Last night I saw Tony DiSpigna lecture on typography, design, life and rejection at Cooper Union. The lecture, which was entitled The Art of Letterforms dealt more with DiSpigna imparting to us that even thoughtful and amazing work gets rejected. A huge thank-you to Justin Thomas Kay and to Type@Cooper for hosting this lecture.
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Procrastination plagues everyone from time to time. Creatives and freelancers face the greatest challenges to overcome in this department. Ryan Perera made this amazing motion graphic, which visualizes the data behind many facts and figures associated with procrastination.
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On April 18th graphic designer and film-maker Hillman Curtis passed away in his Brooklyn home surrounded by his loving family. Curtis was a visionary in the web community and helped revolutionize this space during the 90′s and early 00′s. I had the honor of meeting Curtis at an early Creative Mornings talk back in 2009 and I will forever remember the insight and inspiration he imparted. Thank you Hillman.
Artist James Gulliver Hancock has been collaborating with his brother on some drawings recently. James’ brother Tom was born in 1981 with Downs Syndrome. Their work is amazing and I love the balance between simplicity and depth. You can follow their work over on their blog Tom & James Draw.
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Kern & Burn is a web and print publication on the subject of design entrepreneurship. Cameron Koczon’s article, An Important Time for Design, for A List Apart closes by saying “This year, thanks to a spike in demand, designers have a chance to actively nudge the world in any direction they like. It’s a huge opportunity with a tiny window. Let’s not let it pass by.” Cameron’s article talks about this open canvas we as designers currently have in front of us, which is exactly where K&B comes in. There goal is to give us as designers resources and inspiration on how to fill said canvas.
Ben Pieratt of svpply is quoted in that very same article saying “The internet, at this time in history, is the greatest client assignment of all time. It’s offering you a blank check and asking you to come up with something fascinating and useful that it can embrace en masse, to the benefit of everyone.” I am not sure exactly where or when this change in consciousness surrounding the value of design occurred, but I know, 1 it had to do with the internet and 2 it is the greatest opportunity for designers ever.
I have been a huge fan of Skillshare and their goals ever since launch, for more reasons that their stellar branding(by Ed Nacional). Garrett Johnston, aka One Year Studio, was able to capture the visceral feelings of curiosity and discovery in this promotional video for Skillshare titled The Future Belongs to the Curious.
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Jessica Edwards and Gary Hustwit (the genius behind Helvetica, Objectified, and now Urbanized, a group of the most powerful contemporary documentaries) have together made this short film about a forward thinking landfill facility in upstate New York. Looking at waste as a potential resource as opposed to something we cast aside is the only way to change our perception and approach to handling it. Instead of just making our garbage disappear this landfill is actually putting power back into the grid through a great new technology, which converts organic material into gas and them burns that gas to create electricity(powering about several hundred local homes). Going forward we as a planet need to vote innovative solutions like this into law!
Some fabulous branding and interface design by the always impressive Hyperakt. Commissioned by WNYC’s Studio 360 to rebrand teachers, Hyperakt has truly redefined the image of teachers as what they are. The stewards of our future, and the creators of change. I truly love all the connect the dots elements from the typography it is used to create to the fun little icons.
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Olson Kundig is by far one of my favorite architecture firms. A lot of what I love about them has to do with their unique approach and the distinctly different look and feel of their work from others. This innovation and fresh thinking is something that spawns from doing things differently and being open to change and adaptation. Experimentation is a key component to the design process, and that is exactly what they have done with their Store Front space. It has been a record store, a volunteer center, sand arts education popup and more. Exploring what a space can and should be helps inform how to design for circumstances we may have never even thought of before.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
After the release of the Burton Kramer Identities Book earlier this year it became abundantly clear that Burton Kramer’s ideas and approach to design deserved to be captured in a documentary. Kramer talks about how design is more the sum of our output, but extends to the products and objects we elect to surround us and the homes we live in. Design for Kramer has been both a way of life as well as what his life has been defined by.
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James Edmondson shares his insight on why he does what he does, and why he finds such enjoyment in it. Working with letterforms for him is a way of continuing to play the way we do as children, tapping into that powerful state of imagination to create things. The background for this monologue is a process video of James taking some letterform sketches on paper and turning them into a beautiful typeface called Ticonderoga.
(via Lost Type Co-op Blog »)
The time and freedom to hike across Iceland sounds like the best possible thing right now. One thing I know for sure is that I couldn’t document it with quite the same amount of pizazz as Klara Harden was able to do. During the 15 minutes of this film you are taken through the ups and downs, the shear solitude, the raw beauty of the landscape, and the humor a person creates to keep themselves going. Also there is a great easter egg during the end credits, so watch the whole thing. Klara is an Austrian film maker, photographer, and designer.
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I feel blessed to have grown up with a group of really creative and talented people, at the time most of it manifested in the form of skate boarding, and snowboarding among other extreme forms of expression. There was a definite turning point when some people started picking up cameras (both film and video) to capture our exploits that the energy shifted. One such friend was Max Dworkin. I remember back to 2000 or so Max was diligently snapping shots of the competitors (he knew) launching off a massive big air jump at Catamount ski area. Those same roots and inspiration show through in his more current work, especially in these pieces where people are jumping, floating, and levitating within landscapes.
As far as business card printing techniques go this one is far from the most elaborate, but we can definitely all take some notes from it’s ingenuity. Mikey Burton collaborated with Cranky Pressman to create this custom to go stamp, which allows Burton to turn just about any porous surface into a promotional material. In addition it can hook right onto your keychain, which would definitely help me to avoid those awkward “yes I am a designer, no I don’t have a business card on me moments” we all encounter.
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I have always admired Andy Cruz and House Industries. Their work incorporates great elements of historical and classic design, often beautifully hand painted lettering, but despite those elements and inspiration it manages to feel contemporary. These images of Cruz’s home and the House Industries studio, from an article on The Scout Magazine really give a good picture of what these guys surround and inspire themselves with.
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This particular one is an interview with Karel Martens who is the head of the famed Werkplaats Typografie program. He riffs on curiosity and compares the beauty of imperfect type and design to the great imperfections that make jazz music so great.
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The ever entertaining Aaron Draplin offers up some insight and inspiration in a series of videos shot by Jared Souney for Yobeat and Level. Draplin like many of us grew up in the skateboarding and snowboarding culture of the 80′s and 90′s, and was even lucky enough to test his design on some board graphics and other projects like that. Make sure to check out part two of this interview and a little show and tell with Aaron after the jump.
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As we all well know one of the most influential and inspiration young designers today is Frank Chimero, and talent at every turn is found in the unique and inspiring ways he gives back to the design community. Many people of credit or attribution in our sphere are merely making things to look at while Chimero is making things to think and talk about. A small yet infinitely useful example is this photo pictured above. After receiving requests for reading recommendations from his students and the world at large Chimero decided to snap a quick photo of the books that have helped to inform and inspire him. The insight we gather from this is most definitely not limited to the titles of the books or the content of their text. It emanates out into the way the books are organized together.
I am not and have never been a big supporter of RSS Feeds and accessing blog content outside of it’s native environment. Then in comes Feedly 2.0. Feedly’s interface and features are urging me over to the feed side. Their app works beautifully on iOS, Android and most tablet devices. Take a look at their blog to learn more about the app.
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