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Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Josef Muller-Brockmann Series

Following a collaboration with typographer Emil Ruder, the Japanese Design T-shirt Store Graniph once again draws on the work of a Swiss graphic design master—Josef Muller-Brockmann—to produce a series of six distinctive T-shirts.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Origami City

This hyper-detailed construction “Castle on the Ocean” took four years to build and was made entirely out of craft paper with a few dabs of glue. What sparked this endeavor by artist Wataru Ito was his boredom during his university entrance exams. Hmmm. We’ll let that one go.

The finished piece is currently on display at an exhibition on the island of Umihotaru, near Tokyo. Surprisingly he plans to torch his creation when the show is over.

The artist says: “I am devoted while I am working on my projects but I quickly lose interest when I complete them. “When the exhibition is over I will burn the castle. I thought I could see it rising up from the ashes if I took a video and played it backwards.”

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Don’t Waste the Paste


Thanks to Jee Young Choi’s clever concept design you won’t have to muscle out the last of your toothpaste. Find out more here.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

GreenPeace Design Awards Announced

The short-list of the GreenPeace Design Awards has been released. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on July 31st, 2009. The above poster by Spencer Harrison was one of the pieces to make the short-list. View the full gallery here.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

“Taking the Arnell out of Tropicana”

As many of you know Tropicana’s packaging rebrand has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride having reverted back to its original look designed by Sterling Brands a few months back. Trop50 is the only product left that uses a splash of some of the design elements The Arnell Group came up with for the rebrand failure.

The new design on the right reverts back to many of the successful brand elements that the original had, while still keeping the Trop50 logo and that darn glass of orange juice.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Digitize your time

Digital clock: only figures, no case, only the necessary—only accurate time. Each figure has self-contained power supply and independent control, it can be fixed to any surface autonomously. A light sensor will switch the clock to an invert mode: the figures are white in the dark time of day and black at daytime.


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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Quote of the Week

“If you keep shouting, you are not making communication any better. You are only removing the talking and whispering from the system. I find our society a bit noisy. I would like to contribute a little silence. ”

Bruno Monguzzi

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Driving Type

iQ font – When driving becomes writing / Full making of from wireless on Vimeo.

Two typographers (Pierre & Damien) and a pro race pilot (Stef van Campenhoudt) collaborated to design a font with a car. The car movements were tracked using a custom software, designed by interactive artist Zachary Lieberman.

Download the Font here.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Why Graffiti Is A Good Thing

The people over at Halogenlife introduced us to a provocative interview they conducted with Oakland-based artist Favianna Rodriguez. She is the co-founder of East Side Arts Alliance, which has grown into an artistic sanctuary for the local community. In the piece Rodriguez explains “Why Graffiti is a Good Thing”

We’ve included an excerpt from the interview below. To read it in full go here.

Art is a tool with which to organize and inspire. I think we really have to do this, especially as a woman artist and as a woman of color. The stories we experience are universal. Things are happening all over the world. We ghettoize and see them as happening only to us. But in reality that’s our being resilient and determined and surviving within negative experiences. It’s a celebration of humanity. What happens in Oakland is happening in many cities around the world. We can inspire people.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Visual Read: The Handy Book of Artistic Printing

Princeton Architectural Press’s new book release The Handy Book of Artistic Printing, by Doug Clouse and Angela Voulangas, showcases the world of artsy pattern and ornament. The book’s subtitle, “A Collection of Letterpress Examples with Specimens of Type, Ornament, Corner Fills, Borders, Twisters, Wrinklers, and other Freaks of Fancy,” pretty much sums it up.

The authors explore the style’s origins in the British Aesthetic Movement and analyze its distinctive features: idiosyncratic color harmonies, eclectic choice of type and ornament, compartmentalized compositional strategies. They also present a landmark portfolio of letterpress printing samples, drawn from some of the most important public and private print archives. More than 150 examples of period ephemera, printers’ own tour de force promotional pieces, and specimens of type and ornament are reproduced, many for the very first time since their initial circulation more than a century ago.

The Handy Book of Artistic Printing celebrates a previously berated and today largely forgotten episode of design history—one of increasing interest in light of the recent embrace of ornament by some leading contemporary designers. This book will be of value to graphic designers, but also to fine artists, visual merchandisers, and collectors of ephemera everywhere.

For more on the new release and other books in Princeton Architectural Press’s collection click here.

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