Category Archives: design

cutting edge ecommerce

http://freetown.sassandbide.com/

A 360 degree shoppable site. Sass and Bide is based in Australia and introduced this beautiful campaign with model Aline Weber, shot by Terry Gates. It takes a long time to load as it is a large site, but once it does, do not miss falling down the rabbit hole and landing at the bottom where the flat images emerge into a real space around you. Then you get to move around and shop the collection – click on the name to get to a product landing page – to make for a very cool ecommerce shopping experience. Nicely executed, now happy shopping!

 

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Interactive Billboards

NPR published a few examples of interactive media being used on billboards in London. Agencies are realizing the potential of interaction which actually makes people stop in their tracks and give a moment to understand what is going on or how they can be a part of it. And for all those attached to their cell phones, it allows the possibility to allow you to use your phone to interact— as lets face it, phones are now a personal and emotional extension of ourselves.

All are interactive in their own way whether you are physically looking up at a plane, going to a website on your phone and dragging a man across the screen, or standing in a circle and interacting on screen with an angel. I am most impressed with the custom surveillance technology used by British Airways in the first video. Endless possibilities in today’s world! I think these type of campaigns are successful because they come with the type of creative thinking that allows adults to be as imaginative as we were in our youth— dreaming big actually can be executed in today’s world.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2014/01/04/259394485/billboards-that-drop-angels-on-your-head?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=share&utm_campaign=

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challenging conventional beauty PFW

Paris Fashion Week and designer Rick Owens slams conventional beauty with a whole new beauty and amazing show.

Using dancers with muscle, structure, fierce facial expressions – this is very powerful and hopefully something that will catch on. Look how amazing the clothes come across – skinny is one body type, not THE body type.

http://www.rickowens.eu/

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Lorem Ipsum – all suped up

lorem ipsum

http://meettheipsums.com/

Meet the Ipsums!

Placeholder text is often used in mock ups with clients to give an idea of how the body text will look. Size, spacing, and different fonts can make the text look extremely different and changes the legibility. We use Lorem Ipsum for this placeholder text, or what looks like jibberish and is some nonsensical Latin text.

For your next project (depending on the client), have some fun with this site that generates themed placeholder text. You can brew your own blend of Coffee Ipsum, espresso sized paragraphs to grande sized paragraphs. How about the Hipster Ipsum? Served with “a shot of Latin” or “Hipster, neat.” There’s even a paragraph inspired by the popular sitcom, Arrested Development, Bluth Ipsum anyone?

Your next project just got way more fun!

 

 

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Inspired by Creature Studio

Creature Studio

Creature Studio

 

This knockout design studio based in Seattle and London is coming out ahead of the game because they just get it. Look at their workspace, play space, client space, friend space. It’s no wonder they have a long portfolio list of brand experience strategies, packaging designs that you have in your own home, and endless marketing ploys.

Their motto is that they are Creators of Things, and that goes as far as their office. In Seattle (pictured above), the entrance serves as a gallery space for passersby to wonder at and for Creatures (Creature employees, I mean, they must go as ‘Creatures’ right?) to continue practicing their crafts and artistry which often goes to the wayside when graphic designers work for bigger companies.

And, of course I did not forget their Safehouse space (http://safehouse.welcometocreature.com/). Everyone needs to take a moment away from their computers, desks, and a company that supports a visit to a bar is up there in my book. Cudos, Creature. A mug of whiskey, dust lined tin cans featuring old school graphics, and 3,000+ LPs to peruse. I’ll take a job offer any day. 

 

 

 

 

 

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infographic

http://mashable.com/2013/01/07/car-of-the-future-infographic/

Benefits of self driving cars. Potentially making roads safer? More efficient commutes?

Hmm looks like we are headed to a tech driven world- pun intended- and it certainly has its ups and downs.

 

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This will be a great book for the library. Designers coming together to reinterpret the first few pages of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. From classic type setting to pushing extremes… each designer thought about the reading experience, the meaning of the text, the dimensions of the page, the typeface used, etc. Can’t wait to get it!

http://www.graphicdesignand.com/outputs/bliss/page-1

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Type Studies

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Toast

Toast

A Kickstarter company I just came across because of their stunning wood iphone cases. Anything crafted from wood usually does it for me, but these are especially great! I love the juxtaposition between the technology and the use of natural materials. It really is nicer to hold a piece of technology covered in wood than a bright neon plastic cover. That is just my inner lumberjack mentality.

http://www.toastmade.com/Shop.html

 

 

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20 Graphic Designers to know

http://www.complex.com/art-design/2012/03/20-graphic-designers-you-should-know#1

A list of important graphic designers! Graphic design is a fairly new field, and often overlooked by the public. We are so used to seeing images, signs, typography in our everyday lives, that people often take graphic design for granted. Not understanding that there is such a thing as good design and bad design. These designers were/are original thinkers in the field and their work as you will see is very familiar- the magazines, packaging, logos, newspapers we love. Design doesn’t happen by accident- it is a thoughtful, conceptual, original, and creative challenge.

a poster a day

This is a great way to challenge yourself as a designer.

Johnny Selman made a pledge to design one poster a day about a headline in world news. He began this as his graphic design thesis project and continued to expand as he realized his impact in visually presenting important information to the masses. His posters are really great executions of concept- interesting and easily understood.

See what Steven Heller has written on his blog http://imprint.printmag.com/daily-heller/poster-a-day-a-visual-vitamin/ 

and Johnny Selman’s website http://bbcx365.com/

 

 

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