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

Charlie Allen — Back in the days

August 26, 2009, 11:19 PM

Mr. Charlie Allen, an old time illustrator (born the same year as my grandpa, 1922), shows some wonderful work, along with some interesting stories from the times when everything was made in the good old fashioned way: by hand.

I simply love this one:
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(via design observer)

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Sketchnotes by Mike Rohde

August 12, 2009, 4:45 PM

Take a look at this:
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Looks nice, right? Well, it’s a “sketchnote”, a quick drawing while Mike Rohde opend up his iPhone 3GS package (more photos on his flickr). Sketchnotes seem to be more efficient (not to mention, a lot more pleasing to the eye) than regular notes. Associations Now Magazine decided to let Mike design his interview on the subject, titled “Are you a visual thinker?”. You can view Mike’s design process here. Here are some images for apetizers—can’t help but admire his hand-drawn type:

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Later edit:
Mike’s posted the PDF of the entire article, thanks to many requests. Get it from here.

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Father & Daughter — a touching animation

June 20, 2009, 3:31 PM

Eye-watering…

It was made by Michael Dudok de Wit and won Oscar in 2001 (and several other awards). It’s a wonderful piece of art.

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Digital painting—just as alive

March 21, 2009, 11:33 PM

Seung Ho Henrik Holmberg — just one swedish guy goes under all these names :) — has some beautiful concept art and matte paintings (photography too, if you browse through his website). He manages to play with light easily, creating moods in most of his work, inspiring the viewer with different feelings or sensations regarding his depicted worlds. I especially love falling into his “countryside” painting — you can get a larger version for your desktop here.

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Keep spinning—Yehrin Tong

March 18, 2009, 2:32 PM

Eye-spinning illustrations and typography from Yehrin Tong.
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Tiny encounters—Dmitry Maksimov

, 1:42 PM

Dmitry Maksimov creates wonderful stories by melding delicate illustration characters into tilt-shift-like photography. My favourite is this one, which reminds me of Exupery’s Little Prince and of Spirited Away’s Faceless. You can see more of his work on his website — much more, if you have the patience.

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Mickey's Wave To Hokusai—by Jaybo

January 27, 2009, 1:14 PM

A very interesting—and funny—take on Hokusai’sThe Great Wave of Kanagawa“, made by Jaybo—aka Monk, a french graffiti artist who recently exposed his works as projections on the Berliner Dom.

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You can read an interview here. And if you’re interested, you can see some other Hokusai’s Wave interpretations here.

(sources: digesting design, iconiconic, style mag)

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Buckets Of Rain

December 23, 2008, 1:48 AM

Love this print by Punchgut Studio. It was up for sale at Robot Walrus, a very nice place where you can find lots of posters, but it’s sold out now.

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(thanks Alin for finding Robot Walrus)

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