I Met the Walrus – An Animated Interview
No doubt many of you have already seen this. I came across it a few months ago. The audio features a 14 year-old Beatle fan, back in 1969, who managed to sneak into John Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and land himself an interview. I think it’s a fantastic example of illustration, video and design.
PressPausePlay – People Getting Creative
Design, fine art, music, this documentary looks super interesting. Take a look. The trailer speaks fro itself. Can’t wait for this one to come to my town.
Fisher Communications Website Design – We’ve launched!
Kicking the project off in late October of 2010, we were commissioned by Fisher Communications to develop and design a new company website. Fisher is a Seattle-based communications and media company focused on creating, aggregating, and distributing information and entertainment to a broad range of audiences.
We launched Fisher’s new website late last week. Using WordPress as a baseline for the framework and content management system, we were tasked to execute on and integrate with a variety of features, such as seamless integration with Taleo, a third party employment tool and various investor-related pages and RSS feeds from Thomson Reuters.
We had a great time working with the Fisher’s internal marketing team and stakeholders of the site. We think the results are pretty great!
Good Clients Provoke Us to Create Better Design
Sure, we fantasize about the dream-client who loves everything we do and just throws money at us but when it comes right down to it a client should be opinionated and not always love what we do. That’s what provokes us to be better designers. We are here to do a service and get the client what they want. Sure clients don’t always listen to our advice but it is our job to find out what they need and execute on it. I’ve found that when a client is more involved in a project we get better results.
If you have and hour watch/listen to this video from the “Creative Mornings” series as Michael Bierut of Pentagram talk about his philosophy on working with clients.
Whether Fine Artist, Photographer, Web Designer or Print Design, the Vignelli Cannon is a Must-Read for all Creative Types
Italian Designer Massimo Vignelli gives us a snap shot of his understanding of what makes good design, it’s basic principles and rules. He gives us various examples of practice in product, graphic and information design.
“We design things which we think are semantically correct and syntactically consistent but if, at the point of fruition, no one understands the result, or the meaning of all that effort, the entire work is useless.” – Massimo Vignelli
This may be old news to some of you but I thought it well worth the a post. Grab this fantastic 96 page read. The PDF version is free and it’s a quick, easy read.
Shepard Fairey—Iconic Design, Controversial Subject Matter, the Barbara Kruger of Our Generation.
I don’t know about you but I remember the first time I encountered a Separd Fairey piece. It was about a decade ago and on the street (where it was meant to be seen). With graphic design being the being the main driver behind his work, for me it was a no brainer, I’ve been a fan ever since. His work had the same impact on me as the first time I saw a Barbara Kruger piece. The work is iconic, bold, at times controversial yet highly accessible.
Visit gestalten.tv and see the artist talk about his work, copyright law and the pending lawsuit via the Associated Press over the referenced photograph used to illustrate the Obama Hope poster. Fairey’s philosophy on copyright law makes total sense and in many ways has been in practice for decades. There are, of course, many grey areas.
In January a New York judge dismissed the copyright lawsuits, but left a March trial date in place for additional claims over merchandise sales using Fairey’s image. It will be interesting to see the outcome!
The Power of Visual Thinking—Amen Clive!
Clive Thompson, a writer on science, technology, and culture created this great article for Wired back in October. It’s been open on my machine via Firefox tab since. Clive’s article creates a simple yet clear case about how, I believe, most of us think – visually. Edward Tufte’s been preaching this basic philosophy for years (with tons of data to back it ). Oh and not to mention Dan Roam, the author of The Back of the Napkin.
The article outlines how he “used ‘visual thinking’—drawing pictures to solve a problem. And if you believe the visualization experts, a new language of pictures may be precisely what we need to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.” See the full article here.
Web Site Design, It’s a Bizarre Thing of Beauty—Cheetos.com
Yes my friends I we can’t help ourselves. The Cheetos.com web site is definitely a time suck and a must see!
Finally – The New Pixelube Site Has Launched!
Yup, after a full year of fidgeting, designing, re-designing, adjusting, pixel-pushing and WordPress updates we’ve finally launched the official new web site. Oh, and not to mention a fully refreshed portfolio.
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