File this under things I wanted to but didn’t see in Japan. This photo by Sanaa is from the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art at Kanazawa. This would make for a great album cover with different subjects in there. Next time… Via FFFOUND.
Some nice packaging via Crabstick’s Flickr. I have to say that the quality of product packaging design has seriously declined over the past 20 years. If I ever saw anything in a box like this now I’d buy 15 of them regardless of what was inside.
Caught this on FFFFOUND yesterday. Loving this design but lacking much information on it. I really like FFFFOUND but they are sometimes bad about citing sources so it’s hard to find the origins of the work they post. At any rate, this is a very nice print, anyone have any more info on it?
UPDATE: Via Aurélia in the coments. This is the work of FRÉDÉRIC TACER who, according to his website, is a 22 year old design student at National College of Arts and Design Olivier de Serres in Paris. Looks like Frederic has a pretty good start, this certainly doesn’t look like the work of a student, more like a seasoned vet.
Ever since I saw his great 2007 Holiday Card on I’ve been waiting to see more from Gavin Potenza. When I awoke this morning this nice little birthday present waiting for me on FFFOUND. I love the concept and I love the fact that it’s purely a design exercise, which is very fitting considering the name of his site (exploratorydesign.org). As I say in my workshops, that’s when most people will do their best work, when there is no spec, no client, no parameters other than your own. Just you, your imagination, and your tools. As he says on his site, this piece was inspired by Otl Aicher, one can’t really go wrong with that kind of source.
It’s minimalist, reserved design like this that intrigues me more and more these days. To me, modernism is about taking all your ideas about color and type and form and expressing them in the most efficient way possible, which I think is the very core of what we are all trying to do as designers. Also, stamps are awesome, I collected them when I was a kid…along with my obsessive hoarding of any other printed material I could get my hands on. Unfortunately I only had access to boring American stamps so it got boring real quick.
Was talking to the guys from Stereogum today about a design project and they sent me a link to Drive XV, the 15 year Tribute to REM’s Automatic For The People. I remember when Automatic For The People originally came out, it was really something unique at the time, one of my favorites. So apparently Stereogum has designers sort of re-imagine the cover art for the tribute albums and I thought this one came out quite well. Really like the type treatment and minimal approach. You’ll notice that it vaguely follows the form of the original. Bonus: name those fonts
Design aside, the Shout Out Louds’ tribute to Man On The Moon is superb, have a listen below. I hear some Paul Simon Graceland in that chorus, anyone else?
Shout Out Louds – Man On The Moon
Found this on Mahogany’s Myspace page yesterday. Really nice, unfortunately this is the biggest version they had posted, if anyone has a higher rez copy please send.
Design is alive and well in Prague. There seems to be a very strong street poster scene there and unlike in San Francisco, the posters are actually well designed. I am not sure if this is a function of the fact that most designers in California are busy at agencies doing web design or that Prague just happens to produce great print designers. Whatever the case may be, it was great to be able to walk around and observe my favorite design medium in it’s natural habitat: pasted up on walls and poles, wet, decaying, torn, and looking magnificent. The great part is that no one seems to be taking down older posters so in some places the posters were stacked almost two inches thick. Some of the front layers would be torn away exposing layer after layer of old posters beneath, amazing stuff.
After going though all the shots from Prague I realized how many I had to posters so I decided to split the post off into two parts. I will be posting the other shots from Prague tomorrow.
Was at the beach today listening to Schneider TM’s "Zoomer". It was a beautifully sunny day here in San Francisco, made it a little easier to cope with the reality of being home. The cover of this album is pretty interesting, well designed overall, the collage works to good effect, but I think a bit more time could have been spent on the type treatment.
Schneider TM – "Reality Check"