Forever Love: Jessica Hische by john cheng

Great interview of Jessica Hische reflecting on the Forever Stamp design she created.

Illustrator, letterer, and USPS stamp artist Jessica Hische talks about portraying love on postage — and keeping love alive in the modern world.

Aaron Draplin Designs a Logo by john cheng

Aaron Draplin of Field Notes was asked by 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.

Watch more like this at Most logos aren't designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren't Aaron Draplin. Aaron's a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of "blue collar" design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired? Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations. The logos Aaron creates prove design can elevate any company or brand. Along the way, he provides tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos that won't just live in PDFs.

Counterspy by john cheng

The design and illustrations of this game is beautiful!

Combining the spy mythology and bold aesthetics of the 1950s and 1960s and set during the Cold War, CounterSpy focuses on the rogue third spy agency, C.O.U.N.T.E.R, that keeps the world's super powers at bay. Just as each side of the ongoing conflict gets close to unleashing a blow of earthshaking proportions, C.O.U.N.T.E.R.

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9 Basic Principles of Responsive Web Design by john cheng

Are you trying to explain responsive design to someone with no web savvy at all? Maybe you just want some clarity on what responsive web design is. FroontBlog has a great post with animated gifs that help explain the 9 basic principles of responsive web design. Check it out!

Port Magazine: Playing Around With Cover Lines by john cheng

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.

Designing the cover for issue 5 of Port. Spring 2012. Moving type around. Portrait of Philip Seymour Hoffman by John Balsom.

Postcard Kit by john cheng

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...

Ryman Eco: World's Most Beautiful Sustainable Font by john cheng

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.

Keysmart by john cheng

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.

BIBLIOTHECA by john cheng

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!

Motion Silhouette by john cheng

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.

Drink More Water! by john cheng

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!

Walking Bicycle Club by john cheng

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.