December 30th, 2010
The Water Cycle.

Nice little motion graphics piece by Binalogue. They directed, designed, and developed this motion-graphics piece for Canal Isabel II, the company in charge of Madrid’s water supply.

Check out more of their graphic design and motion graphics on their website here: http://www.binalogue.com

 

December 28th, 2010
Comedy Central. Branding

Comedy Central have recently undergone a re-brand. And unlike the recent re-brand of Gap this one is not a disaster. What are the main differences between this new Comedy Central logo and the one for Gap? This logo and the new brand are a well considered outcome for a tough client – Comedy Central already has its strong consumer base who are going to be hard to please, so not only does the re-brand have to please the clients who run the channel but it also has to appeal to the audience.

There are some similarities between the Gap re-branding and the new Comedy Central design. They both used San-Serif fonts, with a simple geometric shape. Both are re-brands of much loved companies. But the Comedy Central branding does not look sloppy, it is well considered. The old logo had a lot going on in it, huge buildings, on a small planet, with huge type screaming “COMEDY CENTRAL IS HERE, WE ARE FUNNY, WE ARE OUTRAGEOUS”. The new logo whispers, it is quietly confident. It chooses not to scream, instead it gives us a witty comment. The old logo is more South Park, while the new logo is more Frasier.

There are complaints that the new logo is boring. Far from it in my opinion – the new branding fits in with our lives a lot better. From the video above it gives us an idea how the new brand will fit into our digital and social media lives. Something the old logo would have never been able to do to such an extent as this new brand. It is a fact that the new logo is so simple and well executed that the general public will use it more. People are also saying it looks like the Copyright, and Copyleft icons. Yes it does look like these logos, I am sure a big graphic and branding design agency such as The Lab (the graphic agency who created this logo) also recognised the similarities between the logos. And Comedy Central will be using their new icon in much the same way as the copyright symbol. This in itself is fun and a lot more subtle than using giant buildings and small planets.

The new branding and logo graphics have sparked much debate on several blogs such as Brand New. The following statement from Alicia Johnson, co creative director at the Lab was taken from Fastcodesign — ‘Thelab stands by its design, so don’t expect any sheepish surrenders.’ Johnson says, “It’s really more about making the content king than trying to be the content. The network has genius programming. The mark’s job is not to be the loudest, the wackiest.” Hal Wolverton, co-creative director at thelab, elaborates: “It’s an empty container that can take any form the comedy requires. …Brands are becoming more about how they behave than how they look static. Because static, well, that’s just boring.”

If the Gap re-branding is the much deserved winner of Worst Identity of 2010 then I feel the Comedy Central re-brand should be the winner of the Best Identity 2010.

For more information and people’s comments on the ne re-brandings check out the BrandNew website at: http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/comedy_central_still_funny.php

To read more from Alicia Johnson interview and more views on the re-brand check out the Fastcodesign website here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662866/comedy-central-unveils-ironic-new-logo-and-nobody-gets-the-joke

 

December 28th, 2010

 

December 23rd, 2010
The Pogues

 

December 22nd, 2010
A little bit of Chris.

 

December 20th, 2010
Insert Coin. Stop Motion.

A really amazing stop motion graphics piece. I can not begin to imagine how long this took!

 

December 18th, 2010
Mr. Yen. Paper graphics.

A selection of Christmas Greeting cards. I think these are just great, nice, simple and minimal. White cards with cut out graphics of snow flakes on each one. Having recently completed a BA HONS degree in graphic design not only does Mr. Yen produce these great christmas cards, but also produces typo-graphic posters and art pieces.

Although it’s an old art form found in most cultures (known in German-speaking countries as Scherenschnitte, for example), papercut art seems to be enjoying a revival with young artists and graphic designers.

For more graphics by Mr. Yen check out his website: http://mr-yen.com/

Found via the website: http://bblinks.blogspot.com

 

December 17th, 2010
The Week In Type

From 2011 ‘the week in type’ will be returning to the I Love Typography blog. It is a weekly round up of net type releases, lettering and typographic posters to inspire and tips on getting the best out of your typography.

It features things such as Typograph, shown above, a very useful little tool for web typography.

This feature is well worth a look. Check it out in more detail on the I Love Typography website.

 

December 16th, 2010
Doodling in Math Class: Infinity Elephants

From a recreational mathemusician. I am not to sure how I ended up watching all of this but I did, some pretty interesting videos on her website too at http://vihart.com/vi/.

Found via the website thedailywh.at

 

December 15th, 2010
Chrome OS.

Chrome OS is nearly upon us.

Google says “Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web”.

How does it all work? Basically the user will no longer be trapped into using one machine with all their programmes on it. In fact there will be no programmes in Chrom OS, instead the user will work off Web Apps. This means a number of things — no more lost data when your computer goes down, all data and information is saved on the internet. No more uploading of new software and software updates, it will be done for you on the server side. I can see the advantages to using a system like this, and in the future I can see a lot more reliance and use of this kind of system. As a system it is great for people that mostly use their computers simply for browsing the web. However I can also see the disadvantages — will there be privacy issues, if everything you do is stored on the internet what implications does this have to the security of your information.

My biggest problem with Chrome OS so far is how the operating system looks. It just looks like I’m using the internet all the time. Which I know is the point but it just does not look good enough. Cheap looking icons on a white background, Google could have done better than this. My feelings are a lot of people will miss the proper desktop feel when using a computer. When I am working on images or working on documents, I want to feel as though I am working within that programme rather than feel I am working on the internet.

Google is now running a pilot programme for people who would like to use the new Chrome OS. And with that you would get The Cr-48 a the test notebook Google designed for the pilot program. Its a pretty cool looking laptop, that has not got a caps lock key? But Google says “It’s ready when you are, booting in about 10 seconds and resuming from sleep instantly. There’s built-in Wi-Fi and 3G, so you can stay connected everywhere, and a webcam for video chat. The vibrant 12-inch LCD display, full-size keyboard and oversized touchpad let you enjoy the web comfortably”. Sign up for the pilot programme here: https://services.google.com/fb/forms/cr48advanced/

Found via the Gizmodo website

 

December 14th, 2010
Hello Couture. Graphic Posters.

A really nice set of poster designs by Ryan Atkinson for Hello Couture. Really nice use of typography and photographs.

Check out more of Ryans portfolio on the Behance Network, he has a very nice minimal Swiss feel to his work.

Found via the website http://www.aisleone.net, which is a great graphic design resource.

 

December 13th, 2010
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle

Its official, the colour for 2011 is Honeysuckle. The official Pantone site says “Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.”

Graphic and website design agencies you have been warned, we expect to see this colour dotted all over Birmingham in the coming months.

 

December 12th, 2010
Wim Crouwel — A Graphic Odyssey

The London Design Museum has announced a major retrospective of work by Wim Crouwel. This is one I am definitely looking forward to. The retrospective is titled Wim Crowel — A Graphic Odyssey, it will be curated by Tony Brook of Spin (a graphic design agency located in London).

This should be a great show, the Design Museum says “Original sketches, posters, catalogues and archive photography will be on display alongside films and audio commentary”. The exhibition will also explore his legacy and long lasting influence on contemporary graphic design with commentary from Peter Saville and Stefan Sagmeister.

I attended Candy‘s SweetTalk 24 event in Dublin where Crouwel gave a presentation of his work. This was followed by a screening of Helvetica The Movie, and a quick Q&A. It was such a good night, it would be great to attend this exhibition.

Wim Crouwel – A Graphic Odyssey will run from March 30 to July 3 2011

Found via Creative Review

 

December 10th, 2010
Lernert & Sander. Graphic designers and Visual Artists.

I have seen Lernert & Sanders work before on a number of graphic and art blogs. There graphic work is very recognisable. The Pink Film Days 2010 Festival poster is a really nice solution.

To have a good idea of their style and the humour that is in a lot of their pieces you only have to look at the outcomes to the Selfridges brief. “To help celebrate the launch of their epic new Shoe Galleries, Selfridges called on us to create 11 sculptural installations that take iconic shoe design to surreal extremes. We have taken the most mundane of household domestic appliances and comedically refashioned them into divine creations. A humorous take on fashion as an ideal escape from the daily grind.”

Read more from Lernert & Sander on the 99percent website here: http://the99percent.com/articles/6958/Lernert-Sander-Its-Time-To-Leave-Your-Comfort-Zone

Check out their website here: http://lernertandsander.com

 

December 9th, 2010
Inception in Real Time

We posted about Inception here before, but here is another video showing the dream sequences in real time. Really cool movie!

 

December 8th, 2010
Mykea. Graphics.

Everyone has had some kind of Ikea furniture in their home, or at their office. Ikea is mass produced furniture with no real character about it. You can guarantee another graphic design agency has the exact same Ikea desk as you have. This is where Mykea comes in. There is even the opportunity to create your own covers. Great for personalisation!

Check out the Mykea website here: http://www.thisismykea.com/

Found via the website: http://www.holidaymatinee.com

 

December 7th, 2010
Shop Vac. Type motion graphics.

Pretty cool motion graphics piece. There is a lot of very quick transitions here, really well done! The designer estimates that it took between 500-1000 hours!

Check out the video and rate it on the designers You Tube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/jmheather

 

December 6th, 2010
Antenna Design. Graphic design agency.

Antenna Design: Why Two Minds Think Faster Than One from 99% on Vimeo.

Very interesting talk by Antenna Design for the 99% by Behance website. Husband-and-wife team Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger have thrived as creative partners, designing everything from New York subway cars to a Knoll furniture line. Scott Belsky (Behance) and Josh Rubin (Cool Hunting) chat with the duo about what makes for a great partner and the advantages of teaming up – for instance: faster thinking, productive friction, and more creative firepower.

As our graphic design agency operates as a partnership I can totally see where Sigi and Masamichi are coming from. One of the best things about operating as a partnership as opposed to a sole trader in graphic design is the simple fact of having someone there to bounce designs and graphics off. Getting their ideas and input, and things you may never have thought about into the mix is a valuable resource. For a good Graphic Design Agency to work it has to have a good mix of people who have different skills, and operate on different levels.

 

December 5th, 2010
Save as WWF, save a tree.

We all know graphic designers use a lot of paper and create a lot of paper waste. As a young graphic design agency we try to reduce our paper use as much as possible. We recycle as much of our paper waste as we can, and we send our clients PDFs rather than paper flats of our designs. A new file format created in Germany by an advertising agency may help us reduce our paper use and our clients paper use even further.

The SaveasWWF website says “About 13 million hectares of forest disappear each year, an area the size of Greece, Every minute, important habitats for plants and animals such as orang-utans and elephants are cut down. Each tree that’s cut down means that another layer of environmental protection is lost. So to stop unnecessary printing and encourage a new awareness about the use of paper, we’ve developed a new, green file format: WWF. A format that can’t be printed out. A simple idea that saves trees. Join in. Decide for yourself which of your documents don’t need printing – and save them as WWF.”

A simple yet effective idea. PDFs have long had the ability to prohibit printing, many clients may have thought this was due to copyright of graphics etc. They may not have thought it was simply a way to reduce the needless use of printing. Printable PDFs will always have their place in graphic design but I can imagine this new format will gain a big following.

 

December 4th, 2010
Smart Car. Motion Graphics

Smart Car – Against Dumb from Buck on Vimeo.

Nice Motion graphics piece by Buck for the Smart Car. This graphics piece is titled Against Dumb.