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Netdiver Best of the Year 2016

BOTY 16 – Netdiver Best of the Year showcases the best of the best creatives. And this year – was a very good year.

Refresh yourself!

Netdiver Best of the Year 2015

BOTY 15 – Netdiver Best of the Year stands as yet another outstanding listing. Every year I revisit past year of design news and choose projects that strikes for their originality, quality and inspirational value.

Enjoy these awesome talents.

Best of the Year (BOTY) 2015 edition.


Wonder who is behind?

Netdiver Best of the Year 2014

Netdiver Best of the Year

The Netdiver Best of the Year reboots its tradition – and the great news? It’s a stellar listing. Every year I revisit past year of design news and choose projects that strikes for their originality, quality and inspirational value.

I hold a long-standing passion for discovering amazing talents.

After 5 years hiatus. It’s back!

Best of the Year (BOTY) 2014 edition.


If you wonder who is behind? Check this interview Kuvva recently published.

RiP / Arnaud Mercier

This morning I am stricken and saddened. Just read the news that Arnaud Mercier aka Elixir Studio (about 12-13 yrs ago) has passed. Founding partner of Area17 (also refers to the optical cortex of the brain where visual data is received, patterns are recognized and images are formulated. This is not a coincidence) have issued this message.


Addendum: Area17 released a short summary of what happened.


He was a pioneer, visionary and his talent will be greatly missed in the design community. Through the years always supported his career and efforts. What a loss. I am so sad.

Follows a little homage to a great designer.


Meet Arnaud Mercier, art direction and embark on a voyage into a breath taking sweeping view of a one of a kind portfolio.

At Elixir Studio you discover his unique style, his jaw dropping pictures and flash storyboards that which makes Arnaud an accomplished master communication designer.

Best of the Year (BOTY) recipient in 2002.


From the *subway* experiment to interface designs for Blastradius studio and reknown clients, each work is different and extensive. Such profound thought is given to visual placement for navigation and text as well as branding integration… one very well should spend lots of time, learning from him.

Don’t miss his ‘Journey on flash movie’ and watch how the frames unfold. I must have watched it about x4 times!

But there is more! Be it picture montages, print design, logotypes or design stills, there is not one single entry that is boring.

Another of his quality is understanding chromatics. The play of color, the contrast, these little bits of numbers and arrows, though a style that is much in used… sorry but not with this kind of subtlety!

I bet even his discarded work would be worth seeing.

Now, can somebody book this guy to publish his own work? Wish I could ’cause I would.


circa: 1999-2000


Arnaud Mercier is now operating under AREA17.

circa: February 2002


Where do great talent go? At AREA17, home of extra prolific creative execution master Arnaud Mercier (who was listed as a design forte recipient back in 2002) et al.

Luckily for us, most of his outstanding past work is still available for viewing.

Now what do you think of the information tree-like navigation?

Again, LUV his work!

circa: December 2006


AREA17 located in both Paris and New York, founded by Arnaud Mercier have a new website.. Anyhow, they have a tagline that pretty much summarize their approach:

We believe websites can change people’s lives.. is that crazy?

circa: March 2010


He is also the founder of these 3 services which highlight his personality, temparement and interests. He was aiming at facilitating human interactions in art, career and commerce.

Subfolio – customizable web interface to your file system


Krrb – connect with your neighbors in-person commerce


Slash – a mobile / online contemporary art agenda


Sooo grateful to have found a repository of large graphics of his early work. There are much more – follow link below to see.


via: Graphic ExchanGE

Best of the Year (BOTY)

Ooops ooops ooops. On the relaunch of NDV our famous Best of the Year (BOTY) listing which ran from 2002 through 2009 – were moved to a new location on the server and missing all thumbnails. So sorry about that. Fixed.

Now if you want to do a quick retrospective – hit it on.

Did you know that BOTY (05) edition was listed as 2nd by Google on a staggering 3,640,000,000 results!!!

Hello Lee Hasler

Eyeport is gone! Long live Lee Hasler for endorsing himself as a durable brand. The bulk of his illustrations has impressed me for quite a number of years, he made it to our Best of the Year listing in 2005 and year after year since, he delivers genuine eye candy.


One of the best pixel based illustrator in the world, his bulky-squary characters are set in top down perspectives (like flying over sorta speaking) are to the last pixel, bundles of joy.

Andy Ward redux

Couldn’t pass up revisiting the delightfully well designed Andy Ward new website, a Rich Brown handiwork. Luv the preview pane, complete will just enough animation to grab your attention, use of ample negative space and perfect navigation.

Recipient of a BOTY (Best of the Year) in 2007, he is all about illustration, animation and character.


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They LUV design! #13

Mind-blowing visual feats and original designs I recently discovered.

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They LUV drawing! #3

Illustration is probably the largest creative area to express (mostly without words) a message.

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