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

Paprika — design from Canada

December 17, 2008, 6:46 PM

Outstanding work from Paprika, based in Montreal, Canada. The prints will make you drool, for sure. Emboss, foils, laser, diecuts, you name it. I also admire their identities, minimalistic, simple, most of them based on type and images — one doesn’t need a complicated logo when a good, clear&functional visual identity is present. Another thing to admire is their ability to create both rational, strong design and emotional, delicate design (check out their beautiful packaging).

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Markwald&Neusitzer—one of the reasons I became an identity designer

July 4, 2008, 1:56 PM

Markwald&Neusitzer are a design office based in Frankfurt, Germany. And one of the first reasons I eventually became an identity designer. Their Stadt Wuppertal identity—their hometown, I guess—made me choose a similar topic for my diploma project and hope of working one day on such complex and challenging projects.

I remember that I was enchanted by the clearness of their design, of their layouts. Little did I know at that time of Muller-Brockmann, whose influence is so obvious now :) Take a look, it’s surely worth it:

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And the culprits, at their diploma exhibition:
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NY City Transit rules

January 17, 2008, 1:58 AM

New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (1970) (photo set on Flickr – Swiss design proves to be unbeatable once again – wonder why the weird spacing though) contains some clear rules:

No littering – No spitting – No smoking.

I sure wish we had such plates every 100m in Romania.
Especially against spitting.

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Guban logo

December 1, 2007, 12:43 AM

Old logo for an old shoe company, Guban (ro wiki) (and self portrait):

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Nice nike-ish underline :)

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GK Graphics – japanese design since…

October 21, 2007, 10:05 PM

GK Graphics have been doing design for almost 40 years now. Packaging, identities, wayfinding, you name it, they’ve done it.

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Kashiwa Sato – Japan is another planet

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This must be it, japanese are aliens. Otherwise they wouldn’t come up with crazy stuff like this, website, work, everything. Very interesting how each photo has its own color-strip presented. Take a look at Kashiwa Sato.

Their eye-popping site:
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and some of their work:
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