Unsung Heroes

Here’s a great place to dive into Scott Bom’s personal website that has the best buckets of navigation and a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to delve into Documenting for a stream of inspiration and type releases. (But all sections are filled with goodness)

scottboms.com

Screen printed posters with folks that change the world

Smith & Diction’s Pitch Deck

All wrapped up nicely in a Figma presentation with tangent links to moodboards and samples.

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Smith & Diction's design process chart that includes logo, colors, type, messaging, brandwork and styleguide

Book covers by Pino Tovaglia, mid 1970s

I'm in dire need of a large stack of colored paper. / via a Present & Correct tweet

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Book covers with mid century modern design

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.

ridgewine.com

Ridge wine label design system

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.

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screen grab from the movie Her. An interface shows a letter being hand written

More images of the interfaces in “Her”

Including a really nice sketch

gizmodo.com.au

Gradients and geometric shapes form an interface

I want to go to Sweden and have some fries

And a burger. Delighted by this identity by Kurppa Hosk. Also, I want to play Wipeout again. / via Brand New

kurppahosk.com

Visual identity representing color and type in 3d landscape with characters of cheese, fries, onions, ketchup and mustard

Design System Advent Calendar

I trust whatever insight Dan Mall shares about Design Systems will be actionable and extremely valuable. (I also dig this format as it seems like it won’t be overwhelming!)

danmall.com

Design System Advent Calendar with sample emails mocked up in a mobile phone

Kazam Magazine

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!

eamesinstitute.org

Hands screen print an abstract print with orange and blue rectangles

Why Japan’s internet looks very different

This video by Sabrina Cruz is dense and mind-blowing from multiple angles. (I've been working on Japanese websites of late.) As Andy Baio notes, the addendum is well worth a visit.

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Cloud of website designs organized by style

Just say no to logo

An appeal for a better design vocabulary from a favorite professor from OSU, Paul Nini. Get to know the difference between a logo, brandmark and then some. / Thanks DJ!

educators.aiga.org

Parts of a logo include logotype, brandmark and signature.

The Library of Congress: Dietmar Winkler

Reminding myself of the trove that is the Library of Congress site, thanks to Antonio of AisleOne.

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Screen grab of Library of Congress website with search results for Dietmar Winkler

An open source pride symbol

Microsoft creates a blend of pride flags and though it breaks the rules of traditional flags that rely on simplicity, I'm kinda digging it. Available on Github and Figma for use and remixing. / via dezeen

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New pride flag that mixes together lots of other pride flags in vortex of stripes

Lotte Chair by Sarah Hossli

Simple design to help folks get in and out of the chair. / via Dezeen

sarahhossli.ch

A woman sits happily in a chair with high sturdy arms that aid in transitioning from seated to standing

The new Verge

I quite like how the new Verge logo overlaps and intersects featured images. Their refreshed design and intent is described in this post. Not sure about the commingling Tweets and articles, but I applaud experimenting.

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Screenshot of a feature on The Verge website for an article about the Apple iPhone 14 Pro. The Verge logo is sideways overlapping the colorful image of the phone with a polka dotted background.

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.

paulrand.design

Spread from a logo presentation for a new Ford logo. A model T in red is part of the composition

The beautiful signage of Comédie-Française

Theater wayfinding inspired by pulleys and ropes which are used to change sets on stage. More photos on CL Design's site

fontsinuse.com

Two circular signs hanging from the ceiling in a very classic theater connected by a rope of light

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

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Graphic design by Barbara Stuaffacher. Very minimal geometric shapes and san serif type on a white background

Emma Bers

Dig the life and humanity of Emma’s graphic design. Bonus interview on It’s Nice That: If I’m Not Having Fun I Scrap It.

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Colorful loose graphic design posters

Akinterest

A digital moodboard organized in chapters, and publish a new one whenever the mood strikes by Joshua Blankenship. For when you need some visual vibes in your #moodscrolling #ffffound

akinterest.com

A mood board of cool graphics

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.

eyeondesign.aiga.org

Todd Oldham’s Place in the Poconos

As my friend Thor mentioned when sharing this link, "More is more."

curbed.com

An eclectic living room with colorful couch and a dog sitting on the back

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.

hyundai-n.com

A futuristic sports car concept

Rio Carnaval logo generator

It's fun even if you don't speak Portuguese (microphone access is optional) / via Under Consideration’s review

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Rio Carnaval logo generator interface

The Ones

CW&T's favorite things based on guiding principles of simplicity, timelessness and long lasting design. / via belong

theones.cwandt.com

A hand holds a 10 outlet power strip

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."

bigthink.com

A woman sits in a chair on a white rolling backdrop of paper in front of a library of books

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.)

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handwritten words that spell out "Wake & Make, May 25, 2022 Good Type"

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.

medium.com

A man in a black jacket stands in front of a classroom

TVA Multifunctional Computer

JK Captain made gorgeous renders of the desktop terminal in the Loki tv series. / via pb

behance.net

A futuristic render of a retro computer with a circular CRT monitor and lots of colorful physical buttons, wires, knobs, switches and keyboard

2022 Brand New Conference

Mesmerized by the dynamic type. The introduction of variables to typography is opening up some many wonderful doors. But this? This is a Whole. 'Nother. Level. More details about the identity.

underconsideration.com

expressive parts of letters set in red on a bright teal background

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.

alex.gd

A bird for each letter of the alphabet illustrated on different stamps

IDCA ’72 Posters Program

Feeling very Helvetica flush left this morning. / simple beauty via Carl Collins

understandinggroup.com

Posters designed with minimalism and helvetica

National Parks Poster

by Steve Wolf Designs. Dig.

stevewolf.co

Yellow and black poster with icons for U.S. National Parks

Bjørn Karmann’s Occlusion Grotesque

Typeface carved into the bark of a tree. As the tree grows, it deforms the letters and outputs new design variations, that are captured annually. / via Yewknee

bjoernkarmann.dk

A man sits on a chair in the woods and carves an alphabet into a tree trunk

Noto Emoji

An open-source emoji font in multiple weights (and a single color, even the flags). Jennifer Daniel has the deets and download link.

jenniferdaniel.substack.com

Rows of single color emoji depicting a chick emerging from egg, unicorn, flower, alien, tire, and pita sandwich

Excel, an overlooked design tool

I've done a pretty good job of making Powerpoint look good, but this is next level stuff. / via Sidebar

bootcamp.uxdesign.cc

An infographic of a circle chart and bar chart

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.

condor.com

Striped passenger 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.)

underconsideration.com

A striped airline flying in blue skies

A great thread about music visualization

Sometimes Twitter's algorithm reveals good things. Like these tweets from Andrew Benson and the replies.

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Sheet music visualized as a 3-D structure

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.

thefoxisblack.com

A silhouette icon of a fox on a gray background

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

principles.design

Design Principles set in a san-serif typeface on a yellow background

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

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A bottle of kombucha with a label that breaks out ingredients visually on the label. Pomegranates round out the composition on a light pink backdrop

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

fastcompany.com

An orange electric coffee maker with rounded edges

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.

letterformarchive.org

A beautiful collection of Milwaukee Transit Passes

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.

stories.rivian.com

An soft green electric pickup truck in front at the edge of a forest of trees

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

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A thumbnail featuring a black and white photo of fashion designer Zelda Wynn Valdes

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

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Design guidelines with rainbow colors and bold graphics

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.

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Jennifer Daniels

Believe blanket

Stunning type design by Valentina Casali / via Jessica Hische

typophrenic.com

A black and white blanket with ornate type that reads BELIEVE

NuForm

New type design practice and foundry from Erik Marinovich. Just cruise around the specimens pages to get a solid dose of vibrant type goodness.

nuformtype.com

A graphic design layout showcasing fonts by NuForm

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!

letterformarchive.org

A museum with typography from Bauhaus on display

Kumiko Amp Cabinet

Gorgeous results from this young man in Oregon. Great woodworking and video production all around. / Fun link from Tom

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A wooden guitar amp with Kumiko grill

Mike & Maaike’s Windowseat

While watching Station Eleven I noticed these chairs in the airport. I've always thought the design striking.

mikeandmaaike.com

A stylized chair and ottoman that creates a somehwat private space

How Brian Lovin’s site works

Whoa. This is densely awesome. A personal website that operates somewhat like an OS. Thoroughly engaging and inspiring.

brianlovin.com

A screenshot of a personal website

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

ilovetypography.com

Three race cars are illustrated to show off custom typefaces

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!

nolannolannolan.com

An illustration of a cat with vibrant yellow and pinks

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

lithub.com

A collection of book cover designs from the year 2021

Porsche posters (1961–1969)

These posters catch a vibe. Baby, are you coming for the ride? (The ride, the ride, the ride)

fontsinuse.com

a 1963 Porsche GT poster featuring a black and white image of a car and type

I want candy

Specifically this Duluth Candy because of the sweet job Studio MPLS did for their brand and packaging! / via Under Consideration

studiompls.com

Two candy bars with a very designed package

Fonts Knowledge

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.

elliotjaystocks.com

Various typographic symbols