Exclusive Interview with Illustrator Martin Schmetzer

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This stunning typographic illustrative work was created by Stockholm based illustrator, Martin Schmetzer. His main focus is on hand-drawn typography ‘with a high level of detail and diligence’. As you’ll see in the work below, Martin hand-draws extremely details lettering and imagery, then often uses vector art to aid the final designs. Check out the rest of a small selection of his work below, along with his answers to 12 questions. Enjoy…

1. Tell Design Soak Magazine readers about yourself. What motivates you?

I´m a 29 year old Stockholm based illustrator who specializes in typographic logotypes with an emphasis on ornamentation and detailed flourishes. I like the interaction hand drawn typography can have to the meaning of a word and how the letters next to each other plays together and shapes a integrality.

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2. When did you first start illustrating? Where did it all begin?

I have enjoyed drawing for as long as I can remember but my interested for letters came trough graffiti around 95. Graffiti was a great way for me to experiment with the the alfabet. You don´t have to follow any guides or rules and may twist and bend the letters into something own. As a graffiti writer I early discovered a interest for symmetry, something that follows me til this day in my hand drawn typography and logotypes.

Martin Schmetzer type

3. How did you ‘find your own style’? Have you always used the same illustration methods?

I believe it has evolved through my tags and pieces. My style range from a vintage, 1900’s-era feel to a full-blown contemporary street temperament.

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4. Tell us about your creative process. How do you work?

The sketching process is most valuable to me. I always start pen on paper before turning to the computer. For me the computer is a fantastic finalizing tool but it also limits my shapes and composition if I don´t start by hand first where I can go the whole hog.

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5. What is the biggest inspiration for fresh ideas?

For me I think it is a mix of my everyday impressions. I register details I like everywhere. From graffiti in the streets to food labels at the grocery store. I build a ”memory bank” in my head of these details and try to use them as soon as I have a suiting commission.

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6. Do you find it easy or hard to create new work?

Most of the time it comes quite naturally and easy. If I struggle too much with a design I have to take a break and tackle the task later with a fresh mind.

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7. What is the best part of your job?

That I get to draw everyday. Also the freedom to be able to choose which commissions to take on and decline since I´m freelancing.

8. Adversely, what is the worst part of it?

I guess its would have to be the uncertainly of when you will receive your next paycheck. It´s nice the receive a monthly salary when employed.

Also, for readers who dream of working creative freelance. Its is much more to it then just designing and you are never completely disconnected from work. I´m talking about the less sexy administrative tasks that comes with being self-employed such as sending quotes and handle the economics. But I do not complain but am rather thankful to be busy.

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9. Apart from illustration, what other creative fields are you involved in?

At the moment, none. As a youngster I had several musical projects with my close friends. But I gave this up when I realized I was never going to become the best. Haha!

10. Do you have any plans for the future of your creative work?

I’ve only been illustrating freelance full-time for a year so at the moment I´m just very focused on my exciting business and to make ends meet. And I hope my lettering never cease developing.

Martin Schmetzer sketching

11. What is inspiring your work at this moment in time?

Old etching illustrations and packaging designs.

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12. What is top 3 tips for the Design Soak readers.

Do what you love, even if it is just as a hobby beside a employment.

Post your creative work online on different social medias. It´s free advertising and you never know who might stumble across your profile.

Try to make time to enter art/design contests. It can be a good way to get recognition from advertising agencies and other creatives.

Design Soak Magazine: Thanks Martin for sharing your work and answers. All the best for the future!


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15 Stunning Urban Gardens that Inspire

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Here is a selection of 15 amazing urban gardens that are sure to inspire. I just love the ones that are perched on top of roofs! [via]

Gallery // Urban Gardens:

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April and May city garden image

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Roof Terrace in London by Modular Garden image

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urban gardens in rooftop setting

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castle gardens

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Set of Twitter Boxes and Social Icons for Free Download



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Here’s a set of Twitter Boxes and Social Icons for Free Download, created by the great people at a2591. The files also contain livery icons for Instagram, Pinterest, UPS, Yahoo, YouTube, LinkedIn, TNT, Tumblr, FedEx, flickr, Google, Behance, DHL, Dribbble and Facebook, too!

New Container Icon Set 4, full detailed 48 icons from the shipping industry. It’s compatible with any Mac Os system, also compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. It is freeware. Download it, share it, use it…

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25+ of the Best Man Caves Ever Imagined!


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Man Cave Idea - a batcave

Ah, the ‘Man Cave’, a place where men can sit down and relax. A place to get away from some of the many hassles of life and enjoy a movie or game of pool. In this selection of man-caves, there’s a range of styles to see, from Batman and Star Trek-themed basements to posh elegant-looking secret rooms. I’m sure that the wives’ regularly use these rooms, too! Check them all out below… [above image via]

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Gallery // Man Caves

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Golf Man Cave image

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R2D2 C3PO man cave

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Awesome Home Theater Man Cave with stone walls

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Home Theater wit leather seats

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Coolest Man Cave - batman

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NFL Fan Cave with two rows of chairs

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The ultimate man-cave chairs or sofa configuration

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Things You Need In Your Man Cave - a giant net

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Airline Flight Visualization Shows European Skies Like Never Before

This visually-stunning video shows, for the first time, what the air patterns of planes look like on a typical day, with clear skies (yes, clear skies are rare in Summer here in England!). The footage is a combination of British radar data and flight plans from Europe.

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The whole video builds upon itself, showing some major key highlights, which include the transatlantic routes to the USA and how planes seem to stick to the same, often-curved routes. Aeroplanes are also show in ‘stacked formation’ when flying into major English airports such as Gatwick and Heathrow. Check out some selected screenshots below…

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See the Amazing Airline Flight Visualization Again…

This data visualization was created from real flight data. It shows the air traffic which flies on a typical summer day and highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe – an operation which runs 24x7x365.

NATS and the UK are at the heart of the operation. With Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe, and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the world, we play a key role in ensuring air traffic under our control in European airspace is as safe and efficient as it can be // Europe 24 from NATS on Vimeo.


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