Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

A Week of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

February 28th, 2011


The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany had some of the greatest and most memorable graphic design of the 20th century. The pieces shown here throughout the week were all designed by Otl Aicher, an outstanding German graphic designer. Besides the work done for the games he also worked on the corporate branding for Lufthansa Airlines in 1969 as well as designed the “M” logo of the Munich Airport.

Tune in this post each day of the week or the front page of the blog to get the latest post.

Day 1: Brochures
Day 2: Ticket passes
Day 3: Matchboxes
Day 4: Posters
Day 5: Bulletin Print Publication

Design by Face

February 18th, 2011


Here we have some of the work of Face, a Mexico-based agency. I came across these pieces via Cosas Visuales—another great design resource—and also a while back on Designspiration. Speaking of which, a few of the designers from Face are actually registered users on the site.

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The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design

February 11th, 2011







Late last year I stopped by Design Within Reach to check out one of these beauties. Talk about a chair sent straight out of heaven! Not only was I blown away by the comfort, but also by how well designed it is. In this book it really shows the Eames Lounger as a timeless beauty and the stories behind it.

In the book Charles Eames is asked to explain the chair. One of his quotes was that the chair needs to have “the warm receptive look of a well-worn first baseman’s mitt.” This to me is really what an older Eames lounger resembles and of course with some things, they just get better with age.

The book is definitely worth checking out and can be purchased through Amazon. More information about the book below:

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design, by Pat Kirkham,
Thomas Hine, David Hanks, Martin Eidelberg, Hardcover
Published by, BIS Publishers
ISBN: 9789063691356

Found on the Daily Icon

Work from Matthijs van Leeuwen

January 28th, 2011




It has been an absolute pleasure sifting through portfolio after portfolio when giving out invitations to Designspiration because I know eventually I’ll stumble across gems like here. These two projects were by Matthijs van Leeuwen; they stood out immediately because of the nicely set bold type. The first project here was a book design for those who attended the Dutch Democratic Party D66 brainstorm-dinners. I’m unsure of exactly what D66 is, but I’d definitely snatch up this piece if it were given out.

Hit the jump to check out a second project: an annual report for Brunel in 2008. Once again an interesting treatment of the type across the spread.

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Basle Film Festival Identity

January 19th, 2011








Seeing projects like this Basle Film Festival identity really get me excited for the possibilities of analog projections in my own projects. The creators of this project, Andreas Hidber (art direction) and Laurent Rueff (photographer) used a Nikon FA for the projection by removing the back of it and inserting previously developed slide film that contained the logo that you see on the wall.

To project through the camera onto the wall they used a flash pointed into the back of the camera while shooting on Bulb mode. This allowed them to keep the shutter open. In order to capture the projection they shot with a digital camera on the side. The most interesting part of this is that people aren’t likely or really able to view the projection.

Felice Varini Swiss Installation

January 17th, 2011






Felice Varini created this installation called “Cercle et suite d’éclats” in Vercorin, Switzerland. The installation itself is really impressive, but I’m still trying to reel in how they managed to project the light from a distance onto the houses.

Via Today and Tomorrow

Paul Sieka Illustration

January 12th, 2011



It’s a shame I wasn’t able to find more of this illustration work by Paul Sieka. This piece was done as a postcard announcing the relocation of a company. I really do enjoy the simplicity and the organic movement created by each shape.

Graphic Design of Mid-Century

January 7th, 2011






Graphic Design seems like it’s harder to categorize into mid-century modern so I’ve included a few pieces that are mid-century but not absolutely modern. I’m particularly fond of the lightbulb packaging. The color and typography of it is great—these images came Flickr.

See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 4: The Illustration

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The Interiors of Mid-Century Modern

January 4th, 2011







This second set of mid-century interiors also comes from a great collection via Flickr. Everyone of these interiors is just stunning. In the past I’ve said numerous times of how wonderful it feels to look back at this older design to see just how much of an influence it was on the present.

See Day 1: The Chairs
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 4: The Illustration
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

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The Chairs of Mid-Century Modern

January 3rd, 2011









It’s a new year and along with it comes a remarkable collection via Flickr from one my most-favorable categories: Mid-century Modern. These chairs come from the 50s, 60s, and 70s; while some lived on, a number fell by the wayside for obvious reasons.

Some of my favorites in this collection include the iconic Eero Aarnio Ball chair, Eames Molded Plywood chair and of course the Eames Lounge chair.

Which chair is your favorite?

See Day 2: The Interiors
See Day 3: The Architecture
See Day 4: The Illustration
See Day 5: The Graphic Design

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Deichmanske Library Identity

December 28th, 2010







Mikael Floysand completed this project for the Deichmanske Library as a final exam while at Westerdals School of Communication. The project included identity, promotional and editorial design.

The library’s goal is to become one of the most modern and functional libraries in Europe by combining the old library tradition with new digital media advancements. It will also function as a cultural institution, housing concerts, a café/bar, lectures & debates. The identity focuses on the many sides of the institution by building a brand that constantly evolves rather than being static, just as the library itself is supposed to.

The part I enjoy the most about this identity is that the logo is modular. It has more than just one form but when applied, it still is recognizable as the same/similar. Also the typefaces, color palette, and paper stock that were used give off a great european vintage vibe.

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