(1) Carl Kleiner for The New York Times Magazine – (2) Girl skater by Natalie Foss – (3) Sci Fi Book Posters by Yonatan Ziv – (4) Minimalist photography by Matt Crump – (5) Gulliver’s Travels illustrated by Simone Massoni
T Magazine visited the Milan Furniture Fair last week and rounded up their three favorite designers from the show. The one that caught my eye was Ferréol Babin’s lamp titled Lunaire which looks utterly unreal, which you can see above. I love this piece because it reminds me of some celestial formation in space, like something you might see on Cosmos.
Babin says much of his work revolves around one central question: “How can an object produce a strong effect, an impressive impact, and then turn into a quiet and nonintrusive object when we want it to? That’s why light is my favorite ‘material,’ because it has this power to change a whole room in a second.”
Sagmeister & Walsh is undoubtedly one of the best design firms working right now. They’re a powerful little team who have done everything from branding Jay-Z’s Barneys collaboration with jagged gold to providing an Art Deco trophy for the New York Festival. You can see very clearly that they love what they do and that they are very, very talented at it too.
As a means to create some friendly competition and put their work hard, play hard vibe to the test, Adobe invited Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh to participate in a series of creative tasks that involved their making the Adobe logo out of random objects. Produced by the always lovely Art Directors Club’s Young Guns division, the resulting project is an online game show called Sagmeister X Walsh. It’s a bright, fun, design based series that shows how creatives have to stay on their toes.
When it comes to branding, oftentimes it’s better to stick to something simple, iconic, and most important, memorable. That’s why I’m really loving this branding for Pettirosso Handcraft, A Genoa based company who makes hand-crafted leather goods. The branding was created by Vacaliebres, an Italian designer who has a real knack for creating these beautiful little marks, oftentimes with some sort of animal reference. There’s a real charm to the work, from the cute bird logo to the typeface choice, everything feels slightly off (in a good way).
Biomimetics, the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems, will be a huge field in the years to come. We’ve seen it in science fiction films and slowly but surely we’re starting to see it in real life. To that end, Festo, a robotics company, has made a bionic kangaroo.
On the artificial kangaroo, Festo intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system. The stable jump kinematics plus the precise control technology ensure stability when jumping and landing. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.
I never expected to seriously be writing about Comic Sans. The occasional reference for humor is a low hanging fruit to any typography writer but here we go. In all seriousness, let’s talk about the world’s most hated typeface because designer Craig Rozynski challenged himself to redesign it.
First, let’s look at the history of Comic Sans via Just My Type by Simon Garfield, because I believe that the world is too harsh on Vincent Connare. You might say he’s the person you curse under your breath when you see that passive aggressive note about cleaning the microwave at the office — but really he’s only partially to blame.
Stationery Compositions is blog full of carefully curated and composed (duh) photographs of stationery (double duh). It continues Present And Correct’s aesthetics with it’s muted pallet and minimal use of industrial patterns to display their products but rather than coming off as a P&C promo it’s a more crafted affair. Neal has put them together in way that takes each item out of it’s context and abstracts it, creating these photo-flattened collages of utilitarian design.
My favourite is definitely the top image, the colours are particularly well chosen. Even though it’s early days you can view the rest of the project here as Neal hopes to update it daily.
You can also hark back to my interview with Neal here!
After the much publicized break-up of Hoefler and Frere-Jones, one of the finest typography duos of recent history, Tobias Frere-Jones is back at it with a brand new blog. His first post blog post is titled My Kind of Neighborhood where he shows the impressive type scene thriving in New York… between the years of 1828 and 1909.
I re-read Maurice Annenberg’s “Type Foundries of America and their Catalogs”, tracked down business directories of the period, and spent too much time in Google Earth. But I was able to plot out the locations for every foundry that had been active in New York between 1828 (the earliest records I could find with addresses) to 1909 (see below). All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography.