We think these posters are just kinda cool! They are part of a self initiated project by Gary Nicholson to lift the spirits of designers. Each poster is a pun on typographic design or some other design element, more from this series can be viewed on his personal website, along with other work from his portfolio. We think these posters would look great in any design agency.
Here’s a great example of an evolving brand, which shows how subtle design can make a huge difference.
The American Red Cross are a globally recognised organisation, thanks in no small part to their iconic logo. When tasked with updating such a well-known brand identity, Turner Duckworth showed how design flare and ingenuity can garner fantastic results. Inspired by the image above, they produced sophisticated new versions of this historical logo, solidly grounded in the integrity of the brand.
Their designs are made up of:
the “Button” logo – “for marketing purposes”;
the “Classic” logo - for use “in disaster situations, as well as times when a marketing-oriented button logo is not appropriate”; and the conceptual ‘cross pattern’ yet to be implemented.
Turner Duckworth’s use of light and shade, texture and typography have really tightened up the identity of the American Red Cross, achieving that ‘approachability’ factor that’s so important for charitable organisations. Interested in learning more?
Check out the website here.
We love this novel idea for giving your valentine a gift with a real difference. A shop window converted into a ‘Cabinet of Dreams’. Behind its gothic, Victoriana charm this shop front supports a very good cause. As the face of the newest Women’s Aid campaign it carries a message as sharp as Sweeney Todd’s blade – that ‘abusive relationships do not begin with violence, but often with gifts and flowers’. By investing in one of these items, you’re supporting a Women’s Aid campaign to raise money for victims of abusive relationships.
Via the Creative Review website
In this video Swiss Miss, Tina Roth Eisenberg, talks about the power of the personal project. Tina a graphic designer practicing in New York, talks about how she has organically left more and more client work behind to concentrate on her own personal graphic and website design projects.
Via the Swiss Miss website.
The news every graphic designer has been waiting for… the colour we will all be using in 2012 is Tangerine Tango!
Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone says “There’s the element of encouragement with orange, it’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things. I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now,”
As we said last year we want to see this colour all over Brum. Its going to be the best thing that has happened to graphic and web design since… well since Honeysuckle!
Via the Creative Review website
Typo London, is happening this October 20–22. Three days of presentations spread over two stages, with some really big influential names from the design world giving lectures.
I attended a similar event to this in Dublin a few years ago. The fantastic Offset, which included some big international names and also some local Dublin talent. Speakers at the Typo London event include Neville Brody, Michael Bierut, Erik Spiekermann, Tony Brook and Chip Kidd and many more.
Tickets are available from the Typo London website here but at £550 each it is not really open to everyone!
Now we are looking forward to seeing the line up for Offset 2012, hope the tickets are a bit more reasonable.
We posted work by Johnny Kelly on here before, like this one and this. We really like this animation he did for Chipotle Mexican Grill. The film tells the story of how a farmer turned his farm industrial. He no longer cares for the animals and has become motivated by money. The film features a special recording by Willie Nelson of Coldplays The Scientest. As the track says were going back to the start so does the farmer, he gets rid of the industrial machinery from his farm, and begins to take care of his animals once again.
Like a lot of Kellys work the colours are bright and playful and there is a lot of humor in the clip, but this underlines the serious message of industrialization. Kelly began his career in Dublin, Ireland, before moving to the UK.
The Nelson track is available to download and all the proceeds go to Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which is committed to helping create a sustainable food supply and to raising awareness concerning food issues.
There has been a couple of new releases from Adobe lately in preparation for the arrival of HTML5. And the great news is that both these web packages are free downloads. First up was Adobe Edge, which we talked about here, and now they have released Adobe Muse.
Muse is a web package which lets you create rich HTML5 websites without knowing too much code. Much like Adobe Dreamweaver I guess, but the user interface is more like InDesign. Looking at some early videos it does look promising and easy to use. Lea Hickman, vice president of Design and Web product management at Adobe says “Those who have tested Muse are thrilled that something this intuitive yet powerful is now available.”
Jason Prozora-Plein, quality engineer at Adobe, raises a good point, he says “people don’t hand edit post-script or PDF files for print. In five, ten years I don’t think very many people will be coding in order to design websites”.
You can download a copy of Muse for free from the Adobe website:
Found via the website Gizmodo
We just think these images are great. As part of the branding and advertising campaign for Reporters Without Borders the advertising agency Ogilvy developed this idea.
To illustrate just how censorship gives the viewer only half the story and to illustrate how censorship is wrong they took everyday situations of political figures and with the addition of the censor pixellation gave each one a clever twist.
For more information check out the Reporters Without Borders website here.
Thanks to the Birmingham based charity Craftspace, we’ve spent the last five weeks working with a brand new social enterprise called Shelanu. Designing their branding package with a logo, website and marketing materials meant we were lucky enough to watch their delicately handmade jewellery take shape, which is special in itself. But what makes this group really important is the people who belong to it.
The enterprise is made up of migrant and refugee women. Together, they’re a diverse cultural collective, creating intricate, ornate jewellery inspired by their experiences in Birmingham. To celebrate and share that creativity, Shelanu is exhibiting at the prestigious Bovey Tracy Craft Fair at the end of this week. And with these guys, Bovey Tracy better watch out! Not only are they a talented group, they’re also vibrant, energetic and fun loving – all the qualities apparent in their sparkling jewellery design.
We think you’ll be seeing a lot more from Shelanu – check out their website for more information at www.shelanucollective.co.uk. And if you’re interested in learning about more up and coming craft projects take a look at www.craftspace.co.uk. They’re one of the few charities that have succeeded in winning Arts Council funding and they’re not wasting time in putting it to good use.
How do you revitalise a business without completely rebuilding it from the bottom up? Yep, a rebrand and luckily for us, TBS is around to give you the perfect example.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing exactly who we’re talking about. If we say an American TV channel famed for sitcom reruns and comedy movies hopefully it becomes clearer.
TBS’s ‘smile’ logo has been in use since 2004 but while the TV network has become a powerhouse of success, it seems their branding wasn’t quite keeping up with the times. Cue Ferroconcrete, a Los Angeles based branding and design agency.
They’ve taken the existing smile logo and morphed it into an animated brand identity with ‘mega personality’. Ferroconcrete credit the new smile logo with an ‘arsenal of expressions and gestures”. Apparently, “he waves, jumps, and bows as he charms, goofs and mimics’. Twinned with a vibrant colour range the result is a bold, fresh brand identity that really communicates what TBS is about.
Ferroncrete also know that no top notch rebrand would be complete without a full complement of makeover tools. Integrating a new typeface, ‘Katarine’, gives the new brand a friendly accessibility combined with a contemporary feel. The overall effect is a huge personality – it’s fun, entertaining and stylish.
But enough about what we think – check out the article here: http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/funny_smile.php
Some really interesting design coming from Studio Laucke. Based in Amsterdam and Berlin, they focus on creative strategy, graphic and book design. The studio has been open since 2000. For more of their work check out the website: http://www.studio-laucke.com/
Found via the website: http://www.aisleone.net
Some really great magazine and publication graphic design by Xavier Encinas Studio. A graphic design studio specialising in print production and editorial design. Who strive to create simple, yet clever and aesthetically beautiful magazines. They say “Our experience paired with a healthy obsession for high-end materials and printing techniques, ensures a distinctively crafted product.”
Check out more of their designs on their website at: http://www.xavierencinas.com
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
Very interesting article on the AIGA website.
AIGA is a professional association of graphic designers, they recently posted an article about community sites such as Dribble. The Dribble website is about sharing ‘shots’ of your work with other graphic designers for praise and criticism. It gives other graphic designers a chance to take a sneak peak at your work and allows you to monitor the feedback your graphic work is getting. Which seems like a good thing, especially for the freelance graphic designers out there, who may not have a partner to bounce ideas off. Sign up to Dribble is by invitation only.
AIGA raise some pretty good points – it says posting work in progress shows the client little respect. They asked how a client would feel if they heard their competition discussing work and designs yet to be realised. The prospect of ‘design by committee’ is also discussed — everybody has their own opinions and if the graphic designer listens and tries to incorporate all the comments, the design may end up looking very different to the original idea, and this is not always for the best.
This article has got a lot of reactions on the AIGA website. And many of the commentators raise good points. Head over to the AIGA website to read more from the article and the reactions to it from the design community.
Check out the website here: http://www.aiga.org/
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.
Love the graphic treatment of text in these images. Created by Jessica Hische, a graphic artist and illustrator working in New York. A very talented graphic designer, love her work and her website.
Check out more of her graphics on her website http://jessicahische.com
Really nice Motion Graphics piece by Adam Gault and Stefanie Augustine. A dark animation, with great quality design from both a graphics and sound point of view. This is a personal project and the sound design just like the graphics is dark and perfectly crafted.
‘Simple and subtle metaphors that would give the speech context and create evocative compositions without trying to add meaning.’
The whole animation is really fluid and just shows the real power of After Effects as a motion graphics package for animation.
Found via the web site http://motionographer.com/
What does your desk say about you? This video is pretty good, it asks a number of graphic designers and artists what their desk is like in their studio. Our studio could never look like Vignelli’s desk! We need to see our design work on the walls, we feel its the best way of getting creative inspiration! If you can take a look at the whole project on a wall rather than in many folders on different machines usually you will see the design solution right in front of you.
Ever since the advertising agency Fallon directed ‘Bouncy Balls’ for Sony Bravia TV, every so often a commercial will come out that has taken some inspiration from their original concept. This advert by the design agency Dentsu London is for Canon’s PIXMA colour printer range. The images were created by placing a few droplets of paint on a balloon which was stretched over a speaker. A note was then played and the camera captured the results. Some really cool images were taken with the help of the photographer Linden Gledhill.
Check out the web site http://www.dentsulondon.com/blog/2010/09/28/sound-sculptures/ for more images on how this design was created.