Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Passion with Draplin

May 17th, 2011





Ever since I worked on Bikecar several years ago, I’ve followed Aaron Draplin’s work. Not just because of the quality of design but because of his passion. He is really just dedicated in his tastes and everything around him. Now that I’m here in Portland I’d really like to sit down and have a conversation with him or just look through all of his collections. I hate to admit it but when he opened up that top drawer filled with all of those beautiful packaging pieces, I wanted to cry.

These videos were shot courtesy of Jared Souney for Yobeat & Level.

Uncomfortably Sexual Company Logos

May 12th, 2011




Usually I don’t post bad design on the blog but these certainly deserve to be posted. How is it even possible that the designer didn’t see the innuendo’s brewing when designing these? This by far is the funniest and greatest-of-the-worst set of logos. It is almost unbelievable that this could happen. Just to add to the humor, some of these were designed for churches…

Via Somecards

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Concrete + Basel School of Design

May 4th, 2011






More greatness from Armin Hofmann for the Basel School of Design (Basel Allgemeine Gewerbeschule) in the late ’50s early ’60s. I’m not sure exactly when it was designed but the school was built in 1961 by architect Hermann Baur.

Found in the 80Magazine Pool

iPhone Leica i9 Camera Case

April 25th, 2011







A dream project for a dream camera. Not only is Black Design Associates connecting to slip an iPhone 4 into a Leica camera body, but they’re taking it to the point of true optical zoom, a dedicated aperture and shutter dials. Awesome.

I’d love to play with this if it comes to fruition. You couldn’t ask for a better stocking stuffer this Christmas… All eyes are on you guys for approval, Apple & Leica.

Via Gizmodo / Black DA

Braun Watch Collection

April 24th, 2011






Braun has always been known for quality products and quite possibly the best minimalist design solutions. The company’s new watch collection extends beautiful design to our wrists by offering a few different models. The cost of one of these watches is about $190 which isn’t bad when compared to Rado or IWC. I’m looking at this model for my next watch purchase.

If you could pick any of these, which one would you get?

Playboy Land Yacht Concept

April 21st, 2011




Talk about the ultimate retro-futuristic mobile pad. The Playboy Land Yacht was designed by Syd Mead for Playboy Magazine. Though only conceptual, the yacht is capable of driving itself with electronic sensors:

The brain box of the vehicle, located on the right side, incorporates radar activated sensors for remote controlled cruising, trip lapses with recorded tips on throughway exits, and two zoom-lensed TV cameras to monitor the road far and off.

Also, the brain box can be closed and pivoted to double as cocktail table, and it also features bathroom, food prep unit and an open air skylight with its electronic sun deck. On the other, Yacht’s pointed nose has dual role: it provides the aerodynamic styling and allows for the four lounge seats, up front, to be arranged at 45 degree angle.

For night driving, the yacht’s front lighting consists of two swing-down iodine quartz lamps, plus four normal high/low/intermediate lights, which are folded back when off, swinging out against adjustable stops (for proper aiming) when the sliding cover door is activated. In addition, a front-scanning infrared lamp produces a wide-angle fan of radiation, for pickup on the yacht’s console-mounted TV screen. What you see in the monitor is an infrared-filter view of the roadway. This system is an outgrowth of the exotic Air Force fighter-pilot technology, which produces an animated, terrain-characteristic “picture” in front of the pilot, regardless of the weather or visibility conditions.

The yacht’s pointed nose serves two functions: It provides the aerodynamic styling that a machine of this size demands and it allows for the four lounge seats up front to be arranged at a 45-degree angle to the axis of the vehicle, thus saving considering interior space.

In the rear of the yacht is a lounge complete with a 6 x 7 foot bed, TV, movie projector, and a bar capsule. Last but not least, the most important feature, a padded sun deck—a feature that Wilt Chamberlain would know all too well.

More images after the jump. Via Color Cubic / Automotto

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1977 National Athletics Stadium

April 17th, 2011



Gordon Andrews was an Australian designer who worked closely with Philip Cox & Partners to develop a complementary program of signage for the National Athletics Stadium in Canberra. Describing this project in his own words he said, “The situation called for clarity, simplicity and boldness.” Entrances were designed with abstract graphics derived from athletic references while bright colours were utilized to relieve the visual weight of the concrete structure.

Andrews is also known for designing Australia’s original decimal currency banknotes that were released in February of 1966.

Via Re:collection / The Fox is Black

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Quadradao Studio

April 13th, 2011







Quadradao is a studio out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The top project (blue) was a promotional catalog for a cultural event. I’m particularly fond of the colors used and the treatment of the large type. The second project (brown) was a set of cards featuring the work of the studio.

Marius Roosendaal

April 7th, 2011



Marius Roosendaal from the Netherlands is making these cool typographic design studies on a daily basis and has formed a larger collection here. It’s worth checking out.

Via BtgLondon

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Making the Eames Lounge Chair

April 6th, 2011


YouTube Preview ImageVitra—one of two companies licensed to produce the Eames Lounge chair & ottoman—released this video showing the craftsmanship that goes into each piece of furniture. Seeing how the chair is made only makes me want it more and more.

Via Fast Company

Wim Crouwel Poster Archive

March 31st, 2011



Stumbled upon a great archive of posters from graphic design legend, Wim Crouwel. It’s nice seeing a lot of his work together; it makes it easier to see his typographic style swing.

More posters here

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1968 British Railway Passenger Network map

March 30th, 2011



This is by far one of the most gorgeous maps I’ve ever seen and I truly mean it. The map is clear, concise and has a subdued, easy-going color palette which makes it easy to look at. I’d also completely forgotten how similar the British Railways mark was to the Expo 67 logo, which is another great piece of design.

Via Wallace Henning

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