Designing Here/Now is a design conference in downtown Los Angeles taking place October 22-24 covering the future of design and business.
Ric Grefé has been the Executive Director of the AIGA for the past 20 years—an organization that boasts a membership of over 25,000 and has had an enormous influence on the practice of design. After its centennial year—AIGA itself has been around for 100 years—Ric will step down as the
As a new addition to LDF's dedicated design hubs in the city, Somerset House made a notable entrance this year as the home to various exhibitions and events, amongst them Ten Designers in the West Wing, and the winners of the competition Powered by Tweets. The spectacular location on
Jeremy Burge is the founder of the Emojipedia index, so naturally he'd be the man to discover this: Apple has designed a rather weird emoji, as yet unreleased, but tucked away in the developer preview of the forthcoming iOS 9.1 update. Emojis are typically designed within the Unicode Consortium, but
The inventive filmmaker/animator known as PES has created a fascinating new short for Honda. Given the complicated task of unfurling the company's long history only through visuals, PES conceived of a crazily labor-intensive form of animation that isn't quite stop-motion, isn't quite flip-book, and doesn't use any CG trickery. Take
Richard Danne was involved with NASA starting in the '70s, and among his peers, the mood was dark. "A lot of us felt that our country…was way behind," he explains. Not in terms of the space race, which we were winning, but "in terms of design's role in society." Danne
For my final thesis at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, I developed a method of researching visual aspects of language while growing letters in petri dishes. To do so I developed an ink based on a biological matter. The ink was created using Paenibacillus vortex bacteria, which explores the interactions between nature and culture. This ongoing project also explores the developing states of the Hebrew language and the Hebrew character. Using my research, experiments and results, I am hopin
Brand new Hand-Eye bandanas have arrived! To get their just-right blend of old school practicality and contemporary fun we enlisted the help of Nathan Yoder. Nathan is an illustrator, hand-letterer and graphic designer currently based in Portland. His distinctive work ranges from bite sized visual bon mots to short stories,
When Japan released the design of their logo for the 2020 Olympics, it was widely derided as being unattractive. Now an even more serious allegation has been made: It's not just ugly, it's stolen. That's the assertion made by Olivier Debie, a Belgian graphic designer whose 2011 logo for a
Handwriting analysts once claimed they could deduce elements of your personality by examining your penmanship. Now that no one writes longhand anymore, that method of analysis is probably dead. But I'm guessing that if we could see your desk right now, or your office or apartment, we could tell certain
For those who travel often for work or pleasure, it can be difficult to find recommendations for destinations beyond the expected tourist sites. That's where technology can help fill a need. At a recent conference we learned about dsgnfix, a search and discovery app for designers, architects and artists. "dsgnfix
In the world of communication design, perhaps no word is less sexy than wayfinding, which inevitably conjures up images of dull-yet-necessary signage, maps and, well, even more signage. And yet anyone who has tried to navigate an unfamiliar airport, museum or public-transit system can attest to the power of a
The longest-running single-artist comic strip in the world was not "Peanuts." It was "Wordless Workshop," a DIY strip begun in 1954 by comics artist Roy Doty. It's the closest thing there's ever been to an ID-based comic strip, in that each installment shows a problem, and how one physically
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
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