Archive for February, 2011

Brochures of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

February 28th, 2011



The overly minimal and straight-to-the-point design was appropriate and entirely useful as an overheading design theme for the ’72 Olympics. These printed brochures focused more on the necessary information and excluded nonsensical riff raff—less really said much more.

Hit the jump to see more images all brought to us via the 1972 Olympic Archive.

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A Week of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

February 28th, 2011


The 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany had some of the greatest and most memorable graphic design of the 20th century. The pieces shown here throughout the week were all designed by Otl Aicher, an outstanding German graphic designer. Besides the work done for the games he also worked on the corporate branding for Lufthansa Airlines in 1969 as well as designed the “M” logo of the Munich Airport.

Tune in this post each day of the week or the front page of the blog to get the latest post.

Day 1: Brochures
Day 2: Ticket passes
Day 3: Matchboxes
Day 4: Posters
Day 5: Bulletin Print Publication

Leica M9 Titanium Unboxing

February 23rd, 2011


Only 500 of these titanium Leica M9 rangefinders have been produced, talk about one exclusive, beautiful piece of metal. Each one is individually numbered and comes in a set with a Summilux-M 35mm F/1.4 lens, but definitely at a steep cost—$26,500. That’s just chump change anyways right?

The sensor in this body is an 18-megapixel CCD sensor with dual image processors; the camera itself was designed by Walter de’Silva. Continue reading to watch the boxing of the camera.

Via Engadget

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Designspiration.net Updates & Live Broadcast

February 22nd, 2011

The broadcast will take place on http://blog.wanken.com/live/ this wednesday (Feb 23, 2011)

Designspiration just received its first major update that adds a number of new features to the site. The whole site was essentially rebuilt from scratch to address a number of updates that needed to happen. There still are a few updates that are in the works, but I’d like to share a few of the new features on the site.

Following system: the following system gives registered users the ability to follow or be follow (much a like Twitter). The images from the people you follow will appear in your “My Following” feed.

Profiles: To access your profile click the ‘My Profile’ link in your dashboard. Profiles give you the ability to share your name and website with other members.

Editing tags: Finally the ability to edit tags. In conjunction with editing tags, titles can also be edited. To edit the tags or title of a post you’ve found, click ‘edit’ under the right hand corner of the image on the single page.

Flagging: No this doesn’t mean nudity is allowed. This is a way for us to keep the quality of content really high. There are two options for flagging images: 1) the image content or 2) the image needs the tags or title updated.

Front page: The front page of the site has been replaced with a feed that is updated daily with images that are becoming popular. This feed of images will always have the best content from throughout the site. It is the feed to Featured subscribe to.

RSS Feeds: Feeds have been added for the front page Featured section, Popular, Everyone, Random and for every user on the site.

Secret features: Tune into my live broadcast on Wednesday, February 23rd at 12PM Pacific Standard Time to get the lowdown on these features that haven’t yet been released. I will also talk about a couple of updates to the site that will be coming in the following week.

Design by Face

February 18th, 2011


Here we have some of the work of Face, a Mexico-based agency. I came across these pieces via Cosas Visuales—another great design resource—and also a while back on Designspiration. Speaking of which, a few of the designers from Face are actually registered users on the site.

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EF Language School Commercials

February 16th, 2011





The typography of these two commercials is great. It was done by Albin Holmqvist while Gustav Johansson directed. Both the type and the quality of the video itself makes me want to go there. If anyone is curious, I believe these commercials were shot with a Canon 5d Mark II.

Other credits:
D.P: Niklas Johansson
Music: Magnus Lidehäll
Produced at Camp David

Typefaces of the World Poster Sneak Preview

February 16th, 2011




The Typefaces of the World posters are printed and looking rather beautiful thanks to Scribble. They will be on sale for sure this Friday. If you’ve left an comment on the original post, I will be emailing you the details.

Images via Scribble

More Perfect Typography

February 16th, 2011



Build is a small design conference where interesting, talented web practitioners from around the world come to share ideas, techniques and inspiration. Tim Brown was one of these practitioners to speak about perfecting typography. Tim is the Type Manager for Typekit—an easy to use font replacement tool.

In this talk, Tim talks about the experience of setting type, things to look for, and other various ways to perfect your type. He also presents tools to use that will ultimately better your web typography. One of which is a modular scale that provides harmonious ratios of font-sizing in css. Tim was kind enough to put his scale online at Modularscale.com where you can choose between three different methods of scaling: the Golden Section, Musical Fifth and Musical Fourth.

At about 20 minutes in, Tim will explain how he chooses his font-family and his comfortable font-size, then chooses a column width from the scale. This is a strong point from this talk, however I believe the best and most important part is this:

We don’t have to remain strict to certain layouts just for the sake of filling them.

Via Swiss Miss

San Francisco Ludwig Penthouse

February 15th, 2011




As my search continues for a new place to live, I’m constantly being reminded of how stunning these apartments are by Architect Craig Steely. This apartment is located in the penthouse of a high-rise concrete building on Aquatic Park. The materials used are clear and etched 1/2″ glass, slabs of Black walnut, hand made mosaic tile walls, and gun blued steel.

Check out this other San Francisco apartment by Craig Steely.

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San Francisco Carr Apartment

February 14th, 2011




Architect Craig Steely has done an outstanding job renovating this high-rise loft apartment/penthouse. His inspiration came from mood of 70′s space rock and ambient music artists such as Cluster, Brian Eno and Michael Rother. This is really evident in the floor to ceiling ambient light installation on one side of the main living area. The light wall displays videos that are slowed down and each pixel is paired to a 2 inch LED behind the wall. This is what creates the large 8-bit-like pattern. Not only is this light wall really great, but the view is quite possibly one of the best in all of San Francisco. In the picture below you can see Alcatraz Island and the surrounding bay.

Considering that I’m currently in the process of relocating, it doesn’t help to be looking at such amazing apartments like these—the time will come though.

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The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design

February 11th, 2011







Late last year I stopped by Design Within Reach to check out one of these beauties. Talk about a chair sent straight out of heaven! Not only was I blown away by the comfort, but also by how well designed it is. In this book it really shows the Eames Lounger as a timeless beauty and the stories behind it.

In the book Charles Eames is asked to explain the chair. One of his quotes was that the chair needs to have “the warm receptive look of a well-worn first baseman’s mitt.” This to me is really what an older Eames lounger resembles and of course with some things, they just get better with age.

The book is definitely worth checking out and can be purchased through Amazon. More information about the book below:

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design, by Pat Kirkham,
Thomas Hine, David Hanks, Martin Eidelberg, Hardcover
Published by, BIS Publishers
ISBN: 9789063691356

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