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17 May 1
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LetterMpress: A virtual letterpress for iPad

Under - Design, Technology, Typography

This is one of those exciting apps that you’d love to have as a designer. It allows you to experience the art and craft of letterpress printing on the iPad.


LetterMpress

The LetterMpress project has already generated well over required amount of funding on Kickstarter.com to acquire collections of authentic wood type and vintage “cuts” to add to their library.

LetterMpress will be a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using authentic vintage wood type and art cuts. And you can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications.

So why bother re-creating what’s considered to be an obsolete process for the new technology of the iPad?

Actually, a letterpress and an iPad operate similarly when it comes to manipulating objects in a composition. Just like placing blocks of wood type on a surface, you drag the type images across the iPad, and then move them around to create your design. This is why the iPad would make an ideal platform for people to experience the creative aspects of letterpress and typography.

19 April 4
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Illustrations by Hugh D’Andrade

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

Hugh D’Andrade is famously indiscriminate about the uses of his art. It has appeared on book covers, magazine spreads, rock posters, Burning Man paraphernalia, board games, as well as the occasional t-shirt and skateboard. His greatest ambition in life is to project his mental images into the minds of innocent people everywhere.

A few of the places you may have seen Hugh’s art: rock posters for Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, the Avett Brothers and Joan Jett; book covers for Penguin, Houghton-Mifflin, and Harper Collins; illustration annuals from Communication Arts (on the cover!), American Illustration, Creative Quarterly and the Society of Illustrators.

Hugh also likes to hang his art on clean, white gallery walls when he gets a chance.





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9 March 2
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An intriguing synthesis of art, design and typography by Robert Rebotti

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Typography

Here comes incredibly inspiring mixed media artwork by Capri, Italy based artist, illustrator and graphic designer Robert Rebotti. His richly colored work with an intriguing synthesis of art, design and typography has appeared in many publications and exhibitions across Europe and North America. Robert also writes graphic and visual design articles for magazines besides teaching visual communication at a school in Capri.








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8 February 7
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Doodling and drawing to Graphic Design

Under - Design, Illustration, Typography

Rupinder Singh is a passionate graphic designer from India. He graduated in Media Science from NSHM School of Media and Communication with specialization in Advertisement and Public Relations. Rupinder works freelance and runs a design blog 365 Concepts where he shares his latest projects and inspirations.

My interest in graphic designing began back in my childhood days, when I was fascinated by the amazing world of design. I used to check magazine covers, movie posters and print advertisements and always wondered how they came up with such interesting ideas and designs. Doodling and drawing were always in my list of hobbies. One of my earliest rendezvous with art and design was at the age of 5, when I was awarded by the certificate of merit in ‘All-India Camel Colouring Contest, 1992’.

Along the way I realized that graphic designing is the most effective and powerful way of expressing ideas, thoughts and views.


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23 January 2
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Letterpress Amy

Under - Art, Design, Media, Technology

Letterpress Amy by Fish & Crown:

Short documentary on Amy and her Green Girl Press. Old school hand printing is still alive.

23 November Share your
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Yet another HERO by Fontfabric

Under - Design, Resources, Typography

Fontfabric launched another high quality font for free. HERO is applicable to any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics etc and perfect for t-shirts and other items like posters and logos.

Fontfabric is an independent type foundry that was launched in 2008 by Sofia, Bulgaria based designer Svetoslav Simov.

8 October 5
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GAP logo redesign: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Under - Advertising, Design, Media, Typography

Gap unveiled their new logo few days back that nobody seems to like – designers to consumers alike. I’m completely stunned to see this redesign getting approved and released for a brand that took more than 20 years to build and doing business over billions of dollars a year!

Gap logo redesign

Gap logo redesign - before (left) and after (right)

The redesign not only looks unprofessional but ridiculous and non-serious as well from a company that already owns owned an iconic symbol. It appears to be a quick comp in MS Word by someone without a sense of direction, confidence and leadership.

Logo redesign is closely aligned with branding and any negativity around brand symbol sure hurts businesses very hard. Gap is now trying to engage with the consumers for suggestions to avoid the continued backlash around this redesign which took place in the name of ‘modernisation’.

On Brand New website, an overwhelming majority of 90% visitors voted this evolution as ‘bad’.

Gap vote

Good.is published an article applying the Gap redesign approach to some well-known logos which shows how simple it is to destroy years’ hard work.

23 September 6
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Coloring the ‘Migrant Mother’

Under - Art, Design, My Musings, Photography

Migrant Mother

There were three things (among several) that I really wanted to do for some time:

  1. Colorize a black and white photo (that I’ve never done before)
  2. Give Recolored a try and
  3. Start using my Wacom A5 tablet that I bought a year ago for sketching and never got the time to actually use it

So, having combined all of these into one task, I picked up the iconic photograph of Migrant Mother for this, taken by Dorothea Lange in 1936 during the Great American Depression, which I also mentioned few days back.

The thing that I wanted to avoid in this exercise is to have that artificial look-n-feel that we normally get to see when a black and white photograph is converted into color. Also, rather than just adding colors to make this photograph look like a real color-photo, my objective would be to capture the essence of this photo in colors and retain it. This can be done by using a color palette that is not overpowering and simply complement the original image.

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6 September 11
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Fabien Barral: When design just happen!

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Media, Typography

When you want to see art and graphic design together in perfect harmony, look at Fabien Barral’s work. Playful colours, intriguing textures, shapes and typography – it is refreshing, inspiring and very tastefully done. I wanted to learn about the person behind these amazing designs so I thought to ask Fabien a few questions.

First of all let’s talk about you, where are you based and everyday life?
I am Fabien Barral and I live in France. I used to work from my country house located in the middle of France for the past 8 years but moved back in the south last year… just to move again to another house last month because it is in the middle of an organic vineyard with a large garden. I can go to my daughter’s school by foot and have a larger office that I ever had! I am a freelance designer for almost 4 years now, before that I worked as an art director for 6 years in an agency.

You have a very distinct style which tells me that design is more than a job to you. Where it all started to become what it is now?
It has always been like that – it did not start, it was in my DNA. I never had any talent in drawing… just ask me something to simply reproduce with a pencil and it would look terrible!!! This was frustrating when I was a child, so I started cutting out magazines and do comps with them. My mother showed me those comps the other day, funny !! Later, I started playing with Xerox. Then computer came in my life and I could express myself… but not with computer alone, with all the images I liked and could get hold of in second hand book markets, things that could be textures, and made my images to look what they are. My wife Frédérique does amazing watercolours, textures and other shapes and stuff I use in my work… so yes, it is not a job, it is an everyday living philosophy.

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3 September Share your
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The State of The Internet by JESS3

Under - Design, Illustration, Media, Motion Graphics


JESS3 designed and animated this for the JESS3 lecture at AIGA Baltimore in Feb 2010.