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Seth Godin on Public Interfaces

When we think of design, we usually imagine things that are chosen because they are designed. Vases or comic books or architecture…

It turns out, though, that most of what we make or design is actually aimed at a public that is there for something else. The design is important, but the design is not the point. Call it “public design”…

Public design is for individuals who have to fill out our tax form, interact with our website or check into our hotel room despite the way it’s designed, not because of it.

My sentiments exactly

Read Seth’s full article

Amazing Environmental Design

http://www.vimeo.com/55389782

All I have to say is lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

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Swisscom Re-Branding

Branding is perhaps one of my favorite design elements to study, dissect, understand. The intellectual challenge of distilling an entire personality and presence into a single image is such a brilliant exercise! This execution has raised a number of eyebrows in the design community. I find it interesting—not necessarily amazing. Jut interesting.

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more about “Swisscom Re-Branding“, posted with vodpod

Illustrations by Aro (itzso_weezee)

Aside from having to travel to Myspace.com to see these illustrations, I’m enthralled with the bold style and (gasp) sense of perspective in these images. Lots of stuff out in the blogosphere that’s similar, but not much as good (imho). Really great, youthful and edgy feel. See them all here.











Nomono

nomono is Cristóbal Schmal Illustrator/Graphic Designer working and living in Berlin.

Some of his work is really, really good! I love the stamp-esque nature and hand drawn feel of his design. Check it out here.










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Studio K Portfolio

Just saw links to this design studio in Poland doing amazing work. Comparatively, my design is soooooo ’90s. Ugh. Web portfolio here: Studio K.

The Studio K was born into 2006 from l’ association of Krzysztof Domaradzki and Eliza Domaradzka, two graduates of l’ University of Poznań in Poland. Two years later only, the graphic studio s’ is quickly specialized in the webdesign and exposes an impressive portfolio.

Anyway, enjoy their work (a smattering represented below).

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quoted text and links from visual evasion.

Visuals from Insomnio

Just recently came across another compendium website for graphic visuals called Insomnio.org. Loads of cool stuff tucked into the crevases between normal and junky stuff (my opinion) but I’ve collected some of my favs for you. Enjoy!


Speaking of Art is useless if one doesn’t feel anything. Simple and beautiful piece by jmonzani
Glitch, 3d abstract illustration by another talented artist at deviantart: Jesar
the wretched, awesome photo by nuzz
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Awesome, sad, great illustration by Asak Hanuka, for an article entitled “The Other Global Economy”
My dirt, a very cool sketch of a girl with a bear attitude by btrah

The New Supremacy of Design Thinking (DT)

A recent contact and long-distance cross-twitter-commenter shawnrstewart just twitted (or tweeted? What is the past tense form of what one does on Twitter? C’mon Wikipedia, ante up!) just posted about this recent article on Brandweek.com.

Really and truly amazing, if you’re a designer. Especially if you’ve ever had to justify the (high) cost of design to a client (a.k.a. yes, you need to pay me more because this now looks good and what you had before looked like my dog swam in vomit, rolled around on your desktop and then froze it in an industrial freezer for the last 2.7 months).

Enjoy.

Going in Circles

Richard Sarson has been going in circles for some time. And he’s gotten very good at it. He’s a designer, but for these pieces I don’t know if you can label him illustrator, or an artist, or…? Regardless, he’s very, very good at using a drawing compass and making beautiful rings on paper.

Sarcasm aside, this is really cool.

Melted is the New Dripped

About 5 years ago the graphics world saw innovative and creative use of trees (with other natural elements) boom on scene. They’re still there: a jaunt thru Urban Outfitters will reveal probably about 10 t-shirts using trees as a foundational design graphic element.

Recently, we’ve moved thru the graffiti look of wet paint, where dripping ink/paint was a big design element. In other design-related areas, I’ve begun seeing all things melted. Whether this has something to do with political statements about our environment and/or global warming—I’ve no idea.

All I know is melted is the new dripped. Watch for it.

[update] more from the fast-becoming famous KRINK below… his moniker is all about the drips!

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Ensuring Design Success

I’ve designed and freelanced for over 10 years now. In that amount of time I’ve worked on everything from biz cards to multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns, and the most important phase of each and every project was at the very beginning, when I asked questions, questions, questions of the client to get their thoughts, feelings, likes, dislikes, etc. That info is the most important step in any good design project. Design doesn’t happen in a vacuum and too many designers make things for themselves (I’m at fault here), not for the client. They design for designers.

Anyway, I saw this interview on allgraphicdesign and loved what Lauren Peone said. Quoted here, linked to the full article.

Before I begin any project I require the client to provide some basic art direction (its right in the contract). Who is their target market? Who is their competition (who will they be on shelf next to)? Do they have a specific look/feel/theme in mind? Colors? Typeface styles? Description of café…tell me a little more about you? ­In the case of large corporations, do they have a style guide I need to follow?

From here I also have the customer send me designs that they like AND dislike along with a detailed description of why. The more details that you obtain from the customer, the easier it will be for you to create a smashing design. Sure, I’ve received push back and comments such as, “you’re the designer so you should have all the creative ideas”, but I’ve found that 9 out of 10 clients are more then willing to provide some basic direction to get the project started on the right foot.

Go read it all.

Good Design

Good design captures the essence of something to convey the intended message to the target audience.

I could also just say I love this.

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Designer Jobs Aggregator

All Graphic Design (the soon-to-be compendium of all things graphics-related) just posted a designer job aggregator from a number of the larger online freelance job sites. If you need work as a designer, check it out. Do notice you have to follow links from the list back to each job—posting on All Graphic Design won’t help you one bit. It may make you feel better, like you did something productive, but that feeling would lead you astray. Probably into a morass of some kind. Plus, you’d never get work.

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See the aggregated list here and a note about it here.

Wrapping the Holy Book

I’m always interested in how the secular world perceives Christians. It’s an emic/etic thing.

I just noticed this new cover designed by Crush Agency for the Bible. Besides being a nice illustration (they chose to highlight The Fall, not God, Salvation, or any of the other redeeming parts of the “story”), the cover is horrible. It lacks any context, doesn’t represent it’s material well, doesn’t speak the the audience who reads is (unless this is a Student Bible), and aims more at glossy trendiness than it does good design.

And all the designers who have commented on it love it.

Resources for Freelance Designers

Most of this meat for this comes from DesignM.ag and their post of over 200 resources for Freelancers (see the blog here). Some of the specific content comes to you, with love, from CMD+SHIFT blog.

Here’s what I liked best (text is theirs):

Twidda: Online brainstorming whiteboards for free.

Screenflow is a screencasting software for Mac. I’ve never used this, but understand you can use this when giving a client instructions (like making a customized tutorial for them to use their CMS) or with collaborating designers to give feedback on projects.

You can purchase it for $99 or try out the 14 day trial here. This program becomes very useful when you need to talk with visual concepts but are not able to meet with the client/designer in person, and it gives them the power to review the feedback at their own pace and on their own time.

Use Write Maps to make information webs to organize information, brainstorm, etc. Share the map and allow others to edit it, export it to a PDF or just print it straight from the site. Information architecture, project scope, branding.

I’ve never used What the Font? but have tried Identifont a number of times (to varying levels of success). Instead of uploading an image you just answer a series of questions about the typeface whose name escapes you.

Just plug in your URL and XML-Sitemap Maker gives you a XML sitemap.

EchoSign
allows you to send clients contract via email, they can virtually sign then and send them right back—for a paper-free office. For your less tech savvy clients, they can also print it out and fax it to your own personal EchoSign fax number. The contract will show up in your Inbox once the fax goes through, and Echosign keeps a log of all your contracts.

Another Fav Blog

I just did my “fav 6 blogs” post, but I came across another fav. Rather than re-post, I’ll add it in here:

GRAIN EDIT: I love all the ephemera-inspired design (or just true ephemera). Not only is this retro the new hip, this is a great source for it—pulling from all over. I’ve always liked old stuff better—and have been a collector of this type of materials for years (most is gone now). Love it.