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

Type In London

December 20, 2008, 1:04 PM

No wonder London designers are so good, growing up seeing such beautiful type treatments day by day surely has its impact.

london-store-fronts-1.jpg

london-store-fronts-2.jpg

London Shop Fronts is the blog where you can admire more of these beautiful store fronts.
(via Swiss Miss)

favicon

253

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).

paprika2-m.jpg

paprika1-m.jpg

(via Dieline)

favicon

251

The Grid System — the org

December 4, 2008, 3:13 PM

Antonio Carusone from AisleOne decided to do the right thing and started www.thegridsystem.org, “the ultimate resource in grid systems”.

The website contains links, templates, books, articles, just about anything that has connections to the principles of grid designing. You Work For Them also supports this great initiative (in case you didn’t know, YWFT has some of the best design-but-not-only books for sale).

The website is grid-based, of course, and it’s a pleasure to look at (check out the up-right-side button):

grid-org-1.png
grid-org-2.png

The initiative also has a Flickr group, join up and share your grid creations.

favicon

249

Sweet write her

September 28, 2008, 11:00 PM

If you really need to “sweet write” somebody, here’s the best way:

typolade1.png
typolade3.png
typolade2.png

Typolade makes chocolate fonts. If you can read german, please fill in the details :)

(found by Roxana)

favicon

238

Stencilul—Storm foundry

September 17, 2008, 11:31 AM

Nice tongue-in-cheek typeface from the skilled František Štorm. You can get it for free on his site. Definitely check out the other superb typfaces his foundry sells.

storm-stencilul.gif

A short hint: This typeface is dedicated to all Romanian graphic designers. It takes inspiration from stencils in Bucharest during my visit in early March 2007. Go ahead with more stencils, they are better than most of commercial graphic design in your country now!

(found by Alin)

favicon

235

Design is honest

September 14, 2008, 6:32 PM

Priceless. Gotta have one.

design-is-honest.jpg

(via we ♥ it)

favicon

234

Do something

July 31, 2008, 12:25 PM

It would make a great every-day reminder :)

do.jpg

(thanks Oana)

favicon

223

I want to quit

June 23, 2008, 11:23 PM

online-stare.jpg

(via CR—made by Shaz Madani)

favicon

216

Nothing counts as nothing

May 14, 2008, 1:39 AM

Great teachings by Lao Zi that can reffer to whitespace (or negative space) in design and typography (great to put on the wall as well):

Thirty spokes unite at the single hub;
It is the empty space which makes the wheel useful.
Mold clay to form a bowl;
It is the empty space which makes the bowl useful.
Cut out windows and doors;
It is the empty space which makes the room useful.

(via ilovetypography)

favicon

199

The perfect typography billboard

May 8, 2008, 12:34 AM

This is definitely the perfect billboard. The copy says (larger image here):

“The Perfect Billboard. Eggshell white with romalian type. Nice. Raised lettering, a subtle 7 inch bone border, and just look at the tasteful thickness of the headline. All perched on four evenly spaced 3.2 metre powder coated stanchions. My god, it even has a watermark.”

americanpsychoperfectbillboard.jpg

Only a designer can truly enjoy the quote from American Psycho :)
(via Ads of the world)

favicon

197