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The “World’s Smallest Portfolio” Fits on the Tip of Your Finger

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When you’re try­ing to pro­mote your­self, you often have to fig­ure out how to “cut through the noise,” and do something/have that’ll make you stand out above the rest.  Illus­tra­tor Michael Lester cer­tainly accom­plished this with his unfor­get­table “world’s small­est port­fo­lio.” It’s so small that the entire thing can fit on the tip of your finger!

Michael’s project was cre­ated as part of a brief set by jelly Lon­don for the D&AD New Blood Fes­ti­val. They wanted to get stu­dents putting them­selves out there and get­ting their worked noticed.

When com­ing up with this play­ful con­cept, Michael con­sid­ered what was it about his work that he wanted peo­ple to talk about. He tells jelly Lon­don, “For me, ideas have always come before style, so to com­mu­ni­cate that I was an ideas-driven visual com­mu­ni­ca­tor I decided to shrink my port­fo­lio, in size and con­tent, leav­ing just a tiny book of visual ideas.”

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Design, Illustrator

Vicki Turner’s Minimalist Illustrations Inspired by Wandering

Vicki Turner

Vicki Turner is a designer, illus­tra­tor, and maker who has a pas­sion for the nat­ural world. Her refresh­ing style is the result of a few years of world­wide wan­der­ing, and she brings sto­ries to life in a smart, abstract way. Vicki uses sym­bols and min­i­mal­ist design to tell com­plex tales that have mul­ti­ple way of interpretation.

In addi­tion to 2D illus­tra­tions, Vicki also makes things. Her shape-centric work lends itself well to acces­sories like the pin below. Per­fect for some­one who has wanderlust!

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Artist, Sculpture

Sandra Fettingis Expresses Relationships Via Bold Geometry

Sandra Fettingis

Denver-based artist San­dra Fet­tingis cre­ates bold sculp­tures, instal­la­tions, and murals using a vari­ety of geo­met­ric shapes. “…I strive to demon­strate rela­tion­ships, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, change, and mind­ful atten­tion,” she writes in an artist state­ment. “I mix and layer mate­ri­als such as acrylic, styrene, wood, paper and paint, and uti­lize the laser for its pre­ci­sion, while for­mu­lat­ing sys­tem­atic guide­lines, rep­e­ti­tion and pur­pose­fully restrained color palettes.”

San­dra strives to com­bine art and archi­tec­ture seam­lessly. Her beau­ti­ful pieces, strong shapes are a per­fect match with beams, floor­boards, and of course, walls.

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Kitiya Palaskas’ Craft-Based Pizza (+More) Designs

Kitiya Palaskas

Kitiya Palaskas is a craft-based designer who cre­ates play­ful, col­or­ful objects. Amy first intro­duced me to her work via Insta­gram. And, I was hooked! They are fun, felt and crepe paper-centric objects and pen­dants. I love how she takes these mate­ri­als beyond birth­day party dec­o­ra­tions and trans­forms them into delicious-looking designs that caught the eye of com­pa­nies like Etsy, West Elm, and many more.

Check out her blog for works in progress and to see what Kitiya finds inspirational.

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Denis Lelic’s Daily Routine in Pictograms

Denis LelicHow would you describe your day, and would you ever think of express­ing it through the objects/icons you encounter? That’s what designer Denis Lelic did; He drew pic­tograms of his daily rou­tine, which fea­tures a sand­wich, cereal, light­bulbs, an office chair, and more. They are sim­ple, black and white draw­ings that focus on the most sig­nif­i­cant details for easy, quick recog­ni­tion. Lelic writes about his series and states, “Its hard to track every sin­gle detail over a day, but here are some points of mine expressed through pic­tograms and later posters. Some of them are a bit comic but they were my asso­ci­a­tion and trig­gers for my memories.”

All images via his Behance. H/T to the Explore blog.

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Maaike Bakker’s Colorfully Bizzare Illustrations


The work of South African illus­tra­tor Maaike Bakker is some­times silly, some­times abstract, and always very inter­est­ing. It seems to take inspi­ra­tion from folk art and myth­i­cal tales, pit­ting beasts against one another in these styl­ish and col­or­ful com­po­si­tions. Enjoy the plethora of inter­est­ing col­ors and tex­tures. You’ve earned it.

All images via her Behance page.

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