Archive for August, 2010

New Project: Marcus Eaton Album Artwork

August 31st, 2010

It’s been a long time since this project for Marcus Eaton was first started, but its finally done. I actually just received hard copies and hope to get those up in the portfolio soon. I’m really excited to finally be able to post some of my recent work so post your thoughts in the comments.

Marcus and I have done several projects in the past and it is always a pleasure. When first talking with him about this album art titled As if you had wings, the goal was that this album needed to do something different than the previous had. The music of the album was this great, new, updated sound that would really speak for itself. We both agreed that we had a chance to do something really interesting. We did just that by bringing in a lot of different elements at first and then removing them, revision after revision until it the artwork felt where it needed to be.

A large chunk of my time early on in this project was spent on trying to come up with the perfect concept. Needless to say, I didn’t arrive at it in round 1 or round 2 or 3. I came onto the final concept by trial and error mixed with experimentation. Perhaps if the earlier concepts would have been killed much sooner, the progress would have happened in a timely manner. The first concepts were far different from what the final art looked like. It also had a completely narrowed vision to it. Sometimes I wish my bad concept detector was higher for such open ended projects like this one.


Less and More: Dieter Rams

August 30th, 2010

Bibliotheque designed this beautiful retrospective exhibition dedicated to Dieter Rams, one of the 20th century’s most influential industrial designers. At the head of design at Braun, he defined an elegant and consistently designed products that we’ve come to know and love. Dieter Rams’ work continually blows me away; his seemingly geometric designs are ever so simple, yet so great.

The exhibition featured 244 objects, spanning six decades of his life and work. Planned across five sections (Dieter Rams solo projects, Braun team projects under Dieter’s leadership, Vitsœ and Typology and Legacy), the design of the exhibition utilized an array of graphic expressions—each appropriate to specific areas of content. The entrance featured an internal facade with Rams’ Vitsoe 606 compression system spanning the width of the upper gallery. In the middle of the exhibit they recreated part of Ram’s house using the same tiled grid he had in his living room. The back wall of the exhibit featured a seven meter wide mural of the Audio 300 stereo with a superimposed grid demonstrating Braun’s rational approach to product layout.


5 Hours of Power: Design Discussions

August 28th, 2010

Justin Maller

James White of Signalnoise

Fabio Sasso of Abduzeedo

Five Hours of Power was a live broadcast event this past week. The broadcast featured Justin Maller a freelance illustrator and art director, Nick Campbell a motion designer & photographer), James White a visual artist & designer, Fabio Sasso a graphic & web designer, and last but not least Erin Loechner of Designchat. Only three of the broadcasts were recorded, but there is still a wealth of advice and information to be taken from each.

I hadn’t heard Justin Maller speak before so it was very refreshing to hear him answer a lot of questions about freelancing and business. In fact besides mentioning “explorimenting” his whole broadcast was about the business side of things. If you’re interested, I believe Justin has a live broadcast Thursdays at 4PM EST.

James White of Signalnoise (we aren’t related) always has something interesting say. The questions were all over the map but there were some particularly great ones about where he finds inspiration and about about growing as a designer. Check out his weekly broadcasts on Thursdays at 3PM EST. I recently have been tuning into them and find them to be inspiring.

One of my favorite of these talks was Fabio Sasso Abduzeedo. This was his first broadcast and Prior to it hadn’t been a close follower of the site. That has completely changed now. Fabio seems to have a lot of great information to share, especially about blogging and doing what you love. He seems to have this way of talking that makes it really easy to listen to.

Thanks go out to the speakers for putting this together and to Fabio for including Wanken on a few of the daily inspiration posts.

Design Film Festival Tickets

August 27th, 2010

Silnt is a design studio based in Singapore. They’ve designed this series of admission tickets for A Design Film Festival in Singapore. The tickets are silkscreened using a custom, mixed metallic ink on 150gsm black stock. The festival logo is blind embossed to help audiences focus on the screening information rather than the umbrella event.

Summer House

August 26th, 2010

Although this seems more like a shelter for camping than an actual house, I do find the shape of the structure rather interesting. The architects Tommie Wilhelmsen and Todd Saunders created this shape so light would enter easily. The materials used were organic; the walls insulated with recycled paper while the rest of the house used a combination of larch and plywood.

I probably wouldn’t stay there for more than a few nights while out camping because of the lack of appliances. So it makes me wonder if anyone actually lives there permanently.

Helvetica Moleskin

August 25th, 2010

I may be a little late on discovering this limited edition Helvetica moleskin, but nevertheless it’s amazing. I was immediately blown away when first seeing this this via Graham Smith’s blog. The combination of the Swiss mark and Helvetica has me head over heels. Hell or high water I’ll be getting my hands on one of these to sit safely on a shelf out of the reach of a pencil.

Images via alexandra-haertl & sick23.

Retrofuturs / Stephane Massa-Bidal

August 24th, 2010

Retrofuturs is the moniker of Stephane Massa-Bidal. Stephane is a French illustrator that aims to combine the past, present and future into each piece. This particular series uses Helvetica majorly masked by objects that have been removed from photographs. The series’ aesthetic is similar to Mark Weaver’s while at the same time carrying its own.

I’d really like to know where the images came from. I would guess that they were used from a public domain archive or creative commons. The quality and compositions are these images are quite amazing.

Update: AC via the comments, has provided this link to images similar to the ones used in Stephane’s work.


Jardin Del Sol Corona House

August 22nd, 2010

Corona y P. Amaral Arquitectos designed this house at the edge of a cliff so that the view over the water would be entirely fulfilling. The house is located on the north coat of the Canary Islands (Tenerife) in Spain. As if the view and pool weren’t enough, the house also has a basement gym that also has outward views.

The interior and exterior of the house use really nice mixup of wood to concrete. I’ve always felt that that combination almost always gives a house more personality.

Via Archdaily


Star Trek Posters

August 20th, 2010

Stumbled across these really clean Star Trek posters by Mondo that I really enjoyed. The type is nicely set and the colors sing. The posters were available for a while in 18×24″ screen prints but I don’t believe they are anymore.

Click the images to view them larger.


August 19th, 2010

Launchlist is a website built to check websites that you’re working on against a series of questions pre- launch to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. This is the perfect tool for freelancers.

I know that on my next web project I’ll be using this. Although you really should send someone the url to your project link and have them check things off. That way you’re not checking things off that you’ll “do later” or “will get to eventually”. If you feel the need to add more questions, you can customize that at the bottom.

Brentwood Residence

August 18th, 2010

The Brentwood Residence is really contemporary design at its finest. Beautiful wood siding, wooden doors, cabinets, floors, cement floors and walkways—the list goes on. What really excites me about this house is the large, open living area. The sliding glass door is the only thing temporarily keeping you from enjoying the summer breeze. I could see myself enjoying a lot of time right off the deck under the roof overhang while it rains.

The architect behind this recently finished home is Cory Buckner. She is based out of Los Angeles and runs her own firm specializing in residential design and mid-century remodel and restoration projects.

Geigy Exhibition

August 17th, 2010

J.R. Geigy was a Swiss chemical company in the 50’s and 60’s that was highly influential on the international style movement. These photos were from the Geigy exhibition held at the Design Museum Zurich where all of the work was on display. Check out more photos of the exhibit on Flickr, as well as an gallery slideshow.

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