Smith & Diction’s Pitch Deck
All wrapped up nicely in a Figma presentation with tangent links to moodboards and samples.
A deep dive into the RIDGE wine label
I've always loved these labels, with their understated design and use of Optima. Nice to learn the backstory and understand the system in place.
An interview with Geoff McFetridge about the interfaces in “Her” and then some
Seems like a good time to re-watch “Her.” Though the movie is almost 10 years old, its view of AI and interfaces is quite prescient. Scene: Firing up the OS for the first time.
More images of the interfaces in “Her”
Including a really nice sketch
Speaking the Eames Institute, they have a (virtual) magazine to share stories about people, projects, and ideas that are shaping a better tomorrow. I kinda wish it was a real magazine, had an RSS feed or both!
Paul Rand’s Logo Presentation Books
A trove of logo concept books from Rand. Many of these identity studies weren't approved. Still great to peruse.
Visions Not Previously Seen
Barbara “Bobbie” Stauffacher Solomon mixed Swiss graphic design principles with West Coast Pop art stylings, essentially creating supergraphics, and in doing so shaped the history of design. / Revisiting this link for inspiration
Right On! A Documentary on Student Protest
AIGA has a solid deep dive (and video thumbing through pages) of this distilling reports of campus protests. David L. Burke's design keeps the vibe of a zine in a paperback format. It's gorgeous.
Hyundai N Vision 74
I don't think about sports cars too much because I generally couldn't fit in them if I tried, but dang Hyundai's design team is on fire.
10,000 years of branding
Explained in 6 minutes by Debbie Millman. Many favorite moments, including this beautiful stretch: "Branding has become a profound manifestation of the human spirit."
Aaron Draplin Wake & Make Challenge
Closed out a day of computers & zooms & needed to do something & didn't want to think about it. This 5 minute type drawing exercise from Draplin hit the spot. (The thing I made isn't very good.)
The greatest output of your careers will be relationships
The list of ”10 things I wish every design student knew“ by Cameron Moll holds up incredibly well over time, but also? Works for every profession.
Whimbrel Stamp Alphabet (and font)
Alex Tomlinson developed a font based on a 1940's Bird Lore magazine and a set of stamps to boot.
National Parks Poster
by Steve Wolf Designs. Dig.
An open-source emoji font in multiple weights (and a single color, even the flags). Jennifer Daniel has the deets and download link.
The new Condor livery
Brand New has oodles more images, but Condor has a sneak peek here. I would plan a trip just to be a passenger in one of these planes.
The Empire Stripes Back
Armin Vit’s perspective on the Condor branding refresh is a delight to read. (Requires subscription, but _so_ worth it if you've interest in branding.)
A great thread about music visualization
Sometimes Twitter's algorithm reveals good things. Like these tweets from Andrew Benson and the replies.
The Fox is Black is back
Bobby Solomon had a great blog about creativity and culture that was a favorite destination for many years. It lives again today as a thoughtful and densely awesome newsletter.
An open source collection of Design Principles
Collections of guiding thoughts from the likes of John Maeda, Apple, IBM, Fisher Price and 160+ others. A trove. / via @rjkwon
Swee kombucha packaging by Below
I like to imagine a future where all ingredients are listed like this, but realize it'd be impossible. Lovely work by Below studio. / via @manfredhwf
11 retro coffee makers
Pretty sure my parents had the SEB Model 980, which would look awesome on the counter today. These and more from a book titled ”Soft Electronics“ out in May from Gestalten. / via Sidebar
Milwaukee Transit Passes
The Letterform Archive holds about 300 tickets in their collection thanks in part to a donation from type designer Tobias Frere-Jones... and they’re gorgeous.
The inspiration behind the Rivian palette
There's not too much to the story (it's nature!), but dang Rivian has the best color line-up of any vehicle manufacturer.
Where are all the black designers?
New profiles are being posted throughout Black History Month. I remember having a single class with Noel Mayo at OSU and he exuded passion for design that was inspiring. / A fantastic growing list, via Under Consideration
A golden age of graphic design
Ahhhh, so all that good government design from the 70's was born from the Federal Graphics Improvement Program / via UnderConsideration's Brand New
Emojis: Why We Love Them So Much & What They Mean
Free Zoom event alert: Dan Sinker has a conversation with emoji designer Jennifer Daniel on Thu, February 17.
Stunning type design by Valentina Casali / via Jessica Hische
New type design practice and foundry from Erik Marinovich. Just cruise around the specimens pages to get a solid dose of vibrant type goodness.
Bauhaus Typography at 100
Lots of safety protocols in place at the Letterform Archive in San Francisco for this exhibit that runs through April 27, 2022. File under: Wish I was closer!
Kumiko Amp Cabinet
Gorgeous results from this young man in Oregon. Great woodworking and video production all around. / Fun link from Tom
Mike & Maaike’s Windowseat
While watching Station Eleven I noticed these chairs in the airport. I've always thought the design striking.
How Brian Lovin’s site works
Whoa. This is densely awesome. A personal website that operates somewhat like an OS. Thoroughly engaging and inspiring.
The Year in Type
I Love Typography looks back at some of the highlights of 2021, including typefaces, profiles, inspiration and then some. / via Sidebar
The art and Design of Nolan Pelletier
Fonts In Use showcased a recent album design by Nolan and his site is filled with delightful illustrations and details abound!
101 Best Book Covers from 2021
Literary Hub picks their favorites and it was a joy to scroll through. My goal in 2022 is to read books. / via Rachel Kwon
Porsche posters (1961–1969)
These posters catch a vibe. Baby, are you coming for the ride? (The ride, the ride, the ride)
I want candy
Specifically this Duluth Candy because of the sweet job Studio MPLS did for their brand and packaging! / via Under Consideration
Elliott Jay Stocks on helping build a library of materials and guides to help folks understand, explore and choose type with purpose. A great resources from the Google Fonts Team.