Steve Jobs recommended the graphic designer who designed the first logo, Paul Rand. At the time, in 1991, IDEO couldn't afford Rand's rate for a complete corporate identity, and so Rand only designed the logo. Bill Moggridge had come up with "IDEO" after finding the root "ideo-" in the dictionary. However, people often asked what I-D-E-O stood for. Early acronyms, like "an innovation design and engineering organization," came only after the fact and never caught on.
It's not voyeurism if you don't look inside the window, right? Mexican designer José Guizar, who's based in New York and spends part of his time "making super secret things at Google Creative Lab," has a sideline personal project: Capturing the essence, Adobe-Illustrator-style, of random NYC windows. "The Windows of
Let's face it: Last year your neighbor did a way better job with their Halloween decorations, making your lame cobwebs and un-scary zombie statue look inferior. But this year you can put the Joneses in their place by upping your game with some scary-ass holograms. A company called AtmosFearFX is
Take a look at this photo: What color are these shoes? I see teal and grey, and while many others do as well, apparently another chunk of the population sees these shoes as pink and white. Yep, it echoes that blue/black or white/gold dress photo that was making the rounds
Here's a fun game for designers: Quick, can you draw the Target logo from memory? How about Starbucks' logo, Apple's or Adidas'? Signs.com gave markers to 156 Americans and asked them to draw ten famous logos from memory. They then compiled the results, and they're pretty neat to see: It
Saturday Night Live's sketches are often hilarious, and this one's got nothing to do with politics—but with graphic design. Here Ryan Gosling plays a tortured designer who cannot get over the fact that the logo for James Cameron's "Avatar" uses Papyrus as its font: Admit it, that was a lot
It's a pity that society no longer values manual artistic skill. Once upon a time, if you were good with a brush you could land a gig painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. These days, this artist here puts his considerable talent to use at a used car lot:
In January, around the time of the Women's March on Washington, my pilates studio wrote an Audre Lorde quote on the chalkboard near the door: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." At first it made me feel a kinship with the studio, because I like the quote and I admire Audre Lorde.
When designing for the overall population, it can be easy to overlook the effect our work will have on smaller subgroups of people. Case in point: you may not encounter many openly colorblind folks on a daily basis, but they actually account for around 13 million people in the US
The Elements is to math as the Bible is to Christianity. Written circa 300 B.C. by Greek mathematician Euclid, the 13-volume series contained everything the ancient Greeks knew about geometry. It influenced countless generations of scientists, mathematicians and academics and remains relevant today. By Euclid (author), Erhard Ratdolt (printer) -
We know many of you have access to top-notch rendering programs and/or fast manual rendering skills, but sometimes you just need to bang something out quickly in Photoshop. In that instance it might be handy to have, say, a bunch of metal styles you can apply to type. SpoonGraphics has
At this summer's 99U conference, Pentagram partner and designer Natasha Jen gave a presentation with an eye-catching title: "Design Thinking is Bullshit." This was actually the second time she'd given the talk--back in May Jen tweeted "Finally let it out of my system" after presenting it at HOWlive in Chicago--but
Artist Mike Mitchell actually created this back in May, but it's suddenly more relevant now that our President has waffled on whether to denounce neo-Nazis and white supremacists. "Here's a high res copy which I'm allowing for personal use (signs, shirts, buttons)," Mitchell writes. "Spread it far and wide."
This is one of my dogs, Betsy, right before she starts furiously digging. She does it every time I take her to the beach and I joke that she's trying to get back to Japan, where her breed, the Shiba Inu, originates from. But assuming Betsy tunneled straight down from
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. This starts off pretty simple…
This tricky visual is called "The Coffer Illusion." What do you see? There are in fact 16 circles sitting right there in plain sight. Keep staring and eventually you'll see them, resulting in an odd feeling of satisfaction and/or a splitting
Yesterday Pantone announced they've collaborated with Prince's estate to give the late artist his own official color. Unsurprisingly, it's a shade of purple. It's called "Love Symbol #2," in reference to the symbol Prince temporarily went by in the '90s following a contract dispute. Writes Pantone, The (naturally) purple hue,
Reader tinycc6 recently posted an interesting challenge-slash-inquiry on the Core77 discussion boards, writing, "Is there any way to learn about logo design in one week? This question reminded us of a helpful video we came across from a few years back via LinkedIn's Learning Solutions YouTube channel. The personality
Atlanta-based magician Victoria Skye has a sideline creating optical illusions "using art, science and math." She created this one below, which we are having a very hard time wrapping our head around: Yes, the lines are actually parallel. I had to break out the ruler myself. As Digg points out,
Speaking of handwriting: Years ago I had to learn CAD on the job, because I was in the last generation of Industrial Design students to be trained in manual drafting only. Us poor saps were trained to letter by hand. For those of you designers with more modern educations that never had to do this, here's your belated lesson:
There is a SubReddit called "Penmanship Porn," where people upload samples of their handwriting. Submitter Eschermer contributed this stunning sample of him or her transcribing Oscar Wilde's "The Ballad of Reading Gaol:" Astonishing, no? Going through the rest of the SubReddit, there are a couple of other gems, like this
NASA collects an incredible amount of data every year from over 50 satellites and other sensors focused on our planet from space. All the data collected is free for the public to use, and most importantly for scientists around the world who are working to advance all aspects of Earth science.
In our popular post "Reference: Common Dimensions, Angles and Heights for Seating Designers," I lamented that one of the human factors bibles of the 20th Century is no longer available. Niels Diffrient's set of Humanscale books, which contain some 60,000 human factors data points, went out of print in 1981.
IKEA has been getting a lot of design attention lately, but can we please take a moment to talk about their Easy Recipe Series instead of those godforsaken Frakta bags? Thank you. Here's the deal. Instead of opening a bag of IKEA frozen shrimp, scratching your head for a good
Muris is the creative studio behind Design & Thinking and Maker, documentaries about design thinking and the maker movement. Now they've got a third project in their sites, this one targeting an underappreciated are of graphic design: Hanzi, "a documentary exploring international design, visual culture and identity through the lens
This is hilarious: In the UK, a fellow named Tom runs the Friars Inn, a pub in Bridgnorth. He asked his buddy Dave to help him with some design work. Here's what happened: This perfectly sums up why graphic design will always be easier than industrial design. (Yes it does.
A graphic designer going by the handle Motion Magic has mastered a new art form. Neither still photograph nor video, s/he has struck upon a mesmerizing balance between the two: This capture was sexy af already..I had to add motion to it ??@raycollinsphoto Amazing images
When you need a break at work, you'd probably love to be able to watch one of your favorite movies. But no boss we know of will look the other way while you screw off for 90 minutes. Thankfully, the talented folks at Russian animation firm 420 have take
Some of you can look at these photos and remain undisturbed, but a portion of you see these and they drive you nuts. If you're in the latter camp, you've got a soulmate in an anonymous artist (or vandal, depending on your point of view) in Bristol, England, who spends
Remember the clever, transforming "open/closed" sign invented by Japanese mime (you read that right) Yosuke Ikeda? To refresh your memory, here's what it looked like: The design of the sign was such that Ikeda needed to leave out the "d" in "closed." But now designer Matt Harrison, inspired by
Full Time or Part Time Position Graphic Designer Position // Yonkers, NY Motorcycle/ Tattoo Apparel Company- seeking highly skilled graphic designer with illustration skills, fashion back ground a plus. Fast paced work environment, wide variety of design jobs, one day can be doing a catalog
The Original Smiley Company is looking for a Character & Background Concept Designer with the following responsibilities: Creation of characters & backgrounds for a kid-targeted TV and book concept; * Pre-school target based on an iconic 80s toy; * Bright, colourful, fun concepts. Deliverables: - 4 animals (based on existing artwork); - 2 characters (boy & girl –
In 2008 the UK's Royal Mint held a design competition to redesign the obverse sides of coins. Designer Matt Dent, then 26, beat out 4,000 competitors and took top prize. Dent based his designs around the UK's Royal coat of arms. Here's what that looks like: CC BY-SA 3.0
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