Archive: 2013

Artsy

Common Name is the fantastic New York design duo of Yoonjai Choi and Ken Meier. Perusing their engaging portfolio of cultural clients, I was particularly struck by the work for Artsy. Simple and elegant, the identity they created seems to frame the company’s name, a clever device for an “art discover tool.” From the website: [...]

May 22 / 2013
Author John
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Tsto

Great typographic play for the Flow Festival by Tsto, a design firm based out of Finland. A bit frivolous, perhaps hard to read? Maybe. I’d argue that the seemingly hazardous layouts and visually striking typography and color palette make a visual connection to music that is subconsciously more powerful than any clear type and image [...]

March 19 / 2013

SouthSouthWest

Isn’t it great to stumble upon a website that you had tweeted, pinned, or blogged about light years ago? I think it is. It’s like rekindling an old friendship. I can’t remember the first time I saw the work of SouthSouthWest, but I was happy to find them again. This Australian branding and design agency [...]

February 21 / 2013

Project Projects

I once asked if one color can define a brand. Of course that question was silly and rhetorical. Project Projects, and studio out of NYC that I greatly admire, proves that no colors are needed with the identity system they created for WORK Architecture Company. Make sure you check out more of their design work [...]

January 28 / 2013

Loud Voices Together Are Heard

I love this video for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). A truly global project, the illustrations were created by Dan Matutina from the Phillipines, and Giant Ant studio, out of Vancouver, British Columbia. The video utilizes a graphic, hand-made quality to tell a few touching stories of NRDC’s environmental actions in the past, in [...]

January 21 / 2013
Author John
Category Illustration, Video
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Ode To A Flower

A very short, but sweet, animated segment of Richard Feynman’s 1981 BBC interview, “The Pleasure of Finding Things out.” Fraser Davidson does a fantastic job of portraying the speaker’s point of view, using simple flat, geometric shapes and colors that demonstrate both the beauty of art – represented by the flower – in addition to [...]

January 14 / 2013
Author John
Category Illustration, Video
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Daniel Blackman

Dan Blackman’s portfolio is filled with really amazing work, but I was particularly drawn to his ongoing rebrand of the Pointer Brand of clothing. I love pointers, but I really like his blend of sans serif and serif fonts, with a sprinkling of script here and there. It’s immediately Americana, which make perfect sense because [...]