Among my favorite artists working in the design world today are Webuyyourkids, the alias of Australian design partners Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney. Their iconic illustration style has adorned countless tour posters and album covers, and most recently, the walls of Austin’s Mondo Gallery—with their own show of silkscreened film posters.
I first noticed some of WBYK’s album covers online and immediately filed their work into my inspiration folder—the kind of stuff that truly defines the term design envy. Filled with eye-popping color palettes, scruffy halftones, dreamlike and psychedelic imagery and oozing, amorphous geometric shapes, their distinctive style suits my personal taste to a tee. Being a lover of films and film posters, I particularly admire how Sonny and Biddy embrace unexpected and surreal visual interpretations of iconic movies—a psychological approach akin to Cuban movie posters and the great Polish School. They’re also a great example of the successful synthesis of analog and digital illustration techniques in today’s design milieu.