Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Johnson Banks thought for the week

The ever insightful posts at Johnson Banks. The topic discussed is seeing some hidden, obscured or the unexplained in the design aspect.

It struck me as an extraordinary thing to do, to create, then to hide. Obviously in the design business we’re generally trained to communicate, and quickly. It’s virtually impossible for me to think of anything I’ve designed in the last 15 years that wasn’t intended to explain itself in some way, as fast as possible.

That doesn’t mean to say that design is free from the obscure, or the unexplained.

FedEx and the arrow

alex trochut

Alex Trochut is a graphic designer from Barcelona. Great stuff. 'Nuff said.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Proudly Pinoy

You can never doubt the Filipino talent, creativity etc. when it comes to design. Though the lack of exposure both locally and abroad may have somewhat limited Filipino graphic designers of what they could become.

Ye... I don't know what I'm talking about.

Enter DesignPinas

DesignPinas is a new blog catered to showcase the Philippines’ finest talent - in design. This blog will take you on a visual joyride on the latest trends, social gatherings and updates on varied design topics.

The brainchild of Aaron Roselo


Spread the love

Love Everyday is a passionate and friendly creative studio formed in 2006, comprising Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton.

Great works. Ranging from typography to art direction.

Love everyday

Monday, September 24, 2007

Si Scott design

We're not worthy...

Si Scott

Business cards as tool cards

We usually think of business cards as a means to share your contact information. We might design a business cards in a way that is eye catching to better stand out to clients. Here is an alternative though that might make us rethink how we design our business cards for our own or clients.

The better idea is to add worthwhile information to your card. Information that is worthwhile whether or not your prospect buys your products or services immediately. After all, the goal is to keep your name in front of your audience for the long haul.

Insightful way to make people hold on to your card longer.


A copywriting teacher provides a list of proofreader's marks:

A bike shop proprietor incorporates a metric conversion table:

Saturday, September 22, 2007

InDesign Secrets

(stolen from quipsologies)

Adobe InDesign is taking the publishing world by storm. But if you try to find reliable information about InDesign on the Web you’ll find yourself scouring Adobe’s site or muddling through dozens of other sites for a tip or two. Now that you’ve found InDesign Secrets, it’s time to stop all that muddling. Developed by page-layout guru David Blatner and “DesignGeek” Anne-Marie Concepcion, InDesign Secrets is your one-stop shop for all things InDesign.

Bookmark, bookmark, bookmark!

InDesign Secrets

Michael Bierut 's first and last portfolio

This is Michael Bierut 's portfolio which he presented to Vignelli Associates, who eventually hired him. Beautiful and timeless works.


Friday, September 21, 2007

The new 5 dollar bill

(stolen from kottke)

"We wanted this redesigned bill to scream, 'I am a five. I am a five,"' Larry Felix, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing said in an interview with The Associated Press.

So that is why the 5 at the lower right of the bill is purple. What with all the screaming. (Corny potah hehehe)

Perhaps the most striking change is a new large-size 5 printed in the lower right-hand corner of the backside of the bill in high-contrast purple ink. That feature was added to help the visually impaired.

While it is a valid reason, I think it could have been handled with more elegance.


Smeltery Foundry

Smeltery has some free funky fonts for download. Check them out. I especially like alusine.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Photoshop logo

John Nack's post on the new Photoshop logo has been peppered with comments, mostly negative ones. My first reaction was, "ooh shiny." I think I have seen an Adobe Photoshop action from the Adobe Exchange that can do the exact same thing right down to the blue shading. Maybe that's where they got the idea? Someone in the comment section said that it may take some getting used to. Watya tink?

John Nack Blog

Skull a day

Skull-a-day makes a skull image a day. One of his design has been turned into a font. If this is your thing, you can download it for free.

skull a day

An Interview with S. Neil Fujita

(stolen from coudal)

Born in 1921 in Waimea, Hawaii, Fujita remains active, though no longer as an art director in the record or publishing industries, nor as a communication design instructor at Parsons, where he taught in the early 1960s and ’70s. He is currently writing and illustrating the book Botanical Mischief, an ongoing personal project. And in April 2008, Ruder Finn Press will publish his autobiography, Mouth of Reddish Water: A Japanese American Story. Recently, this visually eloquent designer agreed to speak about his past and present, and the state of design as he views it.

If you don't know S. Neil Fujita, then you should know that he made the logo for the Godfather. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Coming in to the outerone

(stolen from graphic-exchange)

From book design to cd sleeves and various print materials, Toni Lahdeskmaki has some great graphic design works.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

exljbris - free quality fonts foundry

I've already used Fontin in one newsletter that I did and it worked pretty well. Very readable even in small sizes and I really like the soft curves of the serif. Best of all it's free for personal and commercial use. Check out more quality fonts made by Jos Buivenga.


Kablam, pow, thunk

(stolen from kottke)

An extensive study, analysis of the Batman logo. It covers the evolution of the logo mark from the year 1939. May not be everyone's cup of tea but interesting nonetheless.

todd's blog

Bravo, bravo, encore

(stolen from graphic-exchange)

Bravo it's a multidisciplinary studio situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina that develops in diverse fields of the graphical design and animation.

I'm just a sucker for this kind of design. Check out their excellent reel/portfolio.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Public Works

(stolen from theserif)

Originally intended as a 'Consequences'-style stationery set, with each of the pieces contributing to a whole face, we discovered that, whatever order we put the images in, the result was distinctly HRH.

I once did something similar to this but way, way, way uglier. This is just spot on.

By Chris Whitehead


large editions + low prices × the internet = art for everyone

Jen Bekman opened her pocket-sized gallery on the Lower East Side nearly 5 years ago with the mission of supporting emerging artists and collectors, and she's made a name for herself doing just that. 20x200 takes the mission one step further, making art available for everyone.

Each image is available in three sizes.* The smallest size is reprinted in the largest batch – an edition of 200 – and sold at the lowest price – $20. Hence the name 20x200.

Great idea. Fantastic works of art. Spare me 20 bucks? Pretty please...

This piece is done by Jennifer Sanchez


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Big bad bag of vectors

I was checking the links of the upcoming participants in Coudal Partners' Layer Tennis when I came upon the site of Mathew Star Thomas. He described his work as dipping his big bad bag of vectors in a sort of Jackson Pollock style.



80 Beautiful Typefaces For Professional Design

Do you belong in the Comic Sans fans club? Then you suck (lol x39). Check out this list for some alternative typefaces.

Over 80 gorgeous typefaces for professional design, based upon suggestions from designers and web-developers all over the world.
They are not all free fonts, but some came bundled with software that you might have bought.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

On center court

Even though I'm way below their level of expertise and talent, it would be very interesting to watch the matches on Coudal Partners' Layer Tennis. Opening match on September 28

Layer Tennis

Adobe Photoshop shortcuts

Here are some Adobe Photoshop shortcuts you might not have known.

Web Designer Wall

FIFA World Cup Poster Online Voting

FIFA has an online poll to choose which poster to use in the 2010 World Cup. Personally I like the second one. The head fits right into the African continent. Neat concept. I even like the colors on the face using green, yellow and red. Very symbolistic in a way.

FIFA Online Voting

At This Rate

Book design by Studio8 Design. Excellent use of an "ordinary" object which resulted into a stunning end product.

Studio8 Design

Paintings of Hope and Hopelessness

Found this on dooce

Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy.

Fantastic. Ang lupet.


Graphic exchange

Graphic Exchange provides links to other design sites. And also features some of his works.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Fashion Show for the Pubic Hair

It's about expressing yourself. It's about finding the beauty where no one has looked before.

What a brilliant idea! Who wouldn't like to watch that kind of a show. Dye my pubic hair red and call me Rosie.


Thursday, September 13, 2007


Practicing my Englishing. Walang pakialaman.