Tuesday, September 14, 2010
You can't front on New York Cities storefronts. The playful use and abundance of typography, the clear and to-the-point advertising, the ubiquitous New York City patina, it's all somehow perfect. Here is just a taste of a great new book that tells the story through photography. Click the link to see more. Yay blog posts!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Take time away from the computer/sketchbook; visit a new city and just mooch about ( I once sat in a cafe in Berlin and had more ideas than I knew what to do with). I go to the Local University arts and design library and pour over back issues of graphic design and photography journals, snapping things that spark my imagination, then go home and print them out and stick them in a scrap book, I always have loads of ideas after this.
Do something else, wash the car, back-up your data, do errands…
Sit back and think about the issue, just let your mind go…
Look up stuff, go through your old projects, but avoid Google — it takes too long to find anything useful…
We all have lots of stuff; there must be something in there that is waiting to be used…
Drawing is great, even if you have no talent. Just visualising the simplest things makes them come alive…
Take the problem apart, look at the parts and then put them back together…
To me there are three factors that contribute to creative block: One, believing you’re stuck. Two, knowing you’re stuck but not knowing how to get out. And three, knowing you’re stuck and knowing how to get out, but doubting your ability to do it. Here are my solutions, respectively:
1. I ask myself, am I really stuck? Sometimes we think we’re stuck or we want to think we’re stuck but we’re actually on track and just don’t know it. Some paths are inevitable. Remember, a rut is also a groove.
2. I do nothing. Being stuck is usually a matter of not seeing the problem clearly. The best medicine for that is perspective. I measure perspective in units of time and distance. Getting a away from a problem helps give me better view of it. Instead of flailing away I’ll do something unrelated — like go to a museum or watch a movie. Inevitably, something in that other experience presents itself as the answer to the problem I’m trying to ignore.
3. I become awesome. Sometimes I’m faced with a problem to which I know the solution, but executing on it just seems too hard. One trick I use to get over that feeling is to work on other, easier tasks. They don’t have to be related — finally touching up that paint above the office light switch, finishing a blog post, organizing the garage are all fine examples. Taking on a bunch of little things that I can do quickly (and well) puts me in the mindset of being able to accomplish things. Then when I come back to that insurmountable problem it’s just the next task to check off the list. No more anxiety.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
- not properly analyzing the real need
- trying to convey too much
- being too concerned with making something 'pretty'
- designing something that’s too much like other logos, and therefore not distinctive
- not taking into consideration the range of media in which it will mostly be used
- not being critical enough of your own work
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I've got a little R&R time in New York coming up, so in preparation I was doing some research on the Meat Packing District, where I'll be staying. Found this really cool interactive map of the area, with lots of photos and things to see. (click the title to give it a go)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
“A logo is to a company what a face is to a person,” said Michel Tuan Pham, a professor of marketing at the Columbia Business School. "It’s hard to memorize facts about a person when you only know their name but you haven’t seen their face.” So logos remind consumers about companies’ traits and pluck at emotions — “the glue that ties all the information about the brand name together," Mr. Pham said. The economy, environment, image repair — new logos may address all of these. They are also meant to stand out in a crowd, but there are striking similarities among recent redesigns.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Screw die-cutting. Forget about foil, popups, or UV spot lamination. THESE business cards have two ingredients: MEAT AND LASERS.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Onwards from akqa on Vimeo.
I found this video posted on PSFK. What can I say, other than it is a fun animation for a sunny Friday. Below are comments by James Jarvis regarding the inspiration for the video and how the "collaboration" with Nike worked, are included below:
"I had become interested in the idea of characters that were less referential and more iconic and abstract. I particularly wanted to do something with a potato-headed stick-man that I had been drawing at that time."
"The film was inspired by certain personal experiences in running – a favourite run over Blanchland moor in Northumberland, being attacked by a crow in Singapore – and also by the transcendent, almost psychedelic experience of the simple act of running."
"Rather than a marketing project inititated by Nike, the film was something proposed and produced by myself, and as such I hope represents a much more equal collaboration with a brand."
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The Lost Tribes of New York City from Carolyn London on Vimeo.
Very clever and fun. Below is the description of those responsible.
"The latest short film from London Squared Productions. Urban Anthropologists, Andy and Carolyn London interview some of New York City's more overlooked citizens. "
Found via PSFK.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sweet new mural series coordinated by Pentagram. An initiative to inspire young minds, and to revitalize and bring some consistency to NYC public school libraries. Murals were contributed by several well known artists and designers, including Charles Wilkin, a college instructor and mentor of mine. Click the title for the full story.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
The about-face comes after consumers complained about the makeover in letters, e-mail messages and telephone calls and clamored for a return of the original look. Some of those commenting described the new packaging as “ugly” or “stupid,” and resembling “a generic bargain brand” or a “store brand."
"Do any of these package-design people actually shop for orange juice?” the writer of one e-mail message asked rhetorically. “Because I do, and the new cartons stink.” Others described the redesign as making it more difficult to distinguish among the varieties of Tropicana or differentiate Tropicana from other orange juices. Such attention is becoming increasingly common as interactive technologies enable consumers to rapidly convey opinions to marketers.
And people say designers are the only ones that care about these things...