Best Beer Design 2021

30 Best-Looking Beer Cans

Even more fun, there’s a generator to make your own hip beer can design. If only I could upload a photo of my cat. Silly fun for Friday.

Whimsical type spelling out Whirly Birdie

Whirley Birdie

A whimsical variable display typeface by Alex Tomlinson. Has a companion set of dingbats that use variable tech to animate.

David Carson teaches design (Masterclass still)

David Carson Teaches Graphic Design

“Learn new perspective in graphic design from David-effing-Carson for fifteen dollars? Uh, yes please.” Greg Storey (@brilliantcrank)

An abstract illustration of type

On Type with Erik Spiekermann

Part of Adobe’s Creativity Explained series (wonderfully) animated by Oddfellows in Portland. / via Sean Sharp

How to Design Better Icons

Great short introduction to some of the basics when developing a family of icons

Musashino Art University poster

Ink traps explained

Extremely well deep dive into ink traps and all the variations. Get to the bottom for the kicker of the Imperial Trap. / via Under Consideration

Group X by Smith and Diction

Group X branding

An anonymous group of artists and curators making things happen in Philly. Now with a fine identity to mask their identity. Always solid seeing what Smith & Diction make. / via Under Consideration

An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts

An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts

Assembled between 1886 and 1942, a collection of watercolor fruits and plants made by 21 artists. (This book looks beautiful.)

A man holding a film camera up to his eye

Ui/Ux et al

“Think. Consider. Sketch. Think again. And look around you. It’s all been done before, albeit with different code.” – Erik Spiekerman’s thoughts on digital vs. traditional design.

Geometric shapes in pretty colors

What is Figma

I’m just going to send folks to this intro video by Tori Hinn and Enle Li when trying to extoll the awesomeness of this collaborative design application

Pointing hand graphic

This way. Guide

Type specimen guide focused on arrows and stories behind navigation tools that we use every day.

Initial sketches for Macintosh icons by Susan Kare

Found some vintage AppleLink-era icon studies.

– Susan Kare, on Twitter

Women designers in history

15 women who have made lasting contributions to design

Great list with some names new to me. Particularly, now I know who did the Lovesexy type and Paisley Park logo, Margo Chase.

details of data charts focusing on legend colors

Which color scale to use when visualizing data

A still from an animated personal website

Gergely Gizella’s personal website

Is unlike any I have experienced. / via

An illustration of accessibility tags

Making accessibility a feature, not a fix.

Thanks to Kay I’ve begun to understand the implications of accessibility. And Greg has a great summation of work by Stephanie Hagadorn and her team at Indeed to incorporate the thinking into the process of design.

Visual pieces combined to make new forms

Plus Equals

A quarterly zine in which Rob Weychert explores algorithmic art with a focus on combinatorics.

A snapshot of a database of award winners

The Society for News Design Best of Awards

Gold awards for visual storytelling that defines the state of the art in digital design. Some excellent nuggets buried in the database. / via Greg Storey

Abstract colored rectangles in a colorful pattern

Simplify your tech diagrams

Layercakes (a new term to me) should simplify, not overcomplicate. Stop filling your tech diagrams with TMI. An essay by Paul Ford

Bad Feeling

Editorial project fetching entries from online forums related to emotional and psychological struggles. / via Fonts in Use

Japan Pictograms

Japan Pictograms

Nippon Design Center released a set of pictograms to support tourism in Japan, and they’re lovely. / via Under Consideration

Fender logo

So who drew that Fender logo…

OH no Type Co gets to the bottom of it 3 years after asking…

Canada Modern design examples

Canada Modern

A (gorgeous) physical and digital archive of Canadian graphic design. / via UnderConsideration

A screenshot of a beige website

I Miss My Bar

Adjust the ambiance and pour yourself something fizzy. A lovely site by Lagom + Tandem that might be offline because it’s getting hammered. Pardon the pun.

Electronic plastic games

Electronic Plastic Visual Database

Jaro Gielens collection of 900+ electronic games that are searchable by color, brand and then some. Wowsers! / via Swiss-Miss

Mille Bornes design through the years

I was adding a favorite and Thor sent me this link and I thought it looked familiar. A great look through the history of card design for this game.

San Francisco Symphony rebrand

By Collins. Agreeing with other folks that think this is lovely.

Dieter Ram's palettes

Ram’s Palettes

Colours taken from Dieter Rams legendary production collection for Braun. Made by Chad Ashley. / via Paul Bausch

BMW supercars

12 Legendary BMWs

I’m mostly here for the graphic illustrations / via AirBag

That new Tesla steering… yoke

Is pretty frickin sweet.