Category filter: Inspiration

Made in Iceland

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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Max Dworkin

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.

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Mikey Burton Stamp

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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House Rules

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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Karel Martens

Anna Craemer has created a wonderful collection of video interviews on design for her personal project entitled Critical Graphic Design.

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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Aaron Draplin on Passion

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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Frank Chimero’s Recommended Reading

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.

Feedly Mobile 2.0

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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For me this video is more depressing than inspiring, but sometimes I think that is what we need to shock our brains. Something drastic jump start a change in how we live. I would have been walking to my meeting today either way, but now I can think of another reason why. This great info motion graphic was done by Chris Harmon. Thanks for breaking this down for everyone Chris. It

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F5 Fest

I am not sure how I have not heard of F5 Fest sooner, but a motion graphic of this caliber was a pleasant way to discover it. Found over on Motionographer, this short animation covers what you can hope to see and discover at F5 Fest. An intersection of a widely varied group of creative folks from design and many other disciplines. If anyone reading this was able to attend this year let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts and about your experience.

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As far as museums go few entice me for any reason other than the art on display. In the far Northwest corner of Massachusetts there is a museum that breaks through the bland white box stereotype of museum galleries. MASS Moca similar to Dia in Beacon New York and the Tate Modern in London is a converted post industrial facility. So even though these three museums share a similar past, they each have beautiful excentrities, which make the visit especially engaging. Not only are the exhibitions art, but the architecture is art. The aging of the structure is another example of art. And then the updates to the building including signage, modern infrastructure and restroom facilities.

Every time I am lucky enough to get up there. I discover another artist I have never heard of and find another reason to love their campus. This particular visit every exhibition was new to me. They included Sub Mirage Lignum by Nari Ward, One Floor Up More Highly by Katharina Grosse, and the Sol Lewitt Retrospective, which has been 25 years in the making. You can take a look at some more photos from the museum over on my flickr and stay tuned for a post about the Sol Lewitt Retrospective later this week.

Method & Craft

I feel like I have been under a rock without internet for a while. Hearing about Method & Craft for the first time today makes me feel like I have truly been missing out. Now I have some catching up to do though. The interviews and approach to sharing techniques and how great designers work is not necessarily revolutionary, but I think it is a powerful resource for the younger generation of designers along with the veterans hoping to ramp up there technical skills.

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The Bicycle City

Pedals for Progress is a program started 20 years ago by founder David Schweidenback. Over the past two decades they have sent down 20,000 bicycles to the otherwise impoverished city of Rivas, Nicaragua. This amazing story is the subject matter for the upcoming documentary The Bicycle City. The film’s interviews really capture into how this access to physical mobility leads to self empowerment and the ability to improve their lives as well as the lives of their loved ones.

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The Five Vignelli-isms

Using some pinnacle quotes that have become almost dogmatic to the design world Michael Beirut created these program designs for a Gala and award presentation at the Architecture League on March 8th. Massimo and his wife Lella were awarded the President’s Medal(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) from the AL “in recognition of a body of work so influential in its breadth that it has shaped the very way we see the world.” And in some ways how we experience and interact with the world, the prime example being Vignelli’s work for the New York Transit system.

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.

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Jeff Bridges: True Grit Book

Who knew until just a few days ago that Jeff Bridges ran a super awesome website? I will say for one I didn’t know. The hand written type and overall vernacular is so personal and unique on the web today I really love the lack of design. His site is really one of the most enriching process archives I have ever come across.

The books Mr. Bridges has put together documenting from his perspective the making of these films is both insightful and amazing. It gives regular Joes like me a glimpse at something I will most likely never get to see. Also the off camera personalities and emotions he captures from his co-stars, and others on the crew, well known and not, are beautiful. The Making of True Grit was the way I came across his site and I think still with stands as my favorite part of the site.

Underheard in New York

Underheard in New York is the perfect example of a simple idea that may not change the world, but can at the least change what we know and the way we think about homelessness. Pairing the social media capabilities of twitter and four prepaid cellphones Underheard has empowered homeless New Yorkers to participate in the global dialog on homelessness. They truly deserve a seat at the table in this discussion and most certainly deserve to be called New Yorkers.

“Underheard in New York is an initiative to help homeless residents in New York City speak for themselves. We’ve provided Danny, Derrick, Albert and Carlos each with their own mobile phone, a month of unlimited text messaging and a Twitter account. They’ve found their voices by texting their thoughts, feelings and actions to Twitter. Our mission is to use their social media presence to create real interaction and make them a part of our global community.”

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Little Big Details

Little Big Details is a nice minimal tumblr blog, which allows you to view a great collection of UI details and explinations of the interactions in a easy scrollable format. This will definitely come in handy when I am having trouble deciding how something should function.

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House of Buttons

Collections of things are always insightful, and this collection of UI button types from all over the web is fantastic. Apptly named House of Buttons, this blog is edited by Jason Long a developer and UI designer from Columbus, Ohio.

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Posting from the road for the second time. I am currently in Antigua, Guatemala on a trip around central America.

Milton Glaser on Teaching

“Fundamentally I teach because it makes me feel good. It helped me certainly clarify my own objectives. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing someone’s life affected in a positive way by something you’ve said.”

Milton Glaser

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Up in the Air

I first posted about the photographs of Ktinka back in July, you can look at the post here. Aside from the nod to the George Clooney movie Up in the Air whether intentional or otherwise, this set of photos pulls forward a great deal of nostalgia and feelings of a simpler time when air travel was envigorating and new. The narrative of her trip is also very clearly and cohesively presented in this set of images.