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!
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.