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Beautiful Vintage Packaging

August 22nd, 2011



Gold strike! It’s very hard to believe that this older, more beautiful design has fallen by the wayside. Also it is entirely unfortunate that there are a very few amount of designers today that still produce respectable results similar to the pieces shown here. Some of the pieces were for Graphis, but some are unknown. If you know, the original designers or sources let us know. Take a moment or several moments, and soak up these amazing pieces brought to us by Tom Crabtree.

Make sure to view the rest of the designs after the jump—they only get better!

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Braun Product Collection

August 22nd, 2011




Das Programm has a great collection of Braun products for your viewing pleasure. Das Programm actually sells some of the items that are on the site with the purpose of closing the gap between the ownership of such desirable design.

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More Vintage Counter-Print Covers

August 17th, 2011




After sifting through more images from the Counter Print photostream, this collection arose. The purity and clear design of these book covers makes me want to own each of these.

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Counter-Print Collection

August 16th, 2011



More beautiful covers collected by Counter Print of hard to find or out of print books. The first two here are my favorite because of the typography. The leading of the multi-line covers compliments the imagery perfectly.

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Ducats 1980s Milk Packaging

August 9th, 2011


This is the packaging that I wish I could see in my refrigerator every morning. I don’t wish I had it as a child because then it would just be another thing that I didn’t appreciate until later in life—I wish I had it now. Put that packaging on anything and you have my attention. I would pay good money for one of these packages, hell I’d trade you an iPhone for one. It just makes me sad to know that the chance of this ever happening again in the mainstream is slim to never.

Found on Re:collection

John Jay of Wieden Kennedy Talks Creativity

August 8th, 2011

YouTube Preview ImageJohn Jay of Wieden + Kennedy was recently named one of the most creative business people in 2011 by Fast Company. His position as W+K’s executive creative director takes him between all of the W+K offices in an effort to breed those cultures into the main headquarters in Portland.

In this video John Jay talks about his creative process. He takes a step back and approaches his interpretation of process from a wise view. What I’ve drawn mostly from this is that it’s about conversation. Most importantly it’s about listening to what people have to say and then taking that to make it relative and understandable to other people.

The last thing that I’ve drawn from this that I agree with is that you should always place yourself around people that you aspire to be. It’s really about surrounding yourself with positive energy. It sounds cheesy but it makes a world of difference.

The greatest thing we can offer is to be great listeners.

The Making of a Neon Coca-Cola Sign

August 2nd, 2011



The work that went into this neon Coca Cola sign is amazing. It was designed and built for Piccadilly Circus in 1954. Seeing the craftsmanship of these old neon signs makes me really appreciate just how easy it create vector-based files nowadays. Long live any remaining signs as beautiful as this one was.

Found on Creative Review

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Modern St. Helena Home in California

August 2nd, 2011



Architecture firm Butler Armsden designed this large modern home in St. Helena, Napa Valley, California. The home was designed for a retired couple seeking peace in retirement—something we all could use. The part that I find most enjoyable is that it is isolated from nearby houses and the street. What a perfect seclusion for taking an early morning dive into the pool.

Found on Freshhome

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Why every website should have Keyboard Navigation

July 20th, 2011


After reviewing nearly 2000 portfolios this year, I came to the conclusion that there was one thing missing on most of them——keyboard navigation. After spending over a year working on a project and forging an experience that fully utilizes the keyboard, I started to seriously question why it hasn’t been used more. It truly should be used on nearly every site because it is a necessary feature for every interactive web experience. So why aren’t the majority of interactive designers and builders using it? Are they intimidated when dealing with the keyboard, perhaps are they unaware of its potential or maybe even so concerned about budget constraints that it gets left off? It could really be any of those things and I’m open to hear your thoughts.

To show where I’m coming from and the magnitude of websites lacking the use go to any website right now. Tap the keyboard or hit your arrow keys. Was the result just crickets or do you need further proof? Try searching “design portfolio” in Google. Not one of the sites on the first two pages of results use keyboard navigation in any form.

So why aren’t more people utilizing it?

Accounting for the why is tricky. Though if I were to guess based on experience in questioning developers and usability testing it would be because of a lack of time, effort and the concern that the keyboard would need to be used at some point. The truth behind the last part is that yes a user may need to use the keyboard, but only a very small percentage of the time. Two examples of those type of actions would be typing in a form or using shortcuts. The solution is to simply disable the keyboard nav while in form fields and not override necessary shortcuts (e.g.. cmd + c, cmd + z, etc).

When should it be used and why?

The answer I want to say is always. However, there are some circumstances where it might not be necessary—very slim. When you have sites that require you to click and drag to scroll or have pages and pages of content, why not give the user the ability to skip to each pane or project. If instead you require the user to perform a second action of clicking then you may be making things more difficult. Sure you want the drag to be part of the experience, but keep in mind that the more unnecessary friction you add to each interaction the higher their disinterest meter will go.

Designspiration is the perfect example of taking a “dead” keyboard and pumping it full of life. Short cuts on the site include a fully functional a-z and 0-9 live search function that can be activated by simply typing at any time. Equally as important is the ability to use the arrow keys in the way that they should be: smart pagination between result sets, smart paging within result sets and smart scroll viewing.

Other solid examples of the keyboard in use are The Bullitt Agency, Hugo & Marie and Thinking For a Living.

As we move forward with progressing our interactive experiences, we should be sitting down to really think about the feature sets needed to attain complete site usability. Also working out solutions for how the user uses keyboard events could mean a world of difference to their resulting experience. Your users are friends, be nice and easy on them.

1960s & 1970s Vintage Packaging

July 14th, 2011





There are a few things that I’d love to see revived in this vintage packaging collection—colors and illustration from the Skittles and Alpen packages. The majority of this collection was from the 70s with the exception of the chocolate Playboy candy wrapper which was from 1965.

See more of the very large collection here.

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The Hug Chair by Gabriella Asztalos

July 10th, 2011



Chairs like this Hug Chair—designed by Gabriella Asztalos—remind me of Vernor Panton’s work. However, the design of this chair takes a more contemporary approach with the use of fiberglass, steel and white leather. The chair itself really hugs you as you sit in it. Now all they need in addition is a sound proof enclosure.

ECM Record Covers

July 7th, 2011



ECM Records was a music label founded in Munich, Germany in 1969. ECM was best known for jazz music but released a wide variety of records. This collection of covers is only a small amount of a large collection.

Found on Designspiration

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