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 & patterns — beautiful work by Andrew Townsend

October 22, 2009, 7:46 PM

I wish I made these. They’re that beautiful. Andrew Townsend‘s NTU Degree Shows 09 invitations and print materials look just wonderful. Mixing patterns with colour and a strong typeface surely hits the right spot. See for yourself (definitely browse his website for more treats):








(via Graphic-Exchange, thanks Cipri)



Get your own Periodic Table of Typefaces

October 9, 2009, 1:33 PM

Remember the Periodic Table of Typefaces? Well, you can print your own now—thanks to the high demand, the kind folks at Squidspot can send you the vector files—donating is of course encouraged. I surely got mine already—I couldn’t consider myself a type-fan without having this on my wall :P

You can also buy the new versions, printed silver on black or white:



"Browse less & draw more"

October 3, 2009, 7:42 PM

This is probably the best piece of advice I could ever give to a fellow designer. And I’m very very sure Mr. Milton Glaser would agree, as you can read in this interview, with Chip Kidd.

I made an iPhone wallpaper out of it, to keep it in mind as much as possible—maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to actually take this advice myself. Feel free to use it. Let me know if you like it. Thanks :)

Browse less & draw more

Browse less & draw more

And yes, nothing beats Futura. Ever.
(small hint to IKEA :P)



Sketchnotes by Mike Rohde

August 12, 2009, 4:45 PM

Take a look at this:

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:



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



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.




(thanks go to Alin)



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)