Netdiver Mag #ISSN 1911-866X

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Cover master

Rodrigo Corral studio creates conceptual design and art for prints, brands, interior spaces and film. New website just relaunched. Have a lookee.

He has created some of the most iconic visuals in publishing.

He is a master at cover design and some of his book and magazine covers are iconic.

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Sensitive topics PRINT magazine cover. Too bad the ‘glass ceiling’ syndrome is in the mix.

A type of Show #1

Typography is no longer master of words destined for print or screen only. Recalibrated sorta speaking + elevated to standalone media status by all walks of creative people – they use it to render a kaleidoscope of visual projects.

Featured: Remix approach + character shaping for a French university event: Festival Arsène / 2014

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Featured: Bar codes + visual illusion for the YES poster by James Unwin

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Featured: Stripes embossed illusion type for a RGB magazine Mexico commission by BlueTypo

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Featured: Stacked cards effect for the Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff / Penguin book cover by Matt Dorfman

AD: Jaya Miceli

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Featured: 3rd year visual communication dept student multi-facetted 3d-like typography poster by Itai Weinstock

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Featured: Offset cropping + multi-fonts style + orientations for an event poster for Salas Pasternak / 2013

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Featured: Faux pli steps in monochrome + creating a silhouetted font in this poster for Suedpol multi purpose cultural center by Feixen

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Featured: Broken words + grid + omission of letters for this Kuki Monstah DJ Set poster by Krzysztof Iwanski

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Featured: Vertical type (trunk / office building / beacon?) + overlapping triangles aka basic shape to illustrate a tree + map border reference in the Tree Scout poster by Eric Karnes

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Featured: Light shows through a life-size metal cut-out + fit-out of The Research Agency office by Jose Guttierrez

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Featured: Black handdrawn type painted over all white objects + wall for a Plakat Workshop poster by Katja Schloz

ndlr: Cooperation with Tobias Tilgner

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Featured: Tropical foliage + birds over guitar serve as canvas for deconstructed word in the Summer poster by Ricardo Garcia

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Featured: Naturalist collaged canvas themed invitation for Cathedral Arts Project’s annual fundraiser by Caitlin Robinson

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Featured: Soft gradient + 3d shadowed elements emulating a diagonal free fall movement in poster for a Ellie Goulding performance by Adam&Co

Names for Change

Names for Change is home to an UMD caritative initiative – selling naming rights to all the items that connect their clients to food, shelter and a future.

Connecting everyone who comes through their doors with food, shelter and a future requires a whole lot of stuff.

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What a smart way to raise funds! Give as little or as much. Each vignette explains what each item will have as impact and why they are a necessity to recovering one’s human dignity and place in society.

The website is crafted delightfully. A great interactive and learning experience.

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via: Must read article: We are all part of the same thing by Nick Jones

Moving marvels

Justin Mezzell is a super talented illustrator and graphic designer who make things (for a stellar brochette of clients). Some of them move. Some not.

His style is very simple yet in the simplicity there are a lot perceivable details. Much akin to ‘icon’ design in trending ‘flat’ design.

I really enjoy his little moving marvels.

Paula Scher *

She is not a refiner. She operates on instincts; she gets it the first time or second or never.

She thinks clients like to buy process (time) and are afraid if you get it instantly!

She was told to illustrate with type.

She felt her hands had been cut off when the puter came around.

She thrives for this moment when she knows she has nailed it and lives for it!

Meet Paula Scher from Pentagram.

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Her design approach seems to be to stamp as many – and as much big BIG typography as possible.

Her knack at putting odds + odds = eccentric intrinsically beautifully balanced projects.

Her best work are letter driven – not picture driven. But her choice of visuals with off-center cropping and / or duotoning and / or monolithic subjects complete her expansive typography – perfectly.

Visual osmosis. Virtuosity.

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Guess it’s easy to understand why one of her books is titled: Make it Bigger! A journey into her three decades of design.

Must read!

MadeinMTL exit

Prompted to do this post following a recent tweet: ‘The sheer amount of ‘on / off’ – websites that ‘vanished’ is crazy. Thinking of all the man hours and dreams that have disappeared.’ – and ensuing exchange with Chris Tse.

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After releasing a little (www) Story – and ystd – reading an article about the people behind the Wayback Machine to discovering that ‘websites last in average 100 days!’ What???? to which Mike Sullivan replied: ‘Viral / campaign sites? Some 30 days.’

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Sifting the archives to see if some of the pre-database years featured awsm people / projects are still around.. to do an encore..

I found the multi-awarded MadeinMTL project – of which production cost must have been upwards of multi-hundred grands in government grants + corporate sponsorships to produce this interactive documentary.

Version 1.0 + 2.0 were released.

I followed the link and I was really shocked (do it). To be honest – I don’t get it. Read the feature to understand the scope of loss.

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I am blown away! MadeinMTL is a touristic destination site for both visitors and locals. Although this is my hometown, I must admit that the teams (Locomotion and BlueSponge) behind this little jewel have done their darndest to cover the City which is known for its load of good food and creative vibe, shopping, its underground city and lots of cultural events and festivals and much much more.

You can even make your own itinerary. Now if you plan to visit – don’t forget to visit the site and give me a shout!

Here’s what you can find on the site: 425 addresses, 15 000 pictures, 400 texts, 50 hours of video, 40 sound scapes and 25 shorts.

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Showing: Version 1.0

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Showing: Version 2.0

Deluxemodern etc.

Christine Tafoya is a self-professed design addict and renamed ‘etiquette‘ by ‘manners‘ to describe her online store Dear Miss Modern Market ethos where you can find exquisite ‘templates’ for special occasions.

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I am a grown-up geeky tomboy eye candy seeking editor while she is this buoyant festive stylish stylist for brand and home!

She recently quipped: ‘HTML gives me asthma.’ To which I replied: ‘<a><strong>O2</strong></a>’.

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She befits perfectly the description of a Powagirrrl: Women who rock the design scene with more than pink design..

..and Pink is definitely a predominant color with none of the pejoratives.

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Deluxemodern design studio tagline: ‘Mixing business with Pretty – Specializing in all things chic and clever.’

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Futurism now?

The future is now alert! Or how studying at Suprastudio – Greg Lynn / Super Aero Robo Spatial M.Arch.II Program at UCLA led Ebrahim Poustinchi who doubles up as architect & graphic designer – helped devise these fascinating inventions.

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From a visual point of view – the Amethyst Cluster (A proposal for moving architecture) is just stunning! Like these beautiful clustered shapes are ‘architecture’ in movement. Wow!

Team: Ebrahim Poustinchi, Keith Berry and Sima Shahverdi.

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Another stunner? The Opera Rollercoaster is meant to make the audience appreciate different pov and immerse them in the experience.

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4D Graphics | The "Object" is his final year project.

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ndlr: Watch (all) the videos.

Going extreme

Going extreme ain’t for everyone but the founding duo (Jan & Hjalti) of karlssonwilker inc are pushing it to the hilt with this out of the box (out of any boxes as that) portfolio website.

Minimalist with funk? Make it minimalist with dizzying mini-gifs spinning and spinning. Metaphor aside – interface is very similar to their spinning talents + imagination.

Top notch designers!

A little (www) Story

In 1995, JF and I started a little company – Netdiver. It’s original mission was to uncover and report on the economic possibilities of the emerging www.

We were going to ‘dive’ to fetch the pearls – in opposition to ‘surf’ – which was then buzz word du jour.

We thought it pretty clever.

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ndlr: JF & I in pixel regalia presenting a new logo. Still love it (/him too).

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Remember vividly my awe upon ‘entering’ the infant web – wow – we are now connected to the world! To this day – still awed.

First search was this single word: Idea.

Landed on TWChiatDay – Idea Factory which posited on a ‘new’ approach on how to run a creative studio – horizontal instead of hierarchial.

The interior ‘spaces’ were amazing – and have now become the norm for all those Silicon Valley giants and startups: funky offices – team pods – free food – game – flexible hours, etc.

Exactly what I was envisioning.

I concluded – if there’s one maybe there’s hundreds??

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ndlr: Netdiver site banner circa ’99. Diving not surfing ;))

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I remember the early www to be barely above double-digits millions. The web was ‘small’ and somewhat.. uh.. intimate.

I theorized ‘freelancing’ to become the economic norm – clients to be landed anywhere in the world and the ‘disenfranchising’ of selling both creative skills and goods to be possible.

At long last – designers could change the world with ‘communication’, ‘exchange’ and ‘collaboration. The circulation of new ideas to be unbelievably faster than pre-Internet since new ideas always reached ‘culture’ – post-mortem for authors.

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Followed 3 intensive years of stealth research gazing / gauging the ‘opportunities’ that would be afforded creatives types when they would settle in the then land of MiS, technologists and scientists.

I was mind-mapping infinite files to locate like-minded people who – as us – were exploring and building what today has become such a commodity – although an irreplaceable one as that.

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In ’98, I decided to ‘share’ the results of the ‘likeminded’ research – aka bookmarks with small screencaps – our visual trademark 200 x 115 pixels and a bit of text to describe it.

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ndlr: Wayback Machine archives

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We hard-coded a ‘website’ with frames and attempted to emulate a ‘magazine’ look and started to post (lol) – what would later become Netdiver Mag.

Way long before blogs were even in the ‘pipe’ of extraordinarily talented visionaries.

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ndlr: Netdiver vintage pins + postcard distributed at conferences / events.
Reissue TBA

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Through the years I kept a directory titled ‘x_pired’ in which I saved thumbnails of websites either redesigned or gone offline.

I had this sentimental attachment. I remembered all of them. It made me sad when so much creativity (not counting the man-hours) was thrown out in the ether. Once bright lights. Now gone.

Forever.

I chose to turn that sadness into a somewhat very unofficial web museum of what was new in design.

This is what Netdiver Vintage edition is about.

Since onset – I had and still have a very privileged overview of the web. When I went on hiatus – I don’t exaggerate stating having visited over 150k websites.

I have saved all the ‘archives’ pre-database years – and I am continually adding to it. So far 2.4k projects listed.

Enjoy.

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ndlr: Netdiver Vintage 2 columns interface.

ndlr2: Hard to believe it was once trendy to use very + very small fonts.

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Netdiver Mag long-standing visual trademark: 200 x 115 thumbnail view of the best of the best by categories.

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/ Illustration

Vast array of drawing styles

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/ Imaginative

Conceptual designs standing out

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Product / packaging design / workspaces +

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/ Motion

Brilliant storyboards / motion / vfx

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/ Photography

Some of the sharpest eyes shooting

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New wave of design / interactive / mobile stars

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