Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

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


Retro Futuristic Space Colonies

July 6th, 2011

Designing for the future is difficult. It’s hard to know what exactly will be happening and where technology will be. Proof of it has been with Google’s recent projects, Wave, Buzz and now Google+. Do they know exactly what the future is? I’m not sure, but since they are such a huge corporation they have power to change or create things that do impact the future. Now what if Google turned its efforts into just space—would we be able to vacation in space in the near future?

There were a lot of very great futuristic visualizations that came out of the 1970s including these brain warping space colonies. NASA’s Ames Research Center gathered artists to help design spaces colonies in the cosmos that could accommodate up to 10,000 people.


TSO Norwegian Timelapse Photography

July 3rd, 2011

Terje Sorgjerd is a very passionate Norwegian photographer known for his beautiful time-lapse videos. Terje shoots on a Canon 5D Mark II with various lenses: Canon 17mm TSE, 16-35mm 2.8 II, 24mm 1.4II, and a Sigma 12-24mm. If you’re like me and want to see his camera setup, check out Terje’s photo stream.

Vintage Versace Madonna Ad Campaign

June 29th, 2011

Spotted these vintage looking Versace Madonna ads while searching around for Eames chairs. I won’t claim to be a fashion expert but the articles of clothing that she is wearing in these looks vintage, mid 60s early 70s.

One of the goals of the campaign was to show Madonna working in a different working environment not bound by the typical working woman. Versace dumped $20 million into their campaign for the year—this campaign was in 2005. Are they doing well now? I’m not sure. But at the very least they included an Eames Aluminum chair and an Apple keyboard and mouse.

Found on Eames design


Designing the Barcelona Chair

June 23rd, 2011

The Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the most widely known chairs of modern design. While the chair preceded the main period of mid-century modern, I still would put it in that category because of its prominent use during that time. The chair itself was designed for the German Pavilion during the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain.

Found on The Fox is Black

Spiegel Publishing House by Verner Panton

June 21st, 2011

Verner Panton is an interior design superhero. His work in 1969 with the Spiegel Publishing house in Hamburg is one of his most unique interior works. Panton designed nearly everything inside, color schemes, lamps, textiles, and more. Unfortunately the swimming pool was later destroyed by a fire and the lobby area was completely redesigned in the 1990’s. Some of the space however still remains.

The interior area of what appears to be a lounge, looks reminiscent of of the 1967 Canadian Pulp & Paper Pavillion at the World Fair Exposition in Montreal. You can bet that when I finally get to designing a place to live, these same shapes will appear full force in a room.

Found on Space Invading


Vitra Advertising for Eames Aluminum Chair

June 20th, 2011

Stumbled upon these awesome Vitra ads showing an Aluminum Eames chair amongst other items. This chair, alongside the Eames Lounger, is one that I really would enjoy owning.

Found on Space Invading

Wim Crouwel Exhibition Wall Graphics

June 15th, 2011

These wall graphics are phenomenal. They were created for the Wim Crouwel exhibition in London at the Design Museum. I could only imagine seeing graphics like these painted on the walls of buildings.

Found on Spin

Chillout Sessions

June 9th, 2011

The Chillout Sessions were created by Collider for the Ministry of Sound in Australia. The Ministry was looking for a new direction with the series and after the 10th album it was time for a change. This particular session paid homage to Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra and fused two different time periods together—the 50s and the 80s—for really welcoming Californian feel.


Process Visual Book

May 25th, 2011

Process Visual looks like one of the most promising and hardest-to-get-ahold-of corporate identity books. I have yet to obtain a copy but would absolutely enjoy having one. By the pictures I’ve come across, the book looks to cover a large part of the creative process and logo iterations prior to the final result. Six major projects were covered in the book all of which have interesting processes. The book was written by Wolfgang Schmittel and published by ABC Verlag—I believe in the ’70s-’80s.

If you’re interested in the full contents of the book there is a listing here as well as a handful of more images.


Advice from Wim Crouwel

May 24th, 2011

Image by Experimental Jetset

YouTube Preview ImageWim Crouwel is right when he says, “On the other hand, finding your way now is much more difficult than my time”. Finding your way and making a name for yourself nowadays is difficult. It seems every way you turn there is someone doing the same thing that you’re doing. That should not be discouraging however. Sticking to what you love should be easy and spending time doing it should be even easier.

Although Crouwel is referring to young designers, the advice here is still quite relevant all designers.

Via Phaidon / Swiss Legacy

Expo 67 Posters

May 23rd, 2011

The abstractness of the illustration on these posters really makes me wish I had prints for my wall. Guy Lalumière designed these in 1966 for the World Fair Exposition in 1967—Expo 67.

Via Designspiration / Canadian Design Resource

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