Monthly Archive for July, 2009

What is good design?

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WHAT IS GOOD DESIGN?

FINDINGS Almost every design conference or interview someone will ask this question. What is good design? Here are Dieter Ram’s 10 design principles. Even though there isn’t a concrete answer to this question it’s always interesting to see people’s answers. I still have yet to figure out what my answer would be.

Google fun

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GOOGLE FUN

FINDINGS Here’s some Friday fun. Type in “What are these stra” inside your Google search bar. You’ll find a funny surprise.

I heart books

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I HEART BOOKS

BOOKS I was thrilled this morning to receive a large package of books from Princeton Architectural Press this morning. Indie Publishing and Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design are great books for students new to Graphic Design. The Handy Book of Artistic Printing is a collection of beautiful letterpress examples of type and ornamentation. I recommend that book to those who adore ephemera. And last but not least, I recommend There’s Nothing Funny About Design to anyone who considered themselves as a creative. I’m a sucker for visuals and rarely have time to sit down and read a book. I’m currently half way through this book and I really encourage designers to read about design instead of always looking at pretty pictures.

Waterfigures

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WATERFIGURINES

PHOTOGRAPHY This talented photographer does a brilliant job in capturing water droplets and splashes. Don’t these images look like ballerina glass figurines? Very lovely.

Plates by Nina

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PLATES BY NINA

PRODUCT DESIGN Nina has a collection of charming and whimsical handmade ceramics. Visit her Etsy shop for more designs.

Melbourne redesign

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MELBOURNE REDESIGN

GRAPHIC DESIGN I’m amazed with how well the redesign of Melbourne’s identity came out. It’s tons better than the old identity system. via Brand New

Varoom!

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VAROOM!

MAGAZINE Looks like Varoom! magazine has a new masthead. I’m not sure If I like this one better or the old one. I’m leaning towards the old version…but this one is nice, too.

Cantor art center

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CANTOR ART CENTER

ART Just took a trip to Stanford’s Cantor Art Center for the very first time. They have a pretty nice collection of art throughout history…from Goya to Lichtenstein. I found the Experimental Music Series by Mark Applebaum most intriguing. The graphic art with evocative glyphs and densely arranged pictographs were pretty inspirational. It would be awesome if he and Marian Bantjes did something together.

Jan Kallwejt

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JAN KALLWEJT

ILLUSTRATION A superstar portfolio filled with tons of amazing illustrations.

Bike shop

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BIKE SHOP

FINDINGS Republic Bike and Urban Outfitters have come together to offer consumers the ability to personalize their bike purchase.