It must be an incredibly satisfying endorsement of your talents when a publication with the heavyweight clout of The New York Times decides to use your illustration in a completely new and challenging fashion. Jillian Tamaki’s already a big hitter in the US illustration world, but even so the paper’s recent decision to paste her imagery wide across the centre of a double-page, broadsheet spread is testament to the power of her illustrative skills and ability to communicate swiftly and wordlessly.
But no wonder really. A quick glance at the image tells you all you need to know about the elegance of Jillian’s work. Even when she’s communicating ideas as hard-hitting as the ecological decline of our planet there’s still room for beauty in there. Meanwhile articles that illustrate retirement plans have room for careful aesthetic consideration; the end result something you’d happily have hung on your wall. There’s not many editorial illustrators out there with such a delicate balance of intelligence and craft, which makes Jillian a valuable part of the visual landscape.
- Anatoly Grashchenko's randomly generated posters for a Moscow theatre
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Bobby Doherty’s vivid and humorous still-life photography
- Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs talks us through his bookshelf
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- A magazine that tells stories of life, from everywhere and anywhere
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Why “cool” stunts creativity: one agency offers its opinion
- Fresh, vibrant poster work from South Korean designer Soojin Lee
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs