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Focal Point: Spectacular sights with flora&faunavisions

Famed for their spectacular staging projects for the likes of Solomun + Pacha, Adidas and Diynamic, it’s safe to say flora&faunavisions are in demand. The studio’s founder, Leigh Sachwitz, moved from her native Glasgow to Berlin in 1993...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Beautifully simple at Studio Makgill

Hamish, Creative Director of Brighton based Studio Makgill, took time out to talk to us about recent projects for clients including Boxpark, Nike and The Lollipop Shop, that all fall under the studio’s ethos to make “beautifully simple...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Charles Williams is Made Up

Made Up is the commercial illustration and type studio of Charles Williams. Rooted in drawing, geometric shapes, the continuous line, isometric grids, interconnected forms and a surreal three-dimensional aesthetic, we’ve long been a fan of his work...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Challenging perspectives with TAVO Studio

Having worked with clients such as Nike, MTV and Ford, TAVO Studio are well known across Europe for their eye-dazzling graphics that effortlessly play with perspectives, forms and fluids to deliver award winning campaigns. The Madrid-based studio...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Getting text heavy with Andrei Robu

Andrei Robu is a designer and artist who focuses on experimental typography. With over 15 years of experience as a brand designer, Robu has worked with many big names including Bloomberg, Nike Jordan, Wired, ESPN, The Golden Globes and Visa. His work...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Consuming creative eye-candy with FOREAL

FOREAL is a young German design studio with a creative focus on illustration and art direction founded by Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. We love their style - it's intense, but super fun and eye catching as the duo strive to transform each of...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: The dog days aren't over with Flakonkishochki

Basketball player Andrey Kasay aka Flakonkishochki is a big fan of dogs and always selects the best to aid the creation of his artworks and projects. The artist's trippy, skip-the-light fantastic work has translated into campaigns for the likes of...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Swedish minimalism with Justin Hallström

Justin Hallström is a Canadian born, Swedish raised and London based designer and art director. His strong, visual campaigns for foodie brands including Jamie Oliver and EAT. caught our attention. But according to Justin, he's still a Swedish...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Exploring the big ambitions at Common Industry post-pencil

From the beginning, Common Industry's mission was to build an independent communications company. One that blurred the lines of traditional disciplines and agency structures. Now the proud owners of a D&AD award as well as a client base including...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Rough and ready with Linda Linko

Finnish illustrator Linda Linko mixes hand painted typography, collage and a rough and ready artistic style to create unique designs that blur the lines between illustration, art and design. With a client base including Adidas, ELLE magazine and...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Working in chalk and cheese with Studio C&C

Studio C&C is design duo Adam and Donal, who complement each other's strengths to produce collaborative design, art, publishing and fashion pieces. Their trippy, tropical style caught our eye... First off tell us who you guys are, what you create...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Mixing old & new with Say What Studio

Benoit Berger and Nathalie Kapagiannidi are the creative duo behind Say What Studio. The pair mix vintage styles with modern designs to create super fresh typography, art direction and design from their Paris studio. We asked them about their unique...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: For the love of print with Dan Mather

Dan Mather is an independent silkscreen printer and graphic designer, he creates printworks borne of passion and precision; all of which stem from his motto: 'For the love of print'. Hi Dan, first of all, how would you sum up your work? I...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Colourful collaborations with Print All Over Me

Print All Over Me is a creative community of people turning virtual ideas into real world objects. They maximise technology to bring designs to life on their awesome e-commerce platform. This is real world collaboration and creation. We love it....

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Getting surreal with The Beautiful Meme

Self-confessed tricksters The Beautiful Meme create unexpected campaigns and images that stun viewers out of submission. With a pretty stellar list of clients including the V&A, Google, Innovate UK, Design Museum, Oaktree Capital, English National...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: New images for a new world with Thomas Traum

Thomas Traum create still and moving images using fresh, explorative and explosive digital approaches. We chatted to founder Thomas Eberwein about discovering the previously unseen. Tell us about a bit Thomas Traum and how it all got started...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Taking on new worlds with Matt Saunders

Matt Saunders is a London-based illustrator taking people to mystical new worlds with his beautiful, ethereal drawings. We chatted to him about his methods and inspiration, as well as his most recent project involving a very famous wizard... Tell us...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Getting super-fresh with Magdalena Piehl

We're huge fans of Magdalena Piehl's super-fresh Art Direction for brands including Cheap Monday and Topshop. We caught up with the Studio Piehl founder to find out what's got her excited and what advice she wishes she'd been given along the...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Being brave with Believe in®

The Believe in® team love inspiring bravery in their clients. Moving them on from safe to risky concepts and delivering simple, powerful designs as a result. We're converts, and they've got us asking: What would it look like if you chose to be...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Off to Glasgow with RISOTTO

It's February, it's cold and summer seems a long way away. But Gabriella and the wonderful RISOTTO Studio are injecting sunshine into otherwise grey days with bold and playful prints. Grab your sunglasses and let's soak up the colour. Tell us a bit...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Bold colours and cheeky images with Pâté

Pâté's strong, simple images and quick wit have served him well during his thirteen-year career with two of London's largest advertising agencies, earning him numerous industry awards including the coveted D&AD Yellow Pencil. We chatted with the...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Vasilisa Forbes of WaxChick

Vasilisa Forbes is a fashion photographer and video editor, who's also the brains behind the #WaxChick project. You might have seen her billboards popping up around London, or caught her speaking at the ICA. Controversial and throught-provoking, her...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: Celebrating Red, White & Blue with Crispin Finn

Crispin Finn aka Anna Fidalgo and Roger Kelly, are a London based duo obsessed with creating beautiful bits of design, illustration and typography in red, white and blue. Check out thier iconic cocktail screenprints...we're obsessed. So first off,...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Having fun with Beach London

Beach London is something of a creative laboratory; combining an agency, a shop and an art gallery within four walls. We chatted with founder Charlie Hood about injecting colour, creating unforgettable experiences and most importantly; having...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Features

Focal Point: From Graffiti to Screen Printing with ZEBU

How would you sum up ZEBU? ZEBU are an art and illustration duo from Berlin. Our work is bold, reduced and humorous. How did you guys get started in the industry? We have our roots in graffiti and urban art culture. Back in the day we were a...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Making the world a nicer place with AHOY Studios

AHOY Studios are a design agency with a difference; dedicated to delivering culturally and socially relevant campaigns that impact the greater good of the world. We caught up with one-half of the agency’s founders, Connie Koch, to hear more about...

Posted by: Kate Lewin
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Focal Point: Advice from Tim Jarvis on how to get your work noticed

As one of the driving forces behind the design-led portfolio website Fabrik, Tim Jarvis is no stranger to presenting his work in a beautiful way. He's created brand identities for the likes of The Pressery, London's first almond milk producer, as...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: Ruohan Wang's illustrative GIFs

Ruohan Wang makes beautifully simple illustrations that say more than at first meets the eye. She sometimes turns them into tongue in cheek GIFs, letting her style free from the static page to bring her thoughtful creations to life. Hailing from...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: MVM talks iconic portraits and minimalism

Norwegian designer Magnus Voll Mathiassen (aka. MVM) has been working in design for over ten years. In that time he's amassed an impressive bulk of work. Whether it's sketchy minimalist portraits of pop culture icons like Kanye, or sketching for...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: Eric Yahnker's Pop Culture Pencilling

Eric Yahnker is all about intricate pencil work, pop culture puns and a serious approach to his work. He doesn’t make it easy to dismiss his work as pastiche, mainly because his finger is superbly on the pulse of contemporary society. Whether...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: Catching up with Harvey Dormer

Part of the Focal Point interview series is to shine a spotlight on the best creative work we can find – and often that comes from our very own Creativepool members. Harvey Dormer's distinctive illustrative style has caught our eye a few times in...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: How to keep busy with Andy Cooke

Andy Cooke has one hectic schedule – not only has he worked with clients as far ranging as Google, Ace Hotel and Ikea, but he also runs a streetwear shop, is an artist’s agent and (probably most importantly) is about to open a pizza place. With...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: Up close & personal with Nicolas Ménard

Nicolas Ménard makes whimsical illustrations, but that's not to say they're unsubstantial. After catching up with the graphic artist and animation director we found out he’s a thoughtful designer with the ability to take the minimal and...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: Getting back to basics with Leslie David

Leslie David is a very busy lady, but she still managed to have a quick chat with us about her work processes. Whether working for high profile brands like Lancôme or making artwork for musicians like Röyksopp, she’s got a knack for...

Posted by: Jade French
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Focal Point: Surreal chats with Aleksandra Kingo

Aleksandra Kingo makes hyper-real photographs that hinge on the surreal. Her influences feel like they take away from the likes of 70s fashion and New Wave cinema, with a generous helping of pop-culture inbetween. Whether its commercial work,...

Posted by: Jade French

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