2 weeks ago
Moon Phase Calendar by Annie Axtell

Moon Phase Calendar by Annie Axtell

3 weeks ago
Olly Moss
5 months ago

Gifpop is a tool to make custom cards from animated gifs, using the magic of lenticular printing. Gifs rule. Sha and Rachel rule.

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6 months ago
Inoue Tsuguya: Graphic Works 1981-2007
"I wanted to produce a book that was pregnant with primitive power, a book through which the hot winds of summer blew, but what emerged was much simpler, it had the feel of a summer picture diary from my past: "I got up, ate water melon and went to bed." I am interested in letters and photographs and have attempted, through my work, to be faithful to the appetites of my eyes. But, like a brilliant chimera, I am disheartened to discover that I’ve been looking at a mirage. I feel something akin to what "bipedal hominids" must have felt having finally evolved far enough from the apes to be able to stand erect (thus gaining a modicum of freedom as they began walking towards the future). I am eternally grateful to Mr. Kaho Son of Little More Co., Ltd. for creating this auspicious and upbeat book that carries something of the memories of those early hominids."
(Editor’s note: One of the best books on my shelf. Very rare.)

Inoue Tsuguya: Graphic Works 1981-2007

"I wanted to produce a book that was pregnant with primitive power, a book through which the hot winds of summer blew, but what emerged was much simpler, it had the feel of a summer picture diary from my past: "I got up, ate water melon and went to bed." I am interested in letters and photographs and have attempted, through my work, to be faithful to the appetites of my eyes. But, like a brilliant chimera, I am disheartened to discover that I’ve been looking at a mirage. I feel something akin to what "bipedal hominids" must have felt having finally evolved far enough from the apes to be able to stand erect (thus gaining a modicum of freedom as they began walking towards the future). I am eternally grateful to Mr. Kaho Son of Little More Co., Ltd. for creating this auspicious and upbeat book that carries something of the memories of those early hominids."

(Editor’s note: One of the best books on my shelf. Very rare.)

6 months ago
"The 4 Layers of Design", part of a broader discussion of "The Dribbblisation of Design" written by Paul Adams
Design is a multi layered process. In my experience, there is an optimal order to how you move through the layers. The simplest version of this is to think about four layers.
I see designer after designer focus on the fourth layer without really considering the others. Working from the bottom up rather than the top down. The grid, font, colour, and aesthetic style are irrelevant if the other three layers haven’t been resolved first. Many designers say they do this, but don’t walk the walk, because sometimes it’s just more fun to draw nice pictures and bury oneself in pixels than deal with complicated business decisions and people with different opinions. That’s fine, stay in the fourth layer, but that’s art not design. You’re a digital artist, not a designer.

"The 4 Layers of Design", part of a broader discussion of "The Dribbblisation of Design" written by Paul Adams

Design is a multi layered process. In my experience, there is an optimal order to how you move through the layers. The simplest version of this is to think about four layers.

I see designer after designer focus on the fourth layer without really considering the others. Working from the bottom up rather than the top down. The grid, font, colour, and aesthetic style are irrelevant if the other three layers haven’t been resolved first. Many designers say they do this, but don’t walk the walk, because sometimes it’s just more fun to draw nice pictures and bury oneself in pixels than deal with complicated business decisions and people with different opinions. That’s fine, stay in the fourth layer, but that’s art not design. You’re a digital artist, not a designer.

6 months ago

For Punch-Drunk Love, Toho-Towa,the Japanese distributor, produced a series of nine designs based on the lush colorfield “motion paintings” by Jeremy Blake that punctuate the film and add to its hallucinatory quality (seehere). Blake was a rising star in the Los Angeles art world and a pioneer in digital painting when Paul Thomas Anderson commissioned the work (the same year that Blake also created the four covers for Beck’s Sea Change album). But, as reported a couple of years ago in New York Magazine and Vanity Fair, a series of personal set-backs, culminating in the 2007 suicide of his partner and fellow artist Theresa Duncan, led to the 35-year-old Blake taking his own life by walking into the sea at Rockaway Beach.

It was rumored that Bret Easton Ellis was writing a script about the tragic couple’s life, with Gus Van Sant attached in some capacity, but that remains to be seen. Van Sant’s upcoming film Restless, a film reported to be about “two lovers with a preoccupation with mortality” but based on a play by Jason Lew, is probably coincidental. (via MUBI)

8 months ago
itwonlast:
Yvon Chouinard: You remember the trips that lasted for a long time. The way people do trips now, they take, a week, they go to Europe—you don’t remember those trips very much. Or you go surfing in Indo for a week. But if you had to go over land or take a boat, it’s really different. That trip to Mount Fitz Roy lasted six months and in that time there were a lot of adventures on the way. Like sleeping on the ground in Guatemala and waking up to a gun to our heads—there was so much going on. It became a really important trip in my life. At the time I was thinking about starting this clothing company, and I wanted to make clothes for the conditions we found down there, which are like hurricane force winds and the evening with its orange look and its lenticular clouds. I thought, ‘This, this is what I want to make clothes for, I want to make clothes for Cape Horn and Patagonia.’ I came up with the idea for the logo (the skyline of Mt.Fitzroy looking west) . At the time, Patagonia was like Timbuktu, which is this mystical place. Everybody kind of knew where it was, but didn’t really.

itwonlast:

Yvon Chouinard: You remember the trips that lasted for a long time. The way people do trips now, they take, a week, they go to Europe—you don’t remember those trips very much. Or you go surfing in Indo for a week. But if you had to go over land or take a boat, it’s really different. That trip to Mount Fitz Roy lasted six months and in that time there were a lot of adventures on the way. Like sleeping on the ground in Guatemala and waking up to a gun to our heads—there was so much going on. It became a really important trip in my life. At the time I was thinking about starting this clothing company, and I wanted to make clothes for the conditions we found down there, which are like hurricane force winds and the evening with its orange look and its lenticular clouds. I thought, ‘This, this is what I want to make clothes for, I want to make clothes for Cape Horn and Patagonia.’ I came up with the idea for the logo (the skyline of Mt.Fitzroy looking west) . At the time, Patagonia was like Timbuktu, which is this mystical place. Everybody kind of knew where it was, but didn’t really.

8 months ago

Until the End of the Road, book design by Wang Zhi Hong

9 months ago

So, as you can see, I’ve gone with eyes here (not the first or last time I will use an eye as a device on a jacket-book covers are, after all, faces, both literally and figuratively, of the books they wrap). I find eyes, taken in the singular, create intimacy, and in the plural instill paranoia. This seemed a good combo for Kafka- who is so very adept at the portrayal of the individual, as well as the portrayal of the persecution of the individual.

I also opted for color. It needs saying that Kafka’s books are, among other things, funny, sentimental, and in their own way, yea-saying. I am so weary of the serious Kafka, the pessimist Kafka. Kafkaesque has become synonymous with the machinations of anonymous bureaucracy- but, of course, Kafka was a satirist (ironist, exaggerator) of the bureaucratic, and not an organ of it. Because of this mischaracterization, Kafka’s books have a tendency to be jacketed in either black, or in some combination of colors I associate with socialist realism, constructivism, or fascism- i.e. black, beige and red. Part of the purpose of this project for me, was to let some of the sunlight back in. In any case, hopefully these colors, though bright, are not without tension.

The typography. The script is an amalgam of Kafka’s own hand, and a wonderfully versatile typeface called “Mister K” (based on Kafka’s own hand) by Julia Sysmäläine who works at Edenspiekermann in Berlin.

Peter Mendelsund on his cover designs for Kafka

chrisdexta: NOISE TEST @ 414, BRIXTON - 22/6/2013

chrisdextaNOISE TEST @ 414, BRIXTON - 22/6/2013