June 6th, 2012
Origami, Graphic Street Art

Some really cool and colourful Origami street art has been popping up in France. These are by the French artist Mademoiselle Maurice, she uses bright colour origami figures to create geometric and graphic shapes.

More of her paper designs can be viewed on her personal website, she also works in lace and other materials.

Via the website: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/


January 9th, 2012
Swiss Miss: The Power of Side Projects

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.


August 16th, 2011
Adobe Muse

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


August 2nd, 2011
Adobe Edge

With the advent of HTML 5, which we talked about here before, there is a lot of really cool things happening in website design and development. In order to keep up with trends Adobe have created Adobe Edge.

Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows web designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible.

Edge has great potential and it should take over Flash for simple to medium projects. However, a lot of people are saying they wouldn’t be surprised if it kills-off Flash in the long run.


July 20th, 2011
Letterpress Poster Design

Really nice video on the creation of a Letterpress poster.


July 15th, 2011
Poster Design and Graphics

We just love these posters for Coppélia. This is just a selection of 27 poster designs submitted to Pointe Blank, a new collaborative project created by Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Designers and Artists were invited to create original artwork based on the story of the ballet Coppélia. Great selection of posters, from pure typographic pieces to detailed illustrations. The posters were then put on display in an exhibition. It’s great to see this kind of thing happening and we look forward to more.


July 13th, 2011
HTML5. The new website standard

We’ve posted about HTML5 on here before. But what exactly is it? HTML5 is to become the new web standard, it greatly reduces the amount of code web-designers have to use when creating and structuring pages. Perhaps the biggest benefit to HTML5 is the fact that it can handle Video and Audio in the browser, so there’ll be no need for extra plug-ins.

With the inclusion of video in the browser this may do away with the need for Adobe Flash. Apple have already refused to use Flash plug-ins in its iOS, they say its due to the amount of resources it takes up. HTML5 should bring us rich media content to all our devices.

So there are plenty of new and exciting possibilities with HTML5. And with animation techniques also being introduced it’s hard to think that Adobe Flash will be around much longer in its current state. I imagine they will change the output settings, from the standard SWF to something more like Swiffy.

Swiffy is a Google Labs project created by Pieter Senster, who was an intern working on a small project to convert SWF files to HTML5. From this Swiffy was born and Pieter was hired to work on the project full time. Although at this point in time it is still in its infancy it will convert most SWF files, it has however got problems with some Flash content.

You can check out some demos of Swiffy in action on the Google Labs website here: http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/gallery.html

We tried it on our musical Stripeyhorse at homepage and it does work. The music worked too in Safari and Chrome but when we tried it on an iOS devise unfortunately it didn’t, However, Google have already said it doen’t support all kinds of sound files.

With the introduction of HTML5 I imagine a lot of websites are going to start using it and pushing it to its limits. I can see a lot of websites going down the route of the early flash adopters. When in the mid 90′s it seemed every website was Flash based even when it was very unnecessary to be. But we’re looking forward to seeing the developments and the crazy websites which will be published using HTML5.

We really like this website: http://nizoapp.com/ The site is for a new app called Nizo. Every element animates onto screen smoothly as the user scrolls down. All of it done with Java script, so no Flash required. It’s a very clever site, allowing the user to then grab and move any object on screen. It’s this kind of website which gets us excited about HTML5.

website design using HTML5

Other readings and links to HTML5 websites:






March 15th, 2011
Birmingham — The Beat Begins

Since Birmingham lost the City of Culture bid, it’s fair to say there’s been a bit of naval gazing going on. Why did it happen? What’s Derry got that we haven’t? Where has all this belly button fluff come from??

But maybe we’ve been looking at this all wrong. Maybe, we should be looking at why we missed out. And maybe the answer is because, in actual fact, we’re doing okay thanks very much. We’re not so down on our luck! Birmingham’s got a lot to offer after all, and particularly from its creative industries.

It seems though, that the message isn’t quite getting out there. And we’re not the first city to be in this dilemma …

Dublin for many years was really missing a hardcore creative design scene. Pockets of creativity subtly hammered away, keeping Irish design afloat with an understated presence. Thanks to the initiative of a few bright sparks however, things slowly started to change, and the results for Dublin were phenomenal.

First, Ireland stopped looking for answers externally and started looking inwards, for homegrown talent. With this change in perspective came a new attitude, and a common goal –If They Can Do It We Can Too! Eventually, a design community that was once scattered became insular. It only took a few steps to change the whole dynamic — a few small steps which snowballed and resulted in Dublin as it is today, a hub of design creativity.

The biggest change, yet arguably the smallest step, came with the introduction of CANDY magazine. Launched in 2005, its intention was to showcase Irish creativity to a worldwide audience. Using its own contributions while simultaneously drawing on the creative expertise and skills of new members, growth was rapid. Before long a vast creative community emerged, a cohesive powerhouse of talent and with it, an unprecedented level of global awareness. And that wasn’t all…

More creative events and forums followed: Sweettalk initiated seminars where heroes of the design industry shared their inspirations, their experiences and their expertise. Moving forward to collaborate with major brands such as Sony, Habitat and other retail goliaths, Sweettalksupported the design industry and encouraged creatives to get involved. Synth Eastwood,50×50, Shock’d, and talks at Electric Picnic followed, offering a huge variety of opportunities for creatives to meet, relax, drink, socialize and learn, in a friendly, supportive environment. The result of all this? Dublin, creatively speaking, is on the map.

Ireland has always been known for its unique vibe, with live bands in traditional pubs creating the atmosphere it’s become famous for. A short walk along the River Liffey and through Temple Bar with its street performers and musicians will leave you with the sense that it truly is a creative place to be. But now, alongside that traditional creative essence, it’s achieved status as a hotbed of design creativity. Take Offset for examplea weekend attracting inspirational speakers every year, bringing together the creative community through knowledge, open debate and inspiring stories of success. With an annual calendar of events that would make industry giants like London and Manchester blush, Dublin it seems has stamped its presence on the global creative industry. So what can Birmingham learn from that success, if anything?

Historically, Birmingham was at the helm of a global industrial revolution, a world leader of industry and technology. Perhaps that’s why Birmingham is sometimes overlooked for other cities — because the word isn’t quite out that we’ve evolved, that we’ve moved with the times. Birmingham is at the forefront of digital media, creative design, branding, social media — you name it, we can do it. And what’s more, we do it well.

The fact is, Birmingham is the city of choice for hundreds of creative agencies. In a highly competitive industry, Birmingham design agencies have honed into a slick movement of cutting edge creatives, offering commercially viable solutions that satisfy demand and exceed expectations, locally, nationally and globally.

Word is spreading. But how do we speed up the drumbeat on that grapevine? And is that what we can learn from places like Dublin? Interestingly, social media sites are seeing a new movement from Irish creatives — a red and white badge added to individual profiles simply stating in icons ‘love Irish arts’. It’s a small action, but the symbolic gesture is much more significant.

It would be good to see a stronger community here in the Midlands. Perhaps a merging of two well-known creative centres — the Jewellery Quarter and the Custard Factory — could really raise the flag for Birmingham’s creative industry. The opportunities are limitless.

We didn’t win the City of Culture bid because we’re already too advanced, we’ve got too much going for us! Now we just need to put those small steps in place that will make us become the big creative presence we know we can be.

This is an article we wrote for Created in Birmingham.
Visit the Created in Birmingham website for events happening in and around the city: http://www.createdinbirmingham.com


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February 10th, 2011
Stripeyhorse Creative at Zellig

A big thank you to Ian Moreton, a very talented illustrator, who wished us luck with our big move.

Check out more of his illustrations here: http://ianmoreton.blogspot.com/

Just 4 days until the big move to our new studio space in Zellig at the Custard Factory. The carpets are laid, the furniture’s on its way and the kettle will soon be on! And on top of all that our newly updated website will be going live soon so keep an eye out for it.


January 10th, 2011
Creative Calendar 2011. Graphic design

Join the Dots Graphic Calendar.

Typo-graphic Calendar 2011.

Song lyric calendar.

The Unraveling Calendar.

Every new year different graphic design agencies and artists produce their take on the coming year in the form of a calendar. 2011 is no exception, some fantastic new ideas and updated calendars that we love. Im a big fan of the Song lyric calendar, but really none of these would look out of place in a graphic design studio.

Found via the website www.holycool.net please visit that website for links and more images of these great 2011 Calendars.


January 6th, 2011
Dropmocks. Graphic design resource.

DropMocks couldn’t be easier. There is no signing in, the user simply drops there photos or mock ups of graphics and logos onto the nearly blank page in their browser. The images and graphics upload and form into a minimalist, left-to-right gallery. The viewer can navigate with their arrow keys or the file list in the upper-right corner. Really quick and simple way of sharing images and graphics with clients. Every graphic design agency will find this a useful resource.


January 3rd, 2011
GVA Studio.

Really love the graphic design being produced by GVA Studio. GVA Studio are a graphic design agency based in Switzerland, established in 2004, they are a creative agency that work on a broad range of private and institutional clients. ’We at GVA Studio take pleasure letting the most basic things that surround us capture our imagination. With no preconceived restrictions and with a confidence that uncovering what is hidden beneath will bring us a certain pleasure. Our team makes up for its small size by opening its doors to others. Our pleasure to create. Your pleasure to enjoy.’

The above posters are taken from their personal work entitled ‘Music Cover Inspired’. They are graphic designers who put a lot of time and effort into their personal work and personal design projects. Personal projects really do help develop a design agency and free up their creativity. And its definitely something we want to start developing for ourselves too.

For more work by GVA visit their website http://gvastudio.com


November 19th, 2010
Chase Jarvis. Creative

Interesting video on Being Creative.


November 15th, 2010
Up There. Advertising


A very interesting video by Jon. He wrote this documentary along with his friends Malcolm and Christine, as part of The Ritual Project sponsored by Stella Artois. It follows, and tells the story of advertising hand painters in big cities. This is definitely a craft which is disappearing over time due to new printing techniques. Whis I think is a real pity. I do not understand why advertisers do not use hand painted posters anymore. I believe, as the hand painted adverts take so long to create, everyone can appreciate them being there. I believe they become part of the culture and heart of a particular city, or district within a city. When these graphics become part of the city people do not want to see them go or being repainted over. A good alternative, though, are vinyl or paper banners offered by 1daybanner.com.

A recent post on Vandalog, a blog for graphic street artists hit on a similar point. “As most of you may know, one of Roa‘s beloved works in East London is facing removal after the owners of the building were told they have 14 days to remove it or the Council will. The whole ordeal is a bit ridiculous, since the Hackney Council is calling the piece a “blight on the environment”even though the owners the building gave the artist permission to paint int he first place. An online petition is going on to save the work and pretty much tell the Council to back off. ”

Although both forms of graphics are different it still highlights the fact that the people where these graphics have been painted do get attached to them. And the public would be sad to see them disappear. I for one would love to see more advertising and painting like this around Birmingham.

Check out the Vandalog website here http://blog.vandalog.com/

Video found via the website Advertisers Anonymous


November 9th, 2010
graphic design worlds.

In January 2011, the Triennale Design Museum will present Graphic Design Worlds the first major exhibition totally devoted to graphic design. This should be a very interesting exhibition as it will be asking some very interesting questions. Questions like what is graphic design? and how do you read graphic design? There will be other interesting topics in question too, such as how do graphic designers participate or change the world around them.

Over thirty graphic designers will show their worlds and present their approaches to the world, exemplifying a variety of possible routes, languages, attitudes. What these designers share is a critical awareness of graphic design and of their position as graphic designers. Besides international names, there will be Italian designers and teams that have entered the profession in the new millennium.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of the book Graphic Design Worlds, edited by Giorgio Camuffo and Maddalena Dalla Mura, published by Electa. The book, bilingual (Italian and English), will offer a critical reflection on the issues that have fostered the exhibition, through the voice of renowned scholars, critics, and the designers themselves.

Check out the exhibition website here http://www.triennaledesignmuseum.it/adiaryofanexhibition/graphic-design-worlds/

Found via the website http://www.manystuff.org/?p=9087


November 9th, 2010
the making of acorde. type design

Really interesting post about the design process of developing a new font. This font is called Acorde and was designed by Stefan Willerstorfer. This font has been in development for five years and according to its designer “it is a reliable workhorse for large, demanding design projects. The typeface’s name is derived from a corporate design typeface. However, Acorde is not only suitable for corporate design programmes but for information design and editorial design too”. The font consists of 14 different styles with 925 glyphs designed for each set.

Go to the website http://ilovetypography to read more about the development of this type design. I would love to use it one day in some graphic work.


November 7th, 2010
laptop bags.

Some really cool laptop bags available to buy. Any graphics student would be happy to get their hands on one of these. These laptop bag designs come from By Threads and are available to buy from their website http://wwww.bythreads.com.

Found via the Behance website


November 6th, 2010
design and the business world.

Peter Lawrence discusses design and how important good graphic design is to your business. Peter thought that the best possible contribution to graphic design he could make was to convince corporate executives that design makes a substantial impact to the bottom line, and it’s the difference between a good business and a great business. He raises some really great points, and discusses multi-disciplinary courses. These courses put business students and graphic designers together for both to get a better understanding of the other’s course and the qualities they can bring to business.

The video is number 1 of a series created by Teknion, called Design Does Matter.

Found via the swissmiss website


October 29th, 2010
occupation mugs.

Some nice designed mugs. These mugs were designed by Designers Anonymous. They can be bought from this shop. I wonder what a mug by designers for designers would look like, apart from using Helvetica…