New York City-based creative agency and rapid-prototyping house BREAKFAST wears many hats marrying advertising, art, graphic design, industrial design and rapid product and prototype production. "We are a unique group with a massively diverse set of skills...as good at engineering as we are at design and ideation," the company writes.
Industrial design used to be a mess. I don't mean the field, I mean the work. ID'ers of a certain age will remember flushing spray guns in the model shop, the pain of cleaning and refilling a Rapidograph, the horror of knocking a box of mechanical pencil leads onto the
A traffic light is designed to provide three pieces of information: Red, yellow and green. But a subset of impatient drivers want more information. Thus we do the trick of memorizing the amount of milliseconds that will transpire between perpendicular traffic's new red light and our forthcoming green light. Or
It's ironic that most of us will spend all day trying to avoid modern-day advertisements, but will eagerly burn up an afternoon looking at vintage ads. Particularly the designers among us. Upon learning that TimesMachine—the New York Times' project to publish 129 years' worth of their microfilmed newspaper's pages online—had
This is the fourth installment of our new Designing Women series. Previously, we profiled Marianne Brandt, Belle Kogan and Nanda Vigo. The 1950s were a good time to be a Swiss graphic designer in Italy. The country was booming, and progressive manufacturers like Olivetti and Pirelli were interested in humanizing
Of all the silly web games out there, this one is actually fun for Pantone-familiar designers. iGame's Eye Test presents a grid of colors, giving you 15 seconds to click the one tile that's off by a few shades. Click it and it presents a new grid with new colors.
California-based Nik Schulz took so long to get through ID school—seven years—that his folks asked if he was "going for a PhD." His education might've been longer than his career; Schulz eventually ditched industrial design altogether for illustration. Which is fine by us, because then we get to see these
In our world, we are constantly exposed to—if not bombarded by—signs and images that aim to tell us something. Visual Communications is a field of design that aims to give shape and context to the dense landscape of signs and symbols around us. We asked for "visual and graphic
H-57 is the Milan-based creative house started by art director Matteo Civaschi. Several years ago they created buzz with these posters designed for charity, in collaboration with Lucasfilm and Make-A-Wish Italy: So what do you do as a follow-up to rendering iconic characters out of fonts? H-57's "Life in Five
Last week a couple of contractors in a cherry picker repainted the orangeish-yellow support brackets for the Walk/Don't Walk signs on my corner: It never occurred to me that those colors are regulated by the government, but of course they are. And as the Washington Post reports, our government doesn't
Once we humans master space travel, it won't be enough for us to simply visit distant planets; we must then 1) Conquer or destroy whatever aliens we meet, 2) Claim their planets, so that we can
To create a flipbook, all you need is a pen and paper, right? If you want to do the standard boring types of flipbooks, then yeah, sure. But self-described "remix artist" Scott Blake has come up with a more interesting method using a hole puncher: Eat your heart out, all
The folks over at Designers & Books got their hands on a rare, largely unsung design classic: Ladislav Sutnar's Visual Design in Action, "one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking books on modern communications and graphic design." There's only one problem, and that's that the book has been out of
Admittedly, flipping a store sign from "Open" to "Closed" isn't a huge difficulty. But it still tickles us that this man came up with a more kinetically interesting way to change one to the other: Fine, so he left the "D" out and the "N" is backwards. The meaning is
The advantage to a drinking vessel being transparent is that you can see the contents. Redditor toper-centage takes advantage of this by nesting ordinary plastic cups, then using them like animation cels: Clever, creative and low-cost entertainment! "I cope with frustration and stress by drawing [on] cups," the artist
Of the many technical skills an industrial designer must master, the first is sketching. And there's a reason why, as college freshman, we're thrown into Foundation courses alongside those who will go on to major in Illustration, Fashion Design or Animation; drawing is the bedrock of all of these arts.
Remember Green Street Media's no-spraypaint-necessary sidewalk advertising? To refresh your memory, the UK-based firm exploited the filthy nature of sidewalks by placing a stencil over them and blasting them with a pressure washer. With the stencil lifted, the area blasted clean spelled out their message. Green Street MediaSeattle-based artist Peregrine
G-Force and Robotech were revolutionary in the animation world, and mind-blowing to those of us raised in the '70s and '80s. Well before CG, the "camera" in those shows could do things we'd never seen before: A long shot of battling spaceships would suddenly zoom in on one craft, bringing
Illustrator/author Christopher Niemann produces the amusing "Abstract City" blog for The New York Times, where he physically holds quick sketches in front of urban scenes and shoots them, as in these photos he took at the MoMA: Even more fun is the stuff he does in-studio. For his "Sunday
Motion graphics software is intended to allow producers to achieve better production quality at a fraction of what it used to cost. Folks who invest the time into learning the software can enter the exciting world of film, video and television production. Or they can make GIFs where things blow up for no reason other than that Michael Bay is seared into all of our psyches.
Yesterday's viral internet event quickly went from neat to depressing. For those who stayed away from a computer yesterday, this Tumblr photo of a dress went viral as people began to realize: Some of us see the dress as white with gold stripes. But others see the dress as dark
This morning, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art shared some big news—to the tune of $64 million dollars—with the public and Core77 was there to take some (sketch)notes.
HeyHeyMaybe you've already read our five-part series on the history of Braun design, which covered Electric Shavers, Timepieces, Audio Products, Kitchen Appliances and Haircare Products. And those of you lucky enough to be in Paris will soon get to see an exciting spin on some of these designs, albeit in...
At top: Designed by Snøhetta, the reverse sides of all five denominations of Norwegian kroners form a continuous pattern; above: A proposed redesign of the U.S. DollarAt top: Designed by Snøhetta, the reverse sides of all five denominations of Norwegian kroners form a continuous pattern; above: A proposed redesign of...
OK Go is known for making visually complicated music videos, which we've posted about here, here and here, that require a fiendish amount of coordination. These videos are shot in the real world and (as far as we know) eschew CG. The group Brunettes Shoot Blondes, on the other hand,...
Tomorrow Scotland will hold a historic vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom or not. Never mind the social, political, economic ramifications of secession—if the Scots bail out, there will be a bit of a graphic design problem to address.That's because the Union Jack, the flag of...
The new Apple Watch may offer navigation via a paired iPhone's GPS system, but (Maps bugs notwithstanding) wayfinding used to be a skill, especially here in New York City. While the grid of streets and avenues bears a semblance of intuitive legibility, the sinuously criss-crossing subway lines has long been...
The book publishing industry may be shifting tectonically and perhaps irrevocably as we speak, but, as with vinyl, the cover endures as a canonical canvas for graphic design. The follow-worthy Casual Optimist recently brought a series of Gunter Rambow's amazing book-centric posters to our attention. Designed for the S. Fischer...
Cheesemaking is a millennia-old industry, full of straightforward food science as well as dark corners of tradition and biological happenstance. Understanding the variety of traditional cheese production can make for a very long grocery trip, but some of the salient details may have escaped you by hiding in the packaging....
Our initial report may have echoed Airbnb's hyperbolic enthusiasm about their new identity, and despite criticism that has metastasized in relevant corners of the web—an equal and opposite reaction, if you will—here is a more nuanced take on Airbnb's new logo, Bélo.Let's start with an experiment: Grab a piece of...
If you're a manufacturer of writing utensils, but touchscreens are becoming all the rage, what do you design to avoid obsoletion? The obvious answer is a pen with capacitive ability, hence Bic released their Cristal Stylus last year, a regular ballpoint pen with an added nub on the butt end...
If a client wants six drawings, how do you get away with delivering just three? In this clever bit of illustrations done as advertisements for Jeep, the French outpost of ad agency Leo Burnett has produced what appear to be simple animal mugshots: However, flip each one over and presto,...
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