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

Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 5th 2014
Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live

The HOW Design Live 2014 kick off next Monday, in Boston brings an amazing, interdisciplinary speaker line up, including creative heavy–hitters Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister and Maria Popova. But what also caught our attention were the changes in the Creative Freelancer Conference (now the Creative Freelancer Business Conference) founded by Marketing Mentor’s Ilise Benun and the newly added HOW Leadership Conference presented in partnership with Sterling Brands’ Debbie Millman. The changes speak to the ways that boundaries... CONTINUE READING

Shurong Diao Creates Alphabet From Long Rapunzel-like Hair

By: Julia Wild on Apr 30th 2014
Shurong Diao Creates Alphabet From Long Rapunzel-like Hair

Shurong Diao is a New York based design undergraduate student from the School of Visual Arts and for this particular project she used hair to create ‘hair alphabet’ letter forms. Inspired by Chinese calligraphy style Shurong Diao explains on her porfolio website that she wanted to build a connection between Chinese Characters and the Roman alphabet. And she has done this by substituting black ink on rice paper with long black hair. With Rapunzel-like hair Shurong has created the... 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

The Design Evolution of the British Five Pound Note

By: Julia Wild on Apr 28th 2014
The Design Evolution of the British Five Pound Note

Although the Royal Chartered Bank of England introduced the “Pound Sterling” in 1694, it wasn’t until 1793 that the first £5 notes were adopted. It remained the lowest denomination bank note until 1797 and it soon became known as the “white fiver”. It remained in circulation until February 1957. Below you can see the Bank of England’s £5 note. As explained on the British Museum website the bank notes “consisted mainly of text, the only ornament being a small... CONTINUE READING

Duffy & Partners Interview: Discussing the Sub-Zero Wolf Rebrand

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 25th 2014
Duffy & Partners Interview: Discussing the Sub-Zero Wolf Rebrand

The Wolf identity was originally designed by Duffy & Partners in 2001. Since then, Sub-Zero has expanded and innovated, so they sought the design expertise of Duffy & Partners to poise their brands for continued future growth. After 20 years, it was time to update the Sub-Zero identity to reflect the product innovations, growth, and advancements of the company. This update also presented an opportunity to make a better visual connection to Sub-Zero’s Wolf line of ovens. Joe Duffy,... CONTINUE READING

Do You Make These Logo Design Mistakes?

By: Neil Tortorella on Apr 14th 2014
Do You Make These Logo Design Mistakes?

These less-than logosmiths tend to make the same mistakes over and over. At least they’re consistent. When it comes to art and science of logo design, there are cardinal rules that should be followed if a design is to be successful. Let’s have a look at a few of these all too common faux pas, blunders, solecisms and erroneous outcomes. Mistake #1: Giving the client too much authority I can hear it now. “Giving the client too much authority?... CONTINUE READING

Graffiti. Graffiti Art. Street Art: 15 Stunning Graffiti Artworks

By: Julia Wild on Apr 11th 2014
Graffiti. Graffiti Art. Street Art: 15 Stunning Graffiti Artworks

It is hardly surprising that many people think there is a big difference difference between graffiti and tagging. Some are of the opinion that people who do tags and call themselves graffiti artists should be ashamed of themselves and that graffiti IS street art. It seems there is a common misconception between the definition of graffiti and street art. At the end of the day how did “graffiti art” or “street art” all start? How did some of today’s... CONTINUE READING

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