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Vintage Inspired Ogami Notebooks

November 13th, 2011





These vintage/international style inspired notebooks are beautiful. I’d love to get my hands on a set. Here are a few words from the creator:

Officemilano with Paul Frello Quotes Online has created a collection of notebooks REPAP feature a vintage-inspired graphics to the international style associated with a citation.

Lufthansa Airlines Cabin Label

November 9th, 2011


Great design has function and this Lufthansa Airlines label, meets that mark. To this day I can’t recall a more elegant, simple label. The use of Helvetica is absolutely beautiful. The design of this label is credited to Otl Aicher. Thanks to Wallace Henning for finding it.

Mekkanika Experimental Typeface

November 7th, 2011



Mekkanika is a typeface inspired by old mechanics technical drawings and modern machinery, mixed and merged together to form letters. The typeface is originally based on the letterform shapes of DIN Alternate Black. Riccardo Sabatini, the creator Mekkanika, also provides a soundtrack that gives this typeface more mechanical life.

Also found on This is Collosal

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Misc Design Ephemera

October 24th, 2011





These four images via Flickr have been on my desktop for a while as inspiration. More similar design work coming in a follow up post.

Walstrom House by John Lautner

October 13th, 2011



John Lautner was a California based architect that built very inspiring public buildings and private residences. The Walstrom house was constructed in 1969 into the side of a hill in the Santa Monica mountains just outside of Los Angeles. My main interest in this home is of course the use of wood, but also the asymmetrical structure.

Photos by Jon Buono

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Vintage Philiform Ephemera

October 10th, 2011



The sheer design of these mid-century Philiform packages makes me want to tear up. The visual weights between the typography and shapes were beautifully combined. You just don’t get these combos any more. I remember seeing a similar box growing up—could have been Philiform—but unfortunately it was too long ago to recover the full memory.

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New York City Map Overhaul Explained

September 16th, 2011


As we know very well, Massimo Vignelli’s version of the NY Subway map is one of the more well known versions. In this old article by the New York Times, more versions of the maps are discussed: goals, colors, shapes. Hit the jump to view the different map versions.

Read the article here and visuals here.

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Supergraphics by Jean Philippe Lenclos

September 14th, 2011



Jean Philippe Lenclos was a young French man born in 1938. During his travels he became very interested in symbolism and color theory which led to him writing a theory based on the Geography of Color. In an interview in the book Supergraphics, which I suggest buying from Unit Editions, he talks about the differences in the appreciation of color and the use in changing consumers’ behavior.

The work of Lenclos is very intriguing to me. Something amidst the lines and geometric shapes lies the honesty in his design.

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Belgian Design from Paul Ibou

September 7th, 2011



Paul Ibou was a great Belgian graphic designer who studied at the Royal Academy in Antwerp. In 1961, at age 23, he began working as a freelance designer under the pseudonym Ibou. The term Ibou meant “inventive book designer and publisher”. Also, in French Ibou also meant “owl” which initiated the beginnings of his large collection of owl symbols.

Found via Aisle One

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Photographer Hengki Koentjoro

August 29th, 2011








Hengki Koentjoro is an extraordinary photographer from Indonesia that claims “Amateur” status according to his portfolio. I’d hope he changes that because he is legions ahead of most professional photographers. Hengki shoots with a Nikon D700 and Canon 5d Mark II alongside a 120 film camera.

Twitter Background UI Photoshop PSD

August 28th, 2011

Updating your Twitter profile live is silly. Change, save, refresh. Change, save, refresh. After searching thoroughly for an alternative to editing live, it was clear that there weren’t any great solutions or intentions by anyone to create a pixel-perfect template for anyone to use. Not to mention, a template that would stay up-to-date as the website evolved.

This PSD includes grouped elements by name respective of their location in the html of Twitter.com. The profile images utilize smart objects to ease the pain of changing images. Update the image once and it will proportionally scale the images across the whole PSD.

This template was built closely to Twitter’s current layout as of August 2011. You can download this template below. Please share the PSD with others. Hope this template makes mocking up your profile a lot easier, enjoy!

Version 1.2 PSD update changes:
• Added Twitter’s new “Recent Images” section to sidebar of profile
• Updated alignments of “Similar to you” section

Version 1.1 PSD update changes:
• Profile image uses smart objects: replace once and changes all in psd (Update thanks to Scott Benish)
• Added Verified badge icon to PSD

Twitter UI Photoshop Psd (4.9 MB) | Version 1.2 Last updated on August 28th, 2011

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Beautiful Vintage Packaging Part 2

August 24th, 2011



This is the second post of beautiful vintage packaging this week. Still hard to believe and a shame that this is a dying breed of design. These pieces were found on Tom Crabtree’s photostream.

Remember to View the rest after the jump.

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