Category Archives: Graphic Design

Mind The Gap - Johnston100

Johnston100 by Monotype

Edward John­ston cre­at­ed the font used by Lon­don Trans­port over 100 years ago. Since then, needs have changed — so Mono­type were com­mis­sioned to redraw the entire set of glyphs, as well as cre­at­ing new weights such as thin and hair­line.

via monotype.com and itsnicethat.com

Social Media Kit Pro

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Social Media Imagery

Here’s the ulti­mate guide to cre­at­ing social media imagery effec­tive­ly in 2016, all in the same place.

Opengraph — why so many images?

First­ly, a great post by Gar­rett Heath at Rack­space that I’ve been using for a long time. It pro­pos­es a sin­gle 1600 x 800 image with safe areas that will work as open­graph images for unfurl­ing on all the major social media chan­nels — Face­book, LinkedIn, Twit­ter, and Google+. One image to rule them all, indeed (cor­rect me if I’m wrong here, please).

One Image to Rule Them All

Dimensions — how wide, how high

Next up, the ulti­mate cheat sheet info­graph­ic from Jamie Spencer for image dimen­sions across Face­book, Twit­ter, Google+, Insta­gram, Pin­ter­est, Tum­blr, LinkedIn and YouTube. If you’re cre­at­ing a pro­file on any of these, this should be your first port of call. Until they change, of course.

Facebook image sizes

PSD Approval Mockups

This leads me onto the last (but by no means least) link, you’ll be want­i­ng some mock­up PSD tem­plates to demon­strate your great images. There are a bunch of sites out there with down­load­able PSDs (this one from everyinteraction.com is pret­ty good), but the best one I’ve found is actu­al­ly a plu­g­in for Pho­to­shop called Social Kit Pro. It down­loads new ver­sions when a tem­plate (Face­book, Twit­ter, Google+, LinkedIn, VKon­tak­te, Insta­gram, YouTube and Dribb­ble) is updat­ed, for a sin­gle fee of $39.99 (£28).

Social Media Kit Pro - LinkedIn

Giorgia Lupi @ Accurat

Gior­gia Lupi is an infor­ma­tion design­er in Brook­lyn, New York. Her work and research chal­lenges the imper­son­al­i­ty that data might com­mu­ni­cate, design­ing engag­ing visu­al nar­ra­tives able to con­nect num­bers to what they stand for: knowl­edge, behav­iors, peo­ple. She is co-founder and design direc­tor at Accu­rat, a data dri­ven research-design and inno­va­tion firm. She has been draw­ing week­ly data as 1/2 of Dear Data from New York.

via brainpickings.com

NOTCOT.org

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The space-boyscout in Tom Sachs got togeth­er with the design­er in Tom Sachs and they craft­ed togeth­er their very own super-offi­cial NASA shot­gun.

via notcot.org and tomsachs.org

Adverblog

Dig­i­tal adver­tis­ing and mar­ket­ing: only the best ideas world­wide, since 2003.

via adverblog.com

Variance by Jeremy Thorpe

Vari­ance is an attempt to pro­vide a cre­ative tool for design­ers that can lever­age some of the pow­er of evo­lu­tion. Using Vari­ance, design­ers can har­ness genet­ic algo­rithms to brain­storm or refine com­po­si­tion­al ideas. The clas­si­cal design process becomes the Evo­lu­tion­ary Design Process.

via blprnt.com

Art. Lebedev Studio

We offer advanced indus­tri­al, graph­ic, web and inter­face design. We live the way we like. We work the way we believe is right. We dont give a shit about cor­po­rate val­ues all togeth­er. All the award plaques end up hang­ing in our lava­to­ry. We abhor buzz­word com­bi­na­tions cre­ative solu­tion and busi­ness process opti­miza­tion. The offers we send to our clients rarely exceed one page. The only prin­ci­ple we fol­low is just two words: No bull­shit.

Found­ed in Moscow in 1995, Art. Lebe­dev Stu­dio is the only design com­pa­ny in the world offer­ing prod­uct design, city envi­ron­ment design, graph­ic design, web­sites, inter­faces, pack­ag­ing, inte­ri­or design, type­face design, cus­tom pat­terns, illus­tra­tions, and book pub­lish­ing under one roof.

via artlebedev.com

VisualComplexity

VisualComplexity.com is a uni­fied resource space for any­one inter­est­ed in the visu­al­iza­tion of com­plex net­works. The project’s main goal is to lever­age a crit­i­cal under­stand­ing of dif­fer­ent visu­al­iza­tion meth­ods, across a series of dis­ci­plines, as diverse as Biol­o­gy, Social Net­works or the World Wide Web.

via visualcomplexity.com

Design and the Elastic Mind (MoMA)

The land­mark exhi­bi­tion Design and the Elas­tic Mind explores the rec­i­p­ro­cal rela­tion­ship between sci­ence and design in the con­tem­po­rary world by bring­ing togeth­er design objects and con­cepts that mar­ry the most advanced sci­en­tif­ic research with atten­tive con­sid­er­a­tion of human lim­i­ta­tions, habits, and aspi­ra­tions. The exhi­bi­tion high­lights design­ers abil­i­ty to grasp momen­tous changes in tech­nol­o­gy, sci­ence, and his­to­rychanges that demand or reflect major adjust­ments in human behav­iorand trans­late them into objects that peo­ple can actu­al­ly under­stand and use. This Web site presents over three hun­dred of these works, includ­ing fifty projects that are not fea­tured in the gallery exhi­bi­tion.

via moma.org

Foolish Videos

On April 1st 2001, fools dropped mon­ey in over fifty loca­tions in the USA. Oth­er cam­paign high­lights include the annu­al Buy Noth­ing Day, and TV Turnoff Week. Has the wild human spir­it been tamed? Is an oppo­si­tion­al cul­ture still pos­si­ble? Can we launch anoth­er rev­o­lu­tion?

via adbusters.org

nothing media lab

“we are a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary design agency formed by extrater­res­tri­al life forms.”

“next to explor­ing new worlds and galax­ies in out­er space we work on projects from elec­tron­ic media to print media, from mul­ti­me­dia to cross­me­dia. noth­ing is like the way we go: we are what we like to be: pas­sion­ate, free and young. we are addict­ed to our work and we love our light­speed rock­et space­ship.”

via nothing.ch

Che Tamahori

Vir­tu­oso web design­er, work­ing for Shift (for­mer­ly SFX) and now TBWA’s glob­al Dig­i­tal Arts Net­work.

via sfx.co.nz and dan.co.nz