Artless

21 May 2008

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Artless is an art and design agency based in Tokyo. Simply stunning work.

Rui Tenreiro

21 May 2008

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Rui Tenreiro

Rui Tenreiro: genial illustrator/artist from Mozambique/Norway
look out for his new book.

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.

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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)

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. 

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“Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!” -Arthur C. Clarke

Listen to the remembrance from NPR, which includes snippets from a recording he made for friends and family in December ’07, entitled How it feels to have completed 90 orbits around the sun. Watch the whole video here.

He was also responsible, in part, for some of the cooler book covers to come out of the 20th century.

The Sagmeister

08 March 2008

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Last night I went to the Stefan Sagmeister talk here in Denver hosted by AIGA. World famous designer from Austria. The series of talks he’s giving are promoting his new book Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far.

This particular video is actually from a lecture he gave at TED, and has more to do with design and happiness, but he does go into the beginnings of this book towards the end.

Good article on the book from Creative Review here.