Sharky

Sharky

Sharky is a proposal by Argentina-based industrial designer Pablo Matteoda. Sharky is a tea infuser that makes the act of drinking tea a little more playful. This concept was created for beyond silver competition by designboom and the MACEF and placed 3rd in the competition. I love it!

Design Auction

Design Auction

The Design Auction is being held in collaboration with the St. Bride Library in London – the event will be held at the Library and we will be donating half the proceeds to the Library. Design Auction is an event organized by students and tutors from the third year BA Hons Graphic Design degree course at the Lincoln School of Art and Design.

The Changing Face of Letterpress

The Changing Face of Letterpress

The Changing Face of Letterpress is an exhibition of staff and student work from the London College of Communication, seeking to challenge the boundaries of Letterpress within the current design climate whilst drawing from the rich printing history of the college.

The exhibition explores the changing role of Letterpress within design education, from a typographical teaching tool to a medium that is igniting process-driven work from students within the School of Graphic Design.

Comparisons can be drawn between ephemera from the London College of Printing Archive and current work documenting the typefaces held within the workshop. Students from across all disciplines have referenced traditional type specimen sheets within projects that encompass outcomes as varied as illustration, interactive design and moving image.

A lively programme of talks including guest speakers Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon will accompany the exhibition. Visitors will also have the chance to participate in one of the workshops, which will be running throughout the duration of the show.

Curated by Alexander Cooper and Rose Gridneff.

The Changing Face of Letterpress
Well Gallery, London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB

Via Swiss Legacy

A-Z Lectures

A-Z Lectures

A-Z Lectures
January 20-May 12, 2009

Every Tuesday evening in spring, Z33 in Hasselt welcomes designers, architects, engineers, students and those interested in fascinating lectures from national and international speakers in the fields of architecture, design and art. Stay tuned for inspiring ideas, innovative visions and surprising developments in architecture, design and art from A to Z!

A-Z stands for the A from Architecture, Arts & Applied Arts and the Z of arts centre Z33. As a first step towards transparency, the A-Z Lectures bring together the separated organized lectures of the partners into one inspiring and continuous program and channel.

Organized by Design Platform Limburg together with Architectuurwijzer (a cultural organisation on architecture) and the University College Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg (dpt. PHL-Arts and Architecture).

Via Manystuff

Die Neue Haas Grotesk

Die Neue Haas Grotesk
Die Neue Haas Grotesk
Die Neue Haas Grotesk
Die Neue Haas Grotesk

Our good friend Antonio, in his never-ending search for new content, discovered this Flickr set featuring images of the ultra rare Die Neue Haas Grotesk type specimen book (Die Neue Haas Grotesk was the original name for Helvetica). You can get a glimpse of the book in the Helvetica film when Matthew Carter shows off his treasured copy of the specimen. The specimen book was also on display at the MoMA as part of the Helvetica exhibit.

Via AisleOne

The Designers Republic R.I.P.

Work Buy Consume Die

It’s a very sad day when you learn that one of the most influential studios of our time, The Designers Republic, have closed their doors. Read more on Creative Review’s blog.

Netdiver Best of the Year 2008

Netdiver Best of the Year 2008

The Netdiver Best of the Year is always a long awaited release of projects whose talents have made a strong and lasting impression in the previous year. Netdiver aimed to list 100 and just couldn’t edit it down. So how about 110 sites because we feel they gave their 110% best? Now in its 7th edition. Go Carole!

Shigeo Fukuda (1932-2009)

Graphic design legend Shigeo Fukuda, passed away on January 11th, 2009 at the age of 76. Fukuda was a master of optical illusions, simplistic logos, and memorable posters. In 1987, he was the first Japanese designer to be inducted in the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame. You can learn more about his life and career in this obituary by Steven Heller.

Shigeo Fukuda
Shigeo Fukuda
Shigeo Fukuda
Shigeo Fukuda
Shigeo Fukuda

The Designer’s Oath

Designer Badges

As designers, we spend a lot of time creating standard guides for our clients. But, what of our own standards? And ethics in this profession? As the reach and influence of the designer grows, the more we should consider our practices and their effect.

After discussing this with Duane King, and a bit of back-and-forth thinking about the responsibilities of our profession, we decided a short, concise declaration of purpose and guidelines seemed to make the most sense. It could clearly define the ethical practice of our craft for the better understanding of all parties involved: designer, client and audience. Conveniently, we already had a great example of such a statement: the Hippocratic Oath. So, we decided to create a variation of it that would be more applicable to our profession.

You may notice that the word “audience” is used many times when you would expect to see the word “client.” Ultimately, we believe the highest allegiance of a visual communicator belongs to their client’s (or their own) audience. When communicating messages to our audience, we ask for their attention, consideration and trust. We should be so kind as to reciprocate that gift with something of great value, truth and dependancy.

  1. To teach design to the sons and daughters of my teachers and to continue learning.
  2. To practice design to the best of my ability for my clients.
  3. Never to do deliberate harm to or annoy the audience for anyone else’s interest.
  4. To communicate messages worthy of the audience’s attention.
  5. To keep the good of the audience as the highest priority.

How Very Tokyo

Spin
Graphic Thought Facility
OKRM
North
Biblioteque

As mentioned previously, the How Very Tokyo exhibition is now complete and prints from the exhibition are now available for purchase. The prints were created by a selection of progressive British graphic designers who expressed their relationship with Tokyo in poster form. Curated by Studio Kanna the exhibition highlighted unexpected aspects of Tokyo from an outsider’s point of view. You can view photos from the exhibition here.

The Vignelli Canon

Vignelli Canon

Massimo Vignelli has published The Vignelli Canon, a 96 page book on the intangible and tangible issues that govern his work. Delivered as a PDF in order to bypass the problems of traditional distribution, the book details Vignelli’s methodology while conveying his opinions on typography, grid systems, paper sizes and other aspects of the craft.

Throughout our creative lives we have sifted through everything to select what we thought best. We sifted through materials to find those for which we have the closest affinity. We sifted through colors, textures, typefaces, images, and gradually we built a vocabulary of materials and experiences that enable us to express our solutions to given problems – our interpretations of reality. It is imperative to develop your own vocabulary of your own language – a language that attempts to be as objective as possible, knowing very well that even objectivity is subjective. I love systems and despise happenstance. I love ambiguity because, for me, ambiguity means plurality of meanings. I love contradiction because it keeps things moving, preventing them from assuming a frozen meaning, or becoming a monument to immobility. As much as I love things in flux, I love them within a frame of reference – a consistent reassurance that at least and at last I am the one responsible for every detail.

And that is why I love Design.

Feltron Annual Report 2008

Feltron Annual Report
Feltron Annual Report
Feltron Annual Report

You know that the new year is official when Nicholas Felton posts his beautifully-designed annual report. His love of data and information graphics always makes for a fantastic visual treat. Nicholas Felton is a graphic designer based in New York City, and the co-creator of the data-tracking website Daytum. His annual reports and additional design work can be found online at Feltron and Mgfn.