Stuart Gardiner

Stuart Gardiner truly found his stride when he became an independent graphic designer. After years of pleasing clients in the music industry, going solo has "been a very liberating experience," he says. "Now I get to design my own products just as I want them." It's a benefit for all of us.

The London-based artist, who studied graphic information design, injects his unique sense of humor into his towels-slash-conversation pieces, offering an elucidative take on beloved foods and beverages. "I design visually as I think, working with color, type, image, and form until I'm happy with the final design—or tired of looking at it, and need to move on," he jokes.