Here’s a few facts I read about Montreal today: it’s the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, it’s on the same latitude as Venice, Italy and it’s also a UNESCO City of Design. This last little nugget of information makes perfect sense to me now after perusing the work of Pointbarre, a design collective based in the Candadian city.
Founded in 2010, Pointbarre has a wonderfully diverse portfolio of work that has one common thread running throughout their projects, which is that everything is really rather good. Unfussy, beautiful and simply lovely, their main interest is “graphic design that is orientated towards paper, screens and space.” From book covers and album sleeves to brand identities and poster design, Pointbarre do it all with such grace and sophistication.
- Ed Carvalho-Monaghan’s line work is translated into knitwear for It’s Nice That’s Unmade collection
- A fierce portrait of the battles, snaps and outrageous outfits of voguing culture from Ewen Spencer
- Artist Andrey Remnev’s hypnotic Russian Medieval-style paintings
- Illustrator Lili des Bellons' chipper images are full of geometric whimsy
- Matt and Dan’s stark graphic posters for Daniel Avery’s Divided Love
- A hotel’s Wes Anderson-esque dated decor and plant life photographed by Ina Niehoff
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- New Adult Swim project from the bonkers people behind some sexy Craigslist animations