrator sometimes looks toward Paris or New York.

Alessia Olivari, Pasta for one

Les plats individuels doivent-ils vraiment être moches ? Alessia Olivari, une designer et illustratrice romaine, défend la beauté de la monodose avec ferveur et propose la sacro sainte pasta dans un emballage-tube aussi beau que pratique. "Pasta for one" est un projet qui donne faim, et l'envie de le collectionner. Food for one deserves alluring packages too! Alessia Olivari, a Rome-based designer and illustrator, has imagined a series of boxes for pasta. Complete with cooking instructions and a very enticing illustration (who wouldn't want to collect them all?), the designer's "Pasta for one" project is pretty yummy.

Secret London

Chaque année, le London Transport Museum organise une compétition : le prix Serco récompense l'auteur de la meilleure illustration sur un thème donné, en rapport avec la mobilité. Le cru 2012, sur le thème "Secret London", s'expose au London Transport Museum de Covent Garden jusqu'au 10 décembre. Les 50 oeuvres sélectionnées dépeignent "des aspects peu connus ou inhabituels de la capitale, de son histoire, de sa culture, de ses habitants et communautés". Le Temple bar de l'artiste graphique Finn Clark a emporté le premier prix, et figurera sur les affiches publicitaires de Transport for London. Each year, the London Transport Museum organizes the Serco Prize, awarded to the best illustration based on a mobility-related theme. The 2012 "Secret London" theme inspired graphic artists to render their own view of  "little-known or unusual aspects of the capital’s history, culture, characters and communities". The top 50 entries are on show at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, until 10 December. Finn Clark’s Temple Bar design won the first prize, and will appear as a Transport for London poster.

50 books, 50 covers

Aux Etats-Unis, la première édition du concours "50 books / 50 covers" s'est tenue en 1924. La compétition est aujourd'hui considérée comme l'un des événements les plus prestigieux et influents sur la scène du design graphique américain. The "50 books / 50 covers" contest first edition to be held in the United States took place in 1924. It is considered one of the most prestigious and influent events in the American graphic design industry.

Lesley Barnes, illustration

Encore une perle écossaise, installée à Glasgow : la designer graphique et illustratrice Lesley Barnes a exercé ses talents d'illustratrice pour des pochettes de disques de Belle & Sebastian (également Ecossais) ou Florence & the Machine, des livres ou périodiques (dont le merveilleux Anorak, le plus déjanté des magazines pour enfants), des invitations au défilé de Mary Kratzanzou pendant la London Fashion week, et beaucoup encore... (plus d'images ci-après) Yet another Glaswegian gem: graphic designer Lesley Barnes has recently showed her talent illustrating disc sleeves for such music bands as Belle & Sebastian (Scottish as well) or Florence & the Machine, books and magazines (the wonderfully witty Anorak), invitation cards for Mary Kratzanzou's catwalk show during the London Fashion week, and many, many more... (go and admire some after the jump)