CULTURE by Stefan Sagmeister →
The BMW Group is celebrating 40 years of cultural commitment and is currently supporting more than 100 projects throughout the world. To mark this occasion, the internationally celebrated New York-based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister has created the design of the publication CULTURE, a book describing the BMW Group’s international cultural partnerships.
Irina Werning →
Advice for getting started Ten common mistakes in... →
25 Awesome Mugs →
15 Tips For Crafting the Most Impressive Twitter... →
There’s an art to stuffing the maximum amount of coolness and success into 140 characters or less, and I’m basically the Da Vinci Code for how to do that. Here are 15 of my proven strat tips on how to really jack your follower count by making your Twitter bio as effective as possible at tricking people into thinking you’re important.
Letters Lost and Found →
When type designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky set out to create a new digital typeface of Hebrew characters, he and type legend Matthew Carter reached far back into history. The result is Le Bé, and it’s based on one of the first Hebrew movable types, a famously beautiful typeface—Kosofsky calls it exuberant and confident—that first appeared in 1569 in the Plantin Polyglot Bible. Its newly...
15 Design Tips →
There is no shortage of companies that follow popular design trends to appeal to a mass market. Much more rare is the breed of company that actually sets design trends. Today we’ll examine the techniques of a company that occupies the top of the design food chain: Apple.
Maze Made From Salt →
Motoi Yamamoto has to be the most patient man in the world. A Japanese artist, Yamamoto uses salt to create monumental floor paintings, each so absurdly detailed, it makes A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte look like child’s play. He calls them, fittingly, his Labyrinths.
Amazing Concept Text Illusion →
Here is a series of images that when viewed from the right position will clearly show the letters as if there were printed in the air. Truly amazing. This texting system is developed for Eureka Tower Carpark. No doubt this project has won several design awards.
7 Steps to Creativity →
As a writer, having ideas is one of the most important parts of your craft. But often it seems like one of the most difficult and challenging parts of the whole process. How do you keep ideas flowing? How do you create a wealth of ideas to choose from? How do you make sure you get to the one killer idea that will make your advert, novel, article or blog post really stand out from the...
A Beautiful Revolution →
Student Membership Drive →
AIGA Student Membership Sale: February 1 – 21, 2011. Student Membership Drive/Sale will occur February 1-21. Online only! Paper applications will not be accepted during this drive. Full-time students will be able to join and renew online for just $50. Current AIGA student members whose memberships are up for renewal between January 31 and May 31 are included. No minimum number of students is...
Look after your spines →
In design terms, it’s probably the most neglected area of a book’s cover, but new website Fixabook claims to offer a few pointers on how to get your spine in shape, amidst critique dedicated to creating eye-catching jackets…
Visiting the High Line →
New Yorkers and design fans alike: After years of wrangling, delays, and uncertainties, the High Line, an astonishing urban park built upon the remnants of an abandoned stretch of elevated railway, is opening tomorrow. Fast Company was at the preview, and here, we bring you the first images of the completed park.
Pros give tips to improve your job interview... →
The unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 9.4 percent in December 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With nearly 10 percent of the population in need of work, applicants will need to stand out in order to be noticed. There are still an estimated five job seekers for each available position. One way to get a recruiter to take notice is to give a killer interview.
The Conversation: Painter Takes Art to iPad →
At a minimum most painters need brushes, paint and a canvas to create their works, but for Pixar animator Don Shank, and others in the world of iPad art, all it takes are fingers and a screen.
The Accidental Hipster →
A Collection of Vintage Cheese Labels →
Our photo essay originates in England, circa 1957. It was there and then that a colorful package of cheese inspired one person (unknown) to start a collection of dairy labels, neatly organized in a scrapbook. His or her now-vintage collection — found orphaned on eBay — is a virtual journal of cheese branding in the mid-20th century. Reproduced here, these graphic labels look just as the...
Intellectual Property for Creative Professionals →
Can you use that photo your client sent you from Flickr? Who has ownership of work you do for a client? How can you protect your work and yourself? Dealing with legal issues in design can be complex and intimidating. Matt Jannerbo, an attorney with Miller & Martin, will present an overview of intellectual property, trademarks and copyrights for creative professionals. Have a...
Think Wrong →
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see the world as a place where Euros and cents cascade down on people from a “money fountain”? In the heart of the on-the-go financial center “Offenfurt”, the “Ideas Bank” is open for business. The only method of payment this community bank accepts is innovation, creativity and investment in social dividends. In this particular bank the rational language of...
Finding Your Way with Static Maps →
Since the introduction of the Google Maps service in 2005, online maps have taken off in a way not really possible before the invention of slippy map interaction. Although quickly followed by a plethora of similar services from both commercial and non-commercial parties, Google’s first-mover advantage, and easy-to-use developer API saw Google Maps become pretty much the de facto mapping...
Design at Work: Accounting and Business Basics
Whether you lead a small design studio or fly solo, the business side of design can be the most intimidating. Kimberly Hutchinson, MBA, CPA, will clear the mystery behind types of business entities, tax considerations as a self-employed individual, and discuss bookkeeping best practices. Have a specific question you’d like Kimberly to answer? Submit it now! 6:00pm Social/Networking...
Benjamin Zander →
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
Photoshop Elements →
MacBook Decals →
Some great vintage synth ads →
Color Theory →
A Chat With Stefan Sagmeister →
The Creators Project: Your work is very different from the rest of the graphic design landscape. It’s more organic and more controversial in a lot of ways. Stefan Sagmeister: For a long time we’ve tried to make design that’s somehow more personal, possibly more human-centered, more organic, more handmade, less objective, and more subjective. At the advent of modernism in the 1920s, the...
The Variation of Animals Under Domestication →
Sketchbook Secrets: 50 Beautiful Sketchbook Scans →
The sketchbook is—to borrow a term from the new millenniums’ popular discourse—an artist’s BFF. It’s a diary for the visually inclined—a place where artists can most comfortably explore their personal thoughts, work out their visual needs, practice, maintain a visual history, and hopefully create the unpolished work that will eventually lead to amazing work for the world to see.
Making Buildings From Foamboard →
A Real Web Design Application →
The web and its related disciplines have grown organically. I think it’s safe to say the web is not the domain of just the geeks anymore—we all live here. And those of us who work here should have sophisticated, native tools to do our jobs.
Friends of Type →
Friends of Type features original typographic design and lettering – fresh visual content – practically every day, by the four primary contributors. Posts are meant to log ideas, express ourselves, and inspire each other and our readers. The last week of every month we feature a guest designer, someone we admire and think will elevate our work and the site through their contribution.
HANDMADE ENTROPY →
Readability™ is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading. Follow the steps below to install Readability™ in your Web browser.
Troy Bowman →
Feel the Paper →
Paper rep Barry Clough, from Neenah Paper, came to UTC to speak with the junior design class.
UTC Design Student Presentation: 10.14.10...
For any of you who missed the presentation, here is a recording of the live stream we did (including special guest appearances!) The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Department of Art presents a student-led presentation about their involvement with the Web design and development conference, Web Directions USA, their participation in Amped, a high energy event where designers and ...
UTC Design Student Presentation: 10.14.10