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U-P

U-P

U-P

U-P

U-P is the new design stu­dio of Paul Mar­cus Fuog and Uriah Gray. They’ve already pro­duced some nice work.

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[Sponsor] 11° Dock

As high­lighted by Bill Mog­gridge 11° is the most ergonomic angle for typ­ing. This is why the iPads’ Smart­Cover angles the iPad to exactly 11°. The Offi­cial iPhone Dock angles the iPhone to an unus­able angle.

The 11° Dock is a sim­ple solu­tion as it holds the iPhone at this opti­mal angle. It ampli­fies the sound from the device, has a fin­ger grip on the back for easy removal and sup­ports the iPhone 4/4S/5 and 5S.

To find out more about this please see our Indiegogo page.

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Forma & Co

Forma & Co

Forma & Co

Forma & Co

A nice body of work by Barcelona based agency, Forma & Co. I per­son­ally like the work done for the Can Felipa Civic Cen­ter.

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[Sponsor] MightyDeals

The Design Kick­starter Bun­dle is a great col­lec­tion of assets for those design­ers who are start­ing out. The bun­dle includes more than 400 dif­fer­ent pieces: tex­tures, Pho­to­shop brushes, vec­tor ele­ments, type­faces, Pho­to­shop action sets, and more. For a lim­ited time only, you can get it all at a 70% discount.

Design Kick­starter Bun­dle Highlights:

200+ Tex­tures
100+ Brushes
100+ Vec­tor Ele­ments
39 Type Options
2 Pow­er­ful Pho­to­shop Action Sets

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Socio Design

Socio Design

Socio Design

Socio Design

Socio Design

Socio Design

Here is another small design stu­dio based out of Lon­don, that’s pro­duc­ing amaz­ing work. Socio’s work is sim­ply stun­ning. Not a sin­gle piece is sub­par, and the level of detail that went into every project is astonishing.

This is the kind of work that you look at and makes you think “man, I suck!”. It def­i­nitely made me feel that way, dammit! But that’s a good thing. I think every once in awhile we all need some­one or some­thing to let us think that we suck. It motivates.

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New Site: Mash Creative

Mash Creative Kickstart

Mash Creative Kickstart

Mash Creative Kickstart

Mash Creative Kickstart

Mash Cre­ative just launched a spiffy new site with a bunch of new work. I love the brand iden­tity for Kick­start. Mark never dissapoints.

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Why do we assume that sim­ple is good? Because with phys­i­cal prod­ucts, we have to feel we can dom­i­nate them. As you bring order to com­plex­ity, you find a way to make the prod­uct defer to you. Sim­plic­ity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just min­i­mal­ism or the absence of clut­ter. It involves dig­ging through the depth of the com­plex­ity. To be truly sim­ple, you have to go really deep. For exam­ple, to have no screws on some­thing, you can end up hav­ing a prod­uct that is so con­vo­luted and so com­plex. The bet­ter way is to go deeper with the sim­plic­ity, to under­stand every­thing about it and how it’s man­u­fac­tured. You have to deeply under­stand the essence of a prod­uct in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.

– Jonathan Ive
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Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Editions Manuals 1

Unit Edi­tions just announced a new book titled Man­u­als 1 Design & Iden­tity Guide­lines. It’s a study of cor­po­rate iden­tity design man­u­als from the 1960s to early 1980s. The book includes man­u­als cre­ated for NASA, Lufthansa, British Steel, NYC Tran­sit Author­ity, Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, ABC, and more. The ABC man­ual is from my col­lec­tion that I’ve contributed.

I’ve been really look­ing for­ward to this book. Man­u­als are such a great learn­ing resources because they’re not only great to look at, but they also give you insight into the ratio­nale and think­ing behind each sys­tem. You get to expe­ri­ence what the design­ers were thinking.

The fore­word was writ­ten by Mas­simo Vignelli and the book includes text from Adrian Shaugh­nessy, NASA designer Richard Danne, Greg D’Onofrio and Patri­cia Belen of Dis­play, Armin Vit, Sean Perkins and John Lloyd.

Avail­able in March and you can pre-order now.

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[Sponsor] Wallpapered

Wallpapered

Does your home need bright­en­ing up with some­thing new and fresh? How about your own cus­tom designed striped wall­pa­per? Our striped wall­pa­per isn’t like any ordi­nary striped wall­pa­per designs, it can be cus­tom made to suit your pref­er­ence. You will be able to choose your own spe­cific colours with any stripe design you would like to cre­ate your own unique cus­tom striped wallpaper.

A clas­sic design, striped wall­pa­per would fit in well in any room and would match any inte­rior, from your kitchen to an office. You will be able to pick any colours, pat­tern or sequence, so your per­sonal striped wall­pa­per will be one of a kind, cus­tom to you.

From soft, sophis­ti­cated stripes for your liv­ing room to fun, bold and bright designs for your child’s bed­room, we will be able to cre­ate your per­fect Cus­tom Striped Wall­pa­per. Please visit our web­site.

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Sketch: A New Way of Designing

Sketch

I pri­mar­ily write about print design on this site, but most of the work I do is User Inter­face and User Expe­ri­ence design.

Until recently, Pho­to­shop was the only real appli­ca­tion one could use for UI design, even though it wasn’t designed for it. It’s kind of like using a road bike to bomb down a moun­tain. You’ll even­tu­ally get to the bot­tom, but you’ll bang your­self up good on the way. The fea­ture set, and the work­flow, of PS is not opti­mized for UI design. We accepted it, and kept truck­ing along, only because we had no other choice.

Then Sketch came along.

Sketch is a vector-based graph­ics app by Bohemian Cod­ing that offers a set of fea­tures, and work­flow, specif­i­cally built for UI design. I’ve made the switch to Sketch at home, and at work. It’s been such a breath of fresh air.

Some of the ben­e­fits of Sketch are:

  • Super easy to use. The app is very intu­itive, and never feels com­plex or over­whelm­ing, but at the same time it’s pow­er­ful. You can get com­fort­able using it within a few hours.
  • It’s vector-based. All ele­ments can eas­ily scale with­out degrad­ing, includ­ing drop-shadows, gra­di­ents, blurs and strokes.
  • Text is ren­dered exactly like it’s dis­played in an app or on a web­site in a browser.
  • Smart guides. You can eas­ily line things up and see the pixel dis­tance from one object to another. You don’t under­stand how much time this saves.
  • Built-in grids. ‘Nuff said!
  • iOS mir­ror­ing. Using their iOS app, Sketch Mir­ror, you can see your designs on your phone in realtime.

These are some of the great fea­tures you’ll find in Sketch.

It’s not all per­fect, though. There are some issues with it, but they’re minor. The app is still a lit­tle buggy. It’s in the early stages, so it’s expected. Things like zoom­ing in and out can cause some weird­ness. It doesn’t han­dle raster images that well, but that’s expected from a vector-based app. Art­boards and export fea­tures are only focused on iOS. Would be great to include other plat­forms like Android and Win­dows Phone. None of these are deal-breakers and the app just gets bet­ter and bet­ter with each release.

Now, I know this sounds like a paid adver­tise­ment, but I can assure you that I haven’t received a dime from Bohemian Code. This is all of my silly love for this app. It’s really changed the way I design, and it’s exciting.

Down below I’ve put together a list a resources to help with the tran­si­tion from PS. A lot of great info here on the app, its ben­e­fits, how to use it, and the workflow.

I’m going to open the com­ments in case you want to ask questions.

Enjoy.

Sketch Man­ual
Tips & Tricks Blog
Offi­cial Tuto­r­ial Videos
Dis­cov­er­ing Sketch
Pho­to­shop Users: How To Switch To Sketch
Sketch VS Pho­to­shop
Super­charge your Work­flow in Sketch
Design­ing with Sketch
.Sketch App Medium Col­lec­tion
Design with Sketch Medium Col­lec­tion
How To Wire­frame An iPhone App In Sketch
iOS 7 GUI for Sketch
List of Sketch Plu­g­ins
Sketch Key­board Shortcuts

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Ken Briggs

Ken Briggs

Ken Briggs

Ken Briggs

Ken Briggs

Ken Briggs

Ken Briggs was a British graphic designer best known for the excel­lent poster and pro­grams that he designed for the The National The­atre in Lon­don dur­ing the 60s and 70s. Some of these won­der­ful designs are pic­tured here. He was the com­pa­nies first graphic designer, his work has had a huge influ­ence on the theatre’s design, even to this day.

Sadly, he passed away recently. We’re left with a col­lec­tion of work that is legendary.

Eye Mag­a­zine has writ­ten an arti­cle in his honor. The National The­atre also hon­ored him on their Tum­blr. They men­tioned that The NT Archive took in Ken Briggs’ col­lec­tion, and you can visit it by con­tact­ing them. If I ever make it to Lon­don, I’m def­i­nitely check­ing this out.

They’ve also dig­i­tized all of their posters, which can be viewed here.

And lastly, In 2009, Occa­sional Papers pub­lished The Mas­ter Builder: Talk­ing with Ken Briggs that details a con­ver­sa­tion between Sara De Bondt, Fraser Mug­geridge and Ken Briggs. The book also includes a lot of his work, but it seems to be out of print.

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[Sponsor] Sans Form

Sans Form

Sans Form is an inde­pen­dent shop / brand of wear­able and printed goods, cre­ated and curated by an inter­na­tional col­lec­tive of renowned graphic design­ers, with weekly new releases. We strive for qual­ity, that’s why each of our items is care­fully designed, hand-printed and han­dled, to make sure that only the high­est qual­ity is offered. We use only 100% organic mate­ri­als, and the line of tees are printed on super soft shirts you’ll never want to take off. If there’s one thing we stand behind, it’s the qual­ity of the stuff we design and print.

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