Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams

Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams explores Dieter Rams’ work. #wishlisted.

Found it via Josh Clark’s List of Gifts for Designers, Nerds, and Mobile Mavens

HAERSKOGEN

Next time I take a walk in the woods, I’ll be on the look-out for these little creatures. Hat tip to the creator, David Lupeschen. Watch in full screen mode and with sound ON!

Words As Image

Ji Lee, former Creative Director of Google, now at Facebook just published a book called Word as Image. If you want to learn about Ji’s design philosophies, watch his fabulous CreativeMornings talk.

(thank you Ji)

Viewmaster Wedding Invitation

This Viewmaster wedding invitation by Lesley Weiner integrates the couple’s engagement photos. Wonderful!

UPDATE: I apparently didn’t properly credit the work: The invite was designed by studio Melangerie Inc and Lesley Weiner worked collaboratively on the design. And you can get your custom invite over at Etsy.

CUBE Dieter Rams

A little over a year ago three German students tested the design viability of a shiny black cube. They asked established designers and design critics to assess the cube. Above is the video with design legend Dieter Rams.

I agree with Steve Heller, you’ll never look at a cube the same way again (or will you?).

Read more: Daily Heller: In CUBE We Trust

UPDATE: They just launched their site: the-black-cube.com

Letters!

These letters make me happy. It’s a Screen Printed Letter Set by JP Boneyard Design and I want them all.

(via eighthourday)

Comic Sans Fighting Back

While I am not crazy about the foul language in this stop animation, I am completely in love with the fact that Comic Sans fights back. The last sentence made me laugh out loud. The original monologue was written by Mike Lacher but the animation is by Joe Hollier who also created this amazing stop animation called My Visual Diary.

Definition of Work

Here’s a question I asked iconic Swiss Designer Jost Hochuli at last night’s AIGA event:

Me: “What’s your definition of work?”
Jost Hochuli: “70% pleasure!”

MoMA Design Studio



The MoMA Department of Advertising and Graphic Design just launched their team website: www.momadesignstudio.org #twothumbsup

(thank you Jesse)

An Endless Table



Don’t we all have a lifetime of dinner table photographs, each celebrating a holiday, birthday, or special event. Pictures that depict the same dinner table and usually the same cast of characters — family members, friends, neighbors. Combined, they create a seemingly never-ending scene. Colored dots represent the designer’s relationship to each person. I absolutely love this idea. Hat tip to Kim Bentley!

(thank you Kyle)

Jump

Can’t help but smile when looking at this collage titled JUMP.

(thank you Kathleen)

Jesse Draxler

Discovered this fascinating collage work by Jesse Draxler over at Ignant.

A Paper Record Player Wedding Invitation

NYC based designer Kelli Anderson created the most amazing wedding invitation in this universe: A Paper Record Player:

Paper Record Player from kellianderson on Vimeo.

We here at Studiomates were lucky enough to get a live demonstration of the card by Kelly last week. Yes, we were blown away.

Method & Craft

Are you a designer? Are you familiar with Method & Craft? If not, I would suggest you check out their site.

Method & Craft is run by a crazy talented bunch of designers (one of them is my studiomate) and features Articles, Interviews, Videos, and Notes. The Method & Craft articles focus on process and workflow of designers. Their interviews let designers discuss their approach & perspective in their own words. And their videos show the designer at work, sharing application-specific techniques. Needless to say, those are my favorites!

I just thoroughly enjoyed this video covering Vintage Effects in Illustrator:

(kind of via chris glass)

Buy art? Prognosticator

Whenever Kelli Anderson sends me an update on some of her latest projects, I stop and listen. Her talent is humbling and her updates always awe-inspiring.

This Should I Buy This Art? Project made me laugh. It’s meant to be a helpful tool for everyone involved in the currently ongoing art fair season here in NYC. Kelli made this paper-gizmo for Jen Bekman‘s 20×200 to distribute in their “Art Fair Survival” tote bags. Jen had the initial inspiration for a fortune teller and the entire office brainstormed on a theme, ultimately arriving at this question: “Should I buy this art?” Kelli worked that basic idea into a handy-dandy art market prognosticator, which will aid the user in making very expensive decisions about art… responsibly, of course.

I need the same answering the question: “Should I Blog This?”

Erik Spiekermann on Gestalten.tv

The folks of gestalten.tv just pointed me to their most recent video with Erik Spiekermann. Listen to the German King of Typefaces talk about new visual languages, design processes, the analogies of music and typography.

Watch their complete line up of video interviews on gestalten.tv.

Typefaces of the World

Typefaces of the World is a poster Shelby White created to show the typefaces that are most commonly used in a lot of today’s design. The poster includes information for each typefaces such as the year it was made, the location and the typographer. These 50 typefaces were chosen based on popularity and usefulness in present design. It was by mere coincidence that the typefaces were nearly split 50/50 between Europe and the United States. But it does show that the most prominent locations for typographers were in these areas.

What a beauty! I would love to hang one of these in my studio. Shelby says he is toying with the idea of adding a store to his site. Let’s hope he does soon! Typefaces of the World! Wishlisted!

Collaborative Fund

What visuals come to mind when you think of an investment fund? Clean, boring, blue (!) logos and websites? Yes. But you have to rethink that from now on. Check out this new investment fund called “Collaborative Fund” by Craig Shapiro. Not only am I am impressed by its mission but am floored by the awesome branding and website. (Check out the navigation!) Kelli Anderson is the mastermind behind it all. Check out her blog post about the design process.

CollaborativeFund.com

Pentagram (new website)

Congratulations to Pentagram for their new site.

(Yay, they are linking to Michael Bierut’s CreativeMorning talk!)

relativity

The first official exhibition of the london based gallery ‹between› featured 10 young designers and design studios around the world. They were all invited to think and respond to the meaning of the word ‹between›.

Swiss designer Marcus Kraft contributed a triptych which was an attempt to translate Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity into a piece of concept art: Sometimes, one second can change your whole life. On the other hand, a whole year can feel very boring, unimportant and dull. What if one year is as long as one day or even one second? — Maybe there’s no difference at all.

Milton Glaser on using design to make ideas new

From the TED archives: The legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser dives deep into a new painting inspired by Piero della Francesca. From here, he muses on what makes a convincing poster, by breaking down an idea and making it new:

Milton Glaser on teaching

Fundamentally I teach because it makes me feel good. It helped me certainly clarify my own objectives. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing someone’s life affected in a positive way by something you’ve said.

— Milton Glaser on why he teaches

Milton Glaser (by Hillman Curtis)

I still can hardly believe it but Milton Glaser will indeed be our January NewYork/CreativeMornings speaker. This documentary about Milton is by Hillman Curtis. Check out his entire Artist Series here.

2011 diary

If you’re into paper timers, you should consider this playful 2011 diary by Swiss Julie Joliat with more than 50 connect-the-dots puzzles. But that’s not all, it also contains a lot of useful information, like maps, popular holidays, wine chart, monthly and weekly plannings. (It’s currently sold out but more should arrive early January!)