Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

One Plain, One Fancy

December 5, 2011, 8:39 PM

The nice fellows at MatDolphin are running a simple but fun project called One Plain, One Fancy — the title is quite explanatory, but the submissions are often surprising. Here’s my take on it:

I took the photos on Cavendish and Regent’s Street in London, using Instagram on an iPhone 4. The second one was quite a surprise, as it’s just a 5-min-walk away from the first one.

You can see more of my photos on Instagram (Statigram, actually, as Instagram doesn’t have a web interface — *hint, guys!*). You can also follow me on Twitter, as you can follow 1Plain1Fancy for updates.



Ed Rondthaler on English spelling — Brilliant short

February 3, 2011, 10:02 AM

A wonderful short movie, showing the renowed Ed Rondthaler talking about how “logic” English spelling is. I love how humorously he presents the facts, reminds me a bit of Milton Glaser‘s quirky way of doing presentations.

Ed Rondthaler on English spelling from Bob Smartner on Vimeo.

/via Anton Mircea (Facecrook‘s father)

And while we’re at it, here are quite a few spelling poems, playing on the absurdity of the English language — The English Spelling Society: Spelling poems.



Best wishes to all!

December 25, 2009, 10:17 PM

May we all have a wonderful year in 2010!



Wolverine's 35th anniversary art

December 18, 2009, 7:01 PM

This year, Wolverine celebrated his 35th anniversary — even though he is famed to be a lot older than that, he fought in the first world war, remember? Anyway, Marvel pulled a nice one, producing a lot of covers with Wolverine as if he were drawn by some of the most fameous artists in history: Van Gogh, Klimt, Utamaro, Dali and many more. Read more about it here: Wolverine Art Appreciation Month.

Here are some of my favourites:







Get your own Periodic Table of Typefaces

October 9, 2009, 1:33 PM

Remember the Periodic Table of Typefaces? Well, you can print your own now—thanks to the high demand, the kind folks at Squidspot can send you the vector files—donating is of course encouraged. I surely got mine already—I couldn’t consider myself a type-fan without having this on my wall :P

You can also buy the new versions, printed silver on black or white:



China admits no mistake—seriously

October 2, 2009, 6:46 PM

All is more than clear now: don’t ever fuck with China. They’re this serious:

An instructor aligns the formation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Airborne Corps during a training session at the 60th National Day Parade Village on the outskirts of Beijing, September 15, 2009. (REUTERS/Joe Chan).

Don’t say you haven’t been warned!

(via Boston)



Singing In The Rain Stormtrooper

September 26, 2009, 11:49 AM

Too much fun not to post it :)

(via jlist)



Designer fun — who cares about typography anyway?

June 3, 2009, 10:26 AM

PvP just made my day, coming up with one of the funniest strips ever (I’m talking about designers’ kind of fun, of course). Not to mention true. Many times I amuse myself realising how many of my shopping choices are influenced by packaging and typography—whoa, that olive oil bottle uses Rotis for the ingredients, look how tiny and legible it is! :)).


You can see the strip in full size on their site.

(via FontFeed)



Comic Sans — to hate or not to hate

May 2, 2009, 12:23 PM

A fun, interesting and tought-provoking short documentary about the typeface we all love to hate: Comic Sans. Makes you think that nothing must be taken lightly, especially when it comes to human perceptions (and design in general).

Here’s a challenge:
try designing a logo using Comic Sans (that’s not for a cartoon magazine, of course :P).

Comic Sans from Sam and Anita on Vimeo.

(via design observer)