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My goal is to omit every­thing super­flu­ous so that the essen­tial is shown to best pos­si­ble advantage.

– Dieter Rams
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Ibán Ramón + Dídac Ballester

Iban Ramon + Didac Ballester

Iban Ramon + Didac Ballester

Iban Ramon + Didac Ballester

Iban Ramon + Didac Ballester

Spain based Ibán Ramón + Dídac Ballester has a great port­fo­lio of sim­ple, ele­gant work.

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Bentley: Intelligent Details

Intel­li­gent Details is a short doc­u­men­tary film that fea­tures Luc Don­ck­er­wolke and SangYup Lee, heads of design at Bent­ley Motors, talk­ing about the Bent­ley Mul­sanne.

What’s really inter­est­ing about the film is that it was com­pletely shot using an iPhone 5s, and edited on an iPad Air mounted inside the Mul­sanne. The end of the film seems more like an Apple ad than one for Bentley.

The films is proof that con­sumer prod­ucts like an iPhone and iPad can be used to cre­ate pro­fes­sional qual­ity con­tent. Granted, they used some expen­sive gear with the iPhone to achieve a lot of the results, but you can still get close to this with just an iPhone.

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CCRZ

CCRZ

CCRZ

CCRZ

CCRZ is a Swiss mul­ti­dici­pli­nary design con­sul­tancy with a great col­lec­tion of work.

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RTL Nieuws Redesign

RTL Nieuws is The Nether­lands’ lead­ing com­mer­cial news net­work, and it recently received a redesign by Mark Porter Asso­ciates, Smörgås­bord stu­dio, and John Beck­ers, with on-air visu­als by Uni­ver­sal Every­thing.

The redesign touches every aspect of the orga­ni­za­tion, from their dig­i­tal plat­forms to the audio sound­track. Over­all, it’s really well done. The brand­ing is very min­i­mal and uses bold typog­ra­phy, iconog­ra­phy and col­ors to tell the story. The type­face used in the redesign is a cus­tomer ver­sion of Grafik by Com­mer­i­cal Type. The sim­ple aes­thetic really shines on live broad­casts where you don’t get dis­tracted with a ton of visual info. The focus remains on the pre­sen­ters and the infor­ma­tion being communicated.

The excel­lent case study video above does a great job of show­ing off the new identity.

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271 Year Old Color Guide

1692 Boogert Color Guide

1692 Boogert Color Guide

1692 Boogert Color Guide

This blew my mind.

“Traité des couleurs ser­vant à la pein­ture à l’eau” is an 800-page color guide, writ­ten in 1692 by an artist known as A. Boogert. The book describes and shows in detail how to use and mix col­ors. I can’t even begin to imag­ine how long this took to make, and the fact that the col­ors are still so vibrant is aston­ish­ing. This is a work of art, and I would bet that most of what is in this book is still rel­e­vant today.

It’s also great to see that Boogert was also edu­cated in grid sys­tems. Have a look at how those swatches are organized.

A hi-res gallery of the entire book is avail­able here

Via Colos­sal

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Solo

Solo Poko

Solo Poko

Solo Poko

A lot of great work from Barcelona based stu­dio, Solo. My favorite is the iden­tity designed for Poko.

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[Sponsor] Acorn

Acorn is an easy to use yet pow­er­ful Mac OS X image edi­tor. Acorn is designed to be fast, intu­itive, and con­tains the fea­tures you need to edit and cre­ate pic­tures like a pro. Every­one needs to edit pho­tos at some point, but not every­one has the time to learn com­pli­cated super pricey photo edit­ing soft­ware. This is why Acorn was created.

Acorn’s fea­tures include non-destructive fil­ters, curves, and vec­tor tools (to name just a few). With non-destructive fil­ters you can chain fil­ters together to cre­ate end­less com­bi­na­tions of unique effects. Curves allow you to adjust the tonal response and even the indi­vid­ual color chan­nels to per­fect the mid-tones, shad­ows, high­lights, and con­trast in your images. Acorn’s inte­grated vec­tor tools mean you can eas­ily add text and shapes to your dig­i­tal pic­tures. Do all this and more with Acorn!

Acorn has also won some awe­some awards includ­ing Mac App Store Best of 2013, Mac­world Editor’s Choice, and Mac­world 2009 Eddy Award Win­ner. Check out Acorn today and down­load a fully func­tional free trial.

Acorn is cur­rently on sale for $29.99 (down from $49.99), and AisleOne read­ers can get an addi­tional $10 off with the coupon code ‘aisleone’ until May 12th.

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Studio Beige: Gimsel Supermarket

Gimsel Identity

Gimsel Identity

Gimsel Identity

Gimsel Identity

Stu­dio Beige designed this beau­ti­ful iden­tity for Rot­ter­dam based Gim­sel Supermarket.

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Bureau for Visual Affairs

Bureau for Visual Affairs

Bureau for Visual Affairs

Bureau for Visual Affairs

A nice col­lec­tion of web, mobile and print work from Bureau for Visual Affairs.

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[Sponsor] Type Specimen

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Type Spec­i­men is a dig­i­tal cat­a­logue for the Suit­case Type Foundry. It’s a mobile app that lets you be inno­v­a­tive in your font selec­tion for your design projects. Com­pared to ordi­nary paper spec­i­mens, it boasts a wealth of inter­ac­tive functions.

Ver­sion 2.0 brings you many new fea­tures: a com­pletely reworked inter­face, Retina res­o­lu­tion, sup­port for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, a live tester, and an inverse dis­play option. At the same time, it keeps the fun­da­men­tal ones: it works offline and it’s free.

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Leica T

Leica T

Leica T

The Leica T is a new mirror-less cam­era sys­tem which fea­tures a super min­i­mal design, and a body made com­pletely out of a sin­gle block of alu­minum. Aes­thet­i­cally, it’s beau­ti­ful. There are only a few but­tons on the top, and the every­thing else is han­dled through the touch­screen on the back.

The level of engi­neer­ing and crafts­man­ship that goes into mak­ing a Leica T is impres­sive as expected. The way the strap con­nects to the cam­era seems bril­liant, and the body is pol­ished by hand for 45 min­utes. The video above shows the entire 45 minute pol­ish­ing process.

A lot of prod­ucts today don’t offer this kind of crafts­man­ship. Good to see some com­pa­nies that still care.