Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

The International Office

November 11th, 2010

It’s interesting and strange how over time my design preferences have become more and more simplified. Print pieces like these from The International Office are what I look for and try to reflect in my own work. The roots of this style just feel clean, clear and they communicate their point.

Hey Studio

November 10th, 2010

Check out these vivid covers by Hey Studio. They are a graphic design studio based out of Barcelona, Spain. This project was aimed at providing personalized support to entrepreneurs with the potential for growth. See more of Hey Studio’s work on their site.

Leica Advertisements

October 29th, 2010

Some clever advertisements by Leica. I believe the advertising agency that did these was Young & Rubicam of Zurich-Gockhausen, Switzerland. Panasonic also ran a similar campaign.

KASCH In-Floor Bathtubs

October 27th, 2010

KASCH is the creator behind these luxurious and very relaxing looking in-floor bathtubs. Although they look a lot like jacuzzis, these bathtubs would be the perfect indoor compliment to an infinity edge pool.

Surprisingly this is the first time I’ve seen bathtubs integrated with the interior design so well. I wouldn’t be surprised if these in-floor tubs start showing up in houses more often.

Via Apartment Therapy

Vertical Rhythm Templates

October 21st, 2010

I can’t recall how I stumbled upon this, but Vertical Rhythm is a site that has a couple WordPress templates available for download. These are templates adapted from two Swiss design pieces; the publication Neue Grafik and typographic poster by Josef Müller–Brockmann.

I’m not going to say go nuts and download these, but I do think they’re pretty cool. It’s always interesting to see the grid for a print piece transform directly into a web grid.

Lately a lot of people have asked me where I got my theme template. The answer to that is that I made it myself. If you aren’t wanting to do that, you could download a very simple theme that is bare essentials and build up from that.

Download Neue Grafik Template / Brockmann Poster Template

Art of Kinetik Yacht

October 20th, 2010

Art of Kinetik has created perhaps the best looking yacht I’ve ever seen. The combination of wood and steel forged into the beautiful design, is really something else. It feels as if one designer poured their soul completely into this design. The aesthetics are refined to the teeth. No screws are visible and nor are any other elements like plastics.

The 63 foot beauty has a solid mahogany hull and Rolls Royce jets that give the yacht a top speed of 40 knots (46mph). For such a large yacht I would assume that that speed is pretty fast. The top looks somewhat aerodynamic by the organic contours which, in combination with the wood, give the yacht this mid-century meets modern vibe.

A lot of yachts I’ve seen in the past are white from the outside and other than being overly large, they don’t appear to look really snazzy. Quite possibly I’m missing a whole niche of yacht’s because I’m speaking for the ones in the waters around Seattle. I admire Art of Kinetik and their yacht mostly because of it’s contemporary, stylish ability to embody my vision of a dream yacht should be.

Who wants a ride?

Massimo Vignelli: A Short Documentary

October 15th, 2010

Massimo Vignelli is perhaps one of my favorite designers. Although his work is rather stunning in itself, it is his personality and way that he speaks that truly intrigues me. A meeting with him for a day would be euphoric. The amount of knowledge that could be had just by listening in for even a few hours would be quite substantial. After watching the video four times already and working on the fifth, I’ve pulled what I feel are three of the most important pieces from this video.

Lines lasts longer.

Details lasts longer.

Good design lasts longer.

Many things come to mind after hearing Vignelli say this. All of which I try to apply to all of the design work I do. For example, a lot of the international style or Swiss design is simple. It is now very prominent in our inspiration folders—it is good design. If you’re done with the video now, watch it a second time. Perhaps you can pull some other insights from it.

1966 Eley Ammunition

October 6th, 2010

Such beautiful packaging here. Lets take a stand and only create things like this from here on out—who’s with me? These ammunition cartridge packages were done for Eley, Imperial Metal Industries in 1966. They were done at Service Advertising Co. Ltd., in London by artist David Mawfod and Art Director John Harrison.

Via ISO50

Dieter Rams: Less and More Interview

October 4th, 2010

YouTube Preview ImageDieter Rams is someone that I consider a godfather of modern usable design. His contributions to Braun were huge. They helped forge an understanding of design’s function. Part of my reasoning for posting this video isn’t just to showcase work that I feel needs to be spread around to help educate. It’s also to show you who Dieter Rams is and what his personality is like. I’ve come to find that even though I may not care for certain works of certain artists, seeing them talk about design can really change my mind.

The first time I watched a video of Dieter Rams talking was in the Objectified Documentary. If I were to pull one great thing from Dieter Rams in that movie it would be his personality—truly respectful. He is seemingly a man who takes design seriously. Every piece of his design has this weird reflection of the personality that is seen in these brief interviews. As I finish up posting this, I’ve turned on Objectified to watch once again for Dieter Rams’ wise contributions.

Video via Gesthalten

Collectable Vintage Design

October 1st, 2010

1960s Braun T520 Radio by Dieter Rams » See more images

1960s Braun SK6 Record Player by Dieter Rams » See more images

1970s Calendar clock origins unknown » See more images

Vintage design? Don’t mind if I do. These three pieces are collectables that were for sale on eBay not long ago. I actually think the clock and Braun T520 Radio (which I’d love to have) are still available. Check out the knobs and dials on them. The Braun radio and record player are definitely the must haves.

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