It’s so wonderful to be reminded from time to time that beauty can be so breathtaking, no matter where you find it.
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:
And the culprits, at their diploma exhibition:
Got a tag from Pentru ochi—there’s a first :D. And it’s a nice one, to name seven songs that keep humming in my head these days. Here goes:
Just as always, when it comes to doing something for personal use, I am clearly my own worst client (as Mrs. Marian Bantjes very well describes). I’ve been planning on a new layout, new logo and new domain for some time now, but procrastinating seems to be a designer’s deep-rooted habit. I managed to buy the new domain just after the RoBlogFest competition, but the logo was still a sketch on paper while the blog’s layout was a more-than-vague idea in my head.
The credit for changing the domain name and showing the new logo today goes only to Globehosting, my hosting providers, who promptly responded to my last night’s questions and moved the whole website to the new domain (I only wanted the information, but they really did a good thing going further, this kick in the butt sure helped :D).
In short, the new name is iancul (I will explain it when everything’s finished), the old bookmarks will still work as ibarbar.ro is mine and redirects to the new domain, but please update your links with the new name—thank you. I hope I’ll finish the new layout soon (sooner than before, hopefully :D). For now, you can admire the new logo. Comments, critics, ideas are welcome, as always.
I remember that when I was a small kid, Kinder Surprise eggs had inside wonderful toys. In pieces, for me to mix’n’fix. Cars, planes, boats, dinosaurs, clowns, wacky flying machines, you name it. Putting them together was such a joy, especially if you didn’t look on the tiny guide.
These days we have Ikea. Every time I buy something from them I can’t wait to get home and spread all the parts on the floor, trying to figure out what goes where, first without looking at the guide :)
(the lamp in this photo didn’t take much effort to install, but the toy.. let’s just say that making models during design school certainly has its beauty, in spite of all the shortcomings – view larger on flickr)
Brad Bird, talking about Pixar’s modus operandi through nine valuable lessons, touches a very-often-forgotten aspect in most companies: morale.
Brad Bird: In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movieâ€™s budget—but never shows up in a budget—is morale. [whatâ€™s true for a movie is true for a startup!] If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.
Last night my blog came out as the 3rd Best Design/Creative Blog (link in romanian) at RoBlogFest (the competition for the best and most popular romanian blogs). Even if I wasn’t interested in participating, I can’t say that I’m not glad. Appreciations are always welcome as long as you don’t let them fool you.
I want to thank Diana (www.creativecheaters.com – another great blog about advertising, design and especially ideas, that came close to taking my place :P ) for subscribing my blog in the competition. All the fame and glory (read traffic :P) should go to her :) And thanks Oana, she almost started a crusade in my name, saying I should’ve won :)) It’s better to be the third or the second, that means you’ll try harder than the first ;) Actually, third is the best, as Jerry Seinfeld says. Thanks go to the jury as well.
All in all, it took this prize to make me think again about why I’m writing this blog and how I want it to be like. I’m still not very sure about the “why” part, but the blog really needs the redesign I’ve been thinking about for quite some time now. Either do something right or don’t do it at all.
The biggest change will be the name, since “ibarbar”, even though an abbreviation of my name, hard to find elsewhere, lacks the ease of pronunciation and memorability a good name should have. So I’ve already bought the .com domain for the new name, I already have the logo, now I have to redesign the blog. Since I’m no webdesigner I’ll have to either be incredible lucky and find a good wordpress theme, sluggishly design one of my own or ask somebody’s help :) Anyway, I’m hoping it’ll be up and running soon enough. In the mean time, should you have any ideas, comments or tips, I’d be glad to hear them, as always.
Thanks for reading.
I know most would be horrified by this product, but for me they are pretty much like Proust’s madeleines, reminding me of my grandparents’, as a kid, sitting comfy on the big old sofa, Christmas Eve, eating pork scratchings and smoked sausages, sipping some good home-made rosÃ© wine out of a tailor’s-finger-pad-sized glass…
To my delight I’ve found these Mr. Porky (note the hilarious butcher – the POS had him full monty, uncovered as packs were sold :)) ) in an irish pub here in Bucharest yesterday. They went smoothly along some vodka beers. Or was it the other way around? :))