Writer for iPad

Whenever fellow Swiss Oliver Reichenstein comes out with a new product/service/site I pay attention. Given that Oliver is a smart young man and obviously works with a talented bunch over at iA, I am quite excited about using Writer for iPad. I yet have to extensively play around with it, but I am liking their approach and concept.

Read their story about the Writer of iPad.

Display

Display documents mid-20th century, modern graphic design history through a curated collection, feature articles and bookstore.

The team of KindCompany is behind this beauty of a site.

(Thank you Randy!)

Quipsologies Redesign

Quipsologies underwent a beautiful redesign. (Glad to see I am not the only one embracing dotted lines. Welcome to the family, Armin!)

They added a little silly widget poking fun at blogger’s obsessions. Bloggers like Coudal, Kottke, Draplin and moi. Made me smile.

Handkerchief Wedding Invitation

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.

Design + letterpressing by Kelli Anderson
Fabric printing by Spoonflower
Sewing, folding, ironing, envelope typing, stamping by 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.

Paul Rand Retrospective

For Paul Rand’s posthumous induction into The One Club Hall of Fame, Imaginary Forces created this short film, combining original animation with a videotaped interview of Rand himself, that encapsulated his unique and timeless contribution to the design community.

(via mfa in interaction design)

Awkward Moment Cards

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!

You + Me

You + Me, by Nick Schmitz.
#wishlisted

Ky Anderson

Just fell in love with the above piece of art by Ky Anderson. #wishlisted.

Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler

I remember seeing Joey Roth’s Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler graphic in the 48 Magazine and loved it. Happy to learn that Joey now offers it as a beautiful 11″x17″ print.

(Thank you Joey)

Zapfino

Please meet my friend’s son. His name is Cooper. He is 3 and I am his biggest fan. Cooper has been into typography ever since I can remember. The below video just put the biggest smile on my face.

Oh, and by the way, his parents are as cool as he is. Please meet Matthew and Lori. And yes, they are quite type savvy!

Tube

I am currently researching USB-Stick-Keychains and discovered this swiss product called USB-tube. (I wrote about the iTube a while back). Tube uses pre-used bicycle tubes for their products. (Belts,iPhone Cases, Keychain, USB sticks) Cool idea, no?

What’s your Keychain-USB-stick of choice?

Erik Spiekermann’s home

I was completely mesmerized by this Dwell Article featuring Erik Spiekermann’s house. What a stunning place to call home. I could move in as is. (I don’t say that often) It seems like him and his wife also follow the same no-clutter policy G and I subscribe to.

What a cool idea about having cloth panels hide messy outlets and plugs.

The kitchen, did you see the kitchen? (nearly faint)

The little detail that sealed the deal for me is the remote-controlled mountaineer’s harness that let’s you peruse the two-story bookshelf. Now that is *cool*!

Please raise your hand if you think Erik Spiekermann’s home is quite stunning! (raisinghand)

See the full slideshow.

One Village Coffee

Greg of Able pointed to one of their most recent projects, a Coffee Packaging design: “One of our goals was to package the sentiments of “a village” into a customer experience. The bag was printed in white + two colors with a matte finish and gloss trapping over the logo. Because the budget didn’t allow for more than one type of bag, a different label with a customized icon is used to identify each type of coffee.”

Lovely. Made me smile and I’d definitely gravitate towards this packaging would I peruse a coffee shelf in a supermarket.

More photos over at thedieline.com.

Focal / Logo Animation

I stumbled across the below logo animation while looking up Flowerpots, a beautiful animated short by Rafael Sommerhalder.

FOCAL — Animated Logo from Crictor on Vimeo.

Jason Santa Maria’s favorite Typefaces

Next door studiomate Jason Santa Maria was interviewed by FontShop about his favorite typefaces. Thumbs up to Titling Gothic.

Gulf Charity Poster

As oil continues to leak in the Gulf of Mexico and the powers that be continue to seem, well, powerless, we all wait impatiently wishing we could do something—anything—to lend a hand. The Heads of State designed the Gulf Charity Poster hoping, with your help, it can make a small impact on the growing devastation. This two color serigraph is an intial run of 200, signed and hand numbered.

They’re donating 50% of the profits from their Oil Drop poster (thats $20 per poster) to Oceana, the largest organization solely focused on protecting the world’s oceans. Oceana has been awarded the exceptional rating of 4 stars by Charity Navigator, which means you can feel good knowing your money is having a direct impact.

Purchase here.

Project Thirty Three

ProjectThirtyThree is a blog dedicated to vintage record jackets that convey their message with simple shapes. Fantastic!

(via @SkinnyShips)

New Webtrend Map

InformationArchitects did it again, here it is, their next Web Trend Map. No Metro lines, no URLS. This time, it’s the 140 most influential people on twitter, sorted by #name #handle #category #influence #activity. Plus: When they started tweeting and what they first said. (Yikes, I am on it and my first tweet wasn’t deep, was it? “Trying to get my ladies to tweet!”)

Cosmic 140, vailable as high quality A0 Poster for $99 or as a free PDF, so you can print it yourself

99% Conference 2010: Motion Graphics

I truly enjoyed the 99% Conference 2010: Motion Graphics. In the spirit of making ideas happen, they evolve the identity of the 99% Conference every year. For the 2010 edition of this intimate gathering focused on creative execution, the motion graphics were all about bold colors and crisp, decisive movement.

Art direction by Behance’s Matias Corea, animation by Hugh Gran.

99% Conference 2010: Motion Graphics from 99% on Vimeo.

Jim Coudal on “What’s Next?”

The Design Glut ladies asked Jim Coudal in this interview “What’s Next?” His answer:

I don’t know what’s next! It’s kind of a joke, but we’re proudly “without business plan” in our 13th year. We’ve had a lot of things not work, and that’s OK too. If it’s a good idea and it gets you excited, try it, and if it bursts into flames, that’s going to be exciting too. People always ask, “What is your greatest failure?” I always have the same answer – We’re working on it right now, it’s gonna be awesome!

Jim Coudal on DesignGlut

GIVE

How incredibly stunning is this GIVE graphic by Topos Graphics?

Inspired by the act of giving rather than by giving a gift, Topos Graphics gifted an idea for their 2007 mailer—GIVE. The lettering to them was both a form of giving the gift that keeps on giving and wrapping their intention—the ribbon having no clear beginning and no defined end. And to point at their intention (rather than the gift) we took away the preciousness of the print by adding a marked history to the paper. By crumpling and re-flattening the print it was as if the gift had already been given and the wrapping paper already effectively been tossed into the recycling pile. With that in mind, it was the thought that counted—and still counts.

Their edition numbered 212. Every package included a signed and numbered print within acid-free plastic, each labeled with a Happy Holidays sticker that they had custom-printed to be used within a pricing gun.

2×4 Ring

If G and I would get married right now, I have a feeling he would go for this 2×4 ring as his wedding band. Designed by Brooklyn based Aaron Ruff, the ring is available in oxidized sterling, vermeil.

Designing for iPad: Reality Check


Designing for iPad: Reality Check, interesting Article over on iA

The Heads of State – Travel Poster Series

The Heads of State just announced their Travel Poster Series. These guys are talented. Chapeau!