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Thortful’s image of the day today is The ‘Future of Money’. We loved this clever series at Thortful HQ and decided to shine a little more light on its wonderful London-based creator, Tianju Duan. In lieu of Apple Pay being introduced in London tube stations recently, as well as our previous history posts (here and here), we thought it would be rather fitting. Sure, we’re a little geeky, but that never hurt anyone!

Tianju is multi-talented illustrator, graphic designer, animator and print maker. After graduating from University in Madrid, he came to Blighty to pursue a Masters in Illustration & Visual Media at the London College of Communication. There are multiple thortful illustrations at Tianju’s profile on Behance, but you can also check out his Tumblr or view the full series at his personal website.

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gustavo rondonToday’s Thortful Design is from Venezuela born, Quebec-based animator and illustrator Gustavo Rondón Linares. Our feature in particular is on his personal branding project for Dr. José Pacheco. We’ve told you before how much we love when great design meets great utility. We’ve never before encountered a personal branding project for a cardiologist before, though!

You can see more of the project and many others at Gustavo’s behance page and his personal website. After graduating from the University of los Andes in Mérida,Venezuela, in 2012, Gustavo has worked as a 2D and 3D animator, illustrator, compositor and motion graphics director. Quite the hat trick! He’s a talented guy, so go say hello at twitter or facebook and share his work!

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You’ll notice we’ve had a (slightly political) illustrator-themed day today at Thortful HQ, so here’s our #DesignoftheDay to wrap it all up.

Loic Locatelli, a wickedly avant-garde illustrator based in Lyon, France, is a published comic artist. Above, Vaincus Mais Vivants, (which translates literally but less poetically into ‘Defeated But Alive’) is the story of Carmen Castillo, a Chilean writer and filmmaker who was forced to live Chile in 1974 after the Coup D’Etat. Loic’s brilliant storytelling style is illustration for adults-only and tackles strong themes like suicide, violence and feminism. We applaud him for confronting these issues head-first in such an artistic way. You can see excerpts from his illustrated version of Pocahontas here, his other books here, or read more on his personal website.

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Wimbledon has long gone, unfortunately, but thanks to Miriam Muñoz, we have a reminder right here! Our Thortful Image of the Day is an illustration from Miriam’s poster series for Club Siroco in Spain. She has been creating them since 2011 and you can see them here.

Miriam is a freelancer who worked in our very own Blighty for two years with Crush Design and as a video game tester for Babel Media. Miriam’s feminism and pursuance of diversity (much like ours) is apparent throughout her illustrations. She often uses bright colours, like the ones above, and always manages to maintain her spirited style. She has also designed for Beerfest in Madrid and the International School of Photography.

Please see her personal website here, see her instagram here or connect with her on twitter!

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Following on from our me-themed Thortful Design, we thought we’d feature a selfie like no other for Image of the Day. In the creative community, selfies-on-steroids tend to be commonplace, but we love them at Thortful HQ nonetheless. Dimas Martinez’s vector portrait of himself, in a deep raspberry shade against blue, showcases perfectly his eye for colour and sharp, clean lines.

Dimas is a Venezuelan graphic designer who has worked on projects for Huawei Venezuela, after having graduated from design school in 2013. Check out his instagram here, and his behance page. Has Dimas inspired you to up your selfie game?

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After seeing Char Villena’s promo of our blog post last week, we got a little obsessed with… well, ourselves. Today our me-themed Thortful Design is from Alejandro Lopez Becerro, a.k.a. Muokkaa. Alejandro is a multi-medium graphic designer and illustrator based in sunny Madrid. He created the above image for (you guessed it) his 100th instagram post. You don’t always see 3D design so well-executed and eerily lifelike, but Alejandro has the design chops to pull it off.

Alejandro has lectured at the University of Salamanca, alongside Adobe during their Create Now Tour and most recently in Pamplona, Spain. We found his 3D typography on his behance page and fell in love with his high-standard, seriously professional work. Check him out here in on Instagram, or connect with him on twitter.

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Well, that escalated quickly. Our Thortful Design for today is by wonderful Argentinian illustrator, art director and teacher Gaston Caba. One of our favourite aspects of creatives’ work here at Thortful is when character design and illustration are made for adults – much like Maria Suckert’s comic from last week. Gaston’s Round Bunny series is an adorable and often very funny take on our every day lives, too.

Gaston has over 60 Round Bunny comic strips at his behance page and several on his Tumblr, too, where you can see his most recent work. If you think Gaston’s as witty as we do, show him some love on his twitter and let him know!

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We thought we’d do something a little more abstract than usual for image of the day at Thortful HQ. Among the incredibly bright, spirited, tongue-in-cheek young creatives of today sits Tinashe Kupfuwa – equally talented and bright but much like Sara Elisa Verona and David Ella, with a very muted and contemplative style.

Originally of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Kupfuwa is a digital designer and art director who has a knack for Tribal prints (like the one above), brush-stroke typography and emotive colouring. It’s a far cry from what we usually feature, but a testament to the diversity of creatives out there in the world! Make sure to connect with Kupfuwa at his Behance page, his Tumblr or his Twitter.

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Our #Thortful #Design feature today is based on something modern creatives may well all recognize – the #36daysoftype challenge. Curated by Rafa Goicoechea and Nina Sans, graphic designers and illustrators of all kinds from far and wide were invited to design all 26 letters and 10 numbers, and submit daily via instagram. Above are some of the results.

While scrolling through some of entries on typetodesign, we quickly found the charming Fabrizio Morra and his equally cool design company, Les Incompetents. Fabrizio has a diverse range of talents – from designing t-shirts and free wallpapers (check out his Behance page), to reviewing movies and blogging. The full gallery of his entries to the #36daysoftype challenge at his Behance page is a goldmine for cute, cheeky lettering inspiration. Alternatively, follow him on instagram or peruse Les Incompetents at your leisure.

We wish Fabrizio and his colleagues the best of luck!

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Image of the day today is Sara Elisa Verona’s Thortful and wonderfully meta portrait of one of the Godfathers of typography, Giambattista Bodoni. Sound familiar? It’s one of the very many fonts you scroll through before you get to Helvetica. It’s one of the earlier members of the Serif family, pre-Times New Roman and way pre-Georgia. Bodoni was around in the late 18th and early 19th century, inventing alongside Robert Besley (Clarendon) and Baskerville (Baskerville).

Sara was inspired by Dylan Roscover’s typographic portraits of President Obama (‘Burdened’ for TIME magazine) and Steve Jobs, and so created the above portrait of Bodoni to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his death. The font is Bodoni, naturally, and the text is made up of his biography. How Thortful is that?

Check out Sara Elisa’s Tumblr page here, or connect with her on twitter, here.

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