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There are countless human needs and wants that can be addressed by coming at problems from the new angles the World Wide Web and computer technology afford. It excites me to wonder about those next steps. What is truly worth doing? What is the best expression of it? How will it be made accessible and to whom?
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Need some raw graphic design inspiration?
Clay Hayes' GigPosters.com features posters used to advertise music shows and events. As you might imagine, the subject matter allows the designers and artists great creative freedom-so you're going to see some exciting and interesting uses of type, color, and illustration. (The examples I link to are tame, but I'll caution you that if you wander around, there's also material some might find offensive.)
Here > Example 1 by Gwenola Carrere...
The two sites I want to show you are owned by the same organization-a multifaceted corporation called Luck Stone. I stumbled on what I'll refer to as the "before", their corporate site, while searching for a product. From there I found my way to the "after", where they house their consumer products.
What struck me was how profoundly different the two approaches are. To me, there's nothing particularly wrong with the corporate side-though it looks a bit dated, it's roughly what you'd expect. But the consumer side is entirely different. It conjures up a very different organization-I think of the consumer products side as sophisticated, forward thinking, and pretty design-savvy. I get a sense that it is the kind of place that has answers and insights others don't.
To me, it's a textbook example of what great design can do to re-define an organization and drastically change people's perceptions about it. It certainly changed mine.
(Work Labs created the identity and standards and INM United is the web developer.)
An introduction to time-slice photography
I came across some "wiggle" stereoviews the other day and it reminded me of the bullet-time (time-slice) stuff made famous by the motion picture, The Matrix. I was curious as to how the effect is created and thought you might be interested as well. Here are some examples of the technique and details about how it is achieved.
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Seth Godin: Anxiety is nothing but repeatedly re-experiencing failure in advance. What a waste... http://ow.ly/1nWPc
Meet illustrator and designer Raymond Biesinger
I don't know Raymond Biesinger but he appears to have that rare talent for right-brain/left-brain-fiction/fact thing. Interesting expressions of interesting ideas.
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Design ideas 101: Help me do what I've been meaning to do
Here's another elegant idea born out of a passion for a subject. The DailyLit divides a book-fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary-into a series of easily digestible pieces and emails them to you at a rate you prescribe.
I'm showing it to you for two reasons-first, because it is a great service, but primarily because it is such a good illustration of a powerful idea. It addresses a serious human dilemma-we promise ourselves we will do something that we never seem to get around to doing. In this case, reading a book we always meant to read.
The take away is this: There are countless human needs and wants that can be addressed by coming at problems from the new angles the World Wide Web and computer technology afford. It excites me to wonder about those next steps. What is truly worth doing? What is the best expression of it? How will it be made accessible and to whom?
I want to play.
Good design takes you on a different path to a new place
When I see something like FontShop's bigger-than-the-browser page, it reminds me that doing something a little unconventional can make a big difference. Is there a law that says all web pages have to be optimized for 1025 by 768 pixels? Absolutely not.
I must constantly remind myself that taking the same path as everyone else is going to get me to the same place as everyone else. That good design, in many cases, takes you on a different path to a new place.
Graphic Design Comedy, Part 1
Graphic designer walks into a bar, the bartender says, "?". Thanks to these for link ideas: allgraphicdesign.com, jamesanthonycampbell.com, davidairey.com)
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