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

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! :)).

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

(via FontFeed)

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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)

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Type jewelry from Base Design

March 27, 2009, 6:31 PM

Base Design developed this insanely beautiful type-based identity for Karen Karch, a NY jewelry store. I’d love to see how their store looks like, how the alternating type is further applied to POS, stationery, livery and so on.

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(thanks go to Alin)

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Keep spinning—Yehrin Tong

March 18, 2009, 2:32 PM

Eye-spinning illustrations and typography from Yehrin Tong.
(via reformrevolution)

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Periodic Table of Typefaces

March 13, 2009, 2:32 PM

I’m glad there are insane type maniacs among us, creating such useful things as the Periodic Table of Typefaces. Up on the wall with it!

Right-click, Save As — this is the large version

Right-click, Save As — this is the large version

(thanks Adrian for the tip)

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Power to the logos

February 11, 2009, 4:32 PM

Well, who would’ve imagined that after the last elections, even logos would turn black&proud :))

Power to the peo...tyres!

Power to the peo...tyres!

Actually, it’s just an image promoting Blender Pro, an excellent Crouwel-grid-like typeface from Gestalten. It reminds me a lot of Gridnick, published by The Foundry, another great foundry (talk about naming, heh)—their Form Sans and Serif family is wonderful as well.

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No better quote to test type

, 1:16 PM

FF Tisa is a beautifully designed typeface, created by Mitja Miklavčič for magazines. And what better line than Clint’s to show its beauty?

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(via Behance)

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The Abbreviated Typography—what means what

January 29, 2009, 12:59 PM

Fontshop kindly explains for all of us ignorants what those initials that usually come after the typefaces’ names mean. Be sure to bookmark it!

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Amsterdam Fatastic Film Festival

January 12, 2009, 7:40 PM

Talking about Amsterdam designers, here’s another nice logo, yet again for another film festival—AFFF. The typeface is Amplitude, set in black, designed by the prolific Christian Schwartz.

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Too bad I can’t find out who made the logo.

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Jetset's Amsterdam Film Night

, 7:29 PM

Experimental Jetset is an Amsterdam-based (lucky bastards!) design studio. Among many cool projets (again, swiss style lives on), they developed the identity of The Amsterdam Film Night festival:
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The following year, for the second edition of the movie festival, they made this poster, one of my favourites (also featured in the documentary Helvetica):

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I really like the simplicity of the black&white visual identity:

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Here are some beautiful badges, they’re from another project they did, but they’d sure go well with the rest of the AFN identity:

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