Rita

21 May 2008

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Rita, a multidisciplinary studio based out of Montreal, have recently updated their portfolio. Great work spanning a lot of disciplines.

Son of Tam

21 May 2008

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Very brillant portfolio by Son of Tam.

Design Soldier

20 May 2008

Design Soldier

Check this swiss designer.

JRP Ringier

20 May 2008

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Working in the editorial industry myself, I can certainly appreciate a publishing house who values great design. JRP Ringier based in Switzerland is obviously one of those.

H23

19 May 2008

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H23 is the studio of Cristian Ordóñez from Santiago, Chile.

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For those of you who like to design type, I recommend reading these: 

The Stroke: Theory of Writing by Gerrit Noordzij

“Starting from basic principles, Noordzij begins with the white space that creates definition by surrounding letters. Then, using simple geometrical concepts, he describes in minute detail how the strokes of writing can be formed. His theory serves to repair the split that grew up, with the invention of printing, between written and typographic letters.” (from Google Books)

The Letter Spirit by Doug Hofstadter, Gary McGraw and John Rehling

“The specific focus of Letter Spirit is the creative act of artistic letter-design. The aim is to model how the 26 lowercase letters of the roman alphabet can be rendered in many different but internally coherent styles. The program addresses two important aspects of letterforms: the categorical sameness possessed by letters belonging to a given category ( e.g., `a’) and the stylistic sameness possessed by letters belonging to a given style (e.g., Helvetica). Starting with one or more seed letters representing the beginnings of a style, the program will attempt to create the rest of the alphabet in such a way that all 26 letters share that same style, or spirit.” (download Gary McGraw’s thesis here)

Zip

18 May 2008

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Zip is a multidisciplinary studio from London. They recently updated their site.

Concepts for all

16 May 2008

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Brainchild of one of my old teachers at UQAM, Nelu Wolfensohn, Concepts For All is a free image bank for humanitarian causes. Each semester, students from Mr. Wolfensohn’s class will be asked to make new images for the image bank. Absolutely brilliant idea.

Studio feed

16 May 2008

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Hello all. My first post will also be about a hometown favorite, Studio Feed. Thoughtful, smart and clean work. They pretty much do the kind work every designer would love to be doing in my opinion. 

Pixelgarten

16 May 2008

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Pixelgarten is a small bureau for multidisciplinary creation based in Frankfurt am Main Germany.