Making airlines feel approachable seems to me like a difficult challenge. A lot of airlines (save for Virgin) can feel cold and detached, nearly clinical some times. Interbrand decided to take the opposite approach and bring a more personal touch when rebranding Royal Brunei airlines.
Earlier this morning I attended a Herman Miller event where they showcased their latest designs and explained the many innovations they’ve made recently. It took place in the Carondelet House, an old, Spanish villa here in LA that was built back in 1928, which provided an interesting foil for the modern furniture. On hand to explain things were Herman Miller Creative Directors Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows, as well as Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames.
Eames gave us a slideshow of how many of the products that the Eames crafted, and Herman Miller still carries, were originally thought up and created, which was especially cool to hear from an actual Eames. There were lots of historical slides, old photos of Ray and Charles, but one slide in particular caught my attention, a quote from Charles Eames.
“Let’s try to think of design as planned goodness, not art art art.”
I find this quote to be so charming. If you ask me, the world needs a lot more planned goodness, and phrasing it that way certainly simplifies the act. As designers our focus should be on solving problems, while being careful to not be distracted by the allure of creating a shiny object. The Eames are the quintessential examples of this, creating objects which are human-centric first but are still extremely beautiful pieces.
Crazy enough, Avey Tare (from Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (from Dirty Projectors), and Jeremy Hyman (from Ponytail) got together and started a new little band called Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. They posted a song on to the Animal Collective Soundcloud a few weeks back called Little Fang and it’s pretty sweet. Reminds me a lot of Ariel Pink (in a good way).
Lola Dupre’s work is blowing up, almost quite literally. A collagist based in Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucía, Spain (longest town name ever), she creates these incredible looking collages which explode with energy. There’s also a bit of an op art thing happening, the stark black and white shapes sort of make your eyes go funny. It’s amazing that she has the time and patience to cut all these tiny pieces out and then glue them all together.
CNN reported yesterday that here in the U.S. the FDA is proposing a change to nutritional labels, the first since their inception over 20 years ago. The new design would focus on highlighting the number of calories, adjusting serving sizes to more accurately represent how people eat, as well as the daily values for certain nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D.
From a design perspective it’s nice to see a hierarchy introduced, putting calories and serving size front and center. The delineation between sections is also well done, though I think it’s weird to have the percentage of daily values first before you know what it’s a percentage of. Shouldn’t that be flipped back? Either way it’s good to see the government making strides to educate people on what they’re putting in their body. Hopefully this trend continues.