Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

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


Helvetica Detector

March 28th, 2011

Eunah Kim created this proposed project called the Helvetica Detector. The intent was to “scan” persons with items using helvetica as they walk into the School of Visual Arts.

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The Five Vignelli-isms

March 24th, 2011

On the evening of Tuesday, March 8, The Architectural League gave its President’s Medal to Lella and Massimo Vignelli. The award (past recipients of which include John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Hugh Ferriss, Joseph Urban, Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown) was given to the Vignellis “in recognition of a body of work so influential in its breadth that it has shaped the very way we see the world.”

Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, an Architectural League vice president who began his career over 30 years ago as a junior designer at Vignelli Associates, designed the the program we see here. The five different covers featured a quote from Vignelli printed in PMS Super Warm Red and set in Helvetica of course.

So why are these five Vignelli-isms important?

When I first came across this I immediately saw five lessons to live by rather than just five miscellaneous quotes. They appear self explanatory but read each and give it a moment alone in your mind:

One life is too short for doing everything.

We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless.

If you can design one thing, you can design everything.

If you do it right, it will last forever.

The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.

Hit the jump to view each of the covers separately.


The Work of Max Huber

March 21st, 2011

Max Huber was a Swiss-born graphic designer who learned the values of the International Typographic Style at a young age. These values include the use of left-hand margins with a ragged right-hand, a clear & rational design aesthetic and the reliance on a typographic grid system.

Huber worked in Milan at Studio Boggeri, but returned briefly to his freelance career. Even with his clients he was experimental—especially with his use of photographic elements. What steals my eye mostly is how exploratory his type treatments were.

Found via Designspiration


Barcelona Pocket Tour Guides

March 21st, 2011

Great series of pocket guides for the city of Barcelona designed by Studio Astrid Stavro. Each is essentially a folded newspaper with the insides showing daily and weekly highlights. The purpose of these guides were for weekend tourists to use as a quick guide.

Creative Mornings + Bobby Solomon

March 21st, 2011

Bobby Solomon talks about the starting of his blog The Fox is Black and his career on Creative Mornings in Los Angeles. It’s always nice to hear how fellow designers have come to their career choice. When starting out I thought I wanted to just shoot photos but was pulled towards design. As of now I’ve found myself interested in some areas of development, but at the same time wanting to just focus on design.

Check out more Creative Morning talks here.

Convert 8MM Film with the Canon 5D Mark II

March 16th, 2011

Super 8 and 8mm have always been my favorites when shooting video. Although transferring the film to digital has posed problems mainly because of its expense and decline in locations to transfer. The video above by James Miller shows his method for transferring 8mm footage to digital using the beloved 5D Mark II and an Eumig Mark 501 (or the Eumig 610D & the Eumig Mark DL). The end result looks great, is much much faster and way less expensive. Now I just need to get a 1D Mark IV or 5D Mark II.

Hit the jump for more information on the process and the transfer results.


Massimo Vignelli Offset Presentation

March 10th, 2011

YouTube Preview ImageAs I’ve mentioned in the past that Massimo Vignelli is one of my favorite designers. Vignelli’s talk is approximately an hour long and filled with a lot of history from his career. The presentation is from OFFSET in 2009. Each time I listen to him talk, I’m reminded of perhaps the most important thing with design: Good design lasts longer.

Bulletin Publication from the 1972 Olympic Games

March 4th, 2011

The Bulletin was the official report of the preparations leading up to the Olympic Games. It appears they were released as far back as October 1968.

Catch up on the rest of the week’s posts here: A week of design from the 1972 Olympics.
Hit the jump to see more images via the 1972 Olympic Games Archive.


Posters of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

March 3rd, 2011

These posters for the games weren’t just created for advertising specific events, they were also used for public relations to help the sports be understood throughout the world. Each poster had to fulfill requirements of being intelligible throughout international cultures and appealing to the majority of people.

The use of photographs bled into the design helped symbolize the sport and to be easily comprehended. Remember that old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words?

Catch up on the rest of the week’s posts here: A week of design from the 1972 Olympics.
Hit the jump to see more images via the 1972 Olympic Games Archive.


Matchboxes of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

March 2nd, 2011

There were many great accessories done for the ’72 Olympics; matchboxes and lighters being of them. Although the design remained very consistent with the rest of the collateral pieces, it doesn’t become redundant or boring. The smaller presentation shows how great design should also work when scaled.

Catch up on the rest of the week’s posts here: A week of design from the 1972 Olympics.
Hit the jump to see more images via the 1972 Olympic Games Archive.


Ticket Passes of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

March 1st, 2011

Ticket passes are usually the first things we throw away when passing through the entrance gates. Luckily for us the great 1972 Olympic Games Archive collected them and we’re able to see the continuation of simplicity throughout the design collateral.

As a kid I sometimes wish I would have collected things such as ticket passes. I’m sure it would have been interesting to look back at the design—if only I would’ve been into design at that age. Also it would have helped to be born twenty years earlier.

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