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


July 31, 2008, 12:16 PM

It’s so wonderful to be reminded from time to time that beauty can be so breathtaking, no matter where you find it.


(via garancedore)



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:


And the culprits, at their diploma exhibition:

(via September Industry & AisleOne)



Music tag

, 12:05 PM

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:

Oi Va Voi – Refugee
DeVothchka – How It Ends
Adriano Celentano – I Want To Know (part two)
Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
Archive – Fool
Faithless – To All New Arrivals
Placebo – Song To Say Goodbye




I want to quit

June 23, 2008, 11:23 PM


(via CR—made by Shaz Madani)



Ikea – today's Kinder joy

, 1:56 AM

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)



"High Morale Makes Creativity Cheap"

May 4, 2008, 11:10 AM

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 movie’s budget—but never shows up in a budget—is morale. [what’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.

Read the whole interview here.
(via Daring Fireball via Kotke)



3rd Best Design/Creative Blog at RoBlogFest

March 15, 2008, 6:30 PM

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 ( – 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.



Mr. Porky – swiney todd stuff :)

March 7, 2008, 12:08 AM

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 rosé 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? :))




Evil looming over Caraiman

February 24, 2008, 2:00 AM

Just had a “ski-and-run” day in Predeal. Great day, in spite of the wetness of the snow. Drained me out though…

Evil cloud looming over Caraiman – brought the rain later in the evening :(


And it all started innocently like this:


Bigger pics on my flickr here and here.