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Monday Report | 02·21·11

By James

“The game just completely changed”

- Ryan Carson

Something insane is happening in the creative industry and all of you need to know about it. Two recent events have completely changed the career prospects for Web Designers and Developers: 1) Frank Chimero’s Kickstarter project and 2) Natasha Wescoat’s live painting sessions.

›  Let me Explain …

Other than Frank Chimero’s project, if you are feeling extra nice you might think about supporting The Manual

It’s not every day that us designers get to do branding for … a king – but Julian Zimmerman really knocked it out of the park with his work with König Bansah
The Art of Flight looks to be the best winter sport film yet

Digging these sites – DotVita and SXSW Beer Camp
30 Inspiring examples of Slideshows in Web Design
In case you missed it, Google unveiled “Map your Valentine”
Some sweet wood patterns for your backgrounds, enjoy

Check out these State Motto’s

A brand refresh for Long John Silvers

Campaign Monitor recently launched a beautiful site for applications
William Defoe reminds us to make the Bold Choice

Step behind the scenes and take a rare tour of PIXAR Studios

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Free Font Friday: Orbitron

By James

Orbitron is a geometric sans-serif typeface intended for display purposes. It features four weights (light, medium, bold, and black), a stylistic alternative, small caps, and a ton of alternate glyphs. Orbitron was designed so that graphic designers in the future will have some alternative to typefaces like Eurostile or Bank Gothic. If you’ve ever seen a futuristic sci-fi movie, you have may noticed that all other fonts have been lost or destroyed in the apocalypse that led humans to flee earth. Only those very few geometric typefaces have survived to be used on spaceship exteriors, spacestation signage, monopolistic corporate branding, uniforms featuring aerodynamic shoulder pads, etc. Of course Orbitron could also be used on the posters for the movies portraying this inevitable future. Courtesy of League of Movable Type.

Download Orbitron Now

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Monday Report | 02·14·11

By James

I know we mentioned it earlier, but the 2010 Feltron annual report is live! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy (2 actually) of the print ver­sion, which features 4 spot colors and gold foil. I’ve purchased it every year and it never fails to impress.

How many Brands can you recognize after they have been Unevolved to just circles.

Hype for Type has a new site, check ‘em out.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’m pleased to share Kate Spade’s B Mine gallery, a cat a­log of e-cards made by var i ous artists and designers; as well FontShop’s 2011 edition of Valentype. (hat tip designworklife)

If you live in Brooklyn, you may have been lucky enough to see the work of graphic designer and custom chalk letterer Dana Tanamachi. Let us know if you have, iphone pictures welcome.

Mapping Stereotypes has just come out with the Calendar of Prejudice – a funny look at the world, satirically, through different cultures.

Debbie Does … an awesomely playful corporate id design by Brogen Averill.

The talented Taylor Pemberton has released his project Cavalier Essentials – I want them all.  “If Steve McQueen carried a beat-up leather duffle bag on the back of his motorcycle; what would be in it and how would the products look?”

The new Strokes album is going to be out soon, get your free teaser track here.

If you love The Volkswagen Force Commercial you will really like the extra minute of deleted scenes.

I have been following the work Kelli Anderson has done for Dig for Fire – which has been really neat.  Now the website has launched – and it is totally a work of art.

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Free Font Friday: Muncie

By James

The Lost Type Co-op is a collaboration between Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin.  In only 24 hours they created this entire project – including the free font Muncie – a strong, sturdy typeface inspired by the steel mills of the industrial age.

I first started seeing Galpin’s unique work on dribbble, and he has recently launched a new site – be sure to check out some of his other work.

Download Muncie Now

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Write, send, watch and repeat

By Diana

Bar Karma

Current TV’s Bar Karma is a real show. It will premiere tomorrow and it was created to give people the opportunity to contribute to the show in ways that haven’t been possible before. It was conceptualized by The Sims creator Will Wright as a way to build communities through collaborating creatively on a show. No need for agents, starving, or powerful contacts.

When contributors submit their ideas, these may or may not be used on the show, and if they are, they will be credited at the end of the episode but there is no money involved. This presents a bit of a problem because it can be seen as exploitative. The other side of the coin is that this system provides a way for people who have always been interested in writing for TV to test themselves in a community of people with the same interest and hopefully see their ideas produced professionally.

This article on Wired details the background of the idea.

After registering on the site, I got a chance to experiment with the StoryMaker, a pretty cool looking interactive tool that lets you pick from different scenes to create a 22 scene storyboard of an episode. It looks like a big funnel in which your choice of scenes get smaller and smaller as you approach the end of the episode. You can also see the lines connecting all of the scenes you have picked and you can jump from place to place and see how your story is altered by different variables.

You can decide to create your own scene by uploading a picture and a few lines of text. You can submit a succesion of scenes and use them as building blocks for the episode.

The overarching concept of a bar in which people get to explore their own current, past and future lives was also decided on by a group of anonymous collaborators. I have to admit, the premise of the show lends itself for a lot of cheesy sounding “man walks into a bar” kind of stories and I found tons of this on the StoryMaker, but there is a lot of potential for really creative stories.

StoryMaker Funnel

StoryMaker Funnel

Creating Scenes


Nicholas Felton’s Amazing Infographic Tribute

By Susan

Nicholas Felton is one of our favorite graphic designers. He is an absolute master of infographics and we’ve become a tad obsessed with his personal annual reports. To call them brilliant and inspiring is a total understatement.

Click on each of the reports below to see what I mean.

Felton’s work is absolutely beautiful. To think of the meticulous data collection it takes to do these is impressive, but it’s the story he tells in numbers, charts and graphs that is so interesting.

His most recent report is a masterpiece and is the most special so far because it’s actually about the life of his father, who passed away last September.

The report covers a massive amount of date including birth, parents (including the sobering detail that his father was killed in a concentration camp), education, places he lived, postcards he received, places he visited & stamps in his passport, his favorite coffee companion, his music collection and his collection of books.

Click on the red cover above to see the pages in detail.

This is a truly touching tribute to his father.
And it makes me think about all the things I don’t know, but should, about my own parents.

Felton’s reports are available for purchase on his site.

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Sponsored Celebrity Encounters

By Diana

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker for the Barnes and Noble and Esquire campaign.

Augmented reality for a while seemed like 3-d TV’s, something that looked good, but that hadn’t really found a way to become relevant to people’s lives. I knew those holographic messages on Star Wars and all that teleporting on Star Trek could not be as far into the future as they seemed.

Today, there is a way in which this technology can make something that is very improbable in real life, happen on demand.

Why ask for an autograph from a cranky celebrity, when you can actually take a picture with them on your own time and without the respecting the norms of personal space?

That is what Barnes and Noble and Esquire let you do through their new augmented reality campaign.

All users have to do is download the free iPhone app, and go to one of the participating Barnes and Noble stores to find a life-size picture of Brooklyn Decker (February’s Esquire cover girl) posing for pictures next to the magazine section. Brooklyn can be photographed in 5 different poses and users are actually encouraged to share these pictures in each of the partner’s Facebook pages and on the model’s Twitter account.

The beauty of this technology is that it can be adapted to every situation. It’s not something reserved exclusively for national giants.

People in our own community that have huge followings such as our dear Paula Deen, could multiply themselves and be where their fans are, even if their schedules didn’t allow them to do it in person. Restaurants could produce AR images of their menu, and people could get a sense of what they could be having for lunch or dinner if they stopped by that particular establishment. There could be photos of famous celebrities that pop-up next to the landmarks that were featured in their movies. Imagine having a picture of Forrest Gump sitting on a bench offering you one if his iconic chocolates. And the list could go on…

This is certainly a new take on this technology that opens new possibilities for interactions with your customers. Those dreams of holographic messages and being in two places at once are finally becoming a reality!

What do you say? Would an AR version of your favorite celebrity be enough to satisfy your curiosity?


Monday Report | 02·07·11

By James

Why use wireframes?

How amazing is the New Mexico AIGA site? It is the result of a collaboration betweenHieronymus and Jesse Arneson, with photography by KarenKuehn.

Everybody seems to be talking about the new site from Cuban Council

In case you somehow missed it, the Daily is the first newspaper made without paper.  iPad users worldwide have now been seduced by NewsCorp

Thank God, David Carson has his own magazine, I can’t wait.

The flood of creativity that the digital revolution has wrought… is it good or bad, or just mediocre? That’s what this movie tackles… or so they say.

These promotional videos by EF Language Schools really have me itching to travel.

Everything is a Remix – PART I and PART II.

Wow, after the game last night, I bring you the trailers that will be discussed today (Thanks DEVOUR)

Also, I haven’t seen True Grit, but this clever comparison shows how it relates to the classic John Wayne version.  Also, check out this info-graphic The Coenverse

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Free Font Friday: Stahlbeton

By James

Stahlbeton, ist eine eigens entwickelte Headlineschrift. Etwas ungehobelt im Stil, der Name ist Programm. Prinzipiell basiert die Stahlbeton auf geometrischen Formen, jedoch nicht mathematisch exakt, was ihr eine ordentliche Portion handmade gibt.

Der schnelle braune Fuchs springt über den faulen Hund

Grundlage für die Idee war eine Versalheadline auf einer alten Verpackung. Die Schrift steht zur kostenlosen Verwendung als OpenType Font bereit. Seit 2005 wurde Stahlbeton ca. 10.000 mal heruntergeladen. Schön, dass sie so gerne verwendet wird.

Download Stahlbeton Now

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Making Stuff Cleaner

By Susan

If you’re a fan of the PBS show NOVA you may have caught a fascinating episode last night, all about clean energy alternatives and new materials that are planet friendly.

From bio-fuels to fuel cells this show does a great job of breaking down the potential and challenges associated with alternative energy options. And since one of the biggest problems with energy is storage, host David Pogue delved into some very innovative energy storage solutions being developed by entrepreneurs all over the country.

I heart science!


(I highly recommend it).

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.