Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Steve Jobs Full Documentary

October 6th, 2011

http%3A// all know just how much Steve Jobs has done for our industry. It’s a sad time to see him pass on. He and the Apple team have completely changed the world through inspiring and uniting all those who have, wish to have, or own Apple products. As a reminder of where we would be standing right now without the work of Apple, I’d like to share this full documentary with you.

The documentary was aired on Bloomberg in 2010 and is 48 minutes long and every minute is worth watching. Share this with those also using Apple products.

Advice from Wim Crouwel

May 24th, 2011

Image by Experimental Jetset

YouTube Preview ImageWim Crouwel is right when he says, “On the other hand, finding your way now is much more difficult than my time”. Finding your way and making a name for yourself nowadays is difficult. It seems every way you turn there is someone doing the same thing that you’re doing. That should not be discouraging however. Sticking to what you love should be easy and spending time doing it should be even easier.

Although Crouwel is referring to young designers, the advice here is still quite relevant all designers.

Via Phaidon / Swiss Legacy

The Five Vignelli-isms

March 24th, 2011

On the evening of Tuesday, March 8, The Architectural League gave its President’s Medal to Lella and Massimo Vignelli. The award (past recipients of which include John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Hugh Ferriss, Joseph Urban, Richard Meier, Robert A.M. Stern, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown) was given to the Vignellis “in recognition of a body of work so influential in its breadth that it has shaped the very way we see the world.”

Pentagram’s Michael Bierut, an Architectural League vice president who began his career over 30 years ago as a junior designer at Vignelli Associates, designed the the program we see here. The five different covers featured a quote from Vignelli printed in PMS Super Warm Red and set in Helvetica of course.

So why are these five Vignelli-isms important?

When I first came across this I immediately saw five lessons to live by rather than just five miscellaneous quotes. They appear self explanatory but read each and give it a moment alone in your mind:

One life is too short for doing everything.

We like design to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless.

If you can design one thing, you can design everything.

If you do it right, it will last forever.

The life of a designer is a life of fight against the ugliness.

Hit the jump to view each of the covers separately.


Creative Mornings + Bobby Solomon

March 21st, 2011

Bobby Solomon talks about the starting of his blog The Fox is Black and his career on Creative Mornings in Los Angeles. It’s always nice to hear how fellow designers have come to their career choice. When starting out I thought I wanted to just shoot photos but was pulled towards design. As of now I’ve found myself interested in some areas of development, but at the same time wanting to just focus on design.

Check out more Creative Morning talks here.

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.