Archive: June 2012

Neuarmy Surplus

Do graphic designers make good apparel designers? For the most part, I think they are probably the best at it. The only problem is, I prefer to wear solid colors or stripes – stuff that doesn’t show any branding at all. And there lies the problem. Graphic designers are best at branding things. Either way, [...]

June 29 / 2012
Author John
Category Branding, Design, Identity
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Christopher Payne

Is there a book on the number of photographers schooled in architecture? I’m no anthropologist, just something you notice perusing design and photography portfolios as much as I do. Anyway, Christopher Payne is among the most talented of architect-turned-documentary-photographers I’ve seen. My favorite work of his can be seen in the “Textiles” category, where Mr. [...]

June 27 / 2012
Author John
Category Photography
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Processing Posters

I have to admit that the concept of Processing has always scared me a little, probably because I don’t really understand it. However, I’m intrigued by the possibilities, and especially by the incredible information graphics the software has been used to create. Ben Barry and his team at Facebook used Processing to develop the posters [...]

June 22 / 2012
Author John
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I’d argue that many of the unwritten rules for design (you know, flush left, ragged right, 8/11, and so on) become obsolete when designing for fashion, which is why I’m always a little jealous when I see a portfolio filled with work like that of U.K. firm DesignUnit. In particular, I’m digging the layouts for [...]

June 19 / 2012

Salih Kucukaga Design

It’s the little things that please us designers the most, and Salih Kucukaga’s portfolio has plenty of little details to appreciate. Check out his latest work completed for Los Angeles’ Espresso Republic cafés. Notice the little orange ring at the bottom of Espresso Republic’s coffee cups – that match the letter pressed business cards. Helllo! [...]

Berger & Föhr Brand

I’m a sucker for sans serif typography from the 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s — think Univers (1957), Frutiger (1976), and of course, Helvetica (1957). ITC Avant Garde Gothic, designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase, is loosely based on 1920′s Bauhaus fonts, but it was designed in 1970 and so it too fits the bill. [...]

June 12 / 2012
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Haring’s Journal

If you grew up in the 80′s and early 90′s, like me, then Keith Haring was probably a large part of your early art education. He was the artist, our Warhol, and then he was gone. That’s how I remember it anyway. The Brooklyn Museum is putting on a great exhibition of the artist’s early [...]

June 08 / 2012
Author John
Category Illustration
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Fivethousand Fingers

If you have a second today, head on over to the online portfolio of Fivethousand Fingers, a design duo from Vancouver, Canada. The first project that I noticed was, well, the first project – Dodge and Burn. According to the website, Dodge and Burn is “is an online boutique selling products based on the fetishized [...]

SilentPartner for Snowman

Shane Loorham teams with a host of design agencies in Melbourne as SilentPartner. Clever name, right? I have to assume it’s hard to go unnoticed, however, with a portfolio like Shane’s that is jam-packed with excellent examples of brand identities, custom typography, clever layouts – you name it. The fun calligraphy and illustration for The [...]

June 04 / 2012