• Chineasy – Shao Lan Hsueh
    Chineasy – Shao Lan Hsueh

    Learning written Chinese is a daunting task for foreigners, requiring a knowledge of several thousand characters to achieve basic literacy (although the language itself has many tens of thousands). Telling them apart and memorising them all will take the average Chinese schoolkid half a dozen years, so goodness knows how long it could take a part-time non-Chinese student.

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  • Paul X. Johnson
    Paul X. Johnson

    “I love working from a written piece because my brain naturally starts forming visual images. My notes give me a platform to be able to think more deeply about possible ideas. I’m always in my own head, thinking about something.”

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  • David Foldvari
    David Foldvari

    “I’ve never found it that hard to keep ideas flowing. I buy cheap notebooks, which I fill full of shit drawings and pretentious ideas, and then I go through it all to filter out the good from the bad, and that feeds my work endlessly.”

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  • Woland
    Woland

    “Finland is a great place for immersing successful designers, maybe because of its lack of beaches and good surfing spots! Well, at least the long winters provide us with ample time to spend indoors brooding over designs and plans and ideas. There is a long history of functional and rather minimalist design in Finland, but where does the creative energy stem from? I have to admit that that still remains somewhat of a mystery to me.”

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  • Aino-Maija Metsola
    Aino-Maija Metsola

    “My collaboration with Marimekko has been very close almost throughout my whole career so I guess the most important highlight of my life so far has been when I got my first print in Marimekko’s collection in 2006. Lately I have been travelling with Marimekko in the US and China and that has also been very interesting, rewarding and important for me as a designer.”

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  • Tingyi S. Lin
    Tingyi S. Lin

    Tingyi believes that a user-friendly signage system will result in a heightened understanding and awareness of emergency safety information by the public. And that a wide distribution of aesthetic and functional design visuals will train people to recognise the system instantly without any hesitation.

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  • Shawn Soh
    Shawn Soh

    Shawn created 18 illustrations that convey Singapore’s complex social system with a focus on its harmonious multi-racial culture are printed on tiles with reference from traditional Peranakan designs.

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  • Kyle Poff
    Kyle Poff

    Featuring detailed vivid patterns, shapes and colours, Kyle’s bold packaging statement is bound to grab attention. It’s up to the company’s chocolate and the customer’s taste-buds to do the rest.

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  • Kir Rostovsky
    Kir Rostovsky

    “I had no idea that ironing milk would give this effect,” he said. “I’ve heard of people dyeing with and painting with coffee, but this was totally new to me. I didn’t think I’d have the patience to create something like this. I like how the milk gives an effect that’s similar to painting with watercolours.”

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  • Propagandism
    Propagandism

    The work of Propagandism is based on public opinion and served as a daily reminder to value of basics of human interaction, which structured with elements of graphic minimalistic color fields and typographical experimentation.

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  • Grundini – Peter Grundy
    Grundini – Peter Grundy

    Information graphics are often dry and uninviting and how to make over-dosed informative data look visually attractive in a minimalist style is a challenging task for most designers. Peter Grundy, however, is one with the rare ability to take complex and sometimes perplexing information and present it as a series of simple but elegant visual messages through his illustrations.

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  • Sam Falconer
    Sam Falconer

    “Faces are everything to humans, both in the way we convey emotions and interact with each other. I think that this makes portraits unavoidably engaging and it’s one of the first things that a lot of us draw as kids. I think an illustrated portrait can add real beauty to an area in which a stock image may not, and of course characterisation can add comment to a piece that may not be as viable with straight photography.”

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  • Paul Blow
    Paul Blow

    “The other day I watched my 10-year-old son drawing an image of Bart Simpson. He was repeatedly looking and drawing, looking and drawing. I also noticed that he spent more time looking than he did drawing, and I thought to myself, ‘He’s got it right’. Truly seeing what is in front of you is fundamental, even if it is only copying a comic.”

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  • Charis Tsevis
    Charis Tsevis

    “In portraiture, lighting is everything. It illuminates, sculpts and highlights a face. I like to use my brushes and other software or hardware tools as ‘light chisels’ to draw attention to the parts of the face that could send a message and express feeling.”

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  • Tsto
    Tsto

    “My advice to young creatives is to be honest with themselves, work hard and remember not to take things too seriously. Things are definitely taking a huge turn towards looking at things from a global perspective. No more hibernating in Helsinki!”

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  • Janine Rewell
    Janine Rewell

    “It’s important to concentrate and develop your personal style, but once you’ve reached a professional level it’s good to start playing with it — shuffling the pack and reaching for your personal dreams and projects and not getting stuck in client-based working routines.”

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  • Atelier Ivorin – Orin Ivan Vrkaš
    Atelier Ivorin – Orin Ivan Vrkaš

    “Inspired by Stefan Sagmeister’s project ‘Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far’ and the many professional and personal experiences and turmoil in the first year since my graduation from the Zagreb School of Design, I created a series of 3D minimalist typographic posters illustrating the simple maxims and thoughts I had come to perceive.”

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