Archive for January, 2008

(Commercial) Lifestyle Integration

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

It comes as no surprise that the most effective product placements come as an integrated part of a storyline (or the lifestyle of a subject). However, as product so often can be used to define “character” on television or in movies (and it can be a helpful cue, as you only have 2 hours or [...]

Baking an Annual Report

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

The new annual report from the food comany Podravka… With the title Well Done and wrapped in foil… But wait! The book is empty!

Of course, there is a lot more! The text and images in Well Done are printed using a thermo-reactive ink; hence, the foil wrapping is a functional tool — the book needs [...]

Animal Kingdom : recycled leather

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

During my early POPstick days, I became a little obsessed with finding ways to use leather scraps, thanks to the handoffs from Schrut & Ashe. I started with magazine racks, then tried wallets. Now, I am trying to incorporate it into some totes, but occasionally I come across amazing things like this, and am re-inspired.
Each [...]

happy print x 2

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

two quick notes on favorite print designers…
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#1: Jason Munn, of the Small Stakes design studio (and of everyone’s favorite posters for Mates of State, Sujian Stevens, etc.) is designing [...]

Video/Design

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Recently, I have been struck by two entirely unrelated sites that use video as a design/catalog element. I realize that I am taken by how video becomes a nicely integrated element, versus a piece of the layout that simply stands apart. As both of these sites are garment oriented, the use of video really allows [...]

And To That I Say This

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

This Friday, January 18, from 7 to 7:30.
Samson Projects is showing “And To That I Say This”, a film program from six artists with poetic musings on contemporary global issues. I think my news intake would much appreciate a balance of poetic musings.
From the Samson Projects description (with a tidbit about each video piece):
Apropos to [...]

Muriel Cooper

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

“I have a profound disdain for answers… We do a lot of groping here,” she said. “I don’t think there are answers. I think there are thoughts.”
In looking for sources to inspire and encourage design playfulness, I have finally come across Muriel Cooper. An established graphic designer that became an influencial force in digital aesthetics [...]

Make Things Better

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

What does one do for the beautiful but desolate cities in the midwest? All my family is from the Ohio/Michigan area, so I spent a fair amount of time in my youth walking through the strange arcades in downtown Cleveland (where did all the people go?). Only recently (this past November) did I see Detroit. [...]

Lisa Solomon likes paint tiles

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I’ve had an obsession with paint tiles for quite some time, and used to be a frequent covert collecter during every home depot trip for lightbulbs and batteries. Although I had a few projects with them (notebook covers, present tags), I realize I have more hanging around than I have actually been using. Part of [...]

Good loves Threadless

Monday, January 7th, 2008

8 days left in the GOOD/threadless shirt design competition! 
Submit anytime from:
Dec 15 ‘07 through Jan 15 ‘08
Submissions close at 11:59:59 pm CST
Theme:
“Big Ideas”
 
A bit about GOOD magazine: wins the award for information graphics, both in print and in video; describes itself as media for folks that give a damn. An interesting and honest idea, responding to a collective [...]

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