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.

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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 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).

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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.



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.

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


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.


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.


VisualComplexity 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.


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.


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?


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.”