These ‘Ahoi’ posters from Small Caps Berlin are rad. I would love to have one near my desk. I love checking in on the Small Caps blog, it is such a nice balance to view work that exists entirely in the physical when so much of mine is trapped in the digital.
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This little animated piece by the hyper talented Colin Hesterly reminds me of how much faster and more exciting everything was when we were small. Amazing short for children, adults and designers alike.
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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.
This is by far the most badass hand-lettering video I have ever seen. The soundtrack may have something to do with it, but Luca Barcellona truly crushes it.
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Newsies played a serious role in my childhood. It was my favorite movie from the time I was 7 years old until I was a teenager and still remains in my top movies of all time. There are countless child actors who have gone on to have serious careers including the star which was none other than Christian Bale. I always loved this scene, but had never really focused on the printing part, but now that I look closer I am super impressed. Great attention to detail, and personally this song has so much nostalgia attached it gets me all hyped.
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I have always loved motorcycles, specifically custom machined ones, but have I gotten bored with the contemporary style and culture surrounding them. This look inside the work of Shinya Kimura seems to have changed those feelings. He has found serenity in his work and the connection to the world that he achieves when riding his creations. “It feels nothing like how violent it looks from the outside.” This quote really says so much about both the freedom of riding motorcycles, as well as the personal level of thinking that Kimura has taken it to. Learn more about Kimura at Chabott Engineering.
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Dwell and filmmaker Gary Nadeau have come together to create this new video series, The Full Spectrum, that explores color and it’s inspiration and impact on design and life. The first two episodes feature the work of Joseph Albers, and look inside the brand Seize sur Vingt through the eyes of owner and designer James Jurney. The way Jurney talks about the intention and purpose of color as it pertains to clothing and the design of clothing is really interesting.
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IDEO has just launched a new web platform called OpenIDEO to make social innovation easier and more collaborative. It is a place where people, designers and otherwise, can become part of the design process. You can sign up on the site to begin adding to the dialogue.
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Art In The Age is currently exhibiting a selection of letter-pressed initial caps from an ongoing project by typographer, illustrator and old studio mate Jessica Hische. I have definitely said this before, but I will say it again. Jessica is so talented and amazing at what she does, and the way she inspires and involves the community in her work and process. This is made even more apparent when you hear her talk about design, printed matter and technology.
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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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Photos By: Aart Van Bezooyen
The Buchstaben Museum in Berlin is preserving historical and contemporary letterforms and signage. This is such an amazing idea and resource!
“The Museum of Letters is devoted to preserving and documenting letterforms. We are currently in the process of putting together our permanent collection and are actively searching out outstanding letterforms and typographic objects that merit preservation.”
The concept behind Shape Lab a current exhibition at Moma is fantastic. Creating an interactive space where the visitors can experiment with the premise of the exhibition in real time is awesome. The exhibition runs through August 30th so if you have caught it yet go push around some blocks. I also love the connection made by Markus Reuter of better taste than sorry, which is between this exhibition and the idea of A Creative Wall where ideas and concepts can be visualized and hopefully clarified. He highlights some cool examples of this process in the post over at his site.
‘Oh Mai Mai’ is a bold yet flowing new typeface by Panamanian designer Jorge Artola. You can really see the value of hand drawing things in the final type specimens. Two other awesome features of this font are it’s extensive character set along with it being completely free! You can download it here.
I ran into the illustrations of Cristiana Couceiro today on Scott Hansen’s blog. I am still happy to see all the great collage work that is popping up from talented young designers and illustrators these days.
LA without cars looks so void. I agree Bobby Solomon of Kitsune Noir there is something so interesting about seeing a city completely without the millions of cars that define it’s landscape.
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Really glad to see little Gary has started to regain some mobility after his ruptured disc back in September. Awesome little video Aaron Draplin put together as an update on the progress of his recovery.
Hang in there Gary you are a champ!
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