A co-worker attended me to this blog post by Christophe Courtois about something we all kinda know already: movie posters are highly formulaic, they all look alike. Still, seeing them categorized like he did sort of really hammers the fact down - and results in interesting collages! Also, check out the video blog below it reminded me of. It's somewhat older and talks about the use of the Trajan font in poster designs.
Okay 2011 is almost at its end, 2012 is coming up...so what to post on this last day of 2011....offcourse something that's going to happen in 2012. The Olympics...looking for a nice post for this day I offcourse stumbled on the Olympics and the controversial logo designed by Wolf Olins.
There's enough said about this logo in the last few years and I think that's the good part about it, whether you like it or not everybody has his opinion ready about this identity. Everybody was talking about it and maybe will talk about till the Olympics take place. Or far beyond. One thing is sure Wolf Olins brought the London 2012 Olympics the attention it deserves.
And I'm very curious how the identity will work out when used at the event....
See you in 2012, all the best from the O.K. Periodicals team.
The top image you see here is one that was sent in for O.K. Periodicals the thriller issue. We love it...but because of some weird power from above it didn't end up being in the magazine. To bad, so here in the rebound Marshall Rake and his wonderful work :D.
Marshall is a graphic designers specialized in typography and print design. And has some stunning work on his website. And as you can see he is the person behind They Magazine a magazine reviewed on this blog earlier.
Check out his website to see what this guy is up to.
I love magazines. And a great part why I love them is because of the cover. A good cover is necessary, it shows what the inside is about or tells a story of it's own. I've mentioned www.coverjunkie.com before, it's a large archive of magazines covers curated by Jaap Biemans. He recently selected the best magazine covers of 2011 and made this magazine out of it. He also asked designers to make a shortlist of their favourite 2011 magazine covers. These designers, the covers they selected and why are also inside this jam-packed magazine. It's a 'shout-out to creativity' as the introduction tells us.
Well, in short this magazines shows a striking collection of magazine covers you really should see. The covers tell stories of what happened this year, and at the same time shows the current state of visual culture. A pretty round-up for 2011 which is really nice to have!
How to make a magazine out of an O.K. Periodicals magazine! This instruction video shows you how to do it. Kick ass and we want to see all your Christmas trees!
If you don't have enough magazines to start with, order now (click on Shop) and we might add a present to your order. If you were nice this year ofcourse.
This is the quick flipthrough video of the new O.K. Periodicals / THRILLER issue!
Simply amazing. Only 500 copies printed and each one has an exclusive musical gadget inside. But much more pleasantly disruptive content to ease your curiosity.
So if you really love magazines. Or Art. Design. Literature. Illustrations. Discovering creative up-and-coming talent. Life in general. Be sure to order one of those 500 exclusive copies! (also a nice gift)
Little secret: Become a subscriber and get this issue for free!
A nice blog with a personal touch. Tips on what to buy on Etsy, and nice art and design projects. Can fill a little time at the end of a workday. The experts agree and so do I!
Published as an offshoot of Gio Ponti’s (1891-1979) legendary Italian Architecture, Furnishing and Art magazine Domus (founded in 1928), Stile Industria was Italy’s first and only magazine exclusively dedicated to Industrial Design (disegno industriale), Graphic Art (grafica) and Packaging Design (imballagio). Launched in June 1954, under the directorship of architect and designer Alberto Rosselli (1921-1976), when the controversial idea of “Industrial Design” was very new and unconvincing to Italian readers, this quarterly magazine published a total of 41 issues (including one double issue - May 1960, No. 26/27) until it ceased publication nearly 10 years later in 1963. Stile Industria promoted design as one of the most important cultural forces in modern Italy and provided a platform for discussions about the aesthetic and meaning of modern design in an international context. The covers were designed by a who’s who of post-war Italian and international graphic designers and artists who gave them their unmistakable Italian appearance.
Visit the website here.
Students from Kyoto Seika University made posters for this 'No Nukes' initiative. Some of 'em are better than others, but on the overall it's a great collection with a lot of (natural!) energy! Check it out here: nonukeart.org
Also, I really like the logo...
Found via Kyoto Journal.
Right now we are working to finish the upcoming issue of O.K. Periodicals. The THRILLER issue! It's going to be an amazing issue this time. Just to tease you a little bit here is a link to a website with 1980s horror movie poster logos.
The next O.K. issue will be out in the next few weeks!
The subtitle of this book is 'The Wonderland of logo design'.
And I think that covers the subject quite well. It's a heavy book full of logos and casestudies of the designprocess behind it.
The book starts with two forewords (why not one?). A bit of graphic design bla bla with a general point of view why logos are necessary and why logo design still has an 'enormous' impact
The smallest, yet most interesting part of the book covers casestudies. It's nice to read and see how designers start the logo design process, what ideas they come up with for the assignment, and how they apply it on business cards, identity products, etc.
The largest part of the book is pages full of logos. The logos are categorized and the ones with similar characteristics are put together on a page. So you'll find logos with abstract mammals next to even more logos with abstract mammals. Which makes it funny to see that so much logos look a like. The stronger ones stand out with this way of indexing.
So overall, it's a nice flipthrough book if you're looking for inspiration when you have to make a logo or corporate identity!
The book is published and distributed (in Europe) by INDEX BOOK.
For the series Corpus 2.1, Marcia Nolte was inspired by how modern technology
influences human behaviour.
Corpus 2.1 consists of four portraits and elaborates on Marcia Nolte’s earlier
released series Corpus 2.0. Whilst in Corpus 2.0 she only investigated how
technology may influence evolution, the new portraits now are a search for
how technology could be integrated in this evolution. The new portraits are
mainly focused close to the human skin. The skin which serves as both a barrier
and a link between the world inside and the world outside the human body.
Go shop at Herb Lester Associates! They have the most beautiful maps you'll ever need for a trip. I would be crazy enough to choose my destination just to fit the maps they have. Anyone up for a trip to Glasgow?
Jenny Odell makes collections of specific subjects found on Google Maps.
She says: In all of my prints, I collect things that I've cut out from Google Satellite View-- parking lots, silos, landflls, waste ponds. The view from a satellite is not a human one, nor is it one we were ever really meant to see. But it is precisely from this inhuman point of view that we are able to read our own humanity, in all of its tiny, reliably repetitive marks upon the face of the earth. From this view, the lines that make up basketball courts and the scattered blue rectangles of swimming pools become like hieroglyphs that read: people were here.
At the same time, like any photograph, satellite imagery is also immediately an image of the past. That is, to look at satellite imagery is to look not only down upon ourselves but back in time, even if only by a matter of hours or days. In recording the moment at which things as bizarre as water parks and racetracks covered the earth, the photograph also implies that moment's own passing, encoding each tiny structure with vulnerability and pre-emptive nostalgia. My desire to collect these pieces stems not only from the fascination of any collector but from a wish to save these low-resolution, sporadically-updated pixels--these strange pictures of ourselves--from time and the ephemerality of the internet.
These colorful maps trace the many meandering paths of the Mississippi river. The monumental collection was produced in 1944 by Harold N. Fisk, who drew in a rainbow of colors the path of past and current flows as the mighty river changed course and flooded over time.
Autumn is here. And for those I-only-wanna-procratinate-moments you should browse the Book Cover Archive.
The experience of a minute is about time, how time is experienced en what time can be. Subjects are asked to sit in front of a camera and sit there for a minute. Not seeing or being told when the minute is over, they have to judge for themselves when it is over. When they feel that the time is past, a new person may sit.
This results in an abstract clock that does not show a real minute, but the subjective feeling of a minute.
Only a few days left to submit your work for the next issue of O.K. Periodicals. We are still searching for illustrations, photos, stories, graphic design, typefaces, product design, art, etc to feature in the THRILLER issue.
So share your fears, show your excitement and contribute!
A simple way to get your work in the MOMA or TATE Modern or Palais de Tokyo or...
Click above right on the SUBMIT button for more info! And invite friends ofcourse to drop us a line as well.
David A Smith is a name that has become synonymous in Sign-Writing and Glass gilding circles, with high quality, hand crafted reverse glass signs and decorative silvered and gilded mirrors.
In this short documentary, we reveal behind the scenes work, techniques and visions that Dave uses when carrying out his passion as a glass embosser - One of the few remaining traditional UK glass artists.
David A Smith
A Film by Danny Cooke
Soundtrack by Tony Higgins (Junior85)
~via Hulagirls Utd.
“onlab – specializes in graphic design with a compelling story to tell – is not an ordinary design studio. Based in Berlin, it both works with clients and creates its own books, and operates around a single philosophy: that design is a narrative that can change how people approach the world.”
is what Andrew Losowsky says about onlab, a Swiss graphic design agency based in Berlin.
Many of you will already know them but for those who don't here's a little peak in to there portfolio for more work please visit: onlab.ch
An interesting research you should really check out!
As Marloes Pijfers explains on her website, Reputation 2.0 'is not an ordinary management book (...) but an illustrated introduction into the world of 'online reputation management'. Quite unlike a lot of the management books out there, it explains strategies of online representation in short, clear, unpretentious verbal and visual language.
Regarded as one of the leading designers of the twentieth century, Crouwel embraced a new modernity to produce typographic designs that captured the essence of the emerging computer and space age of the early 1960s.
Spanning over 60 years, the exhibition covered Crouwel’s rigorous design approach and key moments in his career including his work for design practice Total Design, the identity for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, as well as his iconic poster, print, typography and lesser known exhibition design. The exhibition explored Crouwel’s innovative use of grid-based layouts and typographic systems to produce consistently striking asymmetric visuals.
Not only for graphic designers, I think this exhibition will be really worth checking out!
Also, on the 1st of September there's an Items Live lecture where designers as Experimental Jetset, Na Kim, Hugues Boekraad and Thonik discuss Crouwel's work and influence. And then the next day go see Crouwel himself at Now We Are Talking festival in The Hague.
A magazine about photography, design and subculture is made twice a year by one-man, Calin Kruse.
When I unpacked this magazine it was obvious I had some kind of special magazine in my hands. A small-size magazine, with semi-glossy paper that shoots the cover images in your face. The review copies are issues 8 and 9. And the cover images are just right in your face! Nailed to the ground you just want to keep staring at them, but curiosity wins and I start flipping the pages.
The biggest thumbs up for DieNacht magazine is that it has a very strong editorial content. The featured content is very well chosen and is intriguing, fascinating. Each item has a got the space in the magazine to be explain itself and be fully understood.
The graphic design and typography is well done, simple but effective. Not completely my cup of tea, but the projects and images are so strong that the design is just right. It supports images and text.
The magazine is written in German, but in the back are English translations of some main articles. Sometimes the accompanying texts are in English too, there's no clear line in that. Should be fun if the magazine will be in English to get a wider audience which it deserves. For now, learn German or just be amazed by the good content of the magazines. You won;t see the famous artists but the ones that are making awesome work. Which is, in my opinion as we also do with O.K. Periodicals, the most interesting. You get in contact with people who still really want to rock the world.
Also nice to know is that DieNacht organizes photography exhibition.
Be sure to get a copy!
LUSTlab researches, generates hypotheses and makes unstable media stable again. According to LUSTlab, the future of digital media lies in the design of its use. Humanizing the unhuman, bringing the internet down to earth and finding the missing link between the digital and the physical. The outcomes vary from (strategic) visions to new communication tools, man-machine installations and physical products using digital content.
LUSTlab was founded by the Dutch Graphic Design Studio LUST in 2010.
A-FACE-A-DAY is a very nice self initiated project by an Austrian art director/ illustrator based in VIENNA. After living in VIENNA (counting 1.7 million people) for more than 10 years, A-FACE-A-DAY decided that it is time to present the beauty of Viennese and Austrian human beings to the world.
Hansje van Halem, a well known Dutch graphic designer has been running a home gallery called Schrank8. The project by itself is a great initiative but the posters she designed to promote this little home gallery are superb! Hansje says "I've made the posters into a typographic playfield. I like use the silk screen to print on textured materials". I think the images above say enough.
Graphic designer, photographer and artist Dorian Gourg chose the name Adahy for this project - the Cherokee word for Living in the Woods. It is the synthesis of two trips; one to New York City, one to South America. The geometric patterns in urban NYC reminded him of Native American art, which in turn reminded him of his trip to the south and quite controversely the wide open landscapes he saw there. As he puts it much more eloquently:
"...This serie of images contains and conveys the notion of time and aesthetic sense which are proper to a specific place throughout the ages, from its simplest mystic expression, to one of the most complex in applied arts, architecture."
"...It’s funny to think that mordern man reproduced what he destroyed in a «modern way», sometimes clearly on purpose, sometimes subconscously."
I just got this book with the works of Alex Trochut.
Most portfolio books are just a showcase of projects. But this book has a very nice twist.
It is structured in four parts: The first part is the Introduction which puts Alex into context in the wider design world. The second part, Influences, explains where he gets his inspiration from. The third and biggest part shows a wide selection of projects he made. It varies between commercial works and personal projects. The last part is very nice. It reveals the design process. So how he came up with an idea, the early sketches and so on.
The first two parts are a good read. You will get to know Alex a little bit and has a sort of embedded art/design history lesson in it. The PROJECTS part is awesome. It shows a great variety of Alex's projects which are often a combination of illustration and typography. The personal projects stand out pretty well, which gives it a more personal touch.
That in combination with the last part, explaining how it is made, makes the content worthwhile to browse through. I really like looking and learning how he made certain illustrations, fro first struggles to the final result.
The book itself has a simple and elegant graphic design. The text pages are on different colored unocated paper in black and white. The Projects part is on glossy white paper and the Process pages are on uncoated white paper, both in full colour. It makes that each part of the book is really different.
Last but not least is the cover. In daylight it is fluorgreen. But it has a glow-in-the-dark print on it. In the dark it shows an ornamental pattern. In combination with only a small title in the upperleft corner it is really nice.
Overall, a very inspirational book for those who love typography and illustration.
I didn't know Alex Trochut before I got the book, but I like his work and while reading the texts it seems like a very charming, inspiring person!
You can get the book via deze link.
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