Goods Carrier – Prints inspired by Indian Truck Typography

Designer and illustrator Richard Vickers launches Goods Carrier, a new range of limited edition prints inspired by Indian truck art. Most people return from India inspired by the spirituality, landscape or food – but for London-based graphic designer/illustrator Richard Vickers it was the ornate decoration of Indian trucks which caught his attention. Driving across a country the size of India can be a lonely job, so drivers of Indian goods carriers understandably like to make their vehicles feel more homely. As you pass trucks adorned with fresh hanging flowers, psychedelic patterns and hand-painted gods, driving along an Indian highway can be more akin to visiting an art gallery. Vickers was inspired to create a range of colourful designs based on Indian truck art on his return to the UK. His first release in the Goods Carrier range is “Horn OK Please” – now available online at as a limited-edition print.

In a land where using rear-view mirrors or even road lanes can be rare, the drivers of goods carriers send warning messages to other road users in the form of eye-catching painted signs on their trucks. “Horn OK Please was a message I saw a lot on the roads of India,” says Vickers. “It basically means – if you’re coming past, you’d better let me know!” Prints are available now at


Guimarães Jazz 2012 by Atelier Martino&Jana

Lovely use of typography in Martino&Jana latest work for Guimarães Jazz 2012:

These past four years, we approached the jazz theme through humanized illustrations of musicians. It seemed important to seduce the audience through short stories or adventures of human characters.

We wanted something different for the 2012 edition of Guimarães Jazz. Music is visually abstract and, in our perspective, Jazz is the most visual of the music genres. Having this will and rationalization in mind, we developed a graphic solution based on geometrical abstraction of musical instruments, where circles become drums or saxophones, and stripes in piano keys…

We also tried to get the vintage look of the golden years of Jazz, with the intention of maintaining the warmth and personality that the years lend the communication.


Jason Munn (The Small Stakes) Interview

Great interview with Jason Munn, where we can take a look at his studio and discover a little more about this talented designer, who’s work I truly admire. Love the the simplicity and the impact.

I discovered this interview via Dave from grain edit, who send me an email with links to rare type specimens/design books that he publishes on his blog. Here are some samples:

Pixel it

Jessica Nebel bring us a poster with an alterable structure to display messages – a visually professional and attention grabbing alternative to messy blackboard writings.“Pixel It” consists of two layers of paper. Cuts on the white outer layer allow the user to fold parts out and therefore create a “Pixel-Structure” by showing the coloured layer underneath.

Best 100 posters from 2006

This post may be a little outdated, but I haven´t seen this page before, so I´m gonna post it, because perhaps some of you haven´t seen it also, and i think the quality is well worth it.
Here are the best 100 posters from 2006, according to [please insert name here, I don´t know german].
Here is also the link to the homepages of the winners, where you can further explore each individual participant.

Acido Surtido

From Buenos Aires, Argentina, comes a great multidisciplinary magazine:
Acido Surtido is a publication on art and design distributed for free in the whole country (Argentina). The first issue of Acido Surtido was published in 2001, as an answer to the lack of action and the downhearted feelings that was threatening the national cultural production in those days. Trying to take over collective construction common places, Acido Surtido opens itself to other voices, getting together in order to share. A kind of generosity is underlying: those who offer the place, those who give their work, those who receive it and make its sense. There are some other principles. Avoiding commercialization and production paraphernalia that could make its cooperation spirit strange and move towards massive circulation. Betting on the quality of its contents secretly hoping to achieve fulfillment. In a nut shell: find the difficult balance between a high level publication and a self-produced fanzine.

Our collaborators come from different disciplines, but they are mostly linked to visual arts: designers, photographers, illustrators, fine arts artists. However, throughout our issues there has been a heterogeneous universe which also includes writers and poets together with other collaborators who could have hardly had the opportunity to develop project-like experiences.

Source: Slanted