An illustration gallery featuring illustrators and illustrations highlighted in the graphic design blog.
Digital Art Empire has a nice feature on the character design and illustration of Jared Nickerson. His work includes beautiful iPod cases, digital art, graphics for Computer Arts Projects magazine and amazing compilations of images for use as wallpapers, sneakers and more.
I recently came across the work of Uğur Derinoğullu, first seeing the illustrator's cover art that circulated on Twitter. These beautiful illustrations show Derinoğullu's ability to bring a completely unique approach to design.
TypeFaces is a clever, one page website dedicated to developing a collection of playing cards featuring popular web designers. Users can vote on their favorites, on unexpected variables such as "sanity" and "scariness." The final packs of cards will have designers rated based on user votes. You can sign up to be notified when they're available, or at worst, check out the site and its clean design.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), which features modern and experimental exhibits ranging from video installations to trees growing upside down (which is actually working outside the museum's main entrance). One of the exhibits that I found most interesting from a graphic design perspective was "Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective." Lewitt's unique approach to art focuses on the creation of the pieces... but not by him. Instead, those who install or purchase the art are responsible for creating it by following detailed instructions and diagrams. The size of the art and the surface it is on can vary as well, allowing it to take on a life of its own depending on the space and person responsible for the drawing. If a piece is passed on to someone else, the original needs to be painted over, so it only exists in one place at a time. The MASS MoCA website has a great mini site that allows you to see all the drawings by grid or floorplan, as well as watch time lapse videos of the project that took 65 people and 6 months to complete. If you want to head over to MASS MoCA and see it for yourself, you have time... the exhibit will be up for at least 25 years.