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.

 

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…

 

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 21st, 2011
The Beatles & Apple

We are sure most of you seen this. But we really like it, its a nice clean animation for the Beatles on the Apple iTunes store.

Found via the Apple website

 

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

 

July 8th, 2011
Graphic Design Course

Here is a brilliant motion graphics piece. It beautifully illustrates what the college does, who their target market is, and speaks to them through different media. Motion graphics, stop motion and live footage are all combined to create a captivating piece.

 

May 23rd, 2011
Top Five Tips to getting the most from your website…

We’ve been pretty busy here at Stripeyhorse Creative, creating a branding package for an exciting new social enterprise and helping some Birmingham-based charities with their online marketing and print design. But we still found time to enjoy the Royal Wedding!

We also decided to put together some handy hints to help you dust the cobwebs from your online presence. Check whether you’re at the head of the pack, with the following top tips!

Image

The average user spends 7 seconds on your home page before clicking away. With such a short amount of time, it’s important to make sure your website creates a fantastic impression! Don’t be afraid of being bright, bold and different. More importantly, differentiate yourself from the competition!

Layout

How’s your website looking at a glance – is everything in the right place? An attractive, aesthetic layout means your site is easy on the eye and inviting. Combine colour, font and copy to create a dynamic user experience. And if you can help it, avoid pop up banners or too much flash – they’ll make your users click away in the blink of an eye!

Navigation

Make sure your site creates a great experience by maintaining excellent functionality. Have a visible, accessible navigation bar. Once you’ve succeeded in driving traffic to your site, don’t lose at the last hurdle because of broken links! These simple techniques will mean users can navigate your site with ease, paying attention to everything you offer!

Copywriting

Think about how the way you sound helps you connect with your target market. Is your tone of voice conversational or corporate? Which do you think users will respond most positively to? And always double check your spelling and grammar, especially on your home page!

Have a Blog!

Putting interesting articles or images on your blog will stimulate interest and help to drive traffic to your site! Linking your blog to other forms of social media will also help raise awareness and visibility. Incorporating keywords will aid organic SEO! In a nutshell, blogging is a supertool for your website!

Remember, your website should work as a tool, helping your business grow and become more profitable. If you have any questions give us a call or drop us an email.

Watch out for more juicy tips in our next blog, where we’ll be giving you advice to make sure your website is working as hard as it can for you and your business, from behind-the-scenes!

 

May 9th, 2011
Motion Graphics.

We really love this new advert for the Bacardi brand by Johnny Kelly. He has worked with some big brand names in the past, including Google, which we posted on here before.

The concept of this advert is to encourage people to ditch technology and get together over a drink or two. We just love this, the music, the voice-over it just works together so well. Looking forward to see what he produces for other brands!

Via the website: http://alwaysreadthesmallprint.com

 

April 5th, 2011
Just in Time.

A book printed through a printing chain made of four desktop printers using four different colors and technologies dated from 1880 to 1976.

Check out more images from this project here: http://www.xavierantin.fr/archive/Just-In-Time/

Found via the website: http://inspire.2ia.pl

 

March 30th, 2011
Wim Crouwel

The Wim Crouwel retrospective A graphic Odyssey at the Design Museum London is starting today. It runs from the 30th of march to the 3rd of July, and is the first exhibition of his graphic work to take place in the UK. Crouwel is regarded as one of the leading designers of the 20th century, his typographic work embraced a new modernity. He perfectly captured the emerging computer age of the 1960′s.

“This exhibition will cover Crouwel’s rigorous design approach and key moments in his career including his work for design practice Total Design, the identity for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam”—Design Museum

In anticipation of the event there has been some great work coming from the creative design agencies. From the top — Michael C Place the Creative Director of Build designed this graphic poster inspired by Crowels work. Tony Brook of Spin, who also curated the exhibition, designed posters featuring Crowel’s fonts. There has also been a beautiful Catalogue designed to mark the event. Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy, the book is packed with Crouwel’s posters, catalogues, documents, manuals – even his stamps and personal photographs.

Having attended a talk by him some years ago in Dublin this is a show I dont want to miss.

Check out these websites for more information:
http://www.uniteditions.com/shop/inspired-by-wim-crouwel-a-poster-by-build

http://visuelle.co.uk/

http://www.uniteditions.com/shop/wim-crouwel-catalogue-cover-no1-unit-04

 

March 16th, 2011
Hey Days. Graphic design studio

Some really nice work coming from Heydays, an Oslo-based design studio. Their work includes corporate identities, books, magazines, and websites. The Grip logo and branding design looks great.

Check out their website here: http://heydays.info/#

Found via: http://www.septemberindustry.co.uk

 

March 11th, 2011
Graphic Design and Branding Agency

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

 

March 9th, 2011
Luff. Underground film festival

Just love these images by Demian Conrad, for the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival. He created a lot for this festival, from postcards and posters to banners.

Check out more of his work here: http://www.demianconrad.com

Found via http://swisslegacy.com/

 

February 17th, 2011
We are social

One of our New Year Resolutions was to become more social.

We have done just that. You can now follow us on Twitter: @stripeyhorseUK and on Facebook: Stripeyhorse Creative

 

February 12th, 2011
Everything is a Remix

Kirby Ferguson produced this short film entitled Everything is a Remix. There are some really interesting facts throughout, the connection between Led Zeppelin and William Burroughs being just one.

Is graphic design a remix? There is certainly a lot of ideas and different styles which recur again and again. The graphic design style of the Russian Constructivist was one such movement which seems to resurface every few years. I previously did a lot of research into this re-emergince of Constructivist graphics which you can read here: http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.co.uk

For more information on Everything is a Remix project head over to the website: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/

 

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 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 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 7th, 2011
Dribbble Vs AIGA

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/