We featured graphic designer Tadashi Ueda last summer and his innocent and cheery style was a welcome relief from the slick logos and over-photographed projects we’ve all come across. Since then the Tokyo-based creative has a slew of new and playful work that is hard to resist with its unabashed simplicity. Almost blending graphic design with illustration, Tadashi uses a mixture of uncomplicated imagery, obscure symbols and a jumble of type to create his posters. Bright colours jump about the page in Tadeshi’s irregular composition which only adds to their mischievous ambiguity.
When you think of “boardsports” and design, it’s easy to jadedly slip into assumptions about cheesy ocean scenery or scuzzy skate culture graphics. A new Munich-born magazine looks to help change that though, showing that even people who might say “cowabunga” can have as keen an eye for great graphics as anyone. A Bigger Park was set up by Christian Hundertmark, creative director of the C100 agency, which also works with clients including Vans, Nudie Jeans and Red Bull. The mag, however, was founded purely as a labour of love, and a love of boardsport culture, art and design. Its layout is considered and playful, doing away with rough edges in favour of beautiful imagery and a simple turquoise and white colour palette.