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.
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/
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.
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
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
You’d be forgiven for not knowing firsthand who Dieter Rams is. But with Apple about to make an announcement on its latest designs, it’s clear he has a very important fan: someone who put the queues outside Apple stores and created the kind of brand loyalty that makes their openings seem like evangelical congregations.
Who is this fan? Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design.
For Ive, Rams is a huge inspiration, remaining “utterly alone in producing a body of work so consistently beautiful, so right and so accessible”. Coming from the heady pantheons of Apple’s elite, that’s praise indeed. But what exactly did Dieter Rams do to deserve such praise?
Best known for his range of Braun gadgets, Rams creates “bold, pure, perfectly-proportioned, coherent and effortless” product design, according to Jony Ives. Product design that is “perfectly considered and completely appropriate”. Now, as the subject of a new book, Rams writes for the first time about Apple – one of the few companies that, in his words, understands ‘the power of good design’.
Interestingly, Rams believes that such success is borne out of a close relationship between entrepreneur and head of design – something he experienced at Braun and that Jony Ive has with Steve Jobs. For the creative industries, this is a valuable insight – the best projects are always the ones that grow from long term relationships, with mutual respect and understanding of long term goals.
A lone voice with its unique product design, Apple’s success is likened by Rams to the ration queues experienced during World War II. And with new products on the way, we’d better prepare for the peal of those sirens.
Check out this link for the original article: http://j.mp/mSrp4d
A great time-lapse video of D*Face creating a mural for his recent ‘Going Nowhere Fast’ exhibition.
Found via the website: http://alwaysreadthesmallprint.com
Push Pop Press is a new publishing platform for iOS devices. It helps users develop books rich and deep in content, full of text, images, interactive graphics, sound and touch. It makes publishing easy to do, the user does not need to have knowledge of coding and software development. The first title to take advantage of the Push Pop Press software is Al Gore’s “Our Choice”, the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.
Push Pop Press is a new brand which aims to bring a new dimension to the e-book platform, adding high-end graphics to the largely unadorned text. They will come up against some big name brand competition also, such as Adobe, who have a huge percent of the e-book and magazine platform. This new way of branding and creating books looks great. Full of interactivity and fun I am sure Push Pop Press will take off in a big way. Watch out for more titles on their website here: http://pushpoppress.com/
Buy it from iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com
Found via Twitter: @movingbrands @wired
Also on the website: http://www.wired.com
Are you showing your true colours?
As brand experts, we think colour is pretty vital to how your business is viewed. Take a look at Coke, for example — that specific shade of red has been associated with the Coke brand for decades. To change it now would have far-reaching results, affecting brand recognition as well as brand loyalty. But why is it so important?
We came across this article on Idsgn about food colouring. It shows just how much colour can change how customers and clients view you and your business.
During an experiment, participants were given a well-known snack — one portion loaded with food colouring, the other without — but both with identical flavouring and ingredients. The outcome? Participants found the naked food tasted “bland” and wasn’t “much fun to eat”. According to Professor Brian Wansink from Cornell, even though the un-dyed food was identical in taste and texture, the lack of colouring meant “their fingers did not turn orange” and “their brains did not register much cheese flavour”.
So if colour can mentally affect how we taste, and our perception of how something should taste, just imagine what colour is doing for your brand. Is colour working for you or against? Are customers going to competitors simply because they prefer their brand colours over yours? The Twitter logo was green before it was blue (check it out below) – how has this change of colour affected their brand? Would you have signed up to their old website without their corporate brand blue? And what if Coke was no longer brown — would you still want to drink it?
For further reading about the colour used in food and how it can affect us, both emotionally and physically, check out the rest of the article here: http://idsgn.org/
Pretty interesting clip, using analogue techniques to achieve digital effects. Dark Matters created this simply using strings and nails.
Awesome series of images from Via Grafik. A graphic design and art agency based in Germany. The black blocks look so solid yet they seem to float, as if filled with helium. They look almost like Tetris blocks about to fall. Great work, this installation piece was created for Names festival in Praha.
Found via the website: http://thefoxisblack.com
Check out mor art work by Via Grafik on their own website.
Dezeen have uploaded an interview with Wim Crouwel onto their Vimeo Channel. Be sure to check out both parts.
We really like these subversive road signs and branding projects coming from TrustoCorp. Great graphic style and really creative outcomes. Although not much is known about TrustoCorp, we do know he/she/they are based in New York. They are “dedicated to highlighting the hyporcrisy and hilarity of human behaviour through sarcasm and satire.” TrustoCorp also place their rebranded goods in to stores under the noses of their unsuspecting proprietors.
Check out the website.
Pretty amazing images of ghosts. Captured using new graphic techniques, these images are part of the 12:31 project. The story goes in 1993 a convicted murderer was executed, his body was given to science, segmented and photographed for medical research. In 2011 this project aims to put his body back together.
Check out the 12:31 project website for more information. And to see how they captured these images: http://www.project1231.com
Check out the website.
To start in Munich then Berlin, BMW and Sixt AG, have created an innovative new car sharing venture. The two companies intend to join forces in offering a modern mobility concept under the brand-name DriveNow. Cars dotted around the city can be found using smart phones and laptops.
The user can then book a car, or if one is free jump in there and then. The car is unlocked using a registered driving licence and a special code. The user can then drop the car off wherever they want as there are now parking charges.
“The BMW Group will be offering DriveNow under the new sub-trademark BMW i, which stands for innovative mobility services and which will reinforce the position of the original BMW brand as a sustainable and forward-looking brand.”
Its great to see such a big brand as BMW really think of new and innovative ways to make life easier for commuters. Both the product and the brand have global appeal. By the year 2020, the plan is for DriveNow to have one million members worldwide. All the cars are easily recognisable with the DriveNow logo and branding.
Found via the website: http://unconsumption.tumblr.com/
You can read more about the project here: http://www.bmwblog.com
We like our branding, we like our stripeyhorses, we like our zebras and we love these images! As we said before we like to MIX IT UP.
These images are from the C.A.V.E Gallery. Found via the website: http://www.woostercollective.com
We have posted about the design work by JR before. We really like the images he creates, he has got a really great style.
Found via the website: http://www.woostercollective.com
Some really nice illustrations by Señor Salme. I really like his graphic style, the spacemen look great. On his blog he goes through the creation of the rooster illustration and gives us an insight into his extraordinary process.
Check out his process on his blog here: http://www.srsalme.com/blog.php
Year of the Rabbit by Frater films. Frater is Benji Davies and Jim Field, who create work for promos, short films and commercials. This short is a very graphic piece, black and white throughout, with plenty of humour. Check out some more of their animations on their website and Vimeo channel.
Really cool illustrations by Dan Hipp. Really great style, really nice use of colour, and a good sense of humour which comes across in his work. Great all round graphic style, love the detail and his subject matter.
Check out more of Dans work on his website: http://mrhipp.blogspot.com/
Found via the website: http://abduzeedo.com