With the academic year upon us this blog will hopefully get many new additions over the next few months.
At the same time we are also branching out – however with a slightly modified mission, although design education is still our primary goal. This new endeavor is targeted to provide inspiration to our students by putting together the incredible amount of related material that is available on facebook pages. So, our aim with this page is not to showcase design work per se – although we will of course be doing that as well, from time to time; but rather to collect visual material that will give our students and ourselves “ideas.” That may make us think, or laugh, or help us make new connections, or broaden our horizons.
The content available on Facebook in this regard is quite extraordinary, and we have already put down a sampling of the type of content that we will be focusing. So, if you are on facebook yourself, please view and “like” our page to get our updates here:
I had actually checked out issuu a long time ago but had never really uploaded anything. Today, the hung-over aftermath of a somewhat raucous New Year’s Eve, seemed to be a good time to play around with something like this. I have uploaded a few things and particularly this one presentation from 2005 which I have always rather liked and which I have never posted anywhere (image above is the link).
Issuu seems to be great, except for a few things to pay attention to: Do not use solid dark backgrounds. Black does look good – nice and shiny, but dark grays give you the most god awful moire effect. Sometimes the conversion takes forever, and there is no rhyme or reason for it that I could make out, larger files may take less than smaller stuff. Another problem is that whatever format you may choose, you seem to end up with a flip book – or at least I did. Then again, I have not checked out all of the options yet. And finally, something assembled out of landscape formatted pages looks much better than portrait type pages stuck together since rather than go by the width/height of your original upload file, Issuu seems to fit things to the screen widthwise, so anything which is too high looks really huge and clumsy.
But, all in all, it is quite a cool place to publish stuff.
Excellent collection of 20th century Graphic Design, particularly International Typographic Style.
Two CI systems by Massimo Vignelli from Alki1’s Flickr.
This is on of the best portals of web design available online. They also have huge collection of completely free huge sized wallpapers which the designers of the featured websites design.
A very beautiful combination of Typography and Data Visualization is Crystal hy-map created by David Bihanic from the University of Paris/Pantheon Sorbonne.
Beyond this the portal Visual Complexity is a treasure trove of information visualization and design hybrid projects. Definitely check it out. You will find much to inspire you here.
Stuck with what to do next?
Select a color.
Start thinking visually around it.
Go to tumblr., start a visual blog: http://red.onehue.com/
Such is the wonderful world of search results on google that in an inadvertent manner it helped me locate something that I was looking for and the name of which I had forgotten. When Murat posted tag galaxy on the arts and computation blog I was immediately reminded of a stunning data visualization project on Flickr. But try as I might I could not remember what it was called. And then I woke up one morning to find that someone, somewhere in the world had conducted a search using the terms “flickr information visualization” and had found us. However number one on the search results was Time Graphs, which was the piece that I was looking for!
So here it is: Ladies and gentlemen, Time Graphs!
Doctor’s orders: Make one every day!
Young Designers seeking inspiration, 2nd year students testing the (to you still) ice-cold waters of typography: Don’t miss Word Boner! Shows you how you can create your daily content just out of visualizing spoken words!!!
tumblr. blogs filled with minimalistic doodles/illustrations. I loved them! Start yours! Like now!
The Doodle Book:
A Beastie Day
And some not so “doodly” – also very nice…
And here’s another one, Tihn Toun:
Nokia has made some really great collaborations with artists. Definitely check it out here!
Read more here.
Here is a list of some cool design and typography pools at Flickr you should join and start posting your work to:
Experimental Graphic Design
Design & Typography
:: Graphic Design & Typography ::
International Typographic Style
international graphic design
Graphic Design Blog – You the Designer
Please do not be shy and do this. Maybe start off with some of the less ambitious ones at first and then proceed to the more sophisiticted ones at a later time, when you have more accomplishments as yound designers.
You will hopefully get good comments and feedback, which will help improve your work for sure.