Moving Things Around

“I move things around until they look right.”
– Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser explaining Graphic Design in an On Curiosity Interview.

Frank Chimero takes Australia

Hey Australia, my fab studiomate Frank Chimero is coming to your neck of the woods this June. Make sure to grab a ticket for one of his talks in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. More info over on

Lucky Ducks!

Oh, and, buy his book! It’s fantastic!

Philosophical Theories

I am completely fascinated by this poster series explaining complex philosophical theories through basic shapes. They’re designed by London based Genis Carreras.

(via coudal)

Peter Megert

Thinkingform posted the above graphic by Swiss designer Peter Megert. I find the three interlocking arrows fascinating.

Make, break, collect, connect.

What happens when studiomate Frank Chimero takes a break from writing his book? This. A brand new personal site. His new site is a scrollable firework: Frank’s brilliant mind visualized. #hattip

(Book lovers, make sure to check out his library section!)


Pixel’ is a beauty of a limited edition print by Greig Anderson of Effektive. The print is available to buy here.

(via fiftytwonetwork)

A New

Look, Milton Glaser has a new website, designed by LA Design Studio Ludlow Kingsley.

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


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:


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: #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)


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

The folks of 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

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!