SIGNS by Pentagram

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Pentagram Papers 39 features signs from the personal collection of author and legendary Texas musician Joe Ely, photographed by Randal Ford, and a series of large format portraits of homeless people by Austin photographer Michael O’Brien. Ely wrote the foreword.

Simply moving.

The Feast

The Feast

The Feast is a cross-disciplinary series of programs addressing social innovation and new ways to make the world a better place. Their secret sauce lies in a healthy combination of passion, creativity, and entrepreneurship to shift the way things are done – thereby changing individuals, industries, and ultimately the world.

On October 1, 2009 at The Times Center in New York City, “The Feast Conference” will gather the world’s leading creative entrepreneurs, revolutionaries, radicals, doers and thinkers to inspire more action, share best practices, and create valuable connections that will change the world.

During this summer The Feast is having a plethora of events in New York. Slow down and enjoy the simple things in life at the “Feast Dinners.” Hear short talks and insights from remarkable speakers at the “Feast Salons.” Or get hands on at the “Feast Workshops.”

AIGA/NY | Seymour Chwast Today!

Seymour Chwast of Pushpin

Here’s an event you shouldn’t miss: Seymour Chwast, the quintessential New York designer/illustrator/painter, is launching his newest book with AIGA/NY tonight, June 16th, 2009.

Chwast and Steven Heller will flip through the book chapter by chapter and allow us to listen in on their various and variegated commentary. Chwast has promised to expose his obsessions, as well as his fears, follies and successes.

For those of you who don’t know, Chwast has illustrated for most major magazines and has designed and illustrated over 30 children’s books. He is co-founder of Push Pin Studios and is a root source for the spread of comic expressionism across America. His posters are held in many museums including Pompidou Center Gallery (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.) and the Israel Museum. He is in the Art Directors Hall of Fame and he is the recipient of the AIGA medal.

It’s killing me that I can’t attend. But maybe you can? Make sure to register! Please report back!

Oh, and here’s a link to the book. (thanks Ben)

Network Osaka

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I echo Chris : Can you fall in love with a portfolio? (Yes, you can!)

Microsoft Sustainability

I saw this at the The Invisible Web and Ubiquitous Computing presentations at SXSW. Very inspiring:

Geometric Pattern Book

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Kapitza’s Geometric book comes with a CD containing 100 pattern fonts – the most extensive pattern font collection available from any foundry. It also includes a helpful font index and easy to follow tutorials. Love!

Forest of Woods

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If this isn’t poetic, I don’t know what is: Different types of scrap wood turned into a forest. By Mark Giglio.

(thank you kathryn)

Milton Glaser on TED

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Nature does it best.

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Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), a German artist and professor, captured these ‘art forms in nature’ and used them to instruct his students. Beautiful!

The Sun

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The Sun – Handbag made out of recycled Newspaper. Most probably not all that practical, but definitely a conversation starter. 

Knitted Font

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Thread Red is a beautiful knitted (!) font by handmadefont.com. Their archive of experimental, hand-made fonts is impressive.

Served: Typography + Industrial Design

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Behance launched a series of sites that feature some of the most “appreciated” (yet hard to find) projects in the Behance Network: Typography and Industrial Design. The idea is to “serve” a few of the latest/greatest projects daily…and to help generate more leads for the artists.

sharesomecandy.com

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Sharesomecandy.com is a curated site of design and art inspiration that can have unlimited contributors. Each post has nothing other than the image and a “via” text link to the site where the image was found. There are no titles (just two forward slashes “//” to allow for a permalink in case someone wants to link back), no categories, keywords or comments. Just pure eye candy. Contributors can post from either their own blog or from someone else’s. Guest entries are initially curated, and eventually contributors become guest authors.

The end result is an ever-changing resource of visually fresh and inspiring material. Some might compare the concept to ffffound. The contributors themselves will be anonymous. So, you can totally post things from your own blog, without looking like you’re promoting it directly.

(thanks reuben)

MUJI Message

MUJI is not a brand. MUJI does not make products of individuality or fashion, nor does MUJI reflect the popularity of its name in its prices. MUJI creates products with a view toward global consumption of the future. This means that we do not create products that lure customers into believing that “this is best” or “I must have this.” We would like our customers to feel the rational sense of satisfaction that comes not with “This is best,” but with “this is enough.”. “Best” becomes “enough”.

There are degrees of “enough,” however. MUJI aims to raise the standard of “enough” to the greatest extent possible. “Best” contains a faint amount of egoism and disharmony, but in “enough” we sense restraint and compromise. On the other hand, “enough” might contain a sense of resignation and a slight amount of dissatisfaction. So by raising the bar of what denotes “enough,” we cast away that resingation and slight dissatisfaction; we create a new dimension of “enough” to attain a clear and heart-felt “This is enough.” That is MUJI’s vision.

MUJI Message

The DO lectures

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The idea behind DO is a simple: That people who Do things, can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too. So each year, they invite a set of people down here to come and tell what they Do. They can be small Do’s or big Do’s or just plain amazing extraordinary Do’s. But when you listen to their stories, they just light a fire in your belly to go and Do your thing, your passion, the thing that sits in the back your head each day, just waiting, and waiting for you to follow your heart.

Yay for The DO Lectures! swissmiss here is a firm believer in being a DOer and in so inspiring others!

(how awesome is the animated DO logo?)

GDi08

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GDi08 is a showcase of all 2008 graduates of BA(Hons) Graphic Design and BA(Hons) Illustration at the University of Brighton. Inspiring!

C77 Board: Designer Sites

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We all have those designers we admire… and from time to time we ogle at their websites and wonder how they got that client, how they pursuaded them into that solution, or how they got those killer skills. Check out a working list of designers’ websites and add a few bookmarks of your own over at the Core77 Board.

MoMA Exhibit: Color Chart: Reinventing Color from 1950 to Today

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FABULOUS (!!!!) companion site for a current MoMA exhibit: Color Chart: Reinventing Color from 1950 to Today. It’s on thru May 12 in NYC! Go and see it!

(via chrisglass)

psfk soiree | noah brier

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I had the pleasure to mingle with the speakers of the PSFK conference last night and finally got to meet Noah Brier. He runs a fantastic online journal and is the force behind likemind and street mining. Walking into the room, it was easy to spot him, as he was wearing a bright green jacket. Ah, it all makes sense. He’s the man with the green website that carries through his identity in his wardrobe. I respect such thoroughness! Noah’s a sharp thinker and talking to him keeps you on your toes. If he’s not on your radar, put him on.

Oh, and check out the PSFK conference. Lots of interesting speakers lined up. Ops, I just saw that the conference is sold out!

PSFK, thank you again for the invitation! I had a fabulous time.

Takagi Masakatsu: Multimedia Artist

(thank you christina)

beautiful swissair leaflet

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David pointed me to this amazingly beautiful swissair leaflet. More photos here.

knowyourvalues.com


KnowYourValues.com teaser from yoni alter on Vimeo.

Interviews with London-based graphic designers. Visit KnowYourValues.com

a blog dedicated to kids drawings

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I simply *love* the idea behind THEBLOG WEEMADE! Like me, the people of THEBLOG WEEMADE find the artwork and creativity of kids inspiring, thought provoking, entertaining, and unpretentious. They think that reminding ourselves how children see the world is a valuable and enlightening process. THEBLOG WEEMADE is a communal effort. They accept posts from anyone and everyone. Scan and post your children’s artwork or your own artwork from when you were child. Found artwork. Anything! Click right here to post now!

(image details: GANG OF MONSTERS | Artist: Desi S., age 5. Space invaders returning home from a hard day’s work?)

anything

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Anything is a self-editing collaborative magazine that lets its contributors freely add/edit any image or text to it, as often as they wish. In each of its 64 main pages, there is an area allocated for 1 image (left side) and 1 body of text (right side). Upon registration, each contributor is asked to choose whether they wish to upload image or text, and they are permanently assigned a random page (shared with another contributor).

In addition to the 64 pages, visitors can also click on Show Me Anything!, which randomly combines any of the currently available images and text to create a ‘new’ page.

Because life is arbitrary.