High-Res, Printable Posters from the IBM Archives

High-Res, Printable Art from the IBM Archives

Sue Murphy, an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, started Good Design is Good Business, a single-serving site which offers high-res versions of new and classic IBM posters. You’ll find works of design by legends like Paul Rand as well as contemporary classics like HORT. Perfect for the starving student or the design lover who needs some new art for their cube.

I’m an art director in NYC at Ogilvy for IBM. I’m also a design nerd and into the importance of archiving. This is a little spot where I’m saving some beautiful IBM work I come across in the form of hi-res posters.

We also did an interview with Sue which you can find here.

Bobby Solomon

May 14, 2014 / By

An Insightful Interview with Japanese Designer Kenya Hara

Interview with Japanese Designer Kenya Hara

There’s a great interview with Kenya Hara over on Japan Times where he speaks about the future of design. It’s interesting to read that Hara’s idea of the future are intrinsically tied to the past, that Japan needs to change in order to move forward.

“I feel the designer’s role has changed in recent years from one of creating beautiful forms or clear identification for brands to one where the designer himself visualizes the possibilities of an industry.” And just to ensure he gets his point across, he restates his position in English. “Visualizing and awakening the hidden possibility of an industry,” he says.

Bobby Solomon

May 14, 2014 / By

‘My Famicase Exhibition’ Turns Video Games into Art for its Tenth Year

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It’s that time of year when Tokyo based game culture shop METEOR hosts their annual My Famiscase Exhibition, an art show unlike any other, featuring custom Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge designs. Entrants not only design original artwork, but also the creative concept behind the imagined video game. This year’s show marks the exhibitions 10th year and features talent from across the globe. It’s an interesting mishmash of video game culture and design with a unique twist on the traditional gallery experience.

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Nick Partyka

May 14, 2014 / By

Eye-Catching Books Covers by Books We Made

Books We Made

Munich based duo Stephanie and Tom Ising design book covers for a living and I must say that they do a rather excellent job at it. Working under the name Books We Made, the pair have worked on book covers of all shapes and sizes, often bringing bold typographic choices and restrained colours to their designs. I reckon that a browse through their portfolio is well worth your time.

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Philip Kennedy

May 9, 2014 / By

Obsidian Turns Your Mac Into The Sexy Computer It Should Be

Obsidian Turns Your Mac Into The Sexy Computer It Should Be

Recently I revisited an old classic, Obsidian, which transforms the the top menu bar of your Mac to black. That’s it? Just makes a bar black? Having become a rcent convert to Obsidian I can tell you it makes a world of difference. The once prominent menu is now brought back to be a secondary element which means it’s easier to focus on the tasks in front of you. Though it’s technically a “hack” Obsidian is really easy to install and I’ve personally had no problems using it.

There’s another app they recommend you install which I would suggest as well. Bartender does a great job of keeping the top right of your menu bar clean and tidy, hiding all of your miscellaneous icons hidden away. I’d say Bartender is useful for those who choose to install Obsidian or not.

Bobby Solomon

May 9, 2014 / By

“Hotcakes” Combines Burlesque Illustrations and Playing Cards

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

I don’t link to Kickstarter’s very often but this is a project I can’t resist. Created by Peter Dunham and Linnea Gits, the creatives behind Uusi, they’ve created a beautiful deck of cards that are inspired by burlesque and the illustrations of Andy Warhol.

Our inspiration for Hotcakes came from traditional 17th Century, full figure court cards that have a cartoonish flair and lent themselves easily to a burlesque-style exaggeration. This new and “naughty” court was then mixed with the Pop Art era’s hot-neon colors, Andy Warhol’s playful illustration style, the one-off art decks of Charles Pry and the distinctive quality of the Italian designer & artist, Emillio Pucci’s gorgeous patterns to arrive with the final look of Hotcakes.

Love the creativity of these. If you play cards often this will certainly be a conversation starter for your next get together. You can snag yourself a set by clicking here.

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

"Hotcakes" Combines Burlesque Illustrations with Playing Cards

Bobby Solomon

May 5, 2014 / By

Mondo Creates ‘The Shining’ Inspired Clothes & Products

Mondo Creates 'The Shining' Inspired Clothes & Products

Jack Torrance: Mr. Grady, You WERE the caretaker here.
Grady: I’m sorry to differ with you sir, but YOU are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker. I should know sir, I’ve always been here.

One of the most iconic aspects of the film The Shining is not Stanley Kubrick’s direction, nor Jack Nicholson’s demented acting: it’s the repeating carpet that lines the Overlook Hotel. The honeycomb pattern made up of warm reds and oranges is both menacing (when you think of the film) though quite aesthetically beautiful in that sort of House Industries sort of way.

Mondo, the Austin based gallery known for the appropriation of pop culture, has released the Mondo 237 collection, which is a series of clothing and home items that utilize the print. For those of you who’ve dreamed of having a cardigan (or balaclava) with the iconic pattern look no further. Personally I think the doormat is pretty rad, and the detail of having the key on the clothing tag is a nice touch. Really nice implementation all around.

Mondo Creates 'The Shining' Inspired Clothes & Products

Mondo Creates 'The Shining' Inspired Clothes & Products

Bobby Solomon

May 5, 2014 / By

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