Inspiration

Graham Thew

By dublin

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a freelancing graphic designer based in the lovely Fumbally Exchange in Dame Lane, mostly working on book covers, branding and the appearance of knowing what I’m doing.

When I started my career, the full horror of clipart had yet to be come apparent. Prior to this, designers and architects often used these rub-down Letraset transfers for images as well as basic typography for all kinds of projects. Whilst they were incredibly limiting, there was a certain charm in both their Mad Men aesthetic and their decidedly satisfying method of application. I’d swap my pressure sensitive graphics tablet right now for a handful of these vintage lovelies.

How do you create your works?
When I started my career, the full horror of clipart had yet to be come apparent. Prior to this, designers and architects often used these rub-down Letraset transfers for images as well as basic typography for all kinds of projects. Whilst they were incredibly limiting, there was a certain charm in both their Mad Men aesthetic and their decidedly satisfying method of application. I’d swap my pressure sensitive graphics tablet right now for a handful of these vintage lovelies.

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Tell us more about this cover?

When I started my career, the full horror of clipart had yet to be come apparent. Prior to this, designers and architects often used these rub-down Letraset transfers for images as well as basic typography for all kinds of projects. Whilst they were incredibly limiting, there was a certain charm in both their Mad Men aesthetic and their decidedly satisfying method of application. I’d swap my pressure sensitive graphics tablet right now for a handful of these vintage lovelies.

I wanted to capture that warm Thursday morning feeling when Le Cool plops into your inbox, and, at the same time, crowbar in one of my favourite Dublin sayings. Luckily, i had just signed up to an introductory screen printing afternoon with the amazing Damn Fine Print, so it was a perfect chance to try a totally new process for this illustration.

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How do you create your works?
I try and maintain a balance of strong imagery and beautiful typography in my work, whether its a book cover, logo, signage or cake. Sometimes that might be using a found or supplied image, sometimes I’ll produce something original via photography, illustration or something in-between. I find a balanced combination of head scratching, pen chewing and blind panic usually leads to a successful solution.

Where can we see more of your work?
Pop into Fumbally Exchange or have a look at www.grahamthew.com

Dream Commission?
Dublin Olympics 2036

Whose work do you currently admire?
Anything by the great Penguin book designer David Pearson

Who should design the next Le Cool cover?
I’d love to see something by the wonderful Gareth Jones pls