Oliver’s Earbuzz: Our Favorite Jams of 2019 So Far…

Is it already June?

As we are staring down the second half of the year, with summer peeking just over the horizon, we’ve taken a musical look back at some of our year’s highlights.

In one of our favorite traditions, our team has rounded up some of their top musical hits and made them into the Spotify playlist of the season… We’ve added the songs that have kept our heads nodding, our hearts pumping, and our brains in beast mode as we stayed on the grind through the first part of the year. In a playlist that spans across genres, we’ve curated just a few of our faves.  

If you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration to fuel your mission, or just to get your head back in the game, check out our top picks of the season and get your groove on.

Curious to check out some of our other playlists?

Give them a listen, and then let us know what tunes you are rocking out to in the comments!

Artists We’re Crushing On: Designer Appreciation Part 8

We have the utmost respect for the crafters, letter-makers, and inspiration shakers out there. In digital marketing, incredible visuals are a crucial element of the whole package. Therefore, in this ongoing series, we wanted to give due props to the artists, creators, and designers we’ve taken note of lately. Thanks for making stuff beautiful!

1. Matt Blease

Heavily influenced by his background in graphic design, Matt produces minimalist illustrations that pack a serious punch. Bursting with warmth and humor, Matt channels his ideas in a way that’s as playful as it is bold. Having created work for high profile publications such as The Guardian and The New Yorker, and brands including Nike and Coca-Cola, he’s certainly becoming an illustrator to watch. Simple line work on a plain white background has never hit home like this before.

Check out his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattblease/

2. Elisa Sheehan

Elisa Sheehan is best known for her Kintsugi Eggshells, a collection of delicate and vibrantly painted eggshells that serve as a testament to nature’s beauty and imperfections. The art of Kintsugi originated in Japan in the 15th century. Translating literally to ‘golden joinery’, Kintsugi is the art of repairing cracked pottery with seams of gold. Elisa has applied the same technique to showcase the hidden beauty of broken eggshells, in a series she describes as “a visual representation of imperfection as a true value and where flaws are celebrated and viewed as beautiful.”

Check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elisasheehanart/


3. Toyin Ojih Odutola

Born in Nigeria and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Toyin Ojih Odutola is a visual storyteller who explores the intricacies, malleability and complexities of identity through her drawings of enigmatic figures. Toyin’s work, rendered in pastel, pencil and charcoal, challenges traditional forms of portraiture through her distinctive, mark-marking style. Her intimate subjects, emerging from the canvas against colorful backdrops of luxury and leisure, speak to the intersections of race, class and identity. With a list of achievements that already includes solo exhibitions at major galleries such as the Whitney in New York, this is definitely an artist to keep a close eye on.

Check out more of her work on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toyinojihodutola/

4. Lindsey Mendick

Creating multicoloured smorgasbords of gorgeous glazed ceramics, Lindsey Mendick melds comedy and color with the surreal to produce installations that are a feast for the eyes and mind. Her sculptural worlds subvert familiar, domestic objects to broach ideas of identity: what is our relationship with the domestic and how does this impact us? How does food play a role in broader political issues such as female oppression? Attention-grabbing yet deeply thought-provoking at the same time, Lindsey’s work is a celebration of life and color and a call to reflect on the everyday that surrounds us.

Check out Lindsey’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindseymendick/



5. Studio Zimoun

Sound and space collide in the works of the mononymous Zimoun, a Swiss artist whose sound installations are as much architectural as they are audiovisual. Using simple elements such as cardboard boxes, cotton balls and plastic bags, Zimoun builds unlikely soundscapes that make the most ordinary of objects come alive. The viewer is invited to actively experience Zimoun’s spaces, playing witness and participant to the orchestra of anomalous sounds that his three-dimensional structures create. It’s exploration on a whole new level.

Check out their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studiozimoun/

What artists, designers, or creatives are you into right now? Let us know in the comments below. You can also see all of our other designer shout-outs here!