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Caravan Identity

One sign of a great branding project to me is being able to, at a glance tell that all the elements are part of the same family, but that they are not all identical. Differing layouts and designs help each piece or element to fit it’s purpose or home. The system for the wine bottles and coffee cups are particularly striking. Their minimalist design is impeccable, but they also create a level of autonomy for the very distinct drink subcategory. All the design for London based Caravan was carried out by Inhouse. If you are in London you should pop in and grab a cup of coffee. Caravan is located on a corner in Farringdon’s Exmouth Market, and their interior looks like it does justice to the overall brand.

(via AisleOne »)

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New Work: ArtBinder

ArtBinder is a sleek iPad app. for galleries, which is currently in a private beta release. I worked closely with founder Alexandra Chemla and COO Jeremy Galen to create the front facing promotional marketing site along with the sales flow and customer side CMS tools. Working with the iPad app already in it’s final stages gave me a unique problem. I had to create a strong visual design that was cohesive and complementary to the app’s design and function.


Happy Independence Day

Just wanted to take a brief moment to wish everybody a happy 4th of July. We are back to our normal routine this year heading to the Thimble Islands on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. Our friends have a party every year on a wonderful little rock out in the sound. Grilled salmon, salad, beers and lemonade.


New Type York

I found this site probably about a year ago now, but never posted about it because it was in what seemed like a permanent hiatus. I happened to be looking through my type related bookmarks the other day and decided it was time to check back in and see if there were any developments, and much to my surprise. New Type York is back up and running with a “temporary” site until their new one is completed. I have to say though I am very pleased with the current design.


Google Web Fonts v2

In the web font game services like Typekit and MyFonts reign supreme, but I find as a designer working with an array of smaller clients that sticking to the open source fonts offered by Google Web Fonts is a better fit. All the fonts in the GWF library are 100% free and can be easily integrated into almost any site or web app, and is compatible with an increasingly large number of browsers. All this great stuff has gotten even better with the launch of Google Web Fonts v2. The new release has added increased search-ability, which is more necessary now because the new version currently has 185 families all including multiple variations.


Great British Identity

The third book in the Great British Design series, Great British Identity is out and now available at Index Book and Amazon. The leather bound book is a great reference catalog and archive of British identity work.

(via Muller »)

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Play With the Trash

The city of Lucerne Switzerland has created these awesome floor stickers as part of an initiative to engage people with the trash cans and get them to use them more. The playful nature of these is great and I think will truly appeal to the kid inside all of us.

(via swissmiss »)

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Mr. T

Kieser Spath’s concept for a clothing rail, perfectly named Mr. T the construction is a ultra minimal design using two wooden t-shaped verticals with a metal rod spanning the space between them. The rail is available in two sizes and can be easily taken apart and here is the real genius. It can be store flat.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Looks That Kill

For the release of his new Yuki 7 book(“Looks That Kill”), Kevin Dart worked with animator Stephane Coedel to create a trailer for a hypothetical movie based on the books plot. These two have collaborated before on a similar animation, but I have to say this one is truly amazing.

(via iso50 »)


Wall of Rocker Switches

I think everyone has already said most of the poignant stuff about this piece, but I still wanted to share it. Such a simple idea that become so much more once it had been executed. The orange glow has a beautiful warmth to it. Artist Valentin Ruhry had the idea to compose 5,000 electrical rocker switches into a blank canvas. The possibilities with the result are pretty much endless.

(via swissmiss »)

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Incubator in a Sleek Metal Box

Hall 13 pictured here is a biotechnology business incubator. The building it occupies is a renovated industrial warehouse. The design of the facility was handled by intégral Lipsky+Rollet architectes. By using higher quality finishes on a majority of the metal structure they were able to make normal industrial construction materials look significantly more elegant.

(via Architizer »)

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Donald Judd 101 Spring St.

Artist Donald Judd’s main home and workspace was a cast iron building at 101 Spring St. in SoHo. Design Observer recently published an essay written by Judd in 1989 along with photos Elizabeth Felicella. Together they bring us in beyond what we would normally know and understand about Judd’s work and life. His attention to detail in things beyond his artwork, such as the furniture in his home and the care with which he renovated and restored the 101 Spring St. building. In his essay he touches on how the different businesses and repurposing of it over the years had turned the building into a dark gross place, and he in work to make it livable again he tried to bring it back to it’s original and intended glory. While making it more functional for his needs.

(via Places: Design Observer »)

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Napkid

Often the best design is so obvious. In the case of design for kids it is as easy as combining a bunch of simple and related things into one. Napkid is such a great example of this philosophy. They have taken a napkin, an apron, and a big and combined them all into a “napkid”. The playful stripes, and text make it even more suitable for it’s context, and when it is covered in dinner or cake batter you can just throw it in the wash with everything else.

(via NOTCOT »)


Mad Brew Productions

Adam Hill designed this great branding for Mad Brew Productions. The concept of the branding is that the different sections or departments of Mad Brew are visually represented with three different hat icons. The engraving style of the icons and all the supporting type work play off of one another well.

(via The Ministry of Type »)

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Lake Austin House

The Lake Austin House, is designed like a village on a canal. With a boardwalk running around two hundred feet with a few buildings interspersed down to the main house. The main house has a gigantic screened in boathouse, which also acts as a big open entry way to the house. All the buildings have a slight industrial feel, which really fits their setting by the water.

(via Cabin Porn »)

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Ogaki House

With an interesting triangular shape this house stands out from it’s surrounding, but that was not the goal. The design is meant to differ strong crosswinds that occur in the winter. Designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates the interior has a great rustic minimalism from the cohesive use of wood. The court yard in the center of the house also adds a lot of light into the middle of the house, and also a little bit of nature.

(via TheArchHive »)

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Tegut

In this case I must quote my source Erik Spiekermann, “Supermarket brands don’t have to be ugly”. That is a true statement and the wonderful supporting example is of German supermarket chain Tegut. Their branding is anchored down by a proprietary typeface based on Spiekermann’s Officina Sans, and their other collateral elements include other of Spiekermann’s fonts along with ones from Mitja Miklavčič, and Christian Schwartz. For more info about the Tegut brand and their fonts check out the article on Fonts in Use.

(via Erik Spiekermann »)

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New Basics

Jonah Takagi of Takagi Atelier has released a new line of pieces called New Basics, which consists of a few variations on a flat packing table. The brightly colored hardware for the system is laser cut powder coated steel and the tops are a durable 100% recycled composite.

(via NOTCOT »)

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BGA Container House

Freight containers are a great modular building component and a great way to re-purpose something that would normally just become post industrial waste. Benjamin Garcia Saxe has created a prototype for a client of the most modestly priced modern home I have ever encountered. Ringing in at $40,000 this little shipping container wonder is amazing. Composed of two 40 foot containers linked by an open space with clerestory windows at the top, this layout gives great views and also provides good cross ventilation. This prototype was developed as part of Saxe’s project “Containers of Hope”, which as this example proves is working hard to create environmentally responsible and affordable housing solutions. Their main market is first time home buyers in developing nations, but this design is most certainly suitable for a wider array of applications.

(via HomeDSGN »)

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IMA Visitors Pavilion

The IMA Visitors Pavilion acts as the entrance to the art and nature park beyond it. In addition it becomes a place for conversation and reflection about what has been seen and discovered. Marlon Blackwell Architect designed this building with the goal of creating a more tangible link between visitors and the outdoor component of the museum. The slightly raised platform of the structure blends into the forest floor and creates a nice transition from the built world to the organic nature park.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

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