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.
If I had to make a shortlist of graphic designers who continually inspire, Michael Cina would be so near the top. He’s not only a designer, he’s an artist, a typographer, you name it he’s probably better at it than you. Recently he had an interview featured on The Great Discontent and it’s a wonderful. My favorite part:
You have to take risks in order to move forward—I feel very passionate about that. I always say that if you feel uncomfortable, then you know you’re doing something right. I’ve recently had a new vision for where I want to go, and I’m going for it. If you don’t have a solid vision for where you want to go, you’re just going to meander around without doing the kind of work you really want to do. Last year I made up my mind to get larger branding jobs, custom typefaces, and more gallery exhibits. This week I landed two gallery shows.
Last weekend, Kyle and the dogs and I moved to a brand new apartment. It can be a pain to move into a new place, but when I look at the big picture it’s a therapeutic act. Being able to remove the unnecessary elements of your life and start fresh with a new space allows you to examine things differently. What once worked so well in a space just might not fit anymore, and that’s ok.
All of this change got me thinking about this very blog and what I want it to be. When I first started the site over six years ago it was a site for me to share the things I thought were cool, simple as that. It still works essentially like that, only I think I lost a little bit of myself on the way. I’ve realized that in trying so hard to be a legitimate “website” that I’ve lost the charm and fun of being, well, me.
I still love to write about design, illustration, and art, but my true passion lies in ideas around web design, apps, technology, the future, etc. I’m uncertain if you, the reader, are interested in what I’m interested in. But I do think what’s more important is being honest and putting my true self out there, something I don’t think I’ve done a good job of in the last couple years.
So as simple as that, you’ll start to see a shift in the site. There will be more random thoughts and ideas being pushed out and less of me worrying about whether or not what I’m doing fits with the old space. It’s time to fuck things up, burn things down, and try to again to create something that truly fits me.
I’m oftentimes spoiled by the super creative people I get to collaborate with on The Desktop Wallpaper Project. Sometimes people reach out to me and ask if they can participate, but I can’t always say yes. Most often I write the people who I think are creating amazing things and see if they’d be interested in working together. Today is one of those days where I’m astonished by the high level of quality put into this wallpaper.
It comes from Matt Luckhurst, a designer and illustrator who currently resides in San Francisco. He’s a 2012 ADC Young Guns recipient, he’s illustrated a book about Paul Bunyan, and an all around mega creative guy. For his wallpaper he’s done a series of abstract nude figures, beautifully rendered in warm yellows and oranges with splashes of blue to make it all pop. This is an incredible work of art, and I have to give major props to Matt for creating something this beautiful.
Controlled Burns is a series of imposing images by the American photographer Kevin Cooley. Consisting of large, swirling clouds of smoke, these photographs are as beautiful as they are dramatic.
For Cooley, these images serve as a metaphor for opposition. “Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good” he says, “it is the only Classical element that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction”. At the heart of this series lies a simple duality – we can create fire and yet fire brings destruction.