Just got my promotional mailer officially announcing Design Philadelphia 2011. Now in it’s 7th year, Design Philadelphia is a ten day long city wide umbrella of events, speakers, exhibitions and workshops in many mediums include graphic design, fine art, fashion, photography and more. I’ll be trying to hit as many highlights as I can (last year’s Light Drift installation by artist Meejin Yoon was fantastic) through the Oct. 13-23 timeframe.
Follow all the upcoming Design Philadelphia events here.
And be sure to check out Mike Smith‘s excellent posters designs (like Participate above) promoting Design Philadelphia here.
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Tagged 2011, art, art work, artwork, design, design philadelphia, events, fashion, Graphic Design, mike smith, philadelphia, philly, upcoming
This week, “sneaker freakers” and fans of the beloved 80’s Back To The Future film trilogy finally saw the realization of one of the holy grails of movie-fashion concept designs: The Nike Air MAG. A prop designed and used for the second installment of the film, the Air MAGs (or Magnetic Anti-Gravity) were fantastic futuristic sky tops complete with lights and auto-lacing technology. They were of course only an idea in a film about a supposed future, but fans fell in love with them and hoped, prayed and even petitioned to see their fateful production.
This week, Nike, in partnership with Universal Films and the Michael J. Fox Foundation released a limited line of 1500 pairs of the Nike Air MAG to be placed on eBay for charity auction to raise funds for the Fox foundation seeking a cure for Parkinsons disease. All of this is wonderfully explained on Nike’s new microsite Back4theFuture.com, a cleverly devised website to promote not only the legend and spirit of the films and the storied shoe, but also aiming to shed light on the affliction of Parkinsons in a witty and encouraging way. The site, which I believe was designed by Nike’s longtime agency of record Wieden and Kennedy, follows a similar structure to the previous Nike Better World site, leading the visitor downward through a series of automated tiles displaying messaging and finally landing at an interactive display video complete with a cameo from The Doc himself.
The site is clean and brisk, with bold messages set in Nike’s 80’s trademark tightly kerned bold Futura to give a perfect retro-future look and feel. Also, be sure to check out “The Continuum”, a running blog of sorts on the site that collects news, articles, events and social network activity related to the release.
Visit Back4theFuture.com here.
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Tagged air mag, auction, back to the future, charity, culture, design, Graphic Design, interactive, michael j. fox, movies, nike, product, sci fi, sneaker, sneakers, technology, website, wieden and kennedy
One of my favorite small branding/design firms, Official Mfg Co. (or OMFG), has redesigned and relaunched their website complete with some new features, an updated shop and new projects. The Portland, OR based firm has created or been instrumental in branding, identity, and design for such great clients as Ace Hotel, Property Of apparel, Clyde Common and many more. I love the professional yet still personal touches the small group of designers bring to the site, especially the home page Instagram feed, which sometimes chronicles projects as they work on them, giving a great peek-behind-the-curtain into their process.
Be sure to also check out their great new work for Scandinavian clothiers Dunderdon, the Spirit of ’77 bar, and their in-store graphics for GAP. Well worth a click.
Visit OMFGco.’s new website here.
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Tagged branding, design, Graphic Design, logo, logos, OMFG, OMFGco, oregon, photography, portland, website
We are indeed living in the age of infographics. The amount of data collected and created everyday is exploding at a rapidly accelerating rate and the visualization of that data – the ability to transform those raw numbers into something understandable and digestable – is swiftly becoming a great tool and asset. Enter, Visual.ly, a socially enabled community site spearheaded by a team of partners like GOOD Magazine, CNN, Hyperakt and more, designed to create a space for designers to share, discuss and view infographics from all over the world.
Visit Visual.ly here. And also, check out this great interview iDsgn conducted with Hyperakt’s Josh Smith here about the good (and evils) of infographics.
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Tagged CNN, culture, data, design, GOOD, Graphic Design, hyperakt, infographics, video, visual.ly, visually, youtube
Charleston, South Carolina based design and branding firm Fuzzco has been quietly producing expertly crafted branding and design projects for a couple of years now and with a recent rave review by Brand New for the rebranding of restaurant chain Kickin’ Chicken, their status is sure to rise. Their work is consistently smart and clean with wonderful little details & clever copywriting, and many of their projects often include great illustrations and icon sets.
Visit Fuzzco’s website here.
Not exactly “breaking news” but AIGA, the nation’s largest organization devoted to the profession of design, recently relaunched and redesigned their website and it’s a radical departure for a somewhat staid institution. Adopting the ever more popular website style I refer to as “Chinese Buffet”, the AIGA site no longer has a traditional flow or “above the fold” content layout, but a scalable column system of multiple content boxes and “ads” that shift position depending on the size of your browser. It’s a layout and design that could look disastrous, cluttered and unfocused in the wrong hands, but AIGA wisely and subtly creates hierarchy and order amidst the chaos, especially in the nice touches of blog-style tags and categories, and greying out certain columns of information that only become more apparent when scrolled over, leading your wandering eyes in a more curated way.
It’s not a perfect design, but it’s a great evolutionary step for a web presence devoted to the multitudes of graphic arts and creativity. I personally hate when you maximize your browser window to take full advantage of the reshuffling tiles, only to scroll down to find certain columns are exceedingly and inexplicably longer than others. But it’s a minor quibble that could easily be fixed by allowing all the tiles to reshuffle freely.
This buffet style of web design, where you pick and choose what content to access and what to avoid is not for everyone, but for AIGA, an organization devoted to the visual craft of design and it’s myriad forms and developments, it’s a great opportunity to showcase lots of talent, events, and social activity that can keep you educated and entertained long after a more traditional layout would have.
Visit the new AIGA website here.
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Tagged AIGA, design, Graphic Design, interactive, internet, opinion, technology, web design, website
It’s amazing how since moving into an expansive, stark white apartment my opinions on colors as interior accents & decorations have shifted greatly. I have never lived in a place with so much negative space, having been used to brick walls, or inheriting some previous tenant’s terrible idea of a good wall color (my previous apartment had a giant wall I would best describe as Grape Bubble-Yum). I have resisted painting the walls, because well, I love the vastness of white. It’s has both a calming effect and the ability to give a “curated” feel to anything you decide to hang on it.
Which brings me to my newest adornment, a set of four “vintage” Pantone letraset sheets, for our living room. I say “vintage” because honestly I have no idea how old they are (I would guess they are from the late 1980’s), I only know I snagged them from the very first advertising agency I worked at right out of college, and right before they were to be trashed along with about 30 years worth of ancient design tools and materials. The sheets just happened to form a very nice complimentary palette, going from a bold orange and transitioning nicely into a soft purple.
Though I never had to interact professionally with letraset films or rubylith sheets (way before my time), I love how they not only hark back to a different time in design history, but also form a rich color field, creating a nice focal point and touch of warmth to my home. With the rise of the computer, Pantone discontinued letrasets, but I imagine with some good sleuthing on eBay you could score some color of your own!
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Tagged art work, artwork, color, Graphic Design, home, interior design, letraset, pantone, tools of the trade