Fire up your Epsons, the Dutch site Memory of the Netherlands has an extensive high-res archive of Wim Crouwell’s work up for your downloading pleasure. All the recognizable classics are in there along with a lot of stuff I’d never seen before. I didn’t know it was possible but I now have even more respect for one of the true masters of graphic design.
That top one is incredible, I’m going to Genuine Fractal that immediately tomorrow and try to get a solid print out of it. On a side note, my friend tried to translate and said it spells out “olanda” so we’re thinking it says “Holland”. Can anyone confirm this?
Memory of the Netherlands Archive via Wanken and Flyer Goodness
Came across these interesting variations of the great Josef Muller Brockmann’s Beethoven poster and was pleased to see the alternate use of negative space. These variations were created during a 100 day workshop by Jessica Svendsen—see more versions here.
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If you’ve heard recently, the Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa is back. His return makes this the perfect time to share with you a project that I (Shelby) completed a few months ago for fun. The goal was to create a refined and informative infographic. At the time of creating this the Old Spice campaign entitled “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” was in full swing. Wieden + Kennedy were the brains behind the whole campaign and the results of their vision led to an exponential amount of social media buzz, exponentially exceeding the expectations.
The question was how do I design for this. Do I pair the design with what the brand has established or do I take an alternate route? At the time I was heavily inspired by the international typographic style and Massimo Vignelli. This explains for the minimal layout and geometric line angles similar to the New York City subway maps. This direction didn’t come immediately. I had toyed around with various versions that were far from being relevant to Old Spice or being easily readable. Although with the final version having the least amount of information, it felt the most appropriate.
Data was collected from the marketing firm Symphony IRI.
Typeface used: Helvetica Neue Ltd Std
You may remember Mark Brooks’ work for Santamonica from a while ago. Well he’s back at it and this time I’d say he stepped it up another level. There’s a ton of great work for the Barcelona-based apparel company over at Mark’s Behance page. Also check out his great logo section.
I just came across UK based illustrator Mike Lemanski’s work today and I’m so glad I did. A quick browse through his portfolio will leave no doubt this guy is on top of his game. I’m really enjoying his application of the 60′s playful illustration vibe without falling overboard into kitsch. Can’t wait to see more from him.
Via Grainedit (thanks!)
After years of digging around for interesting posters it’s easy to foolishly assume I’ve seen everything good there is to see. Then I come across work like that of Italian designer Mimmo Castellano and am once again reminded that you’ve never really seen it all. The images are from this GrainEdit post where, unfortunately, they do not mention the source. I would love to find which book they got these scans from, or better yet, where I can get my hands on some full size prints. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.
Fellow Academy of Art graduate student Johnny Selman has taken on a rather daunting project: design a poster a day for one year, using content based on a headline from the BBC news website. His project is meant to raise awareness of global current events using the immediately more accessible visual language of posters. Ideally the poster for the day intrigues you to read a story you might have otherwise ignored. He doesn’t make it very easy on himself either, as he only allows the use of 10 flat colors and no photography, all within the one day time limit per poster.
If you live in San Francisco, you can come check out the project in person tonight (12/16). Johnny will be celebrating his 100th day out on Valencia Street (between 17th and 22nd) with the first 100 posters displayed in storefront windows.
I believe it’s pretty safe to say that a lot of folks including myself, are very affectionate about Vignelli’s subway map. Both he and Harry Beck established the design direction that came to be used for most of the current day subway maps including this version by the Triboro team.
This map provides a radical take on how the Triboro team believe the New York subway system map could be treated. The poster is large format and printed in neon red. If you like the poster it is available for purchase here.