Farewell Massimo Vignelli, One of the Design Icons of the 20th Century

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 29th 2014
Farewell Massimo Vignelli, One of the Design Icons of the 20th Century

Vignelli was born in Milan in 1931, and he studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano Università di Architettura and later at the Università di Architettura, Venice. Though he spent his childhood enduring the threats and bomb alarms of World War II, Vignelli believes this period helped him become a designer, because if he had been born before this time, he wouldn’t have been part of the war or the rebuilding efforts. Vignelli then met his wife, Lella, and... CONTINUE READING

20 Fresh Portfolio Designs to Spark Your Creativity

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 28th 2014
20 Fresh Portfolio Designs to Spark Your Creativity

The portfolio is simply a medium that includes samples of previous artwork created for yourself or other clients. With the evolution of the digital era, the form of the portfolio has shifted from a traditional paper document to a more interactive website. So the question that arises here is how do you attract the client to your website? As a talented designer, that mission will be easy for you; all you need to do is create an attractive and... CONTINUE READING

Coca- Cola unveil their 2014 World Cup visual identity by Brazilian street artist Speto and a Leeds Design Studio

By: Julia Wild on May 27th 2014
Coca- Cola unveil their 2014 World Cup visual identity by Brazilian street artist Speto and a Leeds Design Studio

It was the collaboration of Brazilian street artist Speto with a Leeds based Design Studio that made this design identity happen. Creative Review have a fantastic interview with Coca-Cola’s global design head James Sommerville. Sommerville covers everything from how the project came about to some great explanations on the process of the designs. He explains to Creative Review: “Early on in the project, after a few days of sketching, we were not making significant progress on the logo until... CONTINUE READING

Mind-Blowing Pencil Sketches

By: Julia Wild on May 19th 2014
Mind-Blowing Pencil Sketches

1. Ramon Bruin Ramon Bruin invented his own art style which he calls ‘Optical Illusionism’. He explains on his website “Optical Illusionism is a combination of drawing and photography. He creates drawings that come to life when photographed from the exact right angle”. Below are some examples of his work but you can see much more on DeniantArt and Instagram. 2. Vimal Chandran Chandran is a visual artist and illustrator. His illustrations are outstanding and on his website you... CONTINUE READING

Every Week Two Students Anonymously Create Beautiful Chalkboard Quotes

By: Julia Wild on May 16th 2014
Every Week Two Students Anonymously Create Beautiful Chalkboard Quotes

I tried to look into who these designers are but it seems that very few people know: “They’ve been popping up on campus all semester: intricately worked chalkboard messages with one signature, #dangerdust. The article on their college website continues to explain “I recently sat down with the artistic duo and, while I can’t name names, I did get a sense of who these artists are and what drives them. They wish to remain unnamed (although they admit most... CONTINUE READING

Powerful Stories Through Photography

By: Julia Wild on May 13th 2014
Powerful Stories Through Photography

1. James Mollison, 1973, was born in Kenya but grew up in England. His latest book “Where Children Sleep” was published in 2010 and it tells the story of diverse children from around the world through portraits and photos of their bedrooms. Mollison explains on his website: “When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it... CONTINUE READING

Cartoon Artists To Follow This Week

By: Julia Wild on May 9th 2014
Cartoon Artists To Follow This Week

Some of these cartoon artists you may never have heard of before but are well worth taking a look at or following on sites such as Twitter, Behance or Tumblr. Enjoy the work and if there any cartoon artists that you feel need adding to the list this week please comment below. In no particular order first up is “chilango” who has had a passion for drawing and tracing comic books since a very young age. He explains on... CONTINUE READING

Stunning Spiral Mosaic Designs – From Posters to Minimalist Wall Clocks

By: Julia Wild on May 8th 2014
Stunning Spiral Mosaic Designs - From Posters to Minimalist Wall Clocks

Cody Small explains to GraphicDesign.com the concept of the project: “The idea behind of the composition is to mimic the patterns found in nature, specifically The Fibonacci number. This sequence is found in the likes of Nautilus shells, Roses, the cochlea of the human inner ear, almost everything”. These clocks started as a poster series which you can see below: Cody Small goes onto explain “I’m fascinated by the concept that although the world may appear random and chaotic,... CONTINUE READING

This Weeks Finds – Simple Yet Innovative Product Designs

By: Julia Wild on May 6th 2014
This Weeks Finds - Simple Yet Innovative Product Designs

1. Senz° – the original storm umbrella There is nothing worse than having an umbrella that five minutes later turns inside out and then needs to be thrown away. As explained on the Senz° website “The story of senz° goes back to the fall of 2004, when a young and naïve Industrial Design Engineering student, Gerwin Hoogendoorn, experienced one week in which three of his umbrellas broke down. Being sick and tired of the massive amount of crappy umbrellas,... CONTINUE READING

Jay York On Twitter Tweaks – What they mean to graphic designers

By: Neil Tortorella on Apr 30th 2014
Jay York On Twitter Tweaks – What they mean to graphic designers

The social media is one of those rapidly evolving environments where what’s hot today is passé tomorrow. We’ve all seen Facebook become a communication staple of modern society and also an ever morphing entity. Twitter isn’t far behind. In fact, the recent Twitter redesign incorporates several elements that are reminiscent of Facebook and Google+. A focus on visuals is apparent, including a large header image and stepping away from its strict vertical layout. I hooked up with Jay York... CONTINUE READING

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