31 December 2009

Happy New Year

Along with a new year comes a new color... and this year it's Turquoise, Pantone 15-5519 to be exact. Succeeding Mimosa for 2009, the inviting, luminous hue of turquoise is a winner to me and sounds like the start of a great Pantone vacation ad...

via Pantone: "Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing."

Read the full Pantone press release here. Happy New Year!

Photo from Pantone website.

28 December 2009

Photo of the week

San Diego Zoo, CA. One would have to wonder what the staff looks like with a sign like this....

27 December 2009

Best Wishes

I know I'm a little late with this... it was one of those years where I just couldn't stay up to date and on time with much. I swear we were gypped a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the time in between went so fast! Here's to a great 2010!

22 December 2009

Here's to pro bono

So, it's almost 2010 and you say you want to do something with yourself. Somehow make a change, a difference, use your creative juices to to better an organization in need... and in this economy, who couldn't use a little help right? Look no further my friend... a group of New York City designers have formed DesigNYC, an outlet for designers to connect their creative skills with non-profits. I know what your saying, it's in NYC, but I'm in SF how will that help me? Well, hopefully it will spawn ideas; go to your local business association or chamber of commerce and offer your services to deserving local businesses, hunt for not so good design and offer a free redesign (just remember not to start the conversation with 'I think your logo is pretty bad, would you like me to create a new one for you?', because they might be the one who designed it). You could always start your own designSF or designAUSTIN or wherever you might be. At the very least you check out Volunteer Match for more opportunities. Just a thought.

Photo from Fastcompany website.

21 December 2009

Photo of the week

North Pole. Two of Santa's seldom used reindeer, Cyrus and Kimchi, got dressed up in their holiday finery to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

16 December 2009

Rest in peace my dear friend

Sad news for the design community this morning... I.D. magazine, America's foremost design publication and the oldest design magazine in the country, is folding after 55 years in publication. Over the years, I.D. won five National Magazine Awards: For General Excellence in 1995, 1997, and 1999; for Special Interests in 2000; and Design in 1997. Thankfully they will be continuing the their Annual Design Review event and publishing the results online. Below is the release from I.D.:
Statement for External Release December 15, 2009
To Readers, Advertisers and Friends of I.D. Magazine:
Since 1954, I.D. Magazine has served as one of America's leading critical magazines covering the art, business, and culture of design. Today it is with regret that we announce its closure. The January/February issue of I.D. will be its last; subscribers to I.D. will receive Print magazine for the balance of their subscription.
Ceasing publication of an iconic brand like I.D. is never an easy decision, but there are several forces that have worked against its sustainability. Certainly the downturn in print advertising has contributed to this decision, but other factors include the fragmentation and specialized information needs of I.D.'s core readers (product designers) and the plethora of information resources available to them – some for free (online and B2B) and others that are highly specialized and targeted to specific industries served.
F+W Media will continue producing the I.D. Annual Design Review, its flagship international product design competition, in an expanded fashion online. This new web initiative will feature not only 2010's winners but will catalog thousands of notable entries from past competitions. Going forward, in addition to the I.D. Annual Design Review, F+W Media’s Design Group is comprised of the award-winning HOW and Print brands – magazines, books, events, and competitions serving the information needs of graphic designers in all media.
We thank the entire I.D. community, past and present – staffers, contributors, readers, and advertisers – for their support of the magazine throughout its 55-year history.
Gary Lynch
Publisher & Editorial Director
F+W Media Design Community
Photo from Gawker website.

15 December 2009

A gift for your typographic freak

Here's a gift no type lover will re-gift! These laser-etched bamboo type coasters each feature a unique jumble of characters from Baskerville Semibold. The perfect stocking stuffer if I do say so myself! Although if one were to use the coasters with a glass that was perspiring from an icy cold liquid, the coasters seem a little impractical, no? I mean, the beads of perspiration would surely hit the table with this design. But no worries, these little babies would look cool arranged on a blank wall looking for a little love. The coasters are available for purchase at Veer, click here for the Veer website. Happy holidays!

Photos from Veer website.

14 December 2009

Photo of the week

Los Angeles, CA. I love discovering what use to be, especially signage that's been unearthed on old buildings. It's been 42 years since a Studebaker rolled off the line, but this building located just a block or so from the Staples Center is still standing, perhaps not for long however (lots of high rise loft condos are going up in the area). After a little research I came across a website of a gentleman who enjoys researching old photos of dealerships and auto factories. He found a great photo of the same building from 1937 at the Los Angeles Public Library. Check it out here.

10 December 2009

Chicago with a view

Although the pictures show a beautiful sunny day, I would rather be in this stunning new Chicago building watching it rain or snow. But either way, the new 82-story Aqua Tower is an architectural beauty. Designed by Studio Gang of Chicago, it's a milestone for women in architecture; it is the world's tallest skyscraper designed by a female-owned firm. (Why is it most, perhaps all, of the worlds great architecture is man made? No pun intended, really). That's another conversation altogether, back to the building.

via Fast Company;
'The tower's signature feature are the undulating balconies, which because of their curving, bulging shapes, cantilever anywhere from 2 to 12 feet outwards, thus affording city views that would otherwise have been impossible to appreciate. They cost a scant 1.5% of the building's $325 million construction cost. And that, above all else, makes Studio Gang worth watching: Architectural flamboyance at a reasonable price is always a rarity; flamboyance that increases the bottom line is almost unheard of.'

It's a stunning addition the Chicago skyline. Congrats to Studio Gang! Read more about it from the Chicago Tribune. And see more photos from Designboom.

Photos from Designboom website.

09 December 2009

Typographic madness

I haven't posted anything typographic related in a while, just haven't found anything worth while. But I found something completely fantastic from Brazilian artist André Felipe... you must check out his typo/graphic posters website, created purely for enjoyment, inspiration and to promote good design through poster culture and cultivation. The work showcased is from designers all over the world with the talent, imagination and creativity for all things type. Thanks for the platform André!

Photo from typo/graphic website.

07 December 2009

Catch of the day

While the rain pounds down outside, I can't help but to think of all the trash that will find its way to ocean during the next few days. Unfortunately, it's not something we think about if we don't see the actual repercussions. However, Saatchi and Saatchi created 'Catch of the Day', a thought provoking guerrilla ad campaign sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation to educate people at farmers’ markets about the amount and kinds of pollution dumped into our seas. Perfectly executed with huge impact, the campaign showcases real life trash collected from various beaches in America, packaged to look like seafood and then offered at farmers’ markets. Next time you throw anything in the garbage, think about its life cycle, where it came from and where it goes. See more pollution packaging here. Brilliant.

Photo from Osocio website.

Photo of the week

Venice Beach, CA. Interesting way to address 1800.

02 December 2009

The final final logo

This is it... I think. All of us design bloggers have been posting early concepts of the logo for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, all speculative in hindsight. Well, yesterday THE logo was unveiled. Created by the brand darlings at Interbrand and in conjunction with Sochi’s own Expert Brand Council established by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, the logo uses an all typrographic treatment and incorporates a web address, the first of its kind in history for an Olympic logo. You can read more about the process and concept behind the logo on the press release from the Interbrand site here. And check out how it is already in use on the official Sochi 2014 website. I can't give a critique on the logo just yet, I need to let it marinate a bit. Right now it doesn't say much to me other than the obvious, but I'm hoping it will speak more to me in the coming days.

Photo from idsgn website. Click the photo for a larger view.

01 December 2009

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Photo from World Aids Day website.
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