Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Krazy about k

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KRAZY ABOUT K

GRAPHIC DESIGN I’ve always wondered what my signature would look like if my name was spelled with a K instead of a C. Here’s a fun article by AIGA about the use of the letter K in identity design.

The vandercook

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THE VANDERCOOK

VIDEO Check out this sexy 1950 Vandercook letterpress work its thang. Happy weekend!

Shigeo Fukuda

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SHIGEO FUKUDA

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sadly one of my few design icons, Shigeo Fukuda, an influential Japanese designer/artist/visual illusionist/communicator passed away a few days ago. His life was filled with many great achievements and will always be remembered and admired through his work. I bet he’s chillin’ with Mr. MC Escher!

Sol lewitt

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SOL LeWITT

ART Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective comprises 105 of LeWitt’s large-scale wall drawings, spanning the artist’s career from 1969 to 2007. It’s showing at the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art. Wish I could be there!

Taf

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TAF

PRODUCT DESIGN Taf has some brilliant light fixture designs. There’s a lovely quirky yet sophisticated quality in their furniture designs. Wouldn’t mind having some of their pieces in my future dream home!

Creative commons

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CREATIVE COMMONS

DESIGN NEWS Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Sharing of ideas are definitely encouraged. I’m interested in seeing how many designers are actually willing to let go of ideas and allow others to use their work.

New York Philharmonic

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NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

DESIGN NEWS Today, the New York Philharmonic introduces their new graphic identity designed by Paula Scher. I really enjoy the dynamic motion created in the mark when they are presented in various lockups. I think my favorite is the one on the top left.

Consumers unite

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CONSUMERS UNITE

DESIGN NEWS As you can see here, Saks Fifth Avenue’s new campaign is inspired by the bold designs and propaganda spirit of Russian constructivist art. In collaboration with Shephard Fairey, Saks Fifth Avenue turns to a more tongue-in-cheek marketing approach. Never thought I’d ever be writing the names Shephard Fairey and Saks Fifth Avenue in one sentence! In a time when our country is in dire need of patriotic spirit, I’m not exactly sure how Russian Constructivism does its job. Its definitely one drastic step from Pentagram’s redesign for Saks and hopefully it helps hike up sales.

Design exhibition

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MUSEUM OF CRAFTS + DESIGN

GRAPHIC DESIGN From January 16th – April 26th, the San Francisco Museum of Crafts and Design will be exhibiting leading-edge works of several San Francisco-based graphic designers. Designers include:Philippe Becker, Adam Brodsley & Eric Heiman, Josh Chen, Barbara Vick, Tom Ingalls, Jennifer Jerde, Mitchell Mauk, Jennifer Bostic, Sara Schneider, Michael Schwab, Christopher Simmons, Cinthia Wen. I’ll be attending the opening reception on January 15 at 5pm. See you guys there!

Christoph Niemann

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CHRISTOPH NIEMANN

ILLUSTRATION Christoph Niemann continues to make me jealous. He’s not only a talented illustrator but a brilliant thinker. I always have the “ah ha” moments when I look at his work and wish I was the one who thought of it. Happy weekend, everyone!