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Watch Logorama and then buy the book: Logobook.

1 year ago

“It is like being given a coloring book that your brother already colored in,” said Michael Bierut, of the design firm Pentagram in New York City. A passport, not unlike a scrapbook, gets its allure from gradually accruing exotic stamps, with the blank pages holding the promise of future adventure, he and other designers said. But they find that the new jumble of pictures detracts from that.

“There is also something a little coercive about a functional object serving as a civics lesson, even a fairly low-grade civics lesson,” Mr. Bierut said. (via)

(Editor’s note: I really hate how the US passport looks like on the inside…like something Kenny Powers might have designed.)

1 year ago

mrstsk:

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If disco-glitz supermarket Super Tamade is my favourite place to grocery-shop at midnight…

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…a 5am shopping hop is more likely to see me at Oda — a catering-oriented cash-and-carry vast, empty and satisfyingly austere — in the Kizu market.

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What I like at Oda is the austerity not only of the aisles themselves, but also the look of the generic catering cans containing lotus, chestnut, crabs, green leaves.

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There’s a whole world of packaging design parallel to the consumer one, aimed at caterers.

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Rather than the mammary Mammon of brand (which is all about repetition, recognition, irrational worship, synergy with advertising), catering design aims to communicate as quickly and clearly as possible what’s inside the can.

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Catering design therefore strikes me as much more sane design — design from a parallel world we might one day inhabit, but currently don’t.

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It’s the no-frills world of wholesale, not retail. It’s for “experts” (restauranteurs, people who get up early to get fresh produce at the nearby fish, bean and tofu market), and yet these “experts” require the simplest imagery imaginable: a picture of a leaf, a white background, the absolute minimum of text…

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…the cheapest price possible, bulk sizes, and no relaunches, no competitions, adverts, fancy printing, free gifts, jingles, extra packing or wrapping. It’s plain as dawn, wholesale is halfway to communism.

1 year ago
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers - Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.

Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers - Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.

1 year ago

Teenage Engineering. The site and products are amazing.

1 year ago

I’m hiring a Jr. Designer to work alongside me at Timbuk2 in San Francisco. I’m looking for someone that’s comfortable designing for both the web and print. I’ve gotten a ton of applications already but I’m asking that you please apply through the link. You can send me a follow-up e-mail afterwards if you like: seeker AT youmightfindyourself.com

This is a really fun environment that respects design and creativity. If you have the skills (and the portfolio to back it up) this is your dream job!

1 year ago
Have windows? Liquid chalk markers for the win.
1 year ago