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Design news | Jan 12

Étude Op. 2

Étude Op. 2 collection of lush textures by Sougwen Chung.


Love this Untitled piece.

BE: Bag

BE: Buy Right. Eat Right. Shopping Bag by Nicole Pivirotto.

For this project students were asked to create a product that would help them stick to our New Years Resolution. Her resolution was (and still is!) to eat healthier, so she designed a grocery bag with different compartments for each food group, in order to encourage purchasing healthier foods at the grocery store.

Genial! Want one! You?

Collator Exhibit

Superb grad design project titled Collator Exhibit by Vince Lo. Love the work – the approach – the presentation. Everything. Keep your eyes peeled on him. Promising career ahead.


To showcase the development of Collator, he created a Process/Specimen book. And a typeface.


via: Alex Antuna

Teehan+Lax lab

Setting up a lab in your agency by Jon Lax

Jon Lax, the co-founder of Teehan+Lax, discusses why the agency built a dedicated labs group. While to the outside it may seem like we have just hopped on the bandwagon, the truth is we spent a considerable amount of time designing and thinking about this group, its purpose, its operations and its mandate.

What we have learned after one year:

a) Resourcing still an issue

b) PR is a double edged sword

c) Create a hacker culture


via: Derek Kinsman

Cluster approach

Love the One-Shelves concept by Studio Juju.

A set of small boxes that can be nested together to take up the least amount of space and expanded without tools to form a big shelf. Stack and arrange to fit different spaces.


Along the same cluster approach, check the Rabbit tables.

Field Study

Making me smile from ear to ear. Discover the fantastic illustration and collage work of Kennan Cummings posted on his Field Study blog.

Don’t miss the series of black dot characters he created.


Featured animations are delicious.

Chalk power

Dana Tanamachi is a graphic designer and custom chalk letterer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has circulated all over the Internet. Her medium being so ephemeral – the only thing that captures it permanently are photographs.

Check out some of the time-lapse projects. Impressive.

Hand delivered

Someone’s gotta a brand new bag. Terrific packaging project: Hand delivered by Gavin Martin Colournet imagineered by Magpie Studio.


via: The Design Ark

Carl Wiens

Carl Wiens is a consumate illustrator. Stating that he works with a lot of really amazing and interesting people, on projects ranging from magazines and books to character development for animation.

Love the retro artifcats and strong characters and objects using lines very sparingly.

Jaw dropping

Fantastic new portfolio website for Kelli Anderson who is an artist/designer and tinkerer always experimenting with new means of making images and experiences. From interactive paper to layered, experimental websites, everything begins and ends here in her studio which houses a 1919 letterpress and an assortment of other benevolent contraptions.

She also teaches art history at Pratt every summer.

Ampersand &&

The Ampersand Collection is a curated package of 10 Original 9×9 prints from 10 designers around the interwebs. Each ampersand is hand printed on a cover weight stock of Mr. French paper. The package of prints are held inside a celophane wrapping in a custom folder in a limited-edition of 200.

dn&co rocks

From wayfinding systems to billboards to print collaterals mostly for architecture projects – and almost anything related in-between – dn&co design work rocks.


The Department of Advertising and Graphic Design is the Museum of Modern Art’s in-house design studio. Wanna see great wayfinding systems? Print material and collaterals? Typography? Wall installations?

Don’t wait – must see from top to bottom.

Fantastic / KT

Karen To has stated in her own words – tries to do everything. Not a small statement and objective to set for oneself for this recent grad. She dabs successfully in graphic design, motion graphics, photomontage, illustration and lettering. Fantastic portfolio.

What next?

Currently on the look-out to be hired.

The Manual

The Manual (3 books a year) each holding six articles and six personal lessons that use the maturing of the discipline of web design as a starting point for deeper explorations of our work and who we are as designers.

In lively, rich articles and vibrant, personal stories explore the tiny distance between loving people and seeing them as mere specks, the deadliness of CSS galleries, the impact of the corruption of the web’s original vision as interconnected nodes.

Watch as they enrich our thinking about web design.

Eat Me book

A feast for the eyes by Gavin Lucas

Hong Kong-based publisher Victionary‘s latest tome, entitled Eat Me: Appetite For Design, is chock-full of inventive food packaging projects, elegant restaurant identities and interiors, and food-based art projects. It’s even designed to look like a layered wafer biscuit.

Fontsmith is 10

10 Years in type – the story of the Fontsmith library. The project is a celebration of a decade of work, a window on the stories that have helped shaped some of the world’s leading typefaces and brands.

Beautiful collection, covers and brilliant concept.

Mineral beauty

Blowing me away this am. Falling head over heels for Carly Waito paintings. These are not close-up pictures of minerals – they are actually – yes minerals – but oil painted . Wow.

Beauty can be found in the most unsuspected of places.


Bodydigital edito for Amusement magazine by Alexis Raimbault is a genial concept whereas neutral staging / clothing play off the intersecting tekkie toys. Must see.


Print-Process was founded by Blam aka Mark Blamire in November 2010. It is the new sister company to the online print shop Blanka and was born out of the concept of creating print in a more democratic and liberating way for our customers.

Need to fill some walls w/ cool posters? The typographic serie is pretty awesome.

Sooo good

Updated from the design front! Make a stop at Studio Lin new website to view nice portfolio projects.


Zim&Zou is a French studio based in Nancy that explores different fields including paper sculpture, installation, graphic design, illustration. Rather than composing images on a computer, they prefer creating real objects with paper and taking photos out of them.

Probably the top paper sculptures I’ve ever seen. Crafted to perfection.


The Future of Food – Icon mag cover



Back to Basics making of.


via: The Design Ark

MG/ Collected

Beautiful book design for the Malcolm Gladwell Collected by Paul Sahre. If you haven’t read these books – suggest you do. Original thinking – future forwarded inclined.

Your Friends

Your Friends were asked to curate and design an exhibition. The line-up of designers who exhibited consisted of both up and coming and veterans in the Norwegian design scene.

How artwork is exhibited in a gallery vs. products in a store and how we can tell the bigger story about the products in order to give it more value.

Kali Ciesemier

Niiice editorial illustration work by Kali Ciesemier.


Matthew Lyons is an extra talented illustrator. His geometrical style – highly polished perspectivees and subdued palettes are pure eye candy.

Projecto Ensamble

This initiative starts with the idea of reformulating the function that has been given to paper toys or paper figures. This 3d building block can be customized or modified artistically by designers, architects, artists, engineers, kids, etc. to create one single piece of artwork which intention will depend on what each individual artwork communicate.

Presenting Projecto Ensamble.

Blocks by Base

Gotta love the ‘building blocks’ concept and metaphor approach. The (Pantone) Plus Series identity, packaging and launch campaign imagined and designed by Base.

via Haderslev

Thorbjørn Gudnason is a young graphic designer – currently studying at School for Visual Communication (BA) in Haderslev, Denmark. He has a parallel passion for architecture and as a photographer – very promising one at that.

Check out his series. Simply beautiful.

Vintage reboot

This just made my day! The Restart Page. Free unlimited rebooting experience from vintage operating systems. See / try / reminescence / restart.

Hello Designer

An upcoming talent to watch for: Rhys Dando aka Hello Designer who LOVE(s) design and seeks opportunities to better himself.


Don’t miss the B/A Exhibition a typographical response.


Enigmatic poster series and publication for the project On Growth, & Forms of Meaning by Stout/Kramer.

Kewl widget

Kewl widget. Get your custom inspector stamps.

Creative Tsar

One of my all time favorite I.D. Magazine (now defunct) cover by boy wonder creative art director designer Thomas Porostocky.


He has now repurposed, opened his own studio and does amazing infographics and illustrations as well.

Jing Zhang

A-Z lettering project by Jing Zhang. The vignettes (all 3d) are really cute and varied. He is quite creative when it comes to depict real and not so real environments.

Peter Crawley

You gotta see this making-of. Stitched illustration for the Handmade 2011 iPad issue of Wallpaper* by Peter Crawley.

The illustrations are created by hand piercing various stocks of paper with a pin and then stitching the paper with a needle and cotton thread.


Generation Flux

This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business by Robert Safian

Any business that ignores these transformations does so at its own peril. <- Said that back in ’95 about the www.

There is one certainty, however. The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm; if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern.

The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos. <- gotta love this one – our band name is After Chaos.

Because some people will thrive. They are the members of Generation Flux <- oh finally belonging somewhere – I’m a GenFluxer.


Fast Company more than 15 years ago, the magazine was launched with a cover that declared: "Work Is Personal. Computing Is Social. Knowledge Is Power."

Lost Type store

Shown all plaid-ed out. The official button kit by Lost Type.


Who wants icons? Free download. Perhaps even a nice pouch bag which designs are based on defaulticon set? Check out DefaultIcon.


Meta-search mode for iPhone photography apps.








Air Force Duckboot plywood multilayer artwork made for a new Nike Sportswear store in Moscow. 86 x 112cm, painted with acrylics by Sicksystems.

Fotoshop by Adobé

About time somebody puts this out in the open. Fotoshop by Adobé. This commercial isn’t real, neither are society’s standards of beauty. Something wrong w/ societal vision of beauty / women? You bet.

HH? Emulate

What is good design? A project that once you find it – ain’t matter which year it was created. Hvass&Hannibal is a must emulate example! We need more like them in the industry who are not afraid to use colours – lots and lots of colours.

As a multi-disciplinary arts and design studio based in Copenhagen and since 2006, have worked in close collaborative partnership with illustrative and conceptual design in a number of different fields for numerous clients in Europe, Asia and the US.

Twister / R

Fantastic interior design photography of the Twister restaurant by Vasiliy Butenko. The pillars are second-level booths. Wow!


The bar section walls, ceiling and lamps are made of wood sticks.


Self-promotion arsenal – a paper toy – stationery and website – titled: Have a tiger on your side for LaTigre design studio.

Wildly visual

Founded in 1994 by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers and Georgianna Stout, 2×4 is headquartered in New York City. Both highly rational and wildly visual, their work spans strategy and design from culture to commerce.

Cohesive and comprehensive website w/ lots of delightful eye candy all around. Browse – browse – browse and learn.


Sparkeology fresh take on furniture and the value of simplicity, among other things. Most furniture includes power hubs and the design is beautiful w/ sustainability and social responsibility in mind.

Gotta love the concept of the blackboard that complements each product which are personalized / reconfigurable as per home / office / public spaces needs.

Have a look at their .pdf brochure too.

Anti interference

Really impressed by these two identity projects Anti. [A New Type of Interference.] a multi-disciplinary design agency who works with brand identity, art direction, packaging, print, illustration and interactive design.


Dist creative agency identity


Trigger Oslo a new PR company

C/R intro

Few days shy of one year since Netdiver Mag was repurposed to become sort of a very unofficial record of web history as captured from {1998 – onwards} — I am thrilled to make this announcement.

After 17 years dedicated to leveraging the online creative community — it’s my turn. Reinvention time.

Portion of the semi-sabbatical creative reboot I am undertaking this year — à la Sagmeister — will appear in the feed. Semi = talents or projects will be featured w/ posts intermeshed w/ my own creative output.

Sabbatical = no client work.


First on my list — a few are aligned — a self-initiated project involving photography, typo and illustration. Currently sifting through my stacks of pictures — doing a first round pre-selection. More edits for sure. Themed or color keyed or both? May work — or not — but the concept is set. Figuring out the ‘selection’ process to achieve a fluid eye-candy storyboard.

The passionate image seeker is decloaking today. Expect point and shoot or staged shots. My quest for the right ‘typographic’ treatments. Graphic design to nail ‘identity’ and editorial grid.

Ultimate goal? Publish a book. No title yet.


Preparing a staging exercise w/ my new Fujifilm x10. Took w/ iPhone screen of camera w/ background. Cool huh?


Addendum: Read the TIHLIMLSF post.

Pepper design

Andrea Berretta, after shipping tons of résumés without any satisfactory results started his freelance career, creating Pepper and practicing the craft of illustration and graphic design.

Someetimes things don’t always turn out as expected. It’s a given. But it does open a door to questioning yourself about the ‘path’ in the first place so desired.

Closed door often means – turn around to see the other one(s) opened.


Things I have Learned in My Life So Far is a compendium of philosophical introspection tidbits by the design community enfant terrible Stefan Sagmeister.

It seems that some of these taglines were used for clients after his return from his sabbatical year back in 2000. Well in my view, if you can convince clients to play along – given how corporations rather go for profits first than values – shows a high level of persuasion.


A list of my favorites:

Helping other people helps me.

Having guts always works out for me.

Being not truthful always works against me.

Everything I do always comes back to me.

Assuming is stifling.

Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.

Money does not make me happy.

Trying to look good limits my life.

Worrying solves nothing.

Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.

Low expectations are a good strategy.

Everybody who is honest is interesting.


Highly recommend the book.


If you want to be truly intimidating, just be sincere. — Anonymous



Erwin Kho *up

Stunning 3d illustrations and character designs by Erwin Kho who never ceases to amaze me. The characters are spirited and fit right into the brief. Pay attention to the difference in emotional communications from the two following projects. One: happy-go-lucky. Two: anonymously-serious. What a feat.

His staging skills and mastering of lighting are superb!


The Party must go on


Creating Tomorrow final / Making of process documented.

Gareth Holt

Creative Review featured Gareth Holt in their Creative Futures Special and asked him for an idea and design for that issue’s cover.

Digging it!


#The50 Things Every Creative Should Know. Creators realised they were not the first, nor the last student to fear the leap between art college and the creative industry.

Inspiration vs. Imitation

Inspiration vs. Imitation by Jessica Hische

To all the hungry, young designers that are struggling to find their own voice, but end up a bit too close to their inspirations.

1. It’s OK to copy people’s work.[GIANT ASTERISK!]
2. Not everything you make should be on the internet.
3. Diversify your inspirations.
4. History is important.
5. Train your eye.
6. Just because it’s not illegal doesn’t mean it’s ethical.
7. Everybody knows everybody.


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Sophie Smallhorn

Sophie Smallhorn introduces a complete rethinking of what modern structuring is about as she explorex the relationships between colour, volume and proportion. I luv her work. Clean lines, striking palettes and the morphology is constantly revolving around bar codes and simple geometrical forms.


Thinkcollective created small-batch design products for enjoyment and inspiration such as the Bricolage Books featuring fabric covers and matching pins. Each Bricolage book was a hand-made one-of-a-kind original.

Worth a sighting even if all sold-out.


Can you excell at many different disciplines? Well it seems that Gigodesign can! From advertising to fonts to industrial and signage design! Whew!


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