Matt Stevens has been blowing my design mind of late. The North Carolina-based designer started by illustrating each pair of Nike shoes he had purchased dating back to the '80s. From there, inspirado still flowing, he began designing new depictions of the Air Max 1 shoe. After several iterations, he had an illustration that reminded him of Aaron Draplin, so he turned it into something of a tribute. Then one inspired by Invisible Creature. And another and another, leading to a whole series of awesomeness paying tribute to some amazing creatives. Here are some, and be careful to note the pitch-perfect execution (there's a key below):
Seen above, in order: Aaron Draplin, Frank Chimero, Mikey Burton, Jessica Hische. All in all, a great series - and there's so much more to see. So check it out, and fast. You'll love how the tributes end, too. Amazing work, Matt.