January 31st, 2011
Under the Milky Way. Graphic posters

Love this poster series by Ross Berens. Entitled Under The Milky Way, amazingly he says each poster was done in 2–3 hours each. They began as an experiment in typography.

Check out more of these posters on his website here: http://rossberens.com

Found via: http://blog.iso50.com/

 

January 30th, 2011
Design Studio.

Were moving into our new studio at Zellig in Birmingham pretty soon. So we have started the hunt for studio furniture and things that will make us feel at home. The Aphrodite USB Hub is something we would love to get our hands on. Along with the cool Stags Head we mentioned here before.

Found via the Swiss Miss website.

You can buy the Aphrodite USB Hub here: http://www.fredflare.com

 

January 29th, 2011
HTML5. Icon design

Along with the release of HTML 5 (which I posted about here before), the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) have released these images of the new branding graphics.

About the main logo the say “It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It’s the standard’s standard, a pennant for progress.” As a banner and signpost for HTML 5 development it works, even if it does look a little bit like a comic book hero. But what I feel really works is the Icon graphics for the different components which make up HTML 5. These icon graphics look so futuristic, they look very solid and they make sense.

The HTML 5 logo and icons are licensed under Creative Commons, meaning the user is free to use them any way they see fit. This is just an indication how W3C want the logo design and icon graphics to penetrate the web and, as there is already t-shirts and stickers available, the real world too. It makes coders look cool and it can be a streamlined brand. Now if W3C took the lessons they learned from this branding exercise, and apply it to their own brand, the world of coding would be a better place.

 

January 28th, 2011
Flying Paint. Motion graphics

floating from floating on Vimeo.

Really great video shot in highspeed of flying paint. Very graphic piece

 

January 27th, 2011
Never Use More Than Two Different Typefaces.

This is the fifth book in the Ridiculous Design Rules series by Anneloes van Gaalen. I have never come across this set of books before, but they look really nice,  and have a sense of humour. For each of the 51 rules covered in each book, Van Gaalen refers to quotes by famous fellow designers, who either think there is something to the rule or have made a personal variation of it. Whether you agree with them or not, the Ridiculous Design books sharpen your own thoughts about the rules and the assumed truths of design, advertising, fashion, photography and the Internet. Each rule is convincingly illustrated, with the illustrations either confirming or disproving the rule in question.

Other titles in this series of graphic design books include:

Never Use White Type on a Black Background and 50 other Ridiculous Design Rules
The Medium is the Message and 50 other Ridiculous Advertising Rules
Never Leave The House Naked and 50 other Ridiculous Fashion Rules
Never Use Pop Up Windows and 50 other Ridiculous Web Rules

Check out the website here: http://www.ridiculousrules.com, where you can also buy the book.

Found via the website: http://swisslegacy.com

 

January 26th, 2011
The Electric Car.

Some really interesting things happening in the world of electric cars. It seems there is a degree of excitement  to see who can produce a viable mass market solution. With oil prices up and the cost of fuel rising everyday it is only inevitable that the electric car will become a mass consumer product, and sooner than we may think.

Two really interesting videos above about this new push for electric by car companies. The first clip looks at who killed the electric car, the second clip follows the new emergence of a new breed of electric car. It follows the people who want to be the first ones to produce a fully electric and mass produced car for the public markets, and cars with credibility.

With the winner of the 2010 Automotive X-Prize being Li-ion Motors, they are using their 2.5 million dollar prize money to mass produce the Inizio. The Li-ion Inizio holds the distinction of being one of the first all-electric supercars. It can hit speed up to 170 MPH and with a range of 250 miles. With the fastest Inizio model going from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, this shows electric cars do have big capabilities. And the car looks good too, see the images below.

Unlike the Li-ion Inizio the Toyota Prius, is a hybrid car, which has both a petrol and electric engine. The Prius has been around since 2000 and with petrol prices going up this car is getting more and more popular. Perhaps these hybrid cars have paved the way for the full electric car. They have eased us into the idea that electricity is a viable alternative to petrol.

There is also some very interesting innovations into powering the electric car of the future. The eCoupled PowerSpot is a wireless charging device straight from a si-fi movie. Park your car over the PowerSpot and it will wirelessly charge over night.

With this new emergence of super electric car. Along with the new race to be the first mass produced consumer electric car, and all the new innovations in charging and battery life — it looks like the electric car is coming sooner than we may have thought.

PowerSpot video found via the website: http://gizmodo.com

Prius posters found on the website: www.fubiz.net

Image from Li-ion Motors found on the website: http://gizmodo.com

Revenge Of The Electric Car video found via the website: www.freshcreation.com

 

January 25th, 2011
Ecotone. Graphic Poster

Just love these graphic prints by Myah Bailey. Each image is printed on Metallic Paper and signed by the artist. Myah is living and working in Portland, having graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2003 where she studied fine art. These prints come from the “Ecotone” series.

Check out her website for some more great prints: http://myahbailey.com/

You can buy prints from this website: http://benjaminbenjamin.bigcartel.com

 

January 24th, 2011
The Alphabet. Motion Graphics

The Alphabet from n9ve on Vimeo.

A great animation by n9ve. Really nice smooth animation, check out more on his Vimeo channel here: http://vimeo.com/n9v

Found via the website: http://thedailywh.at

 

January 23rd, 2011
We Are Eastside

Little over three weeks to go and the excitement is building. Stripeyhorse Creative is moving into our new studio space in the Zellig building at The Custard Factory. We are also putting the finishing touches to our brand new website design. Very exciting times ahead.

http://www.weareeastside.com/

 

January 22nd, 2011
William Hundley. Photography

Not too sure how William created these images but they look great. This set of images is entitled ‘Entoptic Phenomena’.

This set of images is entitled ‘Friends’. Check out William’s website for some more very interesting photographs.

His website can be found here: http://www.williamhundley.com

Found via the website: http://bumbumbum.me

 

January 21st, 2011
Can Banksy Die?

Really interesting article on Vandalog about the death of Banksy. It would be unrealistic to think Banksy paints all his own art - he just would not have the time, and a big piece would need more than one person to complete. Vandalog goes on to say Banksy even hired sign painters in New York in 2008 to paint rats. So many artists have assistance in creating their work. Some artists complete work already partially created by the artist, while others create whole new pieces for the artist to simply sign. Just look at Andy Warhol and The Factory, where Warhol had teams of people producing his screen prints. It’s reported that Warhol did not even sign many of his pieces, instead an assistant signed them.

Does the use of staff take away from the artwork? Is a piece of art considered less valuable when it’s found to be that of an assistant rather than the artist? Is it the artist who comes up with the concept, or the person who executes it? Some very interesting questions, and by looking at design studios can we answer it? A design agency is made up of many people, but the output will always have the agencies name on it, rather than the individuals who created it. But then a design agency is a brand, and can live on after the founders leave. Has Banksy become a brand? Vandalog goes on to say ”The Banksy brand can continue to create artwork indefinitely with or without the original man behind the name”.

To read the full article head over to the Vandalog website: http://blog.vandalog.com/2011/01/the-death-of-banksy/

 

January 20th, 2011
Everglade. Animation

A short film by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The duo were contracted to shoot the winter 2011 Balmain campaign starring Kate Moss. They set up hidden cameras to capture what happened on set. This dark and surreal animation is the outcome, set to the song Everglade by Antony and the Johnsons. The short premiered on ‘Nowness’. For more background information on this shoot visit the website: www.nowness.com

 

January 19th, 2011
Things Organized Neatly.

Just love these set of images from the website ‘Things Organized Neatly’. I think it’s a trait of every graphic designer to see similarities in things, and we just cannot help but organise things in an orderly way. Check out their website for more, and you can submit your own.

Check out more on the website: http://thingsorganizedneatly.tumblr.com

Found via the blog: http://www.aimizm.com

A bag from my final year of study, with its contents organised neatly.

 

January 18th, 2011
HTML 5. Website design.

HTML5 is…NOW! – Jason Beaird from Jason Beaird on Vimeo.

Interesting video by Jason Beaird. He talks about HTML 5 and its relative ease of use. Things should get pretty interesting once it is used in the mainstream.

For more information about HTML 5 check out some of the websites recommended by Jason:

http://diveintohtml5.org/

http://html5demos.com/

http://html5doctor.com/

http://html5boilerplate.com/

http://www.apple.com/html5/

 

January 17th, 2011
Start Happy. Poster

Just love this pull out from The Guardian. Designed by Ben Terrett and Anthony Burrill (who I posted about before here and here). I would love to get my hands on one but unfortunately never got The Guardian that day.

Check out more from his website here: http://www.benterrett.com/

Found via Ben’s blog: http://noisydecentgraphics.typepad.com

 

January 16th, 2011
A Quick Guide To New Routines. Motion Graphic

A Quick Guide To New Routines from Peter Mayer on Vimeo.

Part of a Diploma project by Peter Mayer, and added to Vimeo over a year ago, I only recently came across this really nice motion graphics animation. The animation is entitled ‘A Quick Guide To New Routines’, narrated beautifully it tells us nice ways of coming up with new ways of thinking. Two great examples of how we can think about projects from a different angle. Many design agencies would do good to watch this little motion piece.

Found via the website: www.partfaliaz.com

 

January 15th, 2011
Kurt Cobain.

Really love this Kurt Cobain cushion. Created by Casa Rex, a design studio in Brazil. A very limited edition of just 20 were made, the would look great in any graphic design agency.

You can buy it from the website: www.urbanarts.com

Found via the website: www.holycool.net

 

January 14th, 2011
Gavillet & Rust

Some really fantastic graphic design coming from Gavillet & Rust. They are a graphic design agency based in Switzerland, focusing on editorial design, and brand identities. Producing some really beautiful books they also developed the digitial type foundry Optimo.

Check out there website here: http://www.gavillet-rust.com/

Found via the website: Aimizm

 

January 13th, 2011
Carson. Graphic design

Carson, is a magazine published about six times a year. The magazine is dedicated to high quality graphic design, fine art, illustration, photography and writing.

Obviously the magazine is headed by David Carson himself. They accept submissions for each themed issue but of course the submissions must appeal to a broad minded audience.

“It’s not about being retro,” explained Alex Storch, the Editor-in-Chief. “It’s about pushing forward. People want quality things they can hold and touch, not pseudo-journalism and themed template design on their computers. We’re excited for people that have only seen David’s books and a heavily worn copy of Ray Gun to experience his mastery of the form. We’d also like them to read some inspiring articles as well.”

Found via the website: nerdcore

Get to the magazines website here: http://carsonmag.net/

 

January 12th, 2011
Haunted Mirrors. Graphic

A really interesting photographic project from Allison Diaz. She is producing some really interesting graphics.

Found via the website: www.todayandtomorrow.net

Her Flickr site can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/allisondiaz/