February 23rd, 2010
It’s a wonderful feeling to look back at older art & design. This particular group of images, sourced from a pool on Flickr called Mid-Century Modern Art & Design, are just a few of many that I really enjoyed.
Don’t let the great image of the Sands Motel fool you. Maybe at one point in its life it was an oasis but now, its far from it. I included this image because of my personal recollection of the motel and also because I wasn’t aware that the Sands Motels existed anywhere but in downtown Boise, Idaho. In the image above it looks gorgeous and like it was the hot spot. That certainly wasn’t the case in Boise back in 2002.
The Sands Motel as I knew it, was a trashy, run-down motel where drug deals and prostitutes went down. The sheets of the beds had burn holes, the knob of the sink came off to the touch and fell down the sink (whoops), and lastly the TV. My brother and I were little and of course wanted to watch some TV (more than likely to get our minds off the fact that this motel was sketchy) so our dad hardwired the TV back into working order because someone had cut the wires off the back of it for some unknown reason. On top of that I believe that when our dad went into the lobby to get a room, the guy was sleeping in his chair with his arms falling back to each side and his head tilted over the back of the chair, looking like he was dead. If this wasn’t an indication that we shouldn’t stay here, then I don’t know what was.
February 19th, 2010
These images are of a 1960’s magazine called Venture. It’s a shame there really isn’t that much information about the magazine.
Via the Retro America Flickr pool
February 16th, 2010
This project, brand and identity development, was for long time friend and photographer Ian Matteson. Ian is an action and commercial based photographer out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with Ian’s action and commercial work, he shoots a lot of film/fine art photographs. As the project progressed, I realized just how great it would be to incorporate these other areas into core components of his brand. We both have put in endless hours working on this project and really are excited to have this portion of it completed.
Objectives & Goals
Our first main objective was to develop an identity for Ian that really complimented his style of photography also keeping his long and short-term goals in mind, while at the same time, enabling him to stand out among others in the photography industry. After talking about these goals we came to recognize that simplicity was key in this case. We needed people to remember his name through his work and needed to be unique in the way that we were doing it. A brand that was cohesive would in itself set Ian apart from his competition.
Before diving into headfirst into the design, Ian and I sat down (mostly via iChat) and researched current and past photographer logo trends. Based upon our research, we saw a pattern. It showed that generally the more successful photographers opt to utilize their name as their logo. In some cases, Ian’s competition also did this, but completely lacked the visual stability throughout their brand and the uniqueness of the logotype.
The few sketches above show alleys that were explored. Although my initial icon sketches didn’t make the cut, they still provided a point in which I could look at how an icon could assist or take away from the main logo. This was the point where we really questioned tradition and steered away from using an icon. There would be no case where Ian would need to use one and going back to our original goal: We want people to remember his name–not an icon.
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February 11th, 2010
When large typography and monochrome color combine, I fall in love. This is without a doubt, one of my favorite package designs this year. The product, Ms men by Mesoesthetic, was designed by Espluga + Associados a Barcelona based design group. If anyone from Mesoesthetic just happens to be tuning in I would love to get my hands on some of this product.
February 9th, 2010
Nearly every week for the last year and a half I’ve been viewing websites on The FWA for inspiration and then saving to my bookmarks. In these screen shots I’m loving the navigation systems combined with fullscreen imagery or video. In one of my current projects (to be launched very soon), I’m working with navigational elements in a similar way to make the most sense of the interaction.
You can check out the sites below–all are beautifully designed sites in flash:
• http://www.sorenrose.com/ Note: Not awarded an FWA, but shown for relevance
February 2nd, 2010
If you’re hiding down below in the rss feeds, could you come out for just a moment? I am looking for your suggestions to improve the blog or how the content is received. Do you see bad links, errors or areas for improvement? Whether or not your idea is a design change or not is up to you, its your opinion. Maybe it’s even a suggestion about content type or a new music player that plays song after song in a post. Put your suggestion out on the table and I’ll do my best to step into your shoes as a viewer.
What suggestions do you have that could improve this blog or its content?