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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Still need a costume? Here are 400 ideas!

“400 Costumes to Die For is GS Design’s 2009 annual self-promotional piece. Designed to help recipients decide what to be for Halloween, the piece consists of two custom-made, 20-sided dice – one with 20 modifiers, the other with 20 nouns – that together offer 400 possible original costume combinations. (Zombie Elvis, Kung-fu Jesus, M.C. Mollusk, etc.) The dice are packaged inside an illustrated cylindrical tube that rotates to line up heads on different bodies. The tube is an economical one-color hot stamp on black paper. The instructions were printed as one-color paper labels and affixed to inside of the lid.”

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:36 pm  

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Michael Bierut: 5 Secrets from 86 Notebooks

Renowned graphic designer Michael Bierut claims that he’s not creative. Instead, he likens his job to that of a doctor who tends to patients – “the sicker, the better.”

In his speech during the 99% conference he walks you through 86 notebooks that he has kept over his esteemed career. Within these notebooks he highlights 5 secrets he has learned over the years.

Image via Design Observer

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:18 am  

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Color Correction before Photoshop

Richard Avedon’s color correction notes for a printer. Enough said.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:50 am  

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Wonderwall Experience

This is a very interesting navigational structure by interior design company Wonderwall. Experience it here.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:47 am  

Monday, October 26, 2009

Traveling with Furniture. Literally

Hmm… This innovative concept design by designer Erik De Nijs functions as luggage, but can be converted into a comfy set of stylish furniture for those extended layovers.

De Nijs explains his thinking behind the project:

The ‘suited case’ is a project which is inspired on the idea of people waiting during their trip. People often go and rest sitting on their suitcases, that is the starting point of this design.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:37 am  

Monday, October 26, 2009


We stumbled upon a new online design resource the other day and felt it was a worth a mention similar, but not as extensive as Thinking for a Living. Take a peak here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:54 am  

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Nook: Raising the Bar

Launched just last week by Barns and Noble, the Nook has added a few sexy features to rival Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. It’s white, has an e-ink screen, and is priced at $259, all like the Kindle.

The biggest distinctive feature is its ability to wirelessly “lend” ebooks to other nook users for 14 days. For more info on the Nook go here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:08 am  

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kellogg’s is Branding their cornflakes

Has Kellogg’s taken branding a bit too far with their attempt to laser-etch their logo on actual corn flakes? Head over to LogoDesignLove for a healthy discussion on the subject.

Telegraph states:
The laser uses a concentrated beam of light which focuses the energy within the beam, down to a very small spot on the Corn Flake. Mirror galvanometers are then used to steer the beam creating multiple vectors that reflect the laser from different angles and ultimately make up the image.

Thanks Calie for the tip.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:19 am  

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Social Media Counter

How much is social media growing? Gary Hayes’s flash application is based on data pulled from a myriad of social media sources and gives you a glimpse into the activity of Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and much more. To download the Social Media Counter go here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:07 pm  

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quote of the Week

“I think the design of participatory systems in which many more forms of value beyond simply cash are both created and measured is going to be the major theme not only for design but also for our economy as we go forward.”

Tim Brown

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:19 am  
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