The super talented design duo The Heads of State, comprised of Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers have launched a new portfolio site and store. It showcases a much larger portion of their work including some rad new stuff I haven’t seen. Also their store has some great pickups. I had the good fortune to see these gents give a talk at MAD here in New York this past year and they some of the funniest most humble guys designing today.
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I was lucky enough to have attended this amazingly inspiring and fun talk by the great Frank Chimero and presented by the equally amazing Liz Danzico and the MFA IxD, SVA program, which runs this amazing series of events called The Fall Lecture Series. I wanted to post this because of how informative and fun the talk was for me, and if you want to here some of my thoughts check out my previous post here.
Just perused Container List for the first time in a little while and came across these wonderful type specimens and illustrative hand drawn type by Milton Glaser. All these pieces are amazing and drawn one hundred percent by hand, pre computer of course.
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Whether you are like me, and feel that Massimo Vignelli has inspired and informed your view point and approach to design, or not this is a great little documentary. One great statement Vignelli makes, which I have never come across before, is that geometric shapes can last for centuries over ephemeral design, which is much more temporary.
I had been saving this post for a rainy day so to speak, or at least a day where nothing else jumped out at me to post. This video is simply amazing and doesn’t need much an introduction. I hope most of you reading this have seen it, but whether you have or have not it’s worth watching.
The desk is the physical platform we as creatives use to dive off into projects, new ideas, and create change. So as the tools of design adapt, and the problems change that we as designers face does the desk adapt or go the way of the polar ice caps?
First he set himself apart from the hip young crowd and proceeding speakers by opting out of putting us through another monotonous powerpoint presentation. Then he went on the shred the entire education system not just in America, but everywhere. Talking about how we are still teaching using curriculum that predates even our most outdated technology.
Wagner’s real home-run is his concept that hinges on the “7 Skills Students Need for Their Future”, which to me is a critically different way to think about education. Now everything is based on learning skill, which were developed over the last thousand years, but really we should be equipping students with the skills to ensure that humanity can inhabit this planet for another thousand years.
I had the pleasure to hear Frank Chimero talk last week at the SVA IxD department Fall Lecture Series, and he totally exploded my head. The way Frank is able to look at things makes him so much more than just a designer or educator. His thoughts on life and work in general and the way he applies the philosophies he develops is applicable and inspiring in just about every context.
The first slide I posted is a uniquely fresh approach towards a career path and I really signify with the honesty of it. So often I encounter people who inflate what they are doing or talk about their rigid step by step plan of how they are going to become successful. I find myself baffled and pushed over to Frank’s camp on this one. You can’t plan your life things just happen, but what you can do is tell your self specific things that are important to you along the way and work your ass off to makes those happen while everything else just does its thing.
The sea of photographers on that have a portfolio on the web today seems endless, but floating along on a magnificent ocean liner is Peter Baker. I follow his flickr stream like a cult member and I am rarely disappointed when he uploads something new. The flood gates opened last week when Peter launched a rad new portfolio site that highlights the square format that I have begun to know him for. Another detail that really struck me is that the redesign has been implemented seamlessly across his blog and the new portfolio site. Beauty in the small details!
Today my work is slightly blurred and unfocused by my anticipation for the Frank Chimero talk that is part of the Fall Lecture Series put on by the SVA IxD department. I have always loved Chimero’s work and valued his opinion and voice on design and process. His blog is often a sounding board for his views on design, life and sometimes even happiness. Stay tuned for a short report from tonight’s talk.
As soon as I read the title of this video excitement and joy rushed through my body, and that feeling persisted through the entire four minutes of the video. Paul Rand has been highly inspirational to me and so many other designers of our moment. One of the best design thinking books I have read “Paul Rand: Conversations with Students” gave me a better understanding of how influential he was beyond his work. This short retrospective video not only displays a lot of his work, but also integrates some of his more profound design theories and practices.
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Came across this awesome poster and lecture series called the Show and Tell Lecture Series at the Portland State University GD Dept. Frank Chimero did a truly bang up job on the poster, which is definitely what initially caught my eye.
The line up of both virtual and live appearances they have lined up is stocked with an overwhelming amount of skill and chutzpah! How come nothing this cool ever happened at my school? Some of the speakers are greats like Jessica Hische, Nick Felton, Mark Weaver, and many more. I really hope that they record the talks or at the least offer transcripts.
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These are the main talking points from a talk given to the AIGA by Milton Glaser in November of 2001. There is a ton of useful information about life, design and life as a designer. Read the whole article here.
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I am really into ‘The Full Spectrum’ series so far. All the videos are extremely well produced and put together. They also seem to cover an awesome array of the creative and design world to talk about their work and how it interacts and is affected by color. The legend of Herman Miller needs little introduction, but as I clatter away on this keyboard from me trusty Aeron Chair I am reminded of the core values and level of excellence HM has and continues to stand for. I really love how Susan Lyons brings up the exploration of color and it’s connection to iterative design. Creating color palettes feels a little forced or a shot in the dark from time to time, but as Lyon’s explanation of the link between iterative design and the exploration and selection of the perfect color based on this trial and error system.
The Design Museum retrospective of the work of Dieter Rams haunts me as one of those life altering moments I feel like I missed. All the pieces of Rams’ work in the Moma are satisfying, but to have been able to see 244 objects from a career that lasted well over six decades would have been enlightening.
I can’t even verbalize the amount of happiness I am feeling. Like a large portion of my generation I feel as though much of my creative inspiration is derived from the work of Jean-Michel. I will be at this movie opening day, and I will own it the moment it come out on dvd.
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I have always loved the design of Armin Vit and the multitude of web-based design publications he has co-founded. So yesterday when I caught some buzz that there had been a substantial redesign to his design feed style blog called Quipsologies I got really excited. This morning I got my first look at the redesign and I am happy to say it improves the user experience of the page 200%.
Till now I had only heard of the history and legend attached to the name Günter Behnisch who worked as the principal of Stuttgart based architecture firm Behnisch & Partner for more than five decades. Even though I only experienced his work through photography, I have a sense of his intentions as an architect and a designer of space. I truly admire how his buildings continue to enrich the experiences of the people who encounter them even after he has passed away. That is something that inspires me and gives me something to aspire to. The images in this post are of one of Günter’s finest achievements, the Buchheim Museum in Bernried.
Fantastic little video of an interview with Dieter Rams made by the good people over at Gestalten TV. I always love hearing Rams talk about his ethos, it is something that has definitely elevated my understanding and approach to design.
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I have always really loved the work of Andreas Gursky, this is an especially compelling image of his. I don’t think any other image has captured this many identical black suits in action.
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Erik Spiekermann is a designers designer, and I say that because he is a typographer and typeface designer. Most people beyond designers will never know what it is a type designer does. We however understand the tedious nature that is tied directly to the acute calculations and gridded precision. These design principals translate so well into the house Spiekermann designed for him and his wife in Berlin. The seven story house reads as if it were the template over which Erik would layout type specimens, and maybe that’s because it is. He used a unit 45 centimeters square as a building block or grid that was adhered to throughout the design of the house. The facade even has an extremely graphic and grid like quality, that can partially be attributed to the treatment of opaque glass panels used both to let in light and to give added privacy. Another great feature has to be the stainless steel Bulthaup kitchen and the bookcase that is only apparently accessible by repelling over the balcony edge. And I can’t forget to mention the ridiculous camera collection that is so perfectly poised on that shelf.