Sunday, May 31, 2009
"For the launch of a new Umbro store in Manchester I worked alongside some of the lovely folk of Love to produce this massive wall mural linking everything to do with Manchester, Football and Tailoring. We started at 2 in the afternoon and finally gave up at 4am."
Saturday, May 30, 2009
"In a world of crunched corporate budgets and proliferating online open calls, AIGA this week affirmed its longstanding policy against speculative work—work done prior to engagement with a client and in anticipation of being paid if selected. After reviewing the policy in the context of the changing marketplace, the AIGA board of directors maintains that spec work "can compromise the benefits of effective design for both clients and designers—and that a designer fully engaged in a client's business challenges is necessary to an effective solution." The professional association for design says that it recognizes that the decision to engage in spec work is up to individual designers. At the same time, AIGA is committed to making designers aware of the associated risks. "By providing educational information on what it means to do work without the promise of compensation, and the resulting risks for both the client and the designer, we hope to empower every designer to make an informed and intelligent decision on an individual basis," said AIGA executive director Richard Grefé in a statement issued this week. Read on for AIGA's full, updated position on spec work."
Heading in the way-back machine I remember as a little boy my first real encounter with package design that I absolutely refused to throw away. It was GI-Joe packaging and it was beautiful. The illustrations were rich, saturated and full of discovery and detail. Much to my suprise while shopping for my son I saw that Target had brought back a few gems from my childhood. Here are some samples of GI-Joe packaging from back in the day and some of the stuff they just brought back from the archives at Tar-Get!
The marketing and product design was very iPod-esque... vibrant color palette, simple straight-forward photography... and a very cool product!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Typical high-end HD camcorders have 2.1M pixel sensors and record with 3:1:1 color sub-sampled video at up to 30fps. RED offers the Mysterium ™ Super 35mm cine sized (24.4×13.7mm) sensor, which provides 4K (up to 30 fps), 3K (up to 60 fps) and 2K (up to 120 fps) capture, and all this with wide dynamic range and color space in 12 bit native RAW. At 4K, that’s more than 5 times the amount of information available every second and a vastly superior recording quality. In addition, you get the same breathtaking Depth of Field and selective focus as found in film cameras using equivalent 35mm P/L mount lenses. Mysterium ™ boasts greater than 66db Dynamic Range thanks to its large 29 sq. micron pixels. And 12,065,000 pixels deliver resolution that can only be called Ultra High Definition.
Shoot lightweight EFP style (body around 10 lbs., in rugged aluminum alloy) or load it up to shoot a feature film. Options include RED-RAIL™ mounting accessories that “grow” the camera body. Configure for tripod, crane or long lens applications. High-resolution RED LCD and EVF monitors come equipped with advanced tools for framing, exposure and focus. The RED ONE™ body and RED-RAIL components provide numerous mounting points to allow hundreds of optional RED and third party accessories… some that haven’t even been dreamed of yet. Choose between the convenience and durability of recording directly to Compact Flash, in-camera, or outputting signal to RED FLASH DRIVE or RED DRIVE (RAID) for even longer recording options.
Based in Brooklyn, Rolling Press is a family-run offset print house that uses vegetable inks and wind generated power to run their presses. In addition, co-owner Eugene Lee is also a book designer and recognizes the importance design has on our lives as well as the environment.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Much of design is like training. It can be hard to see the benefits from one project to the next, or one unappreciative client to another, and easy to forget the reason why you chose this profession over something else. I see design as a lifestyle. When it starts to feel too much like work I grow impatient and frustrated. And I need the design equivalent of a soul ride.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
A must buy from House Industries
L. Cutting Board
Large Ampersand Cutting Board: $110
While most of the House Industries staff could not fathom the sheer volume of cheeses and cured meats that might be heaped upon this generously-sized and sublimely shaped cutting surface, Andy and Rich commented that even their smallest social engagements would employ at least three such cutting boards. Besides, when vegetarians are making the scene (don't they always?), one needs to keep the Humboldt Fog and Lincolnshire Poacher separate from the Culatello di Zibello and Coppa di Parma.
* Made in the USA
* Solid Maple Butcher Block
* Approximately 18" (45cm) x 18" (45cm) x 1.5" (38mm) thick