The funny thing about inspiration is that we don’t always know when we have been inspired. I had been perusing the internet, searching aimlessly for something to spark my creativity one way or another, when I stumbled upon the work of Gareth Strange a.k.a. Strangelove.
Originally I had found his name among a list of well-designed portfolio websites but as I delved deeper, I found I really enjoyed his aesthetic. There is a hand-rendered quality about (most of) his work that has an interest to it that is far beyond the capabilities of perfection. This style probably appeals to me as I am partial to hand-lettering and illustration as a rule, and there’s lots in his work.
Most of his logos have a quirkiness about them that is just plain… fun. I wish there was a better way to describe it, but that’s really what it boils down to. They showcase both his personal style as well as a firm grasp on technical skills. I particularly enjoy the cleverer logos such as “Jump” and “Frisky” that can be viewed here.
Another project of his that I enjoy is his Dining Room print set. Not only do I enjoy the style, but I loved the idea of liking your own work enough to hang it up. As a designer and artist, this is something to which I personally aspire to reach. These cute illustrations and added personal meaning just make the entire project that much more, and create a great portfolio piece due to its added personality.
As I move forward with my website design, personal branding, and more, I will keep Strangelove in mind as both a stylistic reference, and perhaps a personal goal to achieve.
Have you ever accidentally stumbled upon a great designer? What do you think of Strangelove and his style? Let me know in the comments!