October 2009 Archives
Peter Nencini, “a freelance illustrator and designer”, on multi-disciplinarity and anti-specialisation:
Specialist expertise is slow-grown, rooted in natural ability and will-to-learn, but our specialisms are conjoined. The conjunction. The in-between. The bit where we talk to each other. And where we make things together.
To many ‘homesteaders’, GeoCities feels like it has been around since the dawn of the web; in fact it was established in late 1994 by Messrs David Bohnett and John Rezner.
An institution, in every sense of the word, GeoCities established a novel model for mapping the real world of everyday life onto the virtual world of the web. According to Wikipedia:
In its original form, users selected a ‘city’ in which to place their web pages. These ‘cities’ were named after real cities or regions according to their content – for example, computer-related sites were placed in ‘SiliconValley’ and those dealing with entertainment were assigned to ‘Hollywood’ – hence the name ‘GeoCities’.
Acquired by Yahoo! a decade ago, GeoCities today, sadly, closed its doors. We’re sad to see it go.
Test your web sites and applications using A/B testing and share that knowledge with others, making everyone smarter in the process.
Courtesy of the combined talents of Bokardo, Performable and KISSmetrics - no small A/B task force - ABtests features no shortage of A/B Tests, helping you to improve your conversions and learn from others.
@font-face, all in a beautifully designed package. Enough said.
The idea behind Cubic Studio is simple:
- The web site is based on pictograms, separated in two colours;
- Each pictogram has a different meaning;
- Click on a pictogram;
- …and browse the contents related to its meaning.
The execution is flawless.
Created in just five days as a part of an experimental gameplay project, Canabalt combines simple, yet challenging gameplay with precision crafted pixel art to create an immersive and addictive environment.
Tusj is a beautifully hand-drawn typeface based on Matthew Carter’s Georgia courtesy of Norwegian designer Magnus Cederholm. Available in both TrueType and PostScript format, it’s free for both personal and commercial use. Lovely.
Quotes on Design is a side project by the very talented Chris Coyier, the man behind CSS Tricks (an equally inspiring site). Serving up a generous helping of quotes on design, curated by Chris Coyier. Our favourites include 37signals, “Inspiration is perishable,” and Saul Bass’s, “Design is thinking made visual.”
Congratulations to Emigre’s Mrs Eaves, she has a new man friend. Meet Mr Eaves.
Corey Holms has worked across a broad spectrum of design for over a decade, undertaking identity, type and entertainment design projects for an international roster of clients. Holms has designed award-winning projects for, amongst others, Depeche Mode, The Sopranos and Enemy of the State in addition to the creation of numerous typefaces distributed by Veer and YouWorkForThem.
Holms’ isn’t all corporate, however, his recent Flickr set of Food Dye images created, “primarily of food dye, vegetable oil and water,” are beautifully executed and showcase what can be achieved using minimal means and maximum imagination. Get them at Blanka.
The formula is quite simple: when someone does something for you: say thank you. Nothing could be simpler, and nothing could be more valuable.
Regarding thanks, Danzico points out that the credit for Bobulate’s recent redesign goes entirely to Jason Santa Maria. His design is classical, beautifully crafted and well worth taking a look at, not least for the use of
@font-face to enable some restrained typography using David Březina’s beautifully designed typeface Skolar.
Great work all round. Thank you.
Featuring works by a glittering array of designers including Marian Bantjes, Non-Format and, of course, Herb Lubalin, Lubalin Now is a fitting tribute to one of the true giants of twentieth century typography.
The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography state:
The installation includes recent posters, publications, and motion graphics by internationally recognized graphic designers that spotlight an emerging trend toward expressive lettering and typography.
Opening to coincide with the Center’s move to a new location, much of the work is available to view online, perfect for a little exuberant inspiration.
Courtesy of the very talented Christian Annyas, The Movie Title Stills Collection is a comprehensive stills collection containing hundreds of main titles from feature films, spanning almost a century.
To get the ball rolling Typedia have partnered with Veer to offer a license to Cordial Bloom, an illuminated display face described by Veer as, “one part illuminated capitals, one part Art Deco, and one part Marian Bantjes.”
As if this wasn’t enough they’re also giving away a copy of Thames and Hudson’s excellent Jan Tschichold – Master Typographer (no self-respecting typographer should be without a copy).
All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is to answer the following question: What’s your favorite ampersand? Simple.
Brian Hennings, resident designer at H&FJ and the man behind Tungsten’s beautifully crafted type samples, shares some observations about the process of creating H&FJ’s samples.
Jonathan Hoefler states:
His is a strange universe of the fictitious: signage programs for mythical cities, book jackets for unwritten novels, product literature for items you cannot buy, broadcast graphics for live sporting events that you can’t quite identify.
After immersing himself completely in the world of Tungsten, Hennings captures the typeface’s essence perfectly, “Is Tungsten the hard-boiled detective in a shearling coat, the English dandy with a walking stick and a vintage convertible, or the small-town judge who delivers a very personal style of justice?”
Billions spent on this. Billions spent on that. It’s all relative right?
Some key figures: $7,800 Billion for the ‘worst case’ estimated total cost to the US government of the current financial crisis; $3,000 Billion to cover the Iraq War; and $465 Billion to feed and educate every child on earth for five years.
It’s all relative.