Aaron Draplin of Field Notes was asked by Lynda.com to go through the process of designing a logo. I love his process because this is pretty much exactly how I work. I always encourage new up and coming designers to use pencil and paper rather than going directly into the computer and mocking things up.
Be sure to watch until the very end and get Draplin's bits of advice about freelancing.
The design and illustrations of this game is beautiful!
Watching this is so very satisfying. I think its because it is such a familiar space to me. A space where you can move type around and lay things out in a balanced and clean way. I don't think I will ever tire from design as a profession.
This postcard kit is really nothing more than just a felt travel companion to fit your passport and postcards that you collect as you journey about on a vacation. But I think that is exactly what makes this kit, designed by Eiko Nagase and Tomomi Sasaki from AQ, so successful. It is designed specifically for one intention and nothing more. No extra fluff. I don't collect postcards, but I kind of want one of these just because...
Dan Rhatigan of Monotype, talks about Ryman Eco, the world's most beautiful sustainable font. How can a font be sustainable? Think about all the ink that you use to print out all of your documents. If a letter is fat and bold, it uses more ink, therefore more you print larger fonts the more ink you will use and have to buy and waste.
Watch the video as he delves deeper into the concept behind Ryman Eco and the process that created the font.
Good design is able to help you simplify your life in the smallest of details to the point where you wouldn't notice a difference, until you go back to your old habits that is.
Keysmart is one of these products. I've seen similar products on kickstarter and other places as well and quite honestly, they all function the same way. It really just comes down to what your aesthetic is and picking the one that suits your style the best.
Keysmart is the one key organizer that looks elegant and clean in my eyes and I am pretty sure that I'll be making a purchase soon. As ridiculous and exaggerated as the video may portray the uncomfortableness of stuffing keys into your pocket, it's really quite a nuisance. The idea of having all my keys tightly packed and not stabbing my thigh is such an enticing one.
Adam Lewis Greene's kickstarter project Bibliotheca, in my opinion, has hit the nail on the head. I love my Bible, that's for sure, but when I look at it from a design perspective it is actually quite painful. The letters are super tiny, the superscripts are even tinier, I never understood why there were two columns, and the paper is just far too thin. It does feel like a chore to read.
I share similar views on design with Green, but the difference is that he has turned a complaint into a fruitful project. The thought that he put into redesigning the Bible is just mind blowing to me and I immediately backed this project with no hesitation. I would have loved to get the entire set inside the walnut slipcase, but that was a bit out of reach for me.
Whether you believe the Bible to be true or not, this project is definitely worth supporting just from the design perspective alone. I can't wait to get my copy of this set!
A great animation by Matt Greenwood about very important elements of design that should always be considered. They don't all need to be implemented, but they should be considered when you approach your design.
Motion Silhouette is one of the most well designed children's books I've ever seen. Beautiful illustrations are merged with paper cut outs and lighting to create dancing shadows across the pages that stimulate your imagination so much more! I think I need a copy of this.
Watch this short film that takes you to meet the family factory who has been designing and producing the World Cup since 1974.
Water is very essential to our health and if you are like me, forgetting to drink enough water is a daily offense. Ogilvy Paris has created a timer cap for Vittel to remind you to drink water every hour. Each time you close the cap, it sets the timer and a tiny flag will pop up to gently remind you that you need a dose of water. Cool!
I have no idea what I would need an axe for in the middle of a city, but I wouldn't mind owning one of these, especially after seeing the process of the axe moving from craftsman to craftsman.
There is something so unique to Japanese design and advertising. It uses the most simple concept to explain larger ideas and stories from print to video. The Walking Bicycle Club has done just that with their campaign. The entire commercial has no words, just the simple straight forward showing of the product and it's variety as well as it's function. Japanese design is definitely one of my starting points when looking for inspiration.
Herman Miller is releasing an all black version of this already beautiful Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman at a price tag of $5789.00. One day I hope to have one of these sitting in my home...one day!
There is also a White Ash version!