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January 28, 2011

dinnerware


I've been thinking a lot about the design of everyday objects. I've been finding a lot of seemingly everyday things that are so well designed as to be superbly inspiring. Included in that is a line of dinnerware from Lorena Barrezueta called Burst.


I'm not sure I'd be able to use these. I would just want to display them somewhere in my house. They are so intricate, modern, and elegant.


Gorgeous!
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January 24, 2011

forced perspective

Needing some inspiration? Take a look at these examples of forced perspective photography. Incredible! I love Instant Shift for their inspiration posts. Great stuff.

Here are my favorites:

Jeppe Olson



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maybemaq

What a great collection. So creative and inspiring!

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January 19, 2011

typesetting debate



A friend of mine posted a link to this Slate article about why you should never use two spaces after a period. I thought it was great! Finally some anger on the side of the (obviously correct) type designers and typesetters!

My theory is that there's a sizable age gap in this debate. I think people have a very hard time changing their habits and anyone who learned to type on a typewriter probably still considers it correct to use two spaces. My guess is that most people under 40 (and even more people under 30) just use one space. I would love to see statistics on this but I don't think it's too high on anyone's priority list.

Anyway, since we all use computers and not typewriters let's stick to one space. Please!
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January 17, 2011

logo redesigns

In the last couple of weeks I have noticed 2 big logo redesigns. Starbucks and Comedy Central. Both have received a fair amount of negative feedback but I think they are both successful.



Starbucks - I've always felt their logo was too busy and difficult to scale. By removing the wordmark and keeping it simple they solve that problem. It's also still circular and green and therefore totally recognizable. I don't think anyone's going to be confused if they see someone drinking from a cup with the new logo. Still, it's different enough to spark interest and conversation. Well done.



Comedy Central - I think this is a huge improvement. People have been complaining that it's too plain and looks too much like the copyright symbol (which is funny! It's called comedy people!). I think it's clear, simple, scaleable, and applicable to the many different looks of the shows and pieces they produce. Their original logo was too detailed and cartoonish to work in the way a modern multimedia logo needs to work. It has to be flexible and encompass the total brand experience. It has to animate interestingly as well as work on the website and in print format. This logo does all of that. Again, well done.
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January 14, 2011

nuzzles


Check out these hand-crafted wooden puzzles. Aren't they gorgeous?? They're expensive but if you feel like splurging these would make such a unique gift. And they're called Nuzzles. Which is such a great name.



So beautiful!
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January 5, 2011

resume inspiration

Take a look at this collection of 40 creative design resumes. Resume design is really difficult. It has to look like a design resume but also has to be legible, clear and easy-to-follow.

Here are my 4 favorites.


CV by Verine - Successfully including a timeline in a resume is no easy feat. This one is clear and easy to read and I love the use of the CMYK color palette. So simple and bold. The only thing I don't love is the photo.



Resume by xiruxiru - I adore the colors and the fruit theme in this one. It's fun and happy and delicious all at the same time. My only concern is that some of the fruit seems to be squished to fit and there's a slight blue box around the strawberries.



Resume by Kyuzengi - Keeping it simple with type and color. Love it.



Resume by heeeeman - Another timeline. This one is more complicated but still easy to follow. My only concern here is the intersection of some of the text and line areas. Fading out the red lines makes it a little cluttered looking.

These are not something you see every day. I love finding things like this for inspiration!
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January 2, 2011

happy new year!

Ready or not, it's 2011!


I hope your holidays were restful. I could use another month to recuperate.