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Entry no.: 1220

30 Mar 2011, 11:20 AM

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Design 29 things

From the 29 Things Young Designers Need to Know'29-things-young-designers-need-to-know'-poster poster designed for the January 2011 issue of HOW Magazine by id29 ’s Doug Bartow:

  • Sweat
  • Play nice
  • Don't fear type
  • Be yourself
  • Learn to say no
  • Collect and share
  • Observe trends
  • Content is still king
  • Reject personal style
  • Say no to SPEC work
  • Become indispensable
  • Value your work
  • Make mistakes
  • Your Mac is a tool
  • Respect
  • Teach others

See all 29. Unfortunately it only ships to US and Canada.

Entry no.: 1108

1 Jun 2010, 9:59 AM

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Design The art of app

Well-Placed Pixels — a visual record of beautiful software.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 1087

7 May 2010, 9:35 AM

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Design MarllIIlIIlIIlro

About The. Sneakiest. Design. Ever. at Graphicology. Indeed.

More: Tobacco Brands Under Fire at Brandchannel.

Update: And it's dead: Ferrari remove bar code livery from F1 cars.

This decision was taken in order to remove all speculation concerning the so-called "bar code" which was never intended to be associated to a tobacco brand.

Shameless.

Entry no.: 1086

6 May 2010, 9:50 AM

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Design Zendesign

Life must be experienced first, then designed.

—Frog Design's David Sherwin in Zen and the Art of Design.

Entry no.: 1083

4 May 2010, 9:27 AM

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Design Mad Men, Mad Props

And since the critically-acclaimed series Mad Man runs on Romanian Public Television, here is Mad Men, Mad Props a classic piece by Mark Simonson on the props and typography used in the movie.

Also on the subject, Mad Men Gets All the Details Right—Except One by Andrew Hearst.

Entry no.: 1068

23 Apr 2010, 12:19 PM

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Design Anti-counterfeiting ugliness

This week the U.S. Treasury unveiled new $100 currency redesigned to discourage counterfeiting. If counterfeiters are deterred by ugliness, this should do the trick.

—Delphine Hirasuna, Why Do We Have Such Ugly Money? at @Issue: Journal of Business and Design.

See also: $100 banknote update

Entry no.: 1066

22 Apr 2010, 9:20 AM

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Design $100 banknote update

The $100 banknote gets a technical makeover in order to prevent counterfeiting, looks rather ugly.

The new design $100 note will be issued on February 10, 2011.

Also: The $100 Note Unveiling Video.

Entry no.: 1053

12 Apr 2010, 9:06 AM

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Design Educating the client

I think designers complain about that sometimes. They say, “My biggest challenge is educating the client.” I never, ever talk about educating the client. I don’t believe in it.

—Michael Bierut talking about Success Secrets.

Thanks, Iancu.

Entry no.: 1012

1 Mar 2010, 9:03 AM

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Design Olympigrams

Steven Heller's commentary on the evolution of Olympic pictograms since their appearance in 1936.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 992

9 Feb 2010, 6:53 AM

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Design Know your type: Cheltenham

Read Know your type: Cheltenham at idsgn.

Entry no.: 988

4 Feb 2010, 8:30 AM

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Design 50 Badges

50 stars and shields of LAPD at the LA Times Magazine.

Via the Longboard.

Entry no.: 986

1 Feb 2010, 7:13 AM

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Design George Lois's Esquire covers

George Lois is an American Art Director, designer, advertising leader and author best known for the for Esquire Magazine which he produced as a consultant from 1962 to 1972, never actually being an Esquire employee.

Entry no.: 937

17 Dec 2009, 10:12 AM

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Design R.I.P. I.D. Magazine

Devastating news for the design world: After 55 years in publication, I.D. Magazine, America's foremost design publication, has folded.

I.D. Magazine, a Design Icon, Folds After 55 Years in Print, Fast Company.

Horror.

Entry no.: 936

17 Dec 2009, 8:28 AM

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Design Design, don’t design

Something interesting and meaningful happened on Brand New these days.

First — two days ago Armin Vit launches an open design contest for redesigning Space150's identity (Space150 is a design firm that every 150 days redesigns its identity).

Then — yesterday, after a tsunami of negative comments, Armin had to retract Brand New's support for the contest and "extend an apology to those that were let down by our endorsement of it."

Why? — because the readers regarded it as spec work.

See also: Spec work, free pitch, design contest.

Entry no.: 923

7 Dec 2009, 7:55 AM

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Design More "design is..."

Speaking of "Design is..." principles, here are some more — details at Tim Brown's Design Thinking:

  • Transparent
  • Inspiring
  • Transformational
  • Participatory
  • Contextual

Some of the themes were explores by Gaura Neagră's contest entrants as well.

Entry no.: 919

3 Dec 2009, 9:05 AM

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Design We suck

They have it and we don't.

Entry no.: 838

27 Sep 2009, 2:06 PM

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Design Arial versus Helvetica

Swissmiss teaches: perpendicular cuts=Helvetica, oblique cuts=Arial. Now you know and can be as prejudiced as we are.

Entry no.: 829

19 Sep 2009, 11:53 AM

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Design Heroine

Design Observer's Observed reports:

A new typeface by Göran Söderström, Heroine, gets its own promotional movie trailer, appropriate because it's based on Eleisha Pechey's Windsor, that typeface so beloved by Woody Allen. (Via Dean Morris and SwissMiss.) [MB]

Thanks for linking my Woody Allen article again, guys.

Entry no.: 817

9 Sep 2009, 9:09 AM

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Design It's good old Ludwig Van, it is

Or it's rather about good old Ludwig Van's mesmerizing Fifth for you to watch and see.

Now The Music Animation Machine might sound like clockwork... oh fuck it's too early for this.

Entry no.: 810

1 Sep 2009, 12:30 PM

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Design Verdanistan

Comment of the day: Using Verdana in print is like using your underpants as a hat.

That's not a very good hat.

Entry no.: 808

31 Aug 2009, 9:36 AM

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Design France Law Kills Luxury Packaging

Is luxury illegal under the new French Law? asks Octavian Sever Coifan, the fragrance historian & writer, weighting the blow to luxury packaging that comes from France as part of its new environmental directive.

Under the new regulations, packaging must be as limited as possible while respecting the needs of product safety, hygiene and logistics.

[...] The new French law cuts out the consumer acceptance part, technically making anything that is not needed to protect the product on the shelf and during its transportation, illegal.

European Commission will most probably initiate infringement proceedings against France.

This might be a different kind of "less" than "less is more". I'm curios what could this lead to, design-wise.

Entry no.: 806

28 Aug 2009, 12:11 PM

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Design Time Quotes Iancu

Time Magazine quotes my Brandient colleague Iancu Barbarasa in The Font War: Ikea Fans Fume over Switch to Verdana:

With its attention to the curve of even a $9 lampshade, Ikea has become renowned for its understanding of good design. "Designers have always thought of Ikea as one of their own," Barbarasa notes. "So now, in a way, the design community feels betrayed."

Also, read Iancu's post on the matter.

Entry no.: 805

28 Aug 2009, 10:30 AM

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Design Evaluating Kerning

There is one more thing to pay attention to, "besides the drooling over the aesthetics," when buying fonts: kerning — reminds us Kle·pas.

A useful resource recommended by the article: a kerning test sheet. Thanks.

Entry no.: 799

22 Aug 2009, 5:04 PM

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Design 20 Top Type Designers

Typophile thread: 20 most important type designers of all time.

Sounds kinda like a High Fidelity quiz.

Entry no.: 759

3 Jun 2009, 8:02 PM

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Design Bing sets New Record

In horizontal scaling, that is. Bravo. Keep up the good work!

Entry no.: 758

1 Jun 2009, 9:46 AM

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Design Motion graphics picks

For the motion graphics pixel pushers (and collateral aficionados), the aptly named Motionographer blog.

Entry no.: 750

11 May 2009, 6:02 PM

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Design Ex-good

My ex-IBM is un-beautiful and not even the elegant stickers can make it look better. Damn.

Entry no.: 742

15 Apr 2009, 12:28 PM

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Design Goodbye, Speak Up

"Ultimately, nostalgia never carried anything forward. And we must move forward. Always."

Armin Vit in his Goodbye, Speak Up post on closing Speak Up design blog.

Makes you wonder whether the time of blogs has passed.

Entry no.: 739

27 Mar 2009, 4:23 PM

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Design Friday it is

Design like it's Friday: can fonts make you want to exercise less? Oh yeah.

Entry no.: 730

5 Mar 2009, 9:33 AM

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Design Obama Unveils New Logos

I bet you don't see presidents unveiling logos all the time.

Entry no.: 725

26 Feb 2009, 10:11 AM

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Design 10 commandments of design

Back in the early 1980s, Dieter Rams asked himself an important question: is my design good design? He set about expressing the ten most important criteria for what he considered was good design.

Read about the Ten commandments at Vitsoe.

Entry no.: 723

24 Feb 2009, 10:59 AM

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Design ✂$

The Crisis of Credit Visualized (part 1) by Jonathan Jarvis explains what happened.

Entry no.: 717

15 Feb 2009, 12:58 PM

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Design Plantin

"On the newsstand today there is no better example of elegant typographic restraint than Monocle—other than the occassional decorative numeral, only Plantin and Helvetica appear on its pages."

Plantin for Monocle at FontFeed.

Entry no.: 712

12 Feb 2009, 10:18 AM

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Design Grammy winning album covers

Metallica wins the Best Recording Package with Death Magnetic (FontFeed editors find it "hard to believe this is the best album packaging released last year") and Radiohead gets Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for In Rainbows.

Head over to the FontFeed to read about this and more.

Entry no.: 706

3 Feb 2009, 10:19 AM

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Design Sure

Yes, we kern. We do.

Entry no.: 699

26 Jan 2009, 4:59 PM

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Design Evolution

The history of well known logos:

  • 1940 Boeing looks like an ice cream;
  • 1971 Nike designer would be fired today;
  • Mazda 1992, um, is that porn?
  • Imagine a Nokia phone with its first logo;
  • Mitsubishi, I see, awesome solution!
  • Playboy—tell me the first logo is a joke;
  • Apple's first—imagine it on a MacBook;
  • Google, ugly then, ugly now, who cares?
  • 1919 Renault, not bad, not bad!

Look and smell history.

Thanks, Iancu.

Entry no.: 698

25 Jan 2009, 2:54 PM

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Design On diacritics

"The globalisation of the type market and rising interest in multi-lingual typeface design is a source of great optimism among many typographers. Yet despite the proliferation of these beautiful new typefaces, many still do not support some European languages, let lone cater for African and Asian languages. In fact, contrary to the claims of advertisements, the offering is, in respect to language support, quite limited."

David Březina On diacritics. Great article about a complicated issue.

Entry no.: 686

7 Jan 2009, 9:13 AM

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Design Objectified and oxygenated

Aw man, Gary Hustwit's Objectified movie is going to be like oxygen for every designer!

Entry no.: 684

6 Jan 2009, 11:34 AM

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Design Transformation is—is it?—the new innovation

"So by this time you might be wondering just what’s wrong with plain old 'Design'? Why does it always need to be qualified with another buzzword of the year? [...] Innovation or transformation, Design speaks for itself. It will in 2009, too."

Conternotions on Bruce Nussbaum's 'Innovation' is Dead. Herald The Birth of 'Transformation' as The Key Concept for 2009 stunt.

Entry no.: 678

23 Dec 2008, 3:16 AM

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Design Woody Allen's latest

Appended Cassandra's Dream and Vicky Cristina Barcelona opening titles to Woody Allen's typography post.

They're both compliant: white Windsor on black, alright.

Entry no.: 676

20 Dec 2008, 12:49 PM

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Design Caricaturing design

"The problem is that every rule related to, or governing, design is ultimately ridiculous," says Ridiculousdesignrules.com.

Hmm, if all design rules are ridiculous, doesn't it mean that design itself is ultimately ridiculous? And designers a bunch of nihilistic caricatures?

In my view, rules are to be obeyed, dismissed, broken or improved, but never ridiculed. Laughing at all design rules, dictums and mantras can only splinter an already disjointed professional ethos.

Thanks, Adrian.

Entry no.: 671

16 Dec 2008, 11:24 AM

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Design Like Digg or Reddit but for design

Undrln is "sort of like Digg or Reddit but for advertising and graphic design." Gruber.

Oh man, I'm so tired of this naming scheme. It was cool back when Flickr did it, now it's not.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 658

7 Dec 2008, 1:15 AM

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Design FontShuffle

Obsessing over typography? Browse and test FontShop typefaces on your iPhone (or iPod Touch) with FontShuffle.

Entry no.: 638

23 Nov 2008, 8:22 PM

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Design Madrid 2016 logo

I'm not a big fan of design contests — see more here and here — but I do like Madrid 2016 logo and visual identity.

Entry no.: 632

22 Nov 2008, 12:28 PM

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Design Top 10 typefaces in book design

Top ten typefaces used by book design winners is — arguably — entirely irrelevant, but pleasing to peruse.

Entry no.: 624

13 Nov 2008, 6:26 PM

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Design Is graphic design art?

Fuck no!

Entry no.: 623

13 Nov 2008, 5:42 PM

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Design Banking murphism

"Typical Murphy, after working on at least four design projects concerning banking (finance, to be more precise) in one form or another, after spending days scavanging for related pictures on the internet, after asking friends to risk getting arrested photographing banks while on vacation abroad, it took one random search through Flickr to find the Banking in Photos group."

Iancu.

Entry no.: 621

12 Nov 2008, 8:39 AM

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Design Weird indeed

"Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs." LPCoverLover. And yes, some of them are weird, indeed.

Entry no.: 616

9 Nov 2008, 4:54 PM

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Design Witshirts

Brilliant t-shirts. My favorite — probably Rock Me Amadeus.

Entry no.: 613

7 Nov 2008, 12:34 PM

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Design Retro type

Typography like a tasty, warm, home-made meal.

Entry no.: 601

1 Nov 2008, 2:49 PM

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Design Power type

Garamond Powerline. Applause.

Entry no.: 598

31 Oct 2008, 2:30 PM

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Design Wabi-Sabi and designers

"As a graphic designer, Wabi-Sabi is the antithesis of what I pursue every day — perfection in my typography, layout, tight invisible Swiss inspired gridlines, etc. Mathematical symmetry is an unshakeable mission for many in my profession, and the ancient philosophies of Wabi-Sabi rip a hole in the side of it."

Todd Dominey reviwing Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers on Amazon.

Entry no.: 594

23 Oct 2008, 12:41 PM

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Design Alphabets

The most creative alphabets. The butterfly wing alphabet is 100% mind-blowing.

Via Coudal.

Entry no.: 588

16 Oct 2008, 6:53 PM

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Design Designing Minds

"We produce a weekly online video series on designers.  The show is basically a profile piece on their life as a designer and how their design gets incorporated into everyday life."

Designing Minds series on Zoom In Online.

Entry no.: 579

5 Oct 2008, 3:05 PM

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Design Diacritics

Diacritics: some yearn having them for some weird reason, while some try to deal with the pain they bring.

Via Iancu.

Entry no.: 572

27 Sep 2008, 1:37 PM

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Design Typographunnies

"Yo momma’s so ugly she was born with ink traps on her face" and other typographic jokes (avoid if not a graphic designer).

Entry no.: 569

25 Sep 2008, 11:04 AM

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Design Logo

Yer doin it rong.

Entry no.: 561

20 Sep 2008, 2:11 PM

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Design IDEO's Tim Brown blogs

"One of the most insightful minds on design thinking and innovation is now bloggingIDEO's Tim Brown." Bookmarked.

Via Nussbaum.

Entry no.: 549

12 Sep 2008, 12:40 PM

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Design LogoLounge 5 nears completion

Bill Gardner announced that the judging of the 33,000 logos submitted for LogoLounge 5 has been completed. The book will be released by Rockport Publishers in early Summer 2009.

Entry no.: 544

15 Aug 2008, 10:37 AM

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Design Who said it was easy?

Akzo, Saffron and "Bruce"—watch, learn and quit bitching about how hard is your life as a designer.

Via Brand New.

Entry no.: 542

12 Aug 2008, 10:44 PM

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Design "Concepts"

"A commercial company’s ability to innovate is inversely proportional to its proclivity to publicly release conceptual products." Kontra’s law.

Entry no.: 537

7 Aug 2008, 9:13 AM

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Design Carrying the flame

How come NYTimes always has some beautiful infographics to show?

Entry no.: 536

4 Aug 2008, 4:08 PM

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Design Illy-esque

Speaking of the un-demonized devil, here's an ode for the perusal of that "designer end of the espresso coffee market".

Entry no.: 532

31 Jul 2008, 1:17 PM

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Design Handwriting

"Do typographers exert some extraordinary control of the pen that laypersons don't? Does a typographer's handwriting influence the typefaces they produce?"

Have a look.

Entry no.: 526

23 Jul 2008, 11:11 AM

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Design Font conference

"Open mailbox," haha! See the movie.

Via DF.

Entry no.: 523

18 Jul 2008, 3:17 PM

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Design Being a designer

"Good designers are a dime a dozen, he said. Coming up with a great design solution is the easy part. The hard part, he said, is getting the client to accept the solution." Mad Men.

Entry no.: 516

9 Jul 2008, 2:04 PM

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Design 25 books

25 new classic book covers from the past 25 years.

And the wonderful 25books.com Bildschöne Bücher was based on.

Entry no.: 511

29 Jun 2008, 11:30 PM

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Design Penguin design

The dead art of book cover is so not dead: have a look at the winners and shortlist of the 2008 Penguin Design Award.

Via Kottke.

Entry no.: 490

24 May 2008, 6:18 PM

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Design Redesign by law

"The U.S. Treasury Department is violating the law by failing to design and issue currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired people." Read Paper money unfair to blind.

Entry no.: 478

30 Apr 2008, 4:42 PM

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Design Dog-years

"Our designers, production and client facing people are living dog-years. They live seven years to any normal designer's one year" — Attik's new NoiseBlog.

Entry no.: 465

7 Apr 2008, 7:35 PM

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Design UK coinage

Noteworthy even given that I'm against design competitions: a 26-year-old first-time currency designer redraws UK coinage. And Jonathan Hoefler's bitter perspective. Via Kottke.

Entry no.: 462

2 Apr 2008, 10:43 AM

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Design One down

Starck went on to say that he believed that design on the whole was dead. This "I'm so ashamed to make this job" story is hardly new, but what about fighting "barbaria"?

Entry no.: 457

26 Mar 2008, 9:14 AM

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Design Jobs on Rand

"If you want options, go talk with other people! I'll solve your problem for you." 1993 Steve Jobs interview about working with Paul Rand at paul-rand.com.

Entry no.: 428

4 Feb 2008, 6:33 PM

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Design Warning

Charles Baldwin on biohazard symbol development: three-sided, easily stenciled and striking enough that it would be remembered. Via Creative Bits.

Entry no.: 422

29 Jan 2008, 1:40 PM

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Design ɐəʞI

Curious Ikea Futura punctuation marks, Gruber-style.

Entry no.: 416

25 Jan 2008, 5:11 PM

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Design For sale

Need some nice stock photos? Buy Getty Images. Only $1.5bn and you're all set.

Entry no.: 414

22 Jan 2008, 11:18 PM

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Design Design police

This type has been bastardised and other "visual enforcement kit parts." Genius!

Entry no.: 411

18 Jan 2008, 1:05 PM

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Design Ironic

When the book cover bets against its content — the typographic joke of the year.

Entry no.: 412

18 Jan 2008, 12:09 PM

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Design Ignorance

Who do you think it might hate designers? Take the quote: "Stealing some hundreds of euros is by far MUCH more work than any designer will accomplish in his/her whole life." This kind of people.

It is a real quotation from a blog. And stare in the abyss.

Entry no.: 410

15 Jan 2008, 10:53 AM

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Design The thin glass

Typography, from Stanley Kubrick’s favorite font to the cover design of The Catcher in the Rye in Michael Bierut's video interview.

Entry no.: 387

13 Dec 2007, 8:36 PM

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Design Leads

138 brands, sorted alphabetically: pencils.

Entry no.: 376

7 Dec 2007, 10:20 AM

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Design Mazing

This is on ID Magazine's list of Most Ingenious Products of 2007. Maybe it was a bad year. Via DO.

Entry no.: 369

3 Dec 2007, 2:23 PM

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Design Encyclopedia Erratica

Wikipedia is a meritorious effort, but when it comes to design or design history its model fails.

Entry no.: 368

3 Dec 2007, 9:19 AM

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Design Making

The Making of FF Meta Serif.

Entry no.: 359

27 Nov 2007, 8:53 AM

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Design All-in-one

Some like calendars [link in Romanian], others like their calendars to be very, very compact. Not too late to redesign anything. Thanks, Eugen.

Entry no.: 355

23 Nov 2007, 9:57 AM

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Design Dizzign

"This page contains some works of 'anomalous motion illusion', which might make sensitive observers dizzy or sick. Should you feel dizzy, you had better leave this page immediately."Via DO.

Entry no.: 342

15 Nov 2007, 10:50 AM

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Design Cover-up

A great cover telling a great story, that's one thing that separates print magazines from web magazines' mashed look and crummy little thumbs: best magazine covers of 2007. Via DO.

Entry no.: 329

6 Nov 2007, 8:58 PM

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Design 30x2

At sixty, Mr Spiekermann has the verve of a thirty years old. The effect of information design or typeface design?

Entry no.: 328

6 Nov 2007, 8:30 AM

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Design No sweat

Effortlessly jump-start your career: design like Khoi Vinh in five easy steps. No design studies required. Piece of cake!

Entry no.: 322

1 Nov 2007, 5:14 PM

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Design iComplain

"When you give people what they want, they actually complain more." Weird but true. [Thanks, Iancu.]

Entry no.: 300

17 Oct 2007, 10:40 AM

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Design Spotted

Dots and NeoSans in Norwegian national broadcaster's idents. [Via 1+1=3.]

Entry no.: 298

16 Oct 2007, 9:09 AM

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Design Responsible

"What is 'sustainable architecture'? The expression doesn't really mean much. I prefer 'responsible architecture'." Françoise-Hélène Jourda in Le Monde. Applies just the same for design: 'responsible design' instead of 'sustainable design'. I like that. [Via CoS.]

Entry no.: 296

15 Oct 2007, 8:35 AM

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Design Design curve

"Combining a full-witted individual with a half-wit only yields a half-wit." The curve it's about web design, but applies to identity as well. [Via Longboard.]

Entry no.: 272

4 Oct 2007, 8:52 AM

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Design Gee

So neglected, the poor thing. Love it and it'll bloom like a flower. Lowercase 'g', that is.

Entry no.: 271

3 Oct 2007, 6:19 PM

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Design Credits

The Lord of the Lord of the Lord of the Lord of—the credits roll, insert yawning emoticon—the Rings. [Via H&FJ.]

Entry no.: 267

2 Oct 2007, 10:56 AM

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Design Instant virtuoso

Ever fancied a corporate ID with a Mona Lisa-inspired color palette? A Botticelli-colored web site? Well then, knock yourself out! [Via 1+1=3]

Entry no.: 260

26 Sep 2007, 11:56 PM

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Design Piece of cake

The "can't tell rebranding from redesign—hey, who cares?—I'll rank that stuff regardless" school of thought. [Via Core77]

Entry no.: 254

25 Sep 2007, 6:11 PM

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Design Band logos

When the sound is not enough, brand the music! Hmm, I wonder when will slogans appear next to those logos? Via Design Forum.

Entry no.: 245

20 Sep 2007, 9:55 AM

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Design A hole in the bubble

Follow-up: John Nack, a Senior Product Manager from Adobe Photoshop team, introduces the new Photoshop logo to the public on his adobe-dot-com-hosted blog and a tidal wave on negative comments flows right in. No wonder. [via DF] Others put together long lists (and rather incomplete) of speech bubble logos to demonstrate the inflationism.

Entry no.: 244

19 Sep 2007, 9:42 AM

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Design Photoshop logo

Adobe® Photoshop® has a (new) logo, 3D candy, shiny and poor—looks like it's targeted at teenagers and amateurs. And the slogan—"See what's possible"—looks crafted towards inducing trial. Photoshop is "the ultimate playground"... what's wrong with Adobe?!? 100% penetration in the pro market and they try to lure some kids now with colorful balloons?

Entry no.: 243

18 Sep 2007, 2:10 PM

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Design Copperplate Gothic

If you worked with Copperplate Gothic you'll feel deep in your stomach the point Armin makes in Dr. Copperplate and Mr. Gothic: this apparently submissive typeface is a hard-boiled motherf**ker.

Entry no.: 232

7 Sep 2007, 9:29 PM

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Design Pantone 2.0: Goe

After making a royal mess out of their PMS lately, Pantone plans to clean up their act by launching Pantone Goe spot-color matching system. New inks, new numbers, new books and new software. I don't like it. At all.

Entry no.: 214

18 Aug 2007, 1:05 PM

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Design Two philosophies

Microsoft font rendering vs Apple font rendering — what do you respect more: the pixel grid, or the font designer? Read Respecting The Pixel Grid. [via DF]

Entry no.: 212

15 Aug 2007, 5:59 PM

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Design Gerpaña

To find out how Gobierno de Gerpaña got a nice logo — and why — read Erik Spiekermann's blog post Viva España or what?

Entry no.: 211

15 Aug 2007, 10:46 AM

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Design Clarity

Design issues in mainstream media: The New York Times runs an article on typography — “a minor technicality of civilized life” — with the occasion of replacing Highway Gothic with Clearview on road signage. Read The Road to Clarity and don't sigh wile reading quotes like “I’ve always thought that design can be a form of social activism.”

Entry no.: 210

15 Aug 2007, 10:35 AM

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Design Original Design Gangsta

Hilarious design-gangsta rap video. It kinda makes sense after all — isn't our professional ethos minority-like? Ghetto-like?

Entry no.: 198

3 Aug 2007, 9:59 AM

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Design The flavors of Times

Times (New) Roman and its part in the Development of Scalable Font Technology by Charles Bigelow, initially posted this article to the Usenet in May 1994 in response to the question: What's the difference between Times Roman and Times New Roman?

Entry no.: 189

24 Jul 2007, 12:37 PM

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Design Design Excellence Awards

IDEO took seven IDEA awards, four gold, one silver, two bronze, plus four Catalyst prizes at 2007 International Design Excellence Awards. Read about it in BusinessWeek's Best Product Design Of 2007 (or jump directly to the slide show).

Entry no.: 186

22 Jul 2007, 10:01 AM

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Design Scourge

Why "Arial is little more than a shameless impostor"? Read The Scourge of Arial.

Entry no.: 170

5 Jul 2007, 12:17 PM

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Design Kamons

Wikipedia entry: "Mon, also monshō, mondokoro, or kamon, are Japanese family heraldic symbols. Mon refers to any symbol, while kamon and mondokoro refer specifically to family symbols." Now you know why Japanese symbol-based logos are so beautiful: tradition. [via PingMag]

Entry no.: 167

3 Jul 2007, 11:42 PM

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Design Holographic show design

Diesel leaves audience open-mouthed in Florence with "Liquid Spaces" holographic catwalk show created by the Spanish CGI animation studio Dvein using the amazing technology developed by the Danish multi-media production agency Vizoo. Download the video and have a look. [Via Cool Hunting]

Entry no.: 162

30 Jun 2007, 4:04 PM

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Design Pray like a pro

Are thou a graphic designer? Then learn how to properly pray like a graphic designer. Amen. [via Quipsologies]

Entry no.: 161

30 Jun 2007, 3:59 PM

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Design Perfect city

The perfect city via smart design is definitely doable — watch in Monocle's City Slickers why "the measure of a city is more about everyday wonders - pavements, well-designed schools, punctual transport - rather than one-off grand projects".

Entry no.: 158

27 Jun 2007, 10:46 AM

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Design Anti-forgery typography

Erik Spiekermann: "The official typeface for our license plates is called FE-Mittelschrift, with FE meaning it is Fälschungs-Erschwert, i.e. difficult to forge. Apparently car thieves, terrorists and notorious law-breakers had been exploiting DIN’s geometric construction principle and turning turning E into F or 3 into 8 etc by simply using a bit of black tape or white paint." Read Complete forgery on SpiekerBlog.

Entry no.: 156

25 Jun 2007, 4:47 PM

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Design Spiekermann on business

Erik Spiekermann: "We won’t do pitches. We never do unpaid creative work, but sometimes it takes more time and trouble to convince them than to do the work. But it’s a principle." Read the whole interview at IdeasOnIdeas.

Entry no.: 141

29 May 2007, 11:39 AM

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Design LogoLounge Book 4

The judging for LogoLounge Book 4 has been completed, I am told. Judges this year: Louis Lygo of Wolff Olins, Jerry Kuyper of Jerry Kuyper Partners, Jason Schulte of Office, Gaby de Abreu of Switch Branding & Design, Haley Johnson of Haley Johnson Design, Neville Brody of Research Studios, Janet Martin of Communication Arts, Inc., and Chris Campbell of Interbrand. Congratulations to Founder Bill Gardner and Editor Cathy Fishel for this new baby.

Entry no.: 137

17 May 2007, 12:03 AM

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Design Top 10 Star Wars t-shirts

Big fat laugh seeing Top 10 Star Wars t-shirts on The Daily T-Shirt Blog. My favorites are Boo Boo Walker and Ping Pong Vader.

Entry no.: 135

15 May 2007, 2:30 PM

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Design Apple design

Read The Secret of Apple Design "The inside (sort of) story of why Apple's industrial-design machine has been so successful." and What If Apple Is Bad for Design?. Judge for yourself.

Entry no.: 107

3 Apr 2007, 11:38 AM

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Design Pitch compensation

Icograda's week's Feature tackles "the issues of pitching for business and what is appropriate compensation for work presented." The question was: What should you be paid for a pitch?
And the answers — Fair market value for the work produced to present: 60%; A percentage of the value of the contract: 17%; An honorarium based on the time involved: 26%.

It seems that nobody answered "nothing, it's on the house", just like in real life.

Entry no.: 78

23 Jan 2007, 10:49 AM

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Design The Times

Evolution of The Times mastheads — a publication only 9 years younger than the USA. Times New Roman typeface introduced on the masthead on October 3, 1932. [via CCS]

Entry no.: 75

20 Jan 2007, 2:15 PM

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Design Inspired by pressure

"I've always had my own methods of dealing with [inspiration] and one of them is pressure. I only start work when I really cannot avoid it anymore. And it's not inspiration, it's sweat — perspiration..." Erik Spiekermann. [via Authentic Boredom]

Entry no.: 73

19 Jan 2007, 4:48 PM

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Design Design is the new advertising

"Design is the new advertising. The agencies should fold, they’re out of line and out of touch. The only advertising that works is about product that you’re drawn to any way." Marc Gobé interview. [via BusinessWeek's Nussbaum On Design]

Entry no.: 66

15 Jan 2007, 2:31 AM

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Design Maeda about Rand

John Maeda: "So was Paul Rand a grumpy, cantankerous, braggart? Sure. He was also a brilliant, caring, and humble man at the same time. If people were simple they wouldn't be that interesting; they are best when they are complex." Paul Rand Commercial at Maeda's Simplicity.

Entry no.: 65

13 Jan 2007, 4:55 PM

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Design Visual Culture Books

Rick Poynor's Top 15 Design and Visual Culture Books at Print Magazine. Few usual suspects, more of the heavy stuff.

Entry no.: 56

5 Jan 2007, 8:15 PM

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Design SpiekerBlog 2.0

For casual visitors or for typography-savvy designers admiring the grand master, SpiekerBlog 2.0 is now online. [via D.O.]

Entry no.: 47

28 Dec 2006, 12:40 PM

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Design Not Management Consultancy

At noise Between Stations, Victor Lombardi confirms what everyone working with consultants thought, in Is Design The New Management Consultancy? Not Exactly.

Entry no.: 39

22 Dec 2006, 7:21 PM

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Design Kapitaal

Graphic design is all around us. Watch Studio Smack's incredible movie Kaapital and wonder what's the best strategy to cut through the clutter.

Entry no.: 37

21 Dec 2006, 11:12 PM

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Design Adobe icons

Adobe announced their new "paint chip" application icons philosophy. Designers vociferate on Jason Santa Maria's blog. Adobe explains.

Entry no.: 34

20 Dec 2006, 7:50 PM

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Design Bond titles

Casino Royale credits sequence graphics "owes to the jagged emblematic graphics of Saul Bass" says Daniel Kleinman, the title designer behind the opening credit sequences for the last five James Bond films. [via Design Observer]

Entry no.: 33

18 Dec 2006, 3:37 AM

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Design Germanos Sans

Germanos retail graphics were redesigned using Comic Sans, I noticed at the Plazza Mall outlet. Horrible.

Entry no.: 24

16 Dec 2006, 3:32 AM

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Design Who Is Jonathan Ive?

"Apple is a cult, and Apple's design team is an even more intense version of a cult" -- read Who Is Jonathan Ive? in BusinessWeek.