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20 Creatives to watch in 2017 (excerpt)

After half a decade of flourishing, almost baroque artworks showcasing heavily illustrated content with obvious – sometimes gross, remember the glossy/gradient logos ? – styles and effects, 2016 has seen the minimalism prevail in many fields, mostly through flat lay compositions and designs. Photographers opted for a view from above to flatten objects into the background while webdesigners welcomed plain complementary colors and geometric layouts to make the navigation easier and the information more noticeable. Graphic designers went more vector than ever and many infographics showed up between 2014 and 2016 as a way to focus more on data than on software tricks, translating numbers and concepts in a thoughtful, straightforward and aesthetic manner.
2017 might see some extension of this minimalist trend through sober and clever use of the chromatic wheel and many geometric vector-based illustrations and designs, and even shiny 3D could partly turn into isometric pieces with solid swatches, dealing more with basic shapes and perspective than with shades and depth. As for all trends, some people already have the next one in mind, and may consider to perform extra know-how on this all-geometric basis, keeping the benefits of the moderate approach in shapes and colors, but enhancing them with materials. Like industrial music back in the 70's replaced analog instruments with sound textures recorded in real life, designers in 2017 might really enjoy the experiments of sculpting, carving, inflating or moulding their own basic shapes in every material on hand, and give DIY and handcrafting a nice twist, thanks to the democratization of some high-end techs like 3D printing. Sobriety can be playful !

Lukas Furlan
This italian photographer based in Austria has shot landscapes in many isolated places, from mountain tops to lost human structures, looking for the most relevant way to enhance the peaceful and contemplative solitude that breaks through his work : light, tonal range, aperture and perspective.

Tsunemasa Takahashi
If some of Tsunemasa's artworks obviously relate to naïve art, the japanese traditional painter has a wider approach and borrows pictorial techniques from naturalism, cubism or Dada, with a strong accent on the texture of the canvas, which stresses the look of authenticity in his pieces.

Filip Hodas
Render is prime in the Czech's artworks. A tremendous accuracy in shapes, textures and lighting is mixed with a meaningful symbolism to build mineral and organic scenes and recall that on Earth, everything's about carbon. Actually, Filip looks like a naturalist in quest of extraterrestrial phenomenons.

Alex Palazzi
The typographic sculptures of this Barcelona-based artist escape from the common figurative aspect and software treatment through the creation of flowing, sticky, viscous and even fleshy real life textures, carefully made up with brilliant tricks. Just take a look at the making of the yummy Sweets and Candy series.