30 June 2017

BOOKS - scratch & create

Here is something new of interest to designers that will arrive in Autumn 2017. Publisher Quarto Knows will introduce Scratch & Create (see video) to the colouring book market. This new series incorporates metallic ink layered over specially commissioned drawings or unique colourful backgrounds. By using a special stylus, you can scratch away the coating, uncovering beautiful, full colour finished artworks or you can create your own designs. One of the first books to be released in September will be by P&P fave Helen Dardik. Called Wild Garden it will consist of 12 tear out postcards that one revealed can be used for sending or display. More titles are due in December including two scratch and draw books from Zoe Ingram. You can see the books or pre-order online at Amazon UK or Amazon USA.

ILLUSTRATION - monika suska

Our Friday eye candy this week comes from designer and illustrator Monika Suska. Monika is originally from Poland but loves to travel and currently works as a full time illustrator in Spain. Her work is fun, cute, and sometimes slightly dark and quirky. Monika illustrates books for children but is also available for licensing and surface pattern design. You can see more on her website or instagram.

DESIGNER - kim dorste

Kim Dorste is an artist who loves oil painting, printmaking, and surface design. Based in Boulder Colorado Kim recently found she really needed to develop some Adobe Illustrator skills and liked the idea of designing patterns for products. So she took a design course with Jessica Swift and now has some interesting patterns for her portfolio. Kim says "I want my artwork to enhance people's everyday lives whether hanging on a wall or the pattern they fell in love with on a pair of flip flops". 

29 June 2017

DIRECTORY - sarah rose design

We have another talented designer joining the Designers for Hire Directory today. Sarah Rose is a San Francisco based Textile Designer and Illustrator who has worked for clients such as Gap and Pottery Barn Kids. She has a lovely hand drawn style and can create super sweet characters. Sarah is always interested in new creative opportunities, and can be contacted for commissions or freelance work via her website Sarah Rose Design or follow along on instagram.

CARDS - caroline gardner

Totally Tropical is a new card range from Caroline Gardner. Perfect for summer occasions this collection of ten designs were inspired by exotic fruits and florals whilst neon typography and envelopes capture warm holiday evenings sipping cocktails by the beach.

DESIGNER - rachel anderson

Rachel Anderson is a  designer based in Minneapolis. Rachel loves to create hand drawn intricate patterns with lots of linear detail. You can see some examples here and there is more to see on Rachel's website and instagram, she is always interested to hear about collaborations and licensing.