Handcrafting Fictional Universes for Film with @annieatkins

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Graphic designer Annie Atkins (@annieatkins) helps turn fantastical, imaginary settings into intricate realities on screen. Most recently, as the lead graphic designer on the 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel, she was involved in creating almost every object in director Wes Anderson’s stylized world. The story takes place in a fictional Eastern European country, set between the First and Second World Wars.

“We looked at all kinds of references from 1930s Eastern Europe: telegrams, notebooks, antique newspapers,” she says. “I combed thrift stores and flea markets looking for old packaging and love letters, so I could get the style of everything from the handwriting to the postage stamps right.”

Originally from a tiny village in North Wales, Annie now lives in Dublin, but her film work draws her to diverse locations—and historical periods.

“I’ve never actually worked on a film or TV show set in the present,” she says. “The graphics I make for film are all for different times in history. I could be making calligraphic scrolls for medieval times or on-screen digital data for a spaceship 2000 light years away.”

Annie also worked on her first animated feature earlier this year, The Boxtrolls, where she texturized a world of misunderstood creatures who live underground and wear cardboard packaging for clothes.

“It was fun designing the graphics for their outfits. We had to create the entire town,” she says. “It’s fun working within a world where absolutely everything has to be invented from scratch.”


A Geo A day by Isabella Conticello

Geometry a day is a personal project by Isabella Conticello, a 26 year old graphic designer and illustrator based in Milan, Italy. She works in the field of graphic design, editorial design, print and digital design.

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Johanna Burai — World White Web

This work started when I searched for “hand” on Google and the search results showed only white hands. Then I noticed that the theme of white hands were recurring every time I visited a portfolio or blog about graphic design. So I started saving every portfolio image that I encountered, and in 100% of the cases, the hand was white.

This is not news, but it’s definitely something that we all have to consider and be aware of; how the graphic design world repeats and maintain whiteness. 


2 Custom Scenes: Create your own virtual spaces (Mockups)

This awesome piece of photoshop files makes spaces just dragging and dropping predetermined elements. So if you feel like you need a picture or mockup of a moleskine next to an iPad, everything is covered by this genius thing.

The best part is the 77% discount. The normal price is $40 and you take it for $9.

That’s really nice uh?

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The Design Blog: Motivational Quotes

When you need a little motivation, just stop and take a look at TDB’s quotes to get yourself going! 

Quotes are now available on Society6 - you can get art prints, mugs, totes and more amazing products + for a limited time, you can get a free worldwide shipping! 

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