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Christoph Niemann

21 Sep

Just stumbled upon Christoph Niemann this morning. I love his work for two reasons: 1) the old comic styling he uses; and 2) the clever ways he uses illustration to make  humorous and biting comments on contemporary social issues. He favours simplicity of illustration and concept over…well, visual complexity and lack of substance. Seems his work has graced the cover of The New Yorker countless times. Check out his website here

Also, if you have a little time, I’d highly recommend his very funny but very inspiring talk here. Seems to be a pattern with him, intelligent, stimulating content seasoned with humour.




Subway Maps of zeroperzero

20 Sep

While doing some research for my major project I came across this design studio based out of Seoul, Republic of Korea. They’ve done an incredible series of subway maps of various cities. It all started with the amazing one they did for Osaka (top). Each one is losely based around the respective country’s flag or an iconic piece of the city’s culture (e.g. the heart from the I heart NY campaign). Check out the last one, where they decided to do a maps for ALL OF EUROPE in one. That’s just mental

Check out their site here

Posh Typography

12 Aug

I nearly forgot about this…a little while back I was visiting a couple of galleries near Green Park and ended up cutting through Old Bond St, an uber-posh shopping street (I’d have to sell my organs to shop there). As I walked along, I was immediately struck by the quality and distinctiveness of the typography in the stores’ branding marks. I found it interesting that the vast majority only used typemarks, very few had logos or if they did they were very simple and understated, unlike a lot of High St brands.

Apologies for the images, they were taken on my iPhone so aren’t great quality.

Victorian Infographics and Depth Mapping

28 Jul

I have a bizarre obsession with old maps and I also love information design. So it goes without saying that I was wide-eyed when I stumbled upon these pieces.

This all comes from a strange and wonderful blog called BibliOdyssey. Its well worth a perusal if any of these images interest you.





Jessica Hische

23 Jul

Jessica Hische is a super talented and VERY prolific designer from New York. She’s also the brains behind well known design-geek site Daily Drop Cap, among other side projects. Apparently Jessica does not sleep…seriously, where does she find the time to do all this stuff?! Inspiring.

I’ve come across her work on a number of occasions so I thought I’d take a few mins to do a post about her work. First and foremost, I cannot put into works how much I love her book cover designs for Barnes & Noble literary classics. I’d love to have copies of the whole set. This is the project that really made me take note of her. She does a ton of excellent lettering and typographic design, but also does some really nice illustrative work. Her typographic/lettering skill and combined with a playful use of colour, makes here a force to be reckoned with.

Check out her website here.

Hengki Koentjoro

20 Jul

Holy sweet shit . I can’t remember the last time I was this struck by a photographer’s work. This guy does more in black and white than all the new HDR fad guys could ever do. His photos look more like painting than images…but at the same time they look completely natural. In fact they look like they were taken in the 1950s or something. This is so much in contrast to so much modern photography you see, that’s been photoshopped to within an inch of its life (never ceases to amuse me that ‘photoshop’ has become a verb).

Man, wow. Really captivating. Check out the rest of his work here

Sidenote: Why the eff don’t I post more photography on here?! I LOVE photography. Right, I’m on it.

Andy Hertzfeld

17 Jul

I just came across a great interview with Andy Hertzfeld, one of the designers who worked on the original Apple design team back in 1979. He’s now working for Google and was a key designer in the development of Google+. If you’re on Google+, you already know that they’ve made some incredible advances in design and user interface, or UI as the cool nerds say. In reading the interview it becomes very obvious why he is keeps getting hired by these technology juggernauts. I thought I’d pull out a few of the quotes that really stood out. Although he’s mainly a UI/coder guy,  I think his points are relevant to designers of any sort.

‘…even before I know what I am doing I am sort of, doing it. The way to make great UI is through tight iteration. You’ve gotta try things out. At least, I’ve never been smart enough to know an idea is going to work until I try it. So I, as quickly as I can, I get something going that is just the barest at first. I try to get to the essence of the idea as quickly as I can. But that sometimes takes a while so you just get a framework going and then you start iterating it, making it better and better.’

When asked what’s most important when developing new designs…

‘Well, feedback. I believe it’s an iterative process. It’s never good enough, you can always make it better. So, you have to get as many users as you can as quickly as you can. Even to this day, like what I’m working on today, the second I have my feature working, the first thing I’ll do, I’ll turn to the guy next to me, “Hey what do you think of this?”

You have to be willing to throw things away when you have the better idea… I think it’s really the main difference between the good designer and the great designer is as soon as you see a better way, you have to be willing to go with it, even though it could be very painful to throw away what took you two months to develop. Just because you’ve done that, doesn’t mean it’s the way you should do it. Often each iteration of the design is a stepping stone to the next one.’

Here‘s the whole interview.

Here he is with the original Apple design team (top centre…with the sweet spectacles!)