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Obama Print

Beau­ti­ful print by Scott Hansen.

Any­one watch that his­toric speech last night?        

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A_B_ Peace & Terror Poster Version 2

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Peter wrote in to let me know that there is a new ver­sion of his bril­liant A_B_ poster avail­able for pur­chase. It’s a lim­ited edi­tion of 50 posters printed by K2 Lon­don. Dual-sided silk-screen print on GFSmith Plasma Poly­coat Glass Clear, 350 micron plas­tic. Sounds yummy.

On a side note, Peter has re-branded him­self under the name The Lux­ury of Protest.    

Update: Toko

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Fresh new work by one of my favorite studios.        

Retrospective—One

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If you’re in Lon­don in the next week or so be sure to catch the Ret­ro­spec­tive — One exhibit at Kem­istry Gallery. I’d love to see what Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set cre­ated. I wish they had an inline gallery.

Kem­istry Gallery has asked eleven pre­vi­ous exhibitors to cre­ate pieces to cel­e­brate four years exhibit­ing out­stand­ing graphic design and illus­tra­tion. With a lineup that speaks for itself, Ret­ro­spec­tive — One is bring­ing together Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set, Eine, James Joyce, Parra and Geoff McFetridge among oth­ers in a line up of graphic design all-stars. Pieces include hand-drawn typog­ra­phy, one-off col­lages, light­boxes, print edi­tions, and objects show­cas­ing the breadth of graphic design both as a com­mu­ni­ca­tion form and as a aes­thetic skill.        

History Of Graphic Design

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I found this lit­tle site on the his­tory of graphic design. Pretty good read. It’s unfor­tu­nate that the design of the site isn’t all that great.        

Sun Silo

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I used to be obsessed with pho­tog­ra­phy, so much so that I was about to leave my career in graphic design to pur­sue a career in fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy. It didn’t end up that way and I’m glad, but I still have a great love for it. I use to have a nice pro cam­era and would snap tons of pho­tos a day, but now I have a basic point & shoot that I use for fam­ily pics and I haven’t shot a nice photo in a while.

Recently I’ve been mess­ing around with the cam­era in my iPhone and in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions I’ve been some­what impressed. For instance this shot I took today of the NYC sky­line. The light was amaz­ing and it was the per­fect time of day where the sun was cre­at­ing some amaz­ing sil­hou­ettes. So I launched the cam­era app and snapped away and got some excel­lent results. The res­o­lu­tion of the cam­era isn’t great at all but this photo is pretty much straight from the iPhone with some slight tweak­ing in Pho­to­shop. You can see a cou­ple of more pho­tos from this series includ­ing a nice panoramic shot I stitched together in Photoshop.

On a side note, a lot of pho­tog­ra­phers frown upon the use of Pho­to­shop to enhance pho­tos. I think that’s a load of rub­bish. I started shoot­ing before the dig­i­tal crazy and I love film but in the dig­i­tal age, using Pho­to­shop to adjust an image is the same as using a dark­room to adjust an image. Pho­to­shop is the dig­i­tal dark­room of today. Just how pho­tog­ra­phers keep the film soak­ing in the chem­i­cals longer for dif­fer­ent results, I adjust the lev­els, curves, color bal­ance, sat­u­ra­tion, etc. in Pho­to­shop to achieve my results. In the end it’s all the same but just using a dif­fer­ent tool.        

Neubauism Exposition Catalogue

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Neubau is releas­ing a lim­ited edi­tion boxset for their Neubauism exhi­bi­tion. The boxset includes some books, dvd, poster, text and sig­na­ture by Wim Crouwel and more! The pack­ag­ing design looks very yummy but I’m not sure how much it’s going to be. You can pre­order it by vis­it­ing Neubauism​.com.

NBISM-Premium Box [lim­ited to 100 copies]
Signed by Spaninks/Crouwel/Gandl/Gruenberger
Texts by Wim Crouwel/Gerrit Terstiege/Angelique Spaninks & Paul Heys
Includes.: 608 pgs/1 CDR/1 DVD/1 Poster (560 x 1000 MM)/1 NBModul­me­ter ™
Size: 240x280x85 MM
Weight: 4,35 KG
       

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Never Ending Friending

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I absolutely hate MySpace. Between the ugly designs and the ter­ri­ble usabil­ity, it’s a night­mare of an expe­ri­ence. That’s why it’s refresh­ing to see MySpace asso­ci­ated with some­thing that’s smart and visu­ally pleasing.

Area 17 was recently hired to develop the brand iden­tity for a MySpace ini­tia­tive called Never End­ing Friend­ing. Here’s some info on the initiative.

Depend­ing on your van­tage point, social net­work­ing means some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent — a fad, tool, dis­rup­tion, oppor­tu­nity or some com­bi­na­tion of them all. In 2007, MySpace embarked on a nation­wide “lis­ten­ing tour” in order to cre­ate qual­i­ta­tive research among users of social net­works. Addi­tion­ally, they fielded a quan­ti­ta­tive study among a national sam­ple of social net­work­ing users and non-users. Together, these two meth­ods uncov­ered a myr­iad of moti­va­tions, atti­tudes and behav­iors that were pre­sented through a book and at an exclu­sive pri­vate event in Bev­erly Hills.

Area 17 designed a book as well as all the printed mate­ri­als for the event. Great use of Avant Garde and geo­met­ric shapes.        

Design Is A Hell Of A Drug

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Design is pow­er­ful. Most peo­ple in this world don’t even know how pow­er­ful good design can be. It can be addic­tive like a drug. It can suck you in and make you do things with­out you even know­ing. Design can make you buy some­thing you don’t need or it can make you visit a place you don’t even care for. It hap­pens to me all the time, and I know it’s because of design, and I love it. I wel­come it.

Take for exam­ple this stun­ning pack­ag­ing and store brand­ing design by BVD for a cafe in Swe­den. It’s gor­geous, absolutely stun­ning in my opin­ion. Black, white and flush left, ragged right type. Perfect.

For one, I would hang out in this cafe all day long, it looks like typog­ra­phy heaven. I’d eat break­fast, lunch and din­ner in this place just so I could appre­ci­ate and enjoy the beau­ti­ful design work. I would then buy all sorts of things I don’t need just so I could get my hands on the bril­liant pack­ag­ing. I would be pos­sessed. That’s how pow­er­ful good design can be.

By the way, who can name the type­face they’re using?

Any­way, check out BVD’s excel­lent port­fo­lio, espe­cially this.    

Across the Univers T-Shirt

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From the mak­ers of the insanely pop­u­lar Hel­vetica Neue Descend­ing t-shirt, comes a fun new shirt, Across the Univers.    

Jop Quirindongo

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Ams­ter­dam based designer Jop Quirindongo has recently updated his site with some fresh new work. Def­i­nitely worth a look.