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:
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
My friends over at The Heads of State just released this amazing 4-color letterpress print titled “The Great Gatsby“. Inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, this poster is comprised of the business cards and personal stationery of the movers and shakers that attended Gatsby’s parties in the summer of 1922. Masterfully printed by Studio on Fire in Minneapolis, this 4 color print comes hand signed and sealed on 140 lb. French Poptone Sweet Tooth.
On November 10th, 2010, Olimpia Zagnoli was invited to give a lecture at AIGA/NY about her work and the sources of her inspiration. The below video is short version of what she talked about, for people who couldn’t make it to the NYC event.
This is fantastic, Olimpia! Thank you so much! I missed your talk that night!
PS: I am kinda bummed that I wasn’t born with a bump on my head!
What a fun surprise! Paul Octavious is visiting our studio today! He is a fantastic photographer, runs a design studio in Chicago called Broken Pencil, is the force behind GeniusVomit (?) and also just came out with a site that sells cards called JustAFewCards.com. My favorites are by
James Nick Felton and Kyle Steed. See below:
Get your holiday cards over at: JustAFewCards.com
Why did it take me so long to check out Damien Correll’s portfolio? What a talent! Hat tip!
Two readers asked me about Jessica Hische’s fancy custom doc icons that they spotted in an earlier post today. She created them herself, you can download them here and watch the video below explaining how to change your dock icons.
I admire Olimpia Zagnoli’s work. She is a 26 year old illustrator, based in Milan, Italy. She has an adorable logo, an amazing sense of color and, of course, drives a yellow Fiat. Best of all for us NYC peeps: We will get a chance to meet her at an upcoming AIGA/NY Small Talk event here in the big apple.
Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2004 he recieved the lifetime achievement award from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi. In 2010 Glaser was awarded the National Medal of Arts, he is the first graphic designer to receive this award.
Listen to Debbie Millman’s podcast Interview with Milton Glaser over on DesignObserver.
So, I admit it, I am over portfolio sites. I can’t remember when I was last completely excited over seeing one. Until just now. Kelli Anderson emailed me and thanked me for blogging the Handkerchief Wedding Invitation Design a few weeks back. She pointed me to a blog post explaining the entire process. I then clicked to her portfolio site and clicked and clicked and clicked. I am impressed and am sending a big giant hat tip over to Kelli.
ps: Check out the Google Map inspired navigation on the homepage. Quite amusing!
If I wasn’t married already, this is the invitation I’d want: Map on handkerschief featuring directions to the wedding venue. Location font is based on iconic “Greetings from …” postcards. Congrats on the fabulous idea and the upcoming wedding, Youngna.
UPDATE: Kelli, the designer just sent me a link to her blog post where she explains the entire process in detail. What a talent.
Finally, a greeting card to get you through your most uncomfortable situations. This simple design helps you start the awkward conversations you want to avoid, but really shouldn’t. Get them for apologizing, for asking a favor, or for breaking the ice. Sold as a set of 5 cards, with envelopes. Hat tip to the DesignGlut Ladies!