GOODIES

We firmly believe that desktops and phone backgrounds should be beautiful even on our bad days, so we've put together a wallpaper collection for you to enjoy. Each piece is illustrated by Visual Playground speakers, participants or organizers, and is preset on various screen resolutions to fit your needs. This section updates frequently, so keep an eye on us if you ever need a wallpaper change.

karolis strautniekas

Karolis Strautniekas is a freelance illustrator best known for his eerie, nostalgic yet acutely contemporary illustrations. Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, he achieved international recognition; still, his illustrations have something special, a je-ne-sais-quoi which makes the world wonder if there’s maybe more to it than what we encounter at first sight. But no worries, you can find the answer during 'Karolis Strautniekas Solo Show' (2-14 of April), his first solo exhibition and the official opening of Visual Playground 2019 at Mobius Gallery.

www.strautniekas.com

jordan metcalf

Jordan Metcalf is a South African graphic designer based in Portland, Oregon and one of our very special guests for this year's edition. He has a strong focus on diverse, experimental custom lettering and identity design. Jordan was awarded the ADC Young Gun in 2013 and he's our proof to the world that if you can dream it, then you can definitely do it.

www.jordan-metcalf.com

muti

MUTI is a creative studio founded in 2011, based in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. They're a dedicated team of illustrators and designers who are passionate about producing original and inspiring artwork, from lettering to icons, digital painting to animation. Clinton Campbell and Brad Hodgskiss, two of the studio's founders are joining us at Visual Playground 2019 and we simply can't wait.

www.studiomuti.co.za

mura

Mura (Ana Fornoga) is a cat-loving illustrator based in Bucharest, Romania, with a huge passion for tiny and delicate details. Her work is both analog and digital and varies from paper to gentle and carefully made porcelain objects.

www.madebymura.com

pose radu

Pose Radu works as an Art Director. He's 32yo and he spent a lot of time in advertising and branding agencies. His experience taught him how to think, write, draw, design, present and win. He loves new briefs and digs in as much as possible into ideas, styles, strategy, and solutions. The best work he tries to do is the one that makes people say 'WOW', just like this striking wallpaper made with his Matisse-inspired font.

www.behance.net/poseradu

daniel lupu

Daniel is a Romanian illustration student with a passion for artistic evolution and creatively clever visual solutions and aesthetics. We were impressed and inspired right from the very start by his unexpected, out-of-the-box vision. He's one of the festival's friends and here's a "Lady on a hill" for your screens.

www.instagram.com/daniel_lupu_illustration/

visual playground 2019

We couldn't have left our goodies section without a yummy shot from the Visual Playground 2019 identity. All our visuals for this year are laser-cut out of wood boards of two different thicknesses, each piece being spray-painted, assembled, glued and then photographed. In other words, we busted our asses and we hope you like it.

sorin trăistaru

Sorin discovered his passion for calligraphy and letters five or six years ago and, ever since then, his path led him to lettering-based projects. Two years ago he decided to quit his daytime job as a graphic designer and work on his own projects. He works with ink, dip pens, brush pens, all sorts of nibs or weird handmade pens. He writes on paper, walls or directly on the computer screen.

www.sorintraistaru.com

tobias hall

In between lettering, design and even murals, Tobias’ incredibly versatile skill set is something every well-rounded creative aspires to. Whether you’re ogling his intricate labels, complete with his own illustrations, or drooling over his yummy hand lettering, you’re sure to find something to love in his portfolio.

www.tobias-hall.co.uk

evelin bundur

Evelin is a freckled illustrator from Bucharest, Romania and one of the co-founders of Visual Playground. She has experienced wildlife in advertising for 5 years as an art director, but presently she is focusing on her own orbit as a domestic freelancer. Evelin is deeply in love with orange cats and she’s also a spiritual host of a true passion for kimchi. She ended up combining the two so she got an orange cat named Kimchi.

www.behance.net/evelinbundur

hedof

Rick Berkelmans is Hedof, a one-man design studio with clients like Computer Arts Magazine, Heineken, Sony, Ikea and Google. His strong shape language and bold colors form an instant attraction for any creative eye. With a casual but clever way of approaching illustration, Hedof creates eye-catching murals. We hope you’ll enjoy this gorgeous illustration he made for the Visual Playground mural in 2017.

www.hedof.com

livia fălcaru

Livia is a visual artist currently living and working in Bucharest. A Romanian illustrator who often seems to find herself fascinated by random figures of people in the streets and oversized house-plants. Her work is influenced by the various emotions we may all feel but above all by her personal experiences and her day to day life.

www.liviafalcaru.com

ioana sopov

Ioana is an illustrator and animator currently based in Bucharest, Romania. She has worked in the field for over 7 years, experimenting with both traditional and digital techniques. Ioana especially loves character design work, especially when it comes to pirates. Besides her work, Ioana co-founded Visual Playground and has now remained one of the best friends of the festival.

www.ioanasopov.com

paula rusu

Paula is a 30 year old graphic designer and illustrator based in Bucharest, Romania. She co-founded Visual Playground and she is deeply passionate about everything related to visual arts. After 5 years of working in advertising, she took the risk of working on her own as a freelance illustrator and now works with clients from all over the globe.

www.paularusu.com

minunache

Minunache is a graphic designer currently based in Bucharest, Romania. Employee by day, freelancer by night, she uses design as an organisational tool to simplify her own tasks, but also others’. Incredibly optimistic. Star Wars is life.

www.minunache.com

romina banu

Romina is a freelance photographer, always on the run. She also loves 3D art, video editing, writing and sometimes sleeping. She’s a co-founder of Dissolved Magazine, an online magazine made of and for Romanian youngsters. Never said no to a good ol' black tea with milk.

www.dissolvedmagazine.com

hara

Hara is a self-taught artist who enjoys exploring surreal themes. Her inspiration comes from people, fashion, beauty, nature, art and hidden feelings. For Hara, making art is a way of finding out who she is and how much she can grow. She’s interested in projects from fields such as fashion, music and editorial.

www.behance.net/ioanaharasim

maria surducan

Maria works as a freelance illustrator and comic book author from her studio in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She believes images are an imprecise, and therefore slightly a more accurate means of translating reality than words. She has worked on advertising projects, graphic novels and picture books. After being a student at Visual Playground 2017, Maria switched purposes and is now part of the team.

www.mariasurducan.com

visual playground 2017

The 2017 Visual Playground campaign involved various art objects and stationery gathered from flea markets and shops all around Bucharest. We carefully sprayed them, photographed them in the most flattering light and then we worked our magic until the end (eye-candy) results. We hope you’ll enjoy this wallpaper memorabilia from our last edition. We surely do.