Chuck Green's Design Likes
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I've met a bunch of designers in recent months -- through a conference and other various meetings and correspondence -- and want to tell you how encouraged I am. It's easy to get cynical about this business, but the folks I've met give me a sense that most are committed to and enthusiastic about the craft. If you and I haven't met -- I hope we someday will. 

Be well, Chuck 


Check out my Adobe InDesign Ideabook: 315 template files in 19 different categories
Everything from brochures, newsletters, and direct mail to packaging, calendars, and books (one CD works with both Mac and PC). Use two or three files and you'll pay for the entire book and disc...

 


Language resources for naming

I love to discover new names for organizations, products, services, and domains. In a world where everyone is looking for a distinctive, descriptive, mind-catching name, it is not a process for those who are short on time and energy.

Recently I invested a few hours tracking down some better tools. Here is the beginning of a list of resources that will, eventually, be added to the reference section of Jumpola.com.

Here > My Jumpola.com links page...

Here > Acronym Finder: A dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms...

Here > Etymology Dictionary: Explanations of the original meanings of various words...

Here > Glossarist: A searchable directory of glossaries and topical dictionaries...

Here > Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words: Difficult words and their definitions...

Here > Naming Online: Generates names from words and varying formuli...

Here > Nameboy: Generates domain names from terms entered...

Here > NetLingo.com: Definitions of words from the online world...

Here > OneLook meta Dictionary: Search 1000-plus dictionaries simultaneously...

Here > Rhyming Dictionary: Add a word and choose from types of rhymes...

Here > WordConstructor: Generates new or changes existing words...

Here > WordNet: A database of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs grouped as concepts...

Here > WordSpy: Word lover's guide to new words...

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  An example of solid, smart marketing and graphic design

This piece from The Flores Shop for Owens & Minor (a medical supply distributor) is, to my way of thinking, what graphic design is all about.

Design should not be sycophantism - it should be the honest telling of the client's story. This concise campaign does just that. It may not win a designing with the stars competition, but I bet it's fruitful investment for the client.

Here > The Owens & Minor case study...

Here > An interactive brochure with a USB WebKey that launches into an impressive testimonial video...

Here > A rolling tag line...

Here > A direct mail piece (1.2MB PDF)...

Here > The Flores Shop website...

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Is there a place for you in the new design community?

If you're a writer, designer, illustrator, photographer, editor, developer, or marketer, the obvious answer is yes. The proof is in the many new studios popping up to specialize in the development of content for the new generation of phones and tablets.

Electric Type, for example, bills itself as a digital book foundry. Here, they provide us with a taste of how some of the aforementioned players have collaborated to reinvent a storybook.

Here > A video tour of their first project: The Jungle Book...

Here > How it was made...

Here > About Electric Type...

Here > Illustrator Nigel Buchanan's portfolio...

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A look at HTML5 from all directions

In his "Thoughts on Flash" article of April 2010, Steve Jobs makes his argument for why Apple no longer supports Flash - that Adobe's Flash is proprietary and therefor a "closed" platform and that Apple wants an "open" one.

Enter HTML5. As Jobs explains it, "...we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the web should be open. Rather than use Flash, Apple has adopted HTML5, CSS and JavaScript - all open standards."

"HTML5, the new web standard that has been adopted by Apple, Google and many others, lets web developers create advanced graphics, typography, animations and transitions without relying on third party browser plug-ins (like Flash). HTML5 is completely open and controlled by a standards committee, of which Apple is a member."

That's a necessary preface to showing you the official HTML5 website. I point you to it because of the technology it represents AND for the design of it's logo and icons.

Here > The logo and website design...

Here > The technology...

Here > Thoughts on Flash by Steve Jobs...

Here > If you're ready to dig in, check out James Williamson's tutorial on Lynda.com: HTML5: Structure, Syntax, and Semantics (a few tidbits of which can be viewed for free)...

Here > When will HTML5 be ready for primetime? This recent article by Stephen Shankland for CNET News ends with the following "...although the HTML5 standardization process is very drawn out, it's not charting some future ideas. More often, it's codifying the present, settling down practices already supported in browsers and used on the Web. So in many regards, HTML5 is already here"...

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Recent Tweets from http://twitter.com/ideabook
and posts from  http://www.facebook.com/ideabookfb

MyFonts: Creative Characters interview with Gerard Unger
Here > http://new.myfonts.com/newsletters/cc/201106.html

It's rare that good work is easy. (For me anyway.)

Do you know Jeff Fisher? If you don't, let me introduce him. He's an designer and author who teaches (primarily), about identity and branding. I always pick up something useful when I visit his Facebook page..
Here > http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-Fisher-LogoMotives/18597299183

Restraint is a core design principle
Here > http://tinyurl.com/6evpkqn 

Lovely hand lettering by Alan Ariail
Here > http://custom-lettering.blogspot.com/2010/11/say-it-aint-so.html

Nice set of icons from Eight Hour Day for the New York Times
Here > http://tinyurl.com/6fmagft

Haha. The world's website made from chocolate. (via FWA)
Here > http://www.whittakers.co.nz/

Problem/Solution: Photos of varying quality.
Here > http://tinyurl.com/6khh8dt

The AIGA.org site makeover
Here > http://tinyurl.com/6lbx6gl



Meet illustrator Diego Patiņo


I was struck, in particular, by the first image I'll point you to - I love the movement and vibrancy of it. Not surprisingly, it was recently awarded American Illustration's silver award in the editorial illustration category.

Here > Example 1 (click the image to see it full-size)...

Here > Example 2...

Here > Example 3...

Here > His website...

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Meet illustrator and designer Alex Varanese


In his short career (he's only 30) Alex Varanese has demonstrated a talent for illustration, design, typography, and 3D modeling. In an interview I link to below, he speaks of the influence of video games and computer science - both of which are obvious in his work.

Here > Example 1...

Here > Example 2...

Here > Example 3...

Here > Varanese's website...

Here > An interview with Smartpress.com...

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From the Ideabook.com Design Store

IDEO Method Cards
Here > http://www.ideabook.com/ideo_method_cards.html

Tintbook CMYK Process Color Selector: A palette of 25,000 CMYK process colors in print...
Here > http://www.ideabook.com/store_tintbook.html

Color Harmony Guide: From French designer Dominique Trapp...
Here > http://www.ideabook.com/store_color_harmony.html

Communicating With Color: Based on Leatrice Eiseman's seminars on the psychology of color...
Here > http://www.ideabook.com/store_pantone_guide.html

The Copywriter's Handbook: Bob Bly's classic guide to copywriting...
Here > http://www.ideabook.com/store_copywriters_handbook.html

Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to Graphic Design: One of my favorite design books...
Here > http://www.ideabook.com/store_copywriters_handbook.html

Getting it Printed: How to wrestle control of your printed work...
Here > http://www.ideabook.com/store_getting_it_printed.html
 


About the briefing

I try to remain as objective as possible about the information I share here. Unless I tell you otherwise, I receive no compensation from the organizations and people mentioned except for occasional product samples. Comments? Suggestions? Write me at [email protected] 


Chuck Green