How A Web Design Goes Straight To Hell

January 11th, 2010

So you’re about to start the best project in the world and are thrilled to have it in your portfolio. Fast-forward twenty days and you’re now wishing that you’d never agreed to do this project because your client has forgotten why they hired you as a designer–to build something really great. It’s safe to say that that most of us in the industry have experienced a similar situation. Feel free to vent your story in the comments.

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Architect Arthur Erickson

January 8th, 2010

Smith House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1964

Catton House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1967

Graham House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1962

Helmut Eppich House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1972

Helmut Eppich House interior

Castanier House in Kelowna, British Columbia, designed 1996

Montiverdi Estates in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1979

Hugo Eppich House in West Vancouver, British Columbia, designed 1979

Arthur Erickson was an architect whose works reflect an appealing Pacific Northwest modernist theme. Some of his works include The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Provincial Law Courts in Downtown Vancouver, the San Diego Convention Center, Napp Laboratories in Cambridge, England, the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C., California Plaza in Los Angeles, and most recently the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.

The way he put different aspects of nature into his designs is inspiring. Bringing in certain elements such as the beam and post construction, variations of floor planes, the surrounding topography, viewing perspectives and light control. You can see it in each of the above images and his other works.

Redesigning the Boarding Pass

January 6th, 2010


So this has more than likely made its rounds but I can’t let it go unposted. I flew Alaska Airlines over the holidays and couldn’t help but notice just how shoddy the design is on their boarding passes. Actually, I’m not sure if I would even consider it a boarding pass. The stock it was printed on had very little weight to it. It felt as if I was holding a large receipt from Costco. Not to mention the design was not well thought out. The above example is from Delta, but you get the point.




Alex and I briefly discussed these boarding pass designs by Tyler Thompson and both agreed that they were visually pleasing but the use of the condensed type is a little harder to read. The layout, particularly the time, flight and seat number really stand out for me.

Read more about Tyler’s boarding pass solutionhere. Also check out Timoni Grone’s different approach here.

The Dandy Warhols

January 4th, 2010

dandy warhols photo

Photo by The Dandy Warhols on Flickr

The tracks that I enjoy the most from The Dandy Warhols are the ones that probably have had the least amount of attention (with the exception of the third and fourth of this set). The first two tracks below, both without heavy vocals, seem to give off this worldly, almost meditative energy. Oddly enough I’ve found that I listen to them mostly when getting pumped up to go out and shoot photos or while editing photos. Also, ‘Sleep’ on high volume, is a great track to work to.

The Dandy Warhols – Mohammed from the Thirteen Tales album

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The Dandy Warhols – Sleep from the Thirteen Tales album

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The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You from the Thirteen Tales album

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The Dandy Warhols – The Gospel from the Thirteen Tales album

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Winter in Idaho

December 31st, 2009












Every winter in Idaho is different. Some winters you see lots of snow and some you don’t see more than a few inches. Going into the trip I had envisioned another great black & white series like last years Winter in Black & White but instead here are an eclectic group of color photos from the trip.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

December 24th, 2009


I appreciate all of the support this year. I’m looking forward to next year and what we can make happen. Remember to sign up for the bloglist in case you missed it last month. Once again thank you for all of your support this year and have a happy holiday.

Design Firms: Five Most Inspirational of 2009

December 21st, 2009

5 Top Design Firms
The following design firms/agencies were chosen based on their work, not on their revenue or size. Four out of the five are graphic and web design focused leaving the remaining agency with roots solely in graphic design.


Experimental Jetset is an Amsterdam graphic design firm, founded in 1997 by Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen. Their focus is on printed material and installation work. Experimental Jetset has worked on projects for Stedelijk Museum CS, Purple Institute, Centre Pompidou, Colette, Dutch Post Group and Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux with work featured in group exhibitions such as Terminal Five in JFK Airport (New York, 2004) and Riviera Gallery (New York, 2004). You may have seen some of Jetset’s work posted here on the blog this year.



Visit their site: Jetset.nl


Struck/Axiom is a full-service hybrid agency with offices in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Portland. Some of their clients include Botticelli, AIGA, Discovery, Ogio, Ski Utah, and Addidas. Although the majority of Struck’s portfolio appears to be web, they do have a print team in Salt Lake City that has put out some stunning pieces such as the Botticelli packaging.

On the web side of Struck, the Utah Travel site and Adidas Techfit Microsite compliment the portfolio beautifully.



Visit their site: Struckcreative.com

Hit the jump to see the rest of the most inspirational design firms of 2009.

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Antisweden Fashion

December 15th, 2009







Even though Antisweden’s approach to fashion seems a little strange, they make up for it with beautiful typography. I really appreciate the last few images where they’re using the knocked out letter form to mask a floating image. You can see the floating image and mask in action on the Antisweden website.

Logology: Wonderland of Logo Design

December 14th, 2009

logology
I’ve spent the majority of my time this past week drafting up logo ideas for a project. After putting out about 50 sketches and sifting back through them, I realized that I needed to focus on current logo trends before I continued. I dusted off one of my books that I found last year in downtown Seattle called Logology.

Logology is a very resourceful piece of visual literature to have on your shelf. It is an extensive collection spanning over 280 pages with logos and type treatments from many designers. At the beginning of the book it contains case studies. Each of the case studies shows the logo design process and the application. Logology is definitely worth picking up if you have an interest in logos.

If you have some spare moneys after procuring gifts from the designer’s gift guide, then give this book a home. It’s about $30 and comes with a gorgeous imprinted leather cover.

Rado Switzerland

December 9th, 2009

Rado on Wanken
Rado on Wanken
Rado on Wanken
Rado on Wanken

It’s been quite some time since I’ve owned a watch and there’s a good reason for it. I seem to somehow always break the bands. Not to mention I don’t really check the time using the watch, I just use my iPhone. But recently I came across Rado, a Switzerland based, high quality watch company that designs these beautiful watches. I was about to snag one as a Christmas gift for my wrist, but then I caught a glimpse of price tag. Definitely hefty price (a good reason for leaving them off the designers gift list)–we’re talking four digits before the decimal. I’m certain that you’re getting what you pay for and probably a lifetime warranty, but the price doesn’t seem to come down when you put those to mind.

If you decide you want to have a closer look at their collection you can request their catalog. It’s printed in Switzerland and has a really good feel to it. Rado definitely takes their graphic design seriously–one of my favorite things about the Swiss.

Fairhaven Residence

December 7th, 2009







It’s always interesting to stumble upon great architectural/interior design that is right around Seattle. This particular urban home is just out of Seattle and was designed by Deforest Architects. I particularly enjoy the close up image of the beam joints and the dark woods used for the divider wall behind the bed.

The Designers Gift List

December 1st, 2009


Lists of gift ideas from friends or family are great, but when you don’t get those lists, its always good to have gift ideas in your head. These are my ideas for you to give as gifts to your design friends or to put them on your own Christmas list or even sneak them into your own stocking.

Hit the jump to see the remaining items on the list. Feel free to chime in if you have any other gift ideas.


1. Lovebirds tea cups & saucer
When I first saw this, I was in love with it. I’m a huge fan of Si Scott’s work and this particular illustration is amazing. It comes packaged in a nicely designed box and includes an art print signed by Scott himself. If anyone wants to gift me one of these I won’t complain.

Price: $59


2. Tycho Coastal Brake

Scott has done it again. This new Tycho vinyl release has amazing artwork and four new stunning tracks. This would make for the perfect Christmas unwrapping background music. Quite possibly it could be a great stocking stuffer (depending on how much your stocking can stretch). This is a definite must give or get gift.

Price: $18

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