Same Old Shirt by Vo Maria (vo maria) is my favorite design this week. I love the way it takes a phrase about things being boring and tired, and combats that by packing the text with typographic flair and visual motion. The best part is that, although very detailed and well-crafted, the font used does have that antique feel that makes it feel like, well, it really HAS been the same old shit for a very, very long time. It’s a fun take on the idea of a vintage shirt, poking fun at itself but still beautiful enough that you’d be excited to wear it. The tiny text fleshing out the concept is a nice thought, too, and a neat extra for the few who get close enough to see it.
I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) takes another familiar phrase and gives it some more amusing context by attributing it to a very remorseful bear. I think it’s his sheer humility, the deep bow of his head and the downward cast of his closed eyes, that makes this so funny. He’s so sorry about it that it makes you wonder what he did, and the picture of mayhem created by the imagination enhances things even further. The fur detail is also a major asset of the piece, both because it characterizes the bear as a bit of a soft, cuddly fellow and because it adds to his realism. The phrase is already very easy to relate to, so making the bear feel real only adds to the kinship people will feel with him.
Call of the Wilderness by aparaat (aparaat) uses a minimal style to pack in a ton of cleverness. There’s a bit of an optical illusion tucked away in the shape of that wolf, with a tent and campfire formed by the lower outline of his body. The wolf isn’t just a wolf, either- within his shape sit a field of stars (one of which becomes his eye) and a simple suggestion of a crescent moon. His pose is interesting, too, because one paw is raised and forward while his head pivots to peer at the two stars behind him. An action pose, and one that speaks of striving, but also one that feels like the stylization of a statue. I like the ambiguity of the unevenly dashed lines below the wolf and tent scene, which feels to me like the reflection of stars on water. Really slick work from start to finish.
In Memoriam by Graja (Graja) uses signage-style simplicity to illustrate some of Game of Thrones’s most iconic deaths. This is a really inspired style choice since it ensures that it won’t spoil the fun for readers and watchers who aren’t yet caught up (the figures are vague enough that their identities aren’t obvious unless you know the character’s method of death) and also because it turns the design into a kind of trivia game- can you correctly name each victim? There are so many that it’s genuinely a bit of a challenge, and GoT’s death-heavy narrative style makes this a perfect way to pay tribute to the story.
Magic Mushroom by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is a neat piece of nostalgia, harkening back to the way we think of the ’70s now. The entire design is an ode to psychedelic art, with a strong mushroom motif that hints strongly (along with the pipe) at a cheeky drug culture theme, disguised just enough to make it okay to wear in front of any audience regardless of age. The slightly dingy color palette hits just the right vintage tone, as does the main mushroom’s wizardly appearance (I mean, he actually has a wand!). I think most people with a lasting affection for the 1970s would get a kick out of this one.
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