June 29th, 2012
New logo design for British Gymnastics

We really like the new logo design for British Gymnastics. Using bright bold colourful graphics the swirls track the motion of a gymnast.
There is also a video that accompanies the logo design, check it out on our facebook page.

Via the Creative Review website

And strangely enough in the comments someone has linked to this website, the go to wall for in-situ visuals.

 

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/

 

April 18th, 2012
Astronomically Good Branding?

La Lune Ice Cream is wowing America with the launch of its ‘divine sin’ branding. This healthier option, with a core ingredient of goats milk, decided early on that the animal element would feature on the ‘dark side’ of the packaging. With that less glamorous element out of the way, La Lune is free to promote some of its powerful brand values – mystery, prestige and hedonism.

Free from chemical additives and antibiotics, it’s a healthier alternative to conventional ice cream. And with fully recycled packaging and transparent nutritional information, we’re too impressed to let it ‘melt’ away without a mention…

 

March 12th, 2012
We Love Offset!

We are just back from attending Offset in Dublin, it was a great weekend packed with lots of creative inspiration. Creatives and graphic designers from all over the world converged in Dublin for the three day event.

This was the third Offset event to happen in Dublin, and whatever style of design or illustration you like there was plenty of eye-candy and inspiring speakers to make you want more!

Some of the big highlights for us included Stefan Sagmeister (New York based Graphic Designer), Shepard Fairey (American Graphic Designer and Illustrator), Jessica Hische (American letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat), Michael Bierut (Graphic Designer), Von (Illustrator), Andrew Essex (Advertising) and not forgetting Dublins own Connor & David (Graphic Designers, Dublin) and Johnny Kelly (advertising, short films).

Each designer gave great insight into how they approach their work, what the design thinking and the creative process was behind some very memorable pieces. Other speakers were just great to see, Friends With You gave us all a treat when some of their characters made an appearance on stage… they also made us dance!

One of the better Q&A sessions was Stefan Sagmeister being interviewed by Ciarán ÓGaora of Zero-G (Graphic design agency, Dublin), where they discussed where the line between art and design lies. Stefan also gave us a little bit more of an insight into a new movie he has been working on.

This is definitely an event every designer should look out for! Not sure how they will top this one, but we are already looking forward to the next event!

 

February 20th, 2012
Branding the Red Cross

Red cross logo design

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.

 

February 13th, 2012
Cabinet of Dreams

graphic design window display

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

 

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.

 

December 23rd, 2011
Its Christmas!

 

December 19th, 2011
Banksy’ Cardinal Sin

banksy sculpture design

Banksy has given the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool an early Christmas present of a new sculpture. The piece titled Cardinal Sin is a comment on the scandals that hit the Church along with the subsequent cover–ups.

Banksy had sawn off the face of an 18th Century replica stone bust and replaced it with bathroom tiles, in order to replicate the pixilation newspapers use to protect identities.

“It’s a huge coup and we are sure his work will spark a reaction with visitors.” said Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool.

Banksy requested that the piece be put on display alongside the art galleries period collection.

Via the Guardian website.

We have posted more about Banksy here.

 

December 14th, 2011
Tangerine Tango the colour for 2012

Tangerine tango the graphic design colour for 2012

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

 

December 12th, 2011
Millions and millions of dots

Yes we have been bad of late, with not posting cool graphic design on here, but we will be better. For now check this video out! Pretty unbelievable, I dont know too much about the artist except he has a lot of patience! Great little motion design!

Found via the 9gag website

 

October 18th, 2011
Tintin.

The new Tintin movie really pushes the boundaries of computer animation and 3D special effects, but we really love this graphic intro by James Curran. The unofficial title sequence features scenes from each of the 24 books. An excellent use of colour and smooth animation throughout it is well worth a look.

 

September 15th, 2011
Pivot Dublin

Dublin has recently been named one of three capital cities to be considered for the World Design Capital 2014. This is an accolade any great city would love to have, and there was great competition from over 50 cities including Cape Town and Bilbao who were also shortlisted.

So what was it about Dublin that made it stand out, against bigger, and I am sure some would say, more creative cities? We have talked about Dublin City on here before in an article we wrote for Created in Birmingham, and the creative atmosphere Dublin has, which is unique to the city. But of course the World Design Capital committee look at much more than just Graphic Design, the awarded city must have a deeper understanding of how design can enrich peoples lives. And this is what the Pivot Dublin bid showcases, looking at four distinct areas: Connecting Cities, Making Cities Lighter, Making Cities Flow and Making Cities Smile.

There are many great stories and articles on the Pivot Dublin website about how design has enriched and enhanced the lives of the people of Dublin. One such story is of the library in Blanchardstown, the jury saw an exhibition which explained how the Local authority was using the quality of the design of its public buildings to raise awareness and expectation that design quality mattered. Marguerite Murphy explained that 1800 people a day used Blanchardstown Library, and a queing system had to be put in place.

The Jury also visited The Grand Canal Square and Theatre, home to among other things the Offset festival. Offset is a must see for any design agency in Dublin, it gathers the biggest names in the design world for three days of events and talks. The orgainsers of the festival discussed how this self financed project came about.

The WDC will come to a decision as to what Capital city wins WDC 2014 in October, we think Dublin has a huge chance of winning this. It is a city that thrives on creativity and design.

Dublin graphic design agency

graphic design dublin books


Offset 2012 takes place on the 9–11th March in Dublin City Center.

The Pivot Dublin website has a lot more information on how Dublin was selected and what they plan on doing for 2014.

Check out the Offset website here: http://www.iloveoffset.com/

Check out the Pivot Dublin website here: http://www.pivotdublin.com/

 

September 8th, 2011
Typo London

Design agency talks and events

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.

 

September 7th, 2011
Chipotle Mexican Grill

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.

Via the Creative Review 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:
http://muse.adobe.com/

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.

 

August 1st, 2011
Design studio mate

Say hello to our new design studio mate. I think we have just named him Frank.

Huge thanks to Lisa and all at Inkygoodness. We will give him a good home.

 

July 20th, 2011
Totem Love at Zellig!

graphic art at zellig in the Custard Factory

We are really looking forward to the Character Totem homecoming show tomorrow night (27th of July 2011) in Zellig at the Custard Factory. We got to have a quick look yesterday morning before set up was finished and it is already looking great! We have never seen so much colour in one exhibition.

It promises to be a great night with live music, live drawing, stalls and beer! What more can you ask for?

The show itself is brought to us by Inkygoodness, after a successful trip to Berlin, they wanted to bring it home. The Inkygoodness mission is to showcase new and emerging talent in illustration, character design and lowbrow art. They have been organising shows since 2008, having a number of events across the UK. Most recently Berlin; debuting their first international exhibition as part of the Pictoplasma Character Walk earlier this year.

Tomorrow night will also be the launch of Issue 7 of AMMO magazine. So make sure you come down, join in and have a drink!

Check out more from Inkygoodness on their website: http://inkygoodness.com

 

July 20th, 2011
Letterpress Poster Design

Really nice video on the creation of a Letterpress poster.