T H E B L O G
I've decided to use this page as an informal opportunity to share anything and everything that I find interesting in the world of design - from TED talks I've enjoyed, exhibitions I've visited, and works I admire, to innovative concepts, niche creatives, and everything in between. Hopefully you can find some inspiration, and if there's anything you'd like to share with me, feel free to email me or contact me through Instagram!
08.04.20 // #100
Designer Virosh Rangalla had identified that all multi tools were designed for outdoorsmen, sporting military aesthetics. He wanted to do something different, creating a multi tool for the urban environment that would be approachable to all.
The full project shows his inspiration, ideation, development, and lots of great final visuals. Check it out HERE
08.04.20 // #099
Kollar is a fastener-less stool for the modern urban environment, designed to be easily put together and taken apart for storage in small spaces. I really like the blend of light natural wood with vivid accent colours, it reminds me of some great scandinavian housing and lighting design.
Check out the full project HERE
WAD X BRISSEAUX
07.04.20 // #098
There's not a whole lot to say about this one. I came across this project on Behance and the bright colours and wacky style instantly grabbed my attention. I've grown to really like the digital drawing on real life photo aesthetic - I posted art of a similar style by another artist on this blog a while back - and I'm going to play around with it once I've submitted all my projects at the end of the month.
07.04.20 // #097
I came across this cool signage project on Behance, it was done by Rai Botey for the headquarters of a large insurance company. I really liked how the 3D signage elements became a properly integrated, thought through part of the interior design of the space, rather than a stuck on afterthought like many signage appears to be. The flat graphics keep the same visual style as the the 3D work, ensuring consistency throughout the building. Overall, I think it's a really well done project, thinking a bit outside of the box, while still appearing professional and serious enough to maintain confidence in the insurance brand it represents.
06.04.20 // #096
As the current coronavirus crisis worsens, hospitals are calling for outside help. One of the resources that is increasingly needed is ventilators. After Elon Musk had a conversation with the mayor of New York on the topic, Tesla began working ona ventilator themselves. This short video is filmed by the engineers working on the project and they run through how their design uses as many car parts as possible to reduce the stress on the supply chain for other ventilator manufacturers as well as a more in depth explanation of what parts they use. It was really interesting to see how they've repurposed parts so quickly and it's definitely worth the short watch!
06.04.20 // #095
This quick Vox video highlights the issue of design not being obvious to users. The story is focused on doors, but the insights can be applied to design of any kind. It features input from the 99% invisible podcast - a podcast I've ben meaning to start - as well as Don Norman, the man that literally wrote the book on badly designed doors (and other things). If you've got a spare 5 minutes, check it out.
05.04.20 // #094
Japanese design firm Nendo have just completed a striking stairway house in Tokyo. The main feature of the house, unsurprisingly, is the huge stairway that starts from well outside the building and spans up the three stories inside. The house is built for three different generations living with each other, with an older couple on the ground floor and a young couple and child occupying the top floors; The stairway unites the three generations inside the house. Read the short Hypebeast aricle to hear more about the project and see more views.
Check out the article HERE
01.04.20 // #093
I first heard of the material Aymeric Renoud created when he came to speak at an industry talk I attended. Put simply, he combines the by-products and waste from the process of various alcohol production with some eco-friendly resin to create the solid, sustainable material shown in the photo - he names it Draff. I'm now looking into the material as part of my collaborative project with Aberlour whisky, and I'll try my hand at getting in contact with Aymeric directly. For a more complete story of Draff, check out an article by the V&A museum.
Check out the V&A post HERE
31.03.20 // #092
French design studio Platform shared a their take on a razor. It has very sleek, minimal aesthetic and comes in a range of recycled plastic finished. One of the comments stated that although it looks great, it doesn't seem like it would work very well. I have to agree, as the handle points away from the blade and theres doesn't seem to be any hinge or flexing mechanism, both of which could lead to some very awkward wrist movements to get the right angle.
CHIRON TO CHIRON
30.03.20 // #091
Specialist automotive videographer Al Clark created a great little video to showcase how he and his team filmed a famous shot of the Bugatti Chiron accelerating from 0kph to 400kph and back to 0kph. The origional video was a huge hit when it was first released in 2017, and there has been a long discussion on if the shot was filmed with a car, plane, or cable contraption. These theories have finally been put to rest, and Al explains the intricacies of the shoot, as well as some unforeseen hurdles.
SEAN WOTHERSPOON'S AIR MAX
29.03.20 // #090
A video recently came up on my feed that documents the process Sean Wotherspoon went through when he won a competition to have his shoe design made by Nike. My favourite part by far is from 3 minutes 35 seconds until 7 minutes 35 seconds, where we get to watch the discussion between Sean and his team on what styles, colours, and materials to go for. Hearing the back and forth conversations and seeing the ideas that sprung from unexpected inspiration was fascinating. If you don't watch the full 30 minute video, definitely watch the 4 minute part mentioned earlier as it is well worth it!
FRIENDLY APP DESIGN
28.03.20 // #089
I'm currently designing an app that will make the process of ordering food, and trusting it, for those with dietary restrictions. A big focus on the aesthetic of the app is creating a feel that is fun, friendly, and inviting, but still serious enough to be trustworthy. This concept for a meat delivery app on Behance was a great starting point for me, as the colur scheme was fun and exciting, but it still had a strong sense of purpose and reasoning.
27.03.20 // #088
I came across this video of James Dyson introducing his new product, some hair straighteners. Before he got to the new product, he ran through a quick demo of some of his existing product, and his passion for creating a genuinely great product stood out to no end. He goes into depth on the enginering behind the new technology, and I was surprised at just how much they revealed in regards to their prototyping and testing processes - it was fascinating. Working on a product with Dyson is definitely on my bucket list and I'm excited to see what product or sector the brand manages to revolutionize next.
26.03.20 // #087
Tobias Van Schneider has released a short article on why designers should work at a companies not renowned for their design, rather than the already estblished design-giants. It's a short, but insightful read.
Read the article HERE
25.03.20 // #086
Cargobot is a shipping and carrier company that recently had a full rebrand by 'h3l Branding'. This project has arguably the widest variety of branding out of any project I've shared thus far. The branding includes logo design, app and website design, clothing design, stationary branding, store layouts, transport branding, and more. It's got a bold colour scheme and very modern typeface to help it stand out and build a recognisable aesthetic.
24.03.20 // #085
I saw this branding project for a sushi restaurant on Behance. I think what grabbed me was the blend simple shapes with the rather detailed fish visuals. It doesn't seem like it should work, but for me it absolutely does! The colours and shapes are used consistently throughout the logo, menu, packaging, and other objects.
23.03.20 // #084
I came across a video of a man in Kenya who makes footwear from old tyres. I ended up finding the video oddly relaxing, but the craftmanship with the relative lack of resources astounded me. Using little more than a blade, a hammer, some nails, and a rock, the craftsman manages to turn an otherwise useless tyre into a custom piece of footwear. Check out the video!
22.03.20 // #083
So, there's a global pandemic going on right now, if you hadn't noticed. 'Kurzgesagt' created a great video, with some great visuals, on what the Coronavirus is and what you should do. I highly recommend giving it a watch.
Also - Wash your hands, don't panic buy, self-isolate as much as you can!
21.03.20 // #082
I came across a branding project for Sapp, a Birch water drinks brand. Their branding was rrally attractive to me, with the minimal illustrations grabbing my eye, but not looking cluttered on the bottle or fighting for space with the text. The illustration is the same on each bottle, but different colours make it immediately apparent that there are different flavours under the unified brand. All the colours are bold and punchy, grabbing what I assume is a younger target audience. The illustration style is consistent through the packaging, social media, and print adverts, and I'm a fan of it all!
20.03.20 // #081
Behance shared this work on their Twitter page - If you know me (or look through these posts to see the correlation) then you'll realise that car illustrations seem to grab my eye more than illustrations of anything else. The work was done by two Brazilian artists for the Grand Prix being held in Brazil in 2019.
19.03.20 // #080
I came across this poster for the Texas Longhorns on Twitter and I really loved how bold and punchy it was. I'm definitely going to have a go creating posters like this for the sports club I'm in! On the surface, it looks like it could be straight forward to keep the sme layout and just alter the text, colours, logo, and photos (I might need to stage a few photos to get the right look!). Time will tell, either way this will finally get me to properly learn Photoshop!
18.03.20 // #079
'Peel' is a portable battery that aims to solve the issue of people forgetting cables and running out of charge on their devices. The device is a portable battery, but with built in cables to connect to your devices, and a built in wall plug, meaning you can charge your devices, and Peel itself, with no added components. The design reminds me of the Google Pixel 2 for some reason, something about the white contrasting with a bold pastel colour instantly reminded me of the 2017 smartphone. The full project has some great renders and more information on specs and materials.
17.03.20 // #078
I'm going througha bit of an obsession with retro designs at the moment, and this retro reinvention of Pepsi-Cola's branding really grabbed my attention. The punchy colours catch your eye instantly and all the subtlyties of the text and patterns make me nostalgic for an era I wasn't even alive in!
Check out the full project, including flat label designs and packaging mockups, HERE
16.03.20 // #077
This served as a nice case study for label design, and I was able to analyse the heirarchy of the text in depth as there was lots going on. The label includes lots of different text application methods to differentiate different wording, this includes embossing, debossing, gold foil, and regular print.
The full project includes a range of CAD mockups and final product and it's interesting to see how the different techniques look in CAD compared to real life.
15.03.20 // #076
I'm a big advocate for product having multiple uses, one example of this isthe flashlight lamp that i came across on Behance. The concept is simple, it's a bedside lamp, but the lighting element is a small torch magnetically attached to the frame. In an emergency, or if the user just wants a torch, the user can simply pull it out of the base and have a portable light source. Unfortunately, the project doen't describe the details of how the torch is powered when not connected to the lamp base, so some more technical details would have been ideal.
14.03.20 // #075
The icon clock is the result of James Bury's desire to create the most miimal clock possible. Omitting all numbers and markings, the clock features 3 hands of the same length, but with varying width to differentiate between the seconds, minutes, and hours hands. I like the radical rethinking of a product that is normally relatively similar in all designs, and I think the bold design choices have paid off.
13.03.20 // #074
The Beosound Balance is a compact speaker designed by Layer Design for Bang and Olufsen. They used primarily timber and textiles for the exterior, creating a great aesthetic that is minimal but stilll grabs the eye. The full project on Behance shows some great tenders, and most interesting to me - some great insight into the quality of their prototypes. Seeing the high fidelity prototypes at a studio of this calibre was really interesting to me, and the bar has been set high!
12.03.20 // #073
Theta is a multi use appliance that is attached directly to the wall. The primary function is a movable mirror, but there is also a tray to store items and a handle to hang other objects on. The Behance project shows a nice development of inspiration to sketches to final project, and the final renders beautifully show off the different ways to use the product.
PORTABLE TEA SET
11.03.20 // #072
Seoul based Momentum Studio have designed a tea set aimed at the younger generation. Noting that their target market tends to travel and enjoy the outdoors more than theire predecessors, Momentum studio created an easily transportable set for this new demographic. The set includes a kettle, teacups, pottery, and tea tray, all encased in a minimal, stylish carrying case.
I really like that every element has been designed to connect to another, saving space and making the package as a whole more secure when being transported. The aesthetic is clean and simple, but there is visible inspiration from the history of pottery in that region.
THE BEAUTIFUL LOSER
10.03.20 // #071
This is the first project I've seen from INK Studio, a studio that specialises in CGI, and I've quickly become a big fan. This was part of their 'Plain Bodies' series where they recreate iconic race cars from history, but without the liveries we are used to seeing on them. Stripping the cars back to white really showcases the intricate detail and flowing form that can sometimes be masked or disquised by a livery.
09.03.20 // #070
The thing that drew me to this project was the colour. Something about the green grabbed me - bold but understated, loud but not in-your-face, I became an instant fan. I'm thankful I did click on it, because it turned out to be a great project. Designer Jaewon Yeo did a great job showcasing his inspiration, sketches, prototypes, and final images so that the viewer can get a grat insight into his thought process and how he went from A to B.
Check out the project on Behance HERE
08.03.20 // #069
This post is a combination of coincidences. This is my 69th blog post, and it is about the 69th episode of Hypebeast's 'The business of hype' podcast. I've chosen to use Joshua Vides as the focus of a collaboration for a whisky brand, but despite studying every single shred of content about Vides on the internet, from Instagram posts to magazine features, I did not have enough information on him. Until now that is, the podcast interviewing Vides has dropped and I have 79 minutes of content to disect to better understand him. That's 4740 seconds where I can better understand his values, work ethic, and goals and feed that back into my work to make this project the best it can be. To say I was ecstatic when I saw the podcast release is an understatement.
Check out the podcast HERE
07.03.20 // #068
The debate about who has the right to repair their own property has been raging for a while now. I've seen cases of owners being upset about how large corporations have made it unneccesarily difficult for them to repair their devices, but despite the countless cases around iPhones and somewhat fewer cases around Teslas, this is the first time I've heard the topic shift towards tractors. Vice's short documentary looks into how farmers have been pushed to hack their own tractors to avoid the slow and extremely expensive route of officially repairing their equiptment. Check out the video to hear the interesting perspectives.
06.03.20 // #067
To better understand how I can integrate a brand collaboration into one of my current projects, I looked into how companies have successfully co-branded previously. I found an article from The Dieline showcasing 15 unexpected collaborations that they loved. There were some great examples, but one that stood out to me was a collaboration between fast-food chain Arby's and eyewear company Warby Parker. They released a limited rebrand in select locations of their co-brand 'WArby's' on April Fools Day. The light hearted stunt successfully created interest and media coverage for both companies, and goes to show that a project doesn't have to be super serious to be successful.
See the full list HERE
05.03.20 // #066
When I woke up this morning my Twitter feed was largely filled with one thing - the BMW rebrand. The German car manufacturer has rebranded for the first time in 20 years, and has controversially removed the outer black ring for the first time. Like many other companies, they have gone for a flat look to carry their brand into the future. Unfortunately most of the feedback I have seen has been extremely negative, with the majority of people saying it looks rushed and sloppy. Admittedly, I don't exactly think the implementation of the logo on BMW's digital platforms has been as good as it could have been - The background images they have used to highlight the new transparent outer ring have left much to be desired. On the other hand, I do really like the look of the badge on an actual car, with the embossed details bringing the whole badge together - It's just a shame that BMW have said it won't be used on their production cars, leaving me to feel like this rebrand is somewhat half-hearted.
04.03.20 // #065
YouTuber Satori Graphics created this video sharing 8 free resources he recommends. Watch the whole video to see them all in action but I'll link my favourites below to save you some time!
04.03.20 // #064
Car manufacturer Koenigsegg have just revealed their new model - the Gemera. I can safely say it's unlike any other car on the market, the four seater, hybrid mega-car can reach 250mph and do 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds. While the stats are incredible, there were a few design elements that stood out to me during the interview of Christian Von Koenigsegg, the founder of the company. One interesting design choice was the doors, where they made one massive door that opens to reveal both rows of seats. They chose to not have any door handle however, as they discovered removing it would take away a viewers sense of scale, and improve the aesthetic of the vehicle.
Watch the full video to hear Christian Von Koenigsegg explain all the nuances of the vehicle in a way I never could!
ADIDAS X PARLEY
04.03.20 // #063
Adidas and Parley have announced a new collaboration where they are once again creating a shoe that uses plastic from the oceans to create the material used on the upper section of the shoe. It's also interesting to see how multiple companies come together to make the one product, with Adidas manufacturing the majority of the shoe, Parley using their technology for the recycled plastic yarn, and Continental tyres making the rubber base.
Check out the post from Hypebeast HERE
04.03.20 // #062
Recently, the Red Cross had to step in and stop Australian TV show 'Q and A' from using their new rebrand. The new logo changed the ampersand to a plus, and due to their colour scheme, this resulted in a red cross being placed on a white background. Unfortunately for Q+A, a red cross on a white background is protected under international humanitarian law to maintain the power of the symbol. Q+A obliged, flipping the colours, but changing the white to grey, as a white cross on a red background would also have breached the same law.
Read the full article HERE
THE SECRET TO DESIGNING GREAT PRODUCTS
03.03.20 // #061
This is another nice article from Tobias Van Schneider, this time he shares some insights on how he and his team tackle a project. He lays out their rough plan, and highlights the importance of tackling the big parts first and focusing on the details to keep the team motivated.
It's a very quick read, check it out HERE
SKETCHING IS A CONVERSATION
02.03.20 // #060
I can't actually remember how I came across this video but it's a a good little (1 minute) clip of designer Michael DiTullo expressing his thoughts. Even though the video is only a minute long, it provided me with some lovely pull quotes. My favourite lines were:
"If I could learn how to draw anything then I could communicate anything, and if I could communicate anything then I could design anything"
"I never wanted my ability to communicate an idea to be a barrier to the types of ideas I had"
"A rendering or a CAD drawing is a statement, but a sketch is a conversation"
SLEW'S CUSTOM CANVAS
02.03.20 // #059
I've posted another SLEW video previously, but I couldn't resist sharing this one. I love his style, whether it's acrylic on canvas or spray paints, but these pieces took things to the next level when he worked on a custom canvas shaped to one of his character designs. During the video he does a great job at explaining his thought process, and gives a short but detailed explenation on the colour values he is using and how he uses rules for lighting within his art. Check it out!
01.03.20 // #058
The Dewdrop is a water purifier that takes inspiration from the leaves of plants as they collect dew in the morning. The product stands as a nice bit of biomimicry - a design style where products take inspiration from natural elements that achieve results designers want to replicate. The design was also made to take up minimal space, reflecting the fact that many potential buyers will have small kitchens that can't afford to have large, elaborate, or bulky water systems. Like the previous project I posted about, this post does a great job of showing a process, with initial sketches, written justifications, and final renders/photos all being included.
01.03.20 // #057
The Keling air cleaner for kitchens was designed by Kikang Kim, made with the intention of absorbing fine dust generated during cooking and emitting clean air. The full post on Behance does a great job of breaking down the full design process, showing everything from moodboards, initial sketches, and lots and lots and lots of beutiful renders!
01.03.20 // #056
I am a big fan logos and illustrations that cleverly use negative space. One example of this isBodea Daniel's series of logos titled 'Negative yet positive animals', which I discovered today. The full post showcases 10 different animals, all drawn in black and white and all utilising negative space in a smart manner.
Check out the post HERE
29.02.20 // #055
There's not a whole lot to dive into for this one; I'm trying to improve my sketches and I came across a post on Behance from Prathyush Devadas, I think the fact that cars were involved made them jump out me that little bit more. The full post shows sketches and renders in lots of different styles, the range of styles gives me plenty to study and possibly replicate in future.
Check out the full post HERE
REDESIGNING OLYMPIC LOGOS
29.02.20 // #054
This was a fun little video I watched on a break where Zimri Mayfield challenged himself to redesign a selection of Olympic logos. He is extremely energetic throughout the whole video which makes him stand out from a lot of monotone design videos I've seen in the past. While I didn't agree with all the decisions he made, it is always interesting to see other people's approach to challenges. He does a great job of explaining why he does what he does, which makes it easier to understand his perspective and work out if you agree with his choices or not. If you have a spare 10 minutes, give it a watch!
29.02.20 // #053
I'm fascinated by the stories of both Kanye West and Virgil Abloh and I think it's fair to say that they are both inspirations of mine, but I was never aware of their rivalry and desire for the same job - The artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton. This video came up on my feed and I couldn't resist the 20 minute watch. Creator 'JakeZeeman' does a great job of breaking down their backstories, explaining their journeys, and showing what things lead to. I highly recommend giving it a watch!
28.02.20 // #052
I've spent the day fixing my headphones and replacing the earcups so it seems quite fitting that I also make a post about headphones. This is yet another project I've come across on behance, this time by a designer called Brian Jones. The project is focused on the packaging for 'Human Headphones', a stylish, minimal headphone with a very unique and futuristic aesthetic. The project has some great photography and theres' a really nice breakdown of the different packaging elements.
POP ART LIVERY
28.02.20 // #051
As I'm honing in on a design style for my work with DRIVE Dundee, I cam across this pop art livery that was run at the Daytona 24 hour endurance race. The design was made by Andy Blackmore and he spoke with the between racing lines blog about how this extremely unique project came about.
Read the interview HERE
It was really interesting to hear about how one of his shortest projects became one of his most successful, it just goes to show that any project can lead to a designers big break.
27.02.20 // #050
Ueno is a "full service design agency" that specialises in creating digital products, branding, and experiences. They run an advice column where users can submit questions and get them answered direct from Ueno themselves. They were asked about what their design process is like and Sasha Lubomirsky, Executive Creative Director at Ueno SF, replied with a comprehensive answer. It's a relatively long read compared to previous links I've shared, but I found it extremely useful and it was very interesting to get such a detailed breakdown of how a top agency operates. Check out the full column HERE.
My key takeaway was to have structure and have a plan, but to still be prepared to adapt as no two briefs will be the same, Lubomirsky said early on in the column"Process gives us trusted and time-tested ways to do good work, but in reality every project is so different that being wedded to a specific process doesn’t make sense".
27.02.20 // #049
Logo design is something I've been trying to get into more and more, and I certainly have a lot to improve on. One of the best ways to improve logo design skills is simply by looking at examples. I came across Ilya Gorchaniuk's logofolio on Behance, showcasing some of his best logo work in the last 5 years. While it would have been nice to get some context for each logo, it was still very useful to see how he had blended different elements of the brand/product to create unique and memorable logos.
Check out the full logofolio HERE
26.02.20 // #048
Tobias Van Schneider has put out an article on a new portfolio trend he is "hesitantly enjoying", this trend - the now page. It's a simple page that lists what you are currently doing, with the idea that it should be updated regularly to keep viewers of your portfolio up to date and in the loop. Check out Van Schneider's article for all the benifits of the now page. Come back to my portfolio to see mine as I'll be making mine live in the coming days!
Check out the article HERE
Check out his now page HERE
26.02.20 // #047
James Gilleard is an illustrator animator that creates artwork with heavy inspiration from vintage film, posters, and photography. I discovered his automotive illustrations (some of which I put into this quick GIF), but he does a variety of other works including architecture illustrations and film posters.
Check out his portfolio HERE
25.02.20 // #046
Hybeast followed Blondey McCoy to find out a little bit about his lifestlye, journet, and thinking. It was interesting to hear how he never really decided to be what he is now, as he naturally fell into being a model, designer, skateboarder, and everything else he could be labelled as. I still don't know much about his brand, Thames, or his story as a whole, so I'll look into him a bit further in the coming days as he seems like a fascinating person who's really made the most of their "fuck it" attitude. Anyway, check out the video because it's an interesting, quick, and easy watch!
25.02.20 // #045
As I'm narrowing down my ideas for my whisky packaging project, I found myself increasingly interested in using illustrations to showcase the story of the brand. This is something that whisky brand Jonnie Walker does whenever they open a new house. For every new location, a limited edition set of Dutch-inspired porcelain bottles are created and they feature illustrations that show the journey Johnnie Walker has taken to get to that particular location. In my research, I came across this design TJ Nicklin decided to create for a hypothetical Californian edition and I love how it turned out!
25.02.20 // #044
As this is my 44th blog post, I felt the need to relate it to my sporting idol Lewis Hamilton, who races with the number 44. In what must be fate, I found this illustration by TJ Nicklin through his Behance page when I was looking at a packaging design he created (this will be my next post, so look forward to that!) and knew I had to share it. I really like how he conveyed the fact that there are real humans under those helmets, something people seem to forget when there is a worrying lack of concern when a driver crashes or when they hurl abuse online, not realising their words can affect these mighty drivers too. The design is both quite clean and simple, but with a lot of details being displayed in the centre (the 44, the tyre smoke, etc.).
24.02.20 // #043
Wakey is an all-in-one bedside speaker designed by Jean Tan. I love the simplicity of a product that does such a wide variey of actions, including a wireless charging spot for your phone, a clock, and a speaker (obviously).
23.02.20 // #042
This futuristic looking contraption is actually a brace designed to compress the chest of the user over time. It was designed for those with Pectus carinatum, a chest deformity that affects 1 in 400 children. Existing braces had not evolved or improveved since the 20th century, they were bulky, intrusive, movement-limiting, and hard to cover up. This brace was designed to solve those issues using modern materials and innovative mechanisms to "create a more comfortable, clinically effective and discrete solution". This product really resonated with me and my design values, using design to create a solution to improve lives.
IT'S ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE
22.02.20 // #041
Tobias Van Schneider once again shares his wisdom through his DESK blog, this time on the topic of creativity, and specifically what can kill it. A line that really stuck with me from the article was "Few things kill creativity faster than fear", and this has been prevelant in my experiences, be it fear of looking stupid, fear of not being understood, or fear of failure.
Read the full article HERE
6 IN 6
21.02.20 // #040
This one's a little different; it may be my first post on a subject that is entirely art, rather than design. The video is by an artist known as SLEW, and he challenges himself to do six self portraits in six days to improve his acrylic painting skills. I really admire the drive to improve his craft, even when he's already at a high level and has achieved a admirable level of success. It was extremely insightful to hear him criticise his work as he went along, and it was inspiring to watch him adapt and respond to these issues in the subsequent pieces. I want to do something along these lines with product sketching as that is the biggest area I want to improve on currently.
21.02.20 // #039
Another bottle packaging post (I'll switch things up soon, maybe)! I've not been able to find much information on this project, but by the looks of things, it's a concept design for a nature inspired vodka. There's something about the overlapping of simple shapes that appeals to me, and the typography on the main label is on point too. One comment I saw that I did agree with is that the bottle cap could match the wood on the label for a more consistant look, but other than that it's a hugely impressive design.
20.02.20 // #038.5
This is a continuation of the previous post, but I found a nice little video for the same project. It uses the same single-line drawings that drew me into the project, but this time they have been used as motion graphics, potentially for an advert.
20.02.20 // #038
I've been putting together moodboards of black and white packaging today and I came across a project with a clean aesthetic that really grabbed me. Stepan Solodkov created this concept for a range of skincare products, named 'elaboratium'. I've seen this type of abstract, single-line drawing used for prints and tattoos previously, but using it on beauty packaging seems to be a fantastic way to clearly show that these are beauty products without using photographs like most other beauty packaging. This should help it stand out on the shelves and keep an artistic edge on the competition.
20.02.20 // #037
Portfolio's are a huge part of a creative's identity, but today I came across a portfolio concept unlike anything else I've seen previously: An offline portfolio package. New Zealand based graphic designer Ro Chen developed an entire package that sowcased her work, including a business card, introduction booklet, and a large binded portfolio. I'm a big fan of the minimal aesthetic, and the unique bundle is sure to make her stand out to potential employers.
19.02.20 // #036
After spending most of today looking at inspiration for a racing car livery I'm currently working on, I came across an interesting article about Berzerkdesign, a livery designer who started out creating designs inside videogames as a hobby, and has now turned that into his full time job. He has created liveries for many teams in top motorsport competitions, including the extremely bright livery of the Porsche, which I'm a big fan of.
Check out the full interview HERE
18.02.20 // #035
On a less serious note, this viral video came up on my feed again so I thought it would be fun to share. The video is very well produced and you can't fault the subject matter - who doesn't want to see how to make 18K gold Airpods? While I won't be working with gold or Airpods anytime soon, I certainly want to play around with metals a bit more, so it looks like a trip to the metal foundry is on the cards!
18.02.20 // #034
Chris Rathbone is another artist I've discovered through my involvement in motorsport, his distinct visual style of strong lines grabbed me immediately and I've been a fan ever since. I read a great interview from 'Between Racing Lines' and Chris today, and it was fascinating to learn about his origins and the journey he went through to develop his own recognisable stlyle.
Check out the interview HERE
17.02.20 // #033
As a big fan of fashion, and specifically sneakers, it wasn't long before art by Dan Freebairn (AKA Kickposters) came up on my Twitter feed. As a big fan of minimal illustration styles, I was an instant fan. Since first seeing his work, I've kept up with Dan's work on Twitter and Instagram, and I've even recieved his art in a box of shoes I purchased when he was commisioned by Adidas for the 'Adidas Collect' campaign. Check out his stuff in the relevant links below, his portfolio quickly shows a history of his work, but his Instagram and Twitter show the more recent work as they're being done. Either way, enjoy!
17.02.20 // #032
I first came across this project on Behance, and found myself spending the next hour looking through the creators portfolio. Stephen Kelleher was asked to rethink the brand identity of shoe brand crocs. He managed to successfully keep the brands iconic look while coming up with a much simpler, friendlier looking mark - in my opinion, at least.
16.02.20 // #031
Another post linked to my ongoing packaging project; this time the focus is on branding for Conserva Collective, a range of sustainable soaps and lotions ,by Peltan-Brosz Studio. The packaging is very minimal, with a strong focus on what makes the products so unique, and the labels themselves are made with a textured material that adds depths and makes sure the minimal aesthetic is still interesting. The product shots are also stunning so make sure you scroll through the full project.
Check out the full project on Behance HERE
16.02.20 // #030
This short video from Hypebeast quickly runs through all things Helvetica. It discusses the fonts origins, uses, popularity, and shortcomings. I've been meaning to watch the full length movie on Helvetica for some time now, but until then, this quick video does the trick.
15.02.20 // #029
I'm currently working on a project that involves packaging for a drink, and as a result I've spent a good amount of looking into existing packaging designs and concepts. One concept that stood out was Aleksandr Petukhov's work for Molyaka, a brand of milk aimed at kids. He kept the branding extremely minimal, with the only graphic being a simple doodle that was created by an 18 month old child. This simplicity was impressive, but the strong link between design and target market was inspiring.
Check out the full project HERE.
GIANT FLYING BOATS?
15.02.20 // #028
This 11 minute video from Mustard talks about the crazy rise of flying boats in the 1930's, leading all the way up to proposals of flying cruise ships that would hold over 1000 guests. The subject matter is fascinating, and it's great fun to imagine how different things could be today, but if that doesn't grab you, give it a shot for the sake of the concise narrating and brilliant visuals.
14.02.20 // #027
Today is valentines day, so I thought what could be better than looking through Behance for valentines specific projects. My favourite project was a valentines day advertising campaign for Tidal, the music service, by Ju Schnee. I'm a big fan of flat, minimal illustration style, and Schnee has done this, along with some great colour choices, to perfection. Check out the full project below:
13.02.20 // #026
I've been interested in Virgil Abloh's work for years now, and his recent meteoric rise to fame has been fascinating to watch. This 2017 talk at Harvard's Graduate School of Design offers a great insight into his journey, methodology, and ethos. He talks about his (at the time) ongoing projects with Nike and IKEA, showing behind the scenes photographs and stories from the meetings he was involved in. It's over an hour, but it's well worth sticking on, even as background listening.
10.02.20 // #025
This is a very new area for me, it's a self-driven concept I've never seen before, from a creator I haven't heard of before, on a program I have minimal experience with; nonetheless, the results are fascinating. In this 15 minute video Johnson Ting starts with a single image and blends, distorts, and draws to turn it into an amazing sci-fi character. It's rather long, but there's no commentary so it's super easy to stick it on 2x speed or scrub through as fast as you'd like. I'd love to give this a go in future, but I'll need to learn a few more basics on Photoshop first!
09.02.20 // #024
Jordan Prileszky, AKA Jordan Illustrated, is an artist that creates minimal illustrations of streetwear. He has created a recognisable aesthetic through the use use of simple pallettes, subtle textures, and most notably - omitting facial features from his work. Check out his work on Instagram below.
PAINTING WITH CHAOS
08.02.20 // #023
In this short video, Hypebeast follows Alexandre Farto, AKA VHILS, around his studio to see some of his current experiments and take a peek at his archive. VHILS likes to use "controlled chaos" to create his pieces, experimenting with acids, explosions and power tools to create amazing works of art through his careful destructions of walls, doors, and whatever else he decides to use as his canvas. In the video there are some amazing shots of this destruction at play, with his acid screen prints being particularly intriguing to me.
ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
23.01.20 // #022
Another great article by Tobias Van Schneider, this time on the importance of being direct and asking for what you want. He raises a lot of interesting points mixed with his, and his friends, personal experiences. I'm going to be more direct in future and see how things go. Check out the article below!
10.01.20 // #021
Another video about The Ocean Cleanup, this time a bit longer. Boyan Slat reveals the new vessel the company has developed to tackle the issue of waste in rivers. It's quite long so feel free to skip through at your own pace, it get's particularly interesting when Slat goes onboard to give a tour of the various components that allow the vessel to be as efficient as possible. Enjoy!
05.01.20 // #020
A short film called 'Hors Piste' has recently been released and it has gained critical acclaim immediately. The short follows a pair of rescue pilots as they save an injured skier, with some comical mishaps along the way. The short has no audible dialogue, making it enjoyable for viewers from any location as they cannot be excluded as a result of not understanding the language of the film. It's thoroughly enjoyable, and I highly recommend giving it a watch!
04.01.20 // #019
Apple has one of the most recognisable logo's in the world today, but the minimal symbol hasn't always been this iconic, Creative Bloq runs through 5 interesting facts about Apple's logo in their article.
Check out the article below
FIND YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE
03.01.20 // #018
Matthew Encina made a short (8 minute) video for the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel on finding one's artistic voice. He talks about embracing your identity, developing your creativity, and focusing your energy correctly; All with great examples for how his tips have helped him and worked for others. Check it out!
A POSTER EVERY DAY
03.01.20 // #017
Similar to Re-View in the previous blog, but turned up a notch, artist Magdiel Lopez created a poster every single day for over a year. This level of consistency and creativity is amazing, and it has inspired me to be more involved with creating and posting consistently (this blog is a good example).
Check the full series out on his website and take a look at his Instagram to see a range of his more recent work.
02.01.20 // #016
Re-View is a graphic design project by design studio Two Times Elliott. A poster is created every 7 days based off of that week's most popular Google search. I really like the idea of a self-directed design brief with a consistent theme and consistent deliverables. I'm definitely going to do a similar project of my own, with more of a focus on product design.
I've linked the project and the Instagram of Two Times Elliott below.
02.01.20 // #015
After showcasing the branded animations for Delta Airlines yesterday, I stumbled across a set of amazing illustrations on Behance today; The timing was too good to not share! The work was done by Ahmet Iltas from the creative studio Aniverse, you can view the full project on Behance below.
02.01.20 // #014
Designer Reuben Dangoor has been very clever with the use of lighting and shadows to promote BBC's new Dracula series. The whole billboard links together perfectly, showing just wooden spikes and blood during the day, but with Dracula appearing after sunset, as in the story, thanks to a well-placed light.
Check out Reuben's other work on his Instagram below.
02.01.20 // #013
Another of Creativebloq's top design trends of 2020 is dynamic live data visualisation. One great example of this is the Reimagine The Game project, a collaboration between Siemens and The Economist. For the project, they recorded data during five football games in Germany, mapping changes in sounds in the stadium to see how different fans respond to different moments of the game. They also analysed social media to see how the public, in and out of the stadium, responded to individual players and key plays.
You can see the full project HERE.
02.01.20 // #012
Branded animations will be one of the top design trends of 2020 according to Creativebloq.com. This safety instruction video by Delta Airlines is a great example of large corporate brands using animation to create a new and exciting experience for consumers to absorb information about their brand. The video is visually impressive, dynamic, and most importantly, engaging. On top of this however, it uses a bit of humour to help give Delta a more human appearance and soften the divide between consumer and corporation. Check out the video, it's only 3 minutes ling, but you don't need to watch the whole thing to get the style and concept.
02.01.20 // #011
I stumbled across this project on Behance and was immediately drawn in by the simplicity and powerful typography. Design and branding specialists Redkroft created a strong brand image for Combo, a street food restaurant. Redkroft show their process and some of the behind-the-scenes reasoning for their design choices. They apply the branding on packaging, menus, food trucks, and more; all with the same beautiful end result. Check it out below.
THE OCEAN CLEANUP
01.01.20 // #010
Waste, and specifically plastic waste, is a huge issue we must face head on. Designers can impact the future be creating more resourceful, sustainable, and environmentally friendly products, but something needs to be done about the existing waste.
In this video, CNET spoke with the CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat. He talks about the issues they have faced and their solutions to cleaning up the Pacific Ocean. Most relevant to this blog, however, he talks about their plan to fund the cleanup project by turning the plastic they recover into fully recycled products.
01.01.20 // #009
HAPPY NEW YEAR! As a new year begins, The B1M has compiled a video of the top 20 architectural projects set for completion in 2020. Obviously, the subject is very interesting, but the video is well narrated, contains lots of interesting information, and has some great visuals. If you have a spare 10 minutes, I highly recommend checking it out.
THE ANTI-NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
31.12.20 // #008
As we end the decade and make our new year's resolutions, I found myself reading Tobias Van Schneider's piece on his "anti-new year's resolutions". The basic idea is to focus on exact things you don't want to do in the new year, rather than broad things you'd like to do, which are easy to forget, postpone, and abandon. Tobias lists his 9 resolutions, but my personal favourites are number 6 (stop making excuses) and number 8 (give less fucks). Check out the full article below.
THE WORLD'S MOST COMPLICATED DONUTS
31.12.19 // #007
OK, calling this design related might be a biiiiiit of a stretch, but one of my first posts was about the designer Ornamental Conifer, who happens to be the Art Director at a studio called 'Race Service', who happened to make this cool video. If you're only here for 'serious' design, this might not be the post for you, but if you want to see some nice typography, motion graphics, videography, or just have 3 minutes to enjoy a fun video, check it out!
31.12.19 // #006
I am constantly stunned by the intricacy and painstaking detail that goes into designing Formula 1 cars. They are simultaneously works of art and engineering marvels, and one of my favourite ways to see this is from the brilliant drawings by Giorgio Piola.
He's one of the last journalists to take photos and hand draw the detailed views of the cars, rather than switching to CAD models. His drawings show the smallest changes and iterations of car parts as they develop throughout the year, sometimes including split views to show even more detail behind the design. I definitely need to practice my drawing so that my product drawings can get a little closer to this!
31.12.19 // #005
After discovering Ornamental Conifer(Nicolai Sclater), I immediately started following the creations of Race Service, where he is the art director. As a lover of graphic design and cars, it was an instant hit. Their bold typography, unique graphic style and simple use of shapes and patterns went against the grain of basically every other automotive livery design I'd seen before. Simple graphics and flowing lines had been replaced by sharp angles, trippy translucency , cluttered (in a good way) graphics, and colour schemes that popped out from the mainstream understanding of what car liveries need to be.
Check out their Instagram and website below:
30.12.19 // #004
Daniel Arsham is an American artist who creates pieces combining architecture, art, and performance. My favourite series of his is the 'Future Relic' series, where he recreates modern objects with heavy erosion. The eroded pieces are absolutely stunning, and he has built a style that is instantly recognisable as Arsham's work.
His website shows some great photos of finished projects and he posts tons of behind the scenes content on his Instagram; There's a near endless supply of photos and videos showing his process of working with some amazing materials and creating some jaw dropping forms.
JASON DECAIRES TAYLOR
30.12.19 // #003
I came across Jason DeCaires Taylor's work when looking for unique museum. I read about an underwater museum in Cancun, Mexico that had hundreds of sculptures resting on the seabed, the driving force behind this project was Taylor. They were visually stunning, but after looking deeper into his work, I found out that they had a far more important meaning and goal. Taylor used environmentally friendly materials and placed the sculptures underwater so that they could become artificial reefs for wildlife to recover on. This added focus on the environment is something i greatly admire, and something I try to include in all of my own projects.
Taylor presented a great TED talk explaining his thought process and reasoning for his unique reasoning, click the link below to check it out.
I wrote a magazine article about Jason DeCaires Taylor's work, so if you'd like to read a more well written piece on the thinking behind his work, and the benefits to the surrounding area, I highly recommend checking it out.
29.12.19 // #002
There are many ways that I have stumbled across interesting designers, but in the case of Nicolai Sclater, known as Ornamental Conifer, it was my love for Formula 1 that lead me to him. Going into the 2019 season, star driver Daniel Ricciardo revealed a new helmet design unlike any of the other drivers' on the grid, it had bright colours, wacky patterns, and brilliant typography. I was an instant fan, and once I discovered who created it, I spent hours scrolling through Ornamental Conifer's Instagram page, fascinated by the unique style.
I particularly like how bold and eye-catching his designs are. Whether its typography, helmets, car liveries, or posters, all of his creations seem to pop out from their surroundings. He is quite clever at creating depth on a flat surface, using colours, shadows, and isometric grids to make certain elements sit above others. This style is definitely something I want to have a play with, and hopefully I can come up with some cool posters by the end of it.
I've made a GIF of some of my favourite pieces by Ornamental Conifer, but I highly recommend checking out his Instagram to truly see his work:
28.12.19 // #001
This is my first post on my blog section, It's the end of the decade and I thought it would be a nice thing to do for 2020; I also figured that I shouldn't delay this any longer, so I'm posting this a few days before the new year for a head start! I'm hoping that this small project to share my interests and perspective with others will push me to look even deeper into the world of design. I certainly know I need to read more books and listen to some design podcasts, so look forward to book and podcast recommendations in the future!