Milan Abad is an illustrator and designer with a passion for fashion, popular culture, branding, magazine and editorial, music and events, film and lifestyle.

Just Black is his alter ego used for freelance, collaborations and personal work. His focus is on giving bespoke specialised solutions to clients through illustration, design and art direction. "The goal is to create both beautiful yet valuable work that both me and the client are proud of, without betraying my tone, humour, energy or ideals in my work."

Tell us a fun fact about you. I handed Dizee Rascal a loo roll once in the VIP toilets of a festival.

Top three clients you've worked with? UKF, Sony Music, Ogilvy

How did you get into illustration? I didn't have a clue it even existed. I was feeling lame at art college with graphic design when my tutor showed me it, and saved my ass.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Pencil, Ink, Fineliner, Textured paper, Photoshop, Illustrator, Wacom Tablet.

Who or what inspires you the most? Among my favourite modern illustrators, I am highly inspired by film, photography, old renaissance art, music, fashion, creative writing, interior design, architecture, personal experiences, people, travel, neon, 80's retro and popular culture.

What's your favourite website for inspiration? Pinterest & Designinspiration to name a couple.

What would your dream project be? Create a masterpiece branding collection for a brand like Nike. To get commissioned to travel the world illustrating for a fashion brand.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram and my website.  

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An Interview with Lucia Types

Lucia is a Spanish illustrator addicted to lettering. She loves trying different styles and to use vibrant colours for her letters to stand out. Buy exclusive wall art by Taylor on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Kelli Laderer

Danii Pollehn is a print designer and illustrator living in Hamburg, Germany. After graduating with honors in Fashion Design from the Academy of Fashion & Design in Berlin and Hamburg, Danii has worked as a freelance stylist for magazines and print-commercials for several years. Buy exclusive wall art by Danii on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Anna George Dickinson

Anna Dickinson (aka Type Delight) is a graphic designer, lettering artist, and illustrator. Her artwork is inspired by the good, the bad, the messy, and most importantly—the beautiful aspects of being a human being. Buy exclusive wall art by Anna on Nine By Nine.

An Interview with Poppy Almond

Poppy Almond is a Leeds Based Illustrator and designer who graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2017. Her work is colourful, quirky and empowering with a passion for cute illustrations and bold colour palettes. Buy exclusive wall art by Poppy on Nine By Nine.

At Home With… Nest Twenty Eight

Grab a glass of something chilled and have a read of our latest interview with interior influencer and owner of one of our favourite gallery walls on the whole of Instagram… Nest Twenty Eight, otherwise known as Lucinda Mitra!

Happy New Year!

What a year 2018 was! We launched our dream business, Nine By Nine and worked with over 90 incredibly talented artists from all over the world. We starting building the most wonderful community of followers and fellow art fanatics and we began selling our collection...

An Interview with Lettering Daily

We interviewed Lettering Daily to find out who inspires them, their favourite lettering tools and how to make a career out of letters.

An Interview with Taylor Weaver Interview

Taylor Weaver is a designer, illustrator, and letterer. She is focusing her most recent work on creating uplifting messages to young designers that are trying to find their way in the creative world. Buy exclusive wall art by Taylor on Nine By Nine.

An interview with Jen Leem-Bruggen

Jen is a illustrator based in London. Having previously worked as an artist agent for three years, last year Jen took the leap into freelance to spend her days illustrating. Buy exclusive wall art by Jen on Nine By Nine.

An Interview with Heidi Gillett

Heidi is a graphic designer in the architectural world and freelance designer the rest of the time, based between London and Oxfordshire. Buy exclusive wall art by Heidi on Nine By Nine.