I have a feeling 2014 will be a good year for amazingly designed products. One of those products will be Notebook Slimz.
Slimz are slim notebooks with an accordion like paper binding – letting you work with a giant canvas or a regular 2 page canvas. It’s actually genius if you think about it. For me – I like to have all sizes of notebooks…and that’s the problem…the more notebooks the more weight in my backpack. It’s a hassle. I usually have 2 or more notebooks in my bag just for this purpose. Slimz makes it easy for you to enjoy a nice workspace, while taking up very little space.
To help with the “timeline” aspect of the notebook – there are page numbers at the bottom of every page, which makes it easier to see your work in the progression you made it in. Very cool idea.
I would like to see future Slimz with ruled paper on one side and blank on the other. I’m not sure if there is one like that now, but that would get me way more excited on that and cut my notebook toting down to one…the Slimz. Evans, the designer, recently opened up holiday preordering and also has a Kickstarter if you feel inclined to help out the beginning of a very well designed product.
Like most people – when I get into bed – no matter what time it is – I get on my phone. It’s almost like I have to now to sleep. Usually when I do – I have 2 apps that I catch up on. One being Reddit, which this post is not about, and the other being Flipboard.
Flipboard has become my source for not just current events, but literally everything. If you’re not familiar with Flipboard – here’s a definition I grabbed from Wikipedia – “It collects the content of social media and other websites and presents it in magazine format and allows users to ‘flip’ through their social-networking feeds and feeds from websites that have partnered with the company.”
It’s kind of hard to pinpoint about what specifically I’ve learned from using Flipboard, because I browse user made magazines and literally subscribe to whatever looks interesting, and if you’ve been following this blog for a while – you know a lot of different things interest me.
But anyways – I started making a Flipboard companion for the site. It’s a lot of different topics thrown into one – and honestly would never make it as a print magazine, but it’s things I love and find visually pleasing and inspiring. If Flipboard sounds like something you’d be into – check out the These Old Colors Flipboard here.
When I was learning web design – the only thing that was out there for me to get into – that I knew of – was HTML. I remember thinking if there was a program out there that skipped all of the code and let you put pictures where you want them and blog posts, so on and so forth…
Now it’s 2013 – and there’s a lot of them. The most recent one being from Google.
Google Web Designer lets you create “engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device” without having to code too many sites – or even code at all. For all you inspiring graphic designers worried about learning how to code…this might be your ticket out, but I personally would still recommend learning the basics of code. Just because they’re making software that lets you do cool things without it – doesn’t mean you won’t need it.
Download the BETA version of Google Web Designer here
Whenever I travel to a new city I like to look up field guides on what is the best of the best to see or eat before I leave. For a while…I used XLR8R’s Scion City Field Guide app, but it kept glitching out on me so I deleted it, and honestly have forgotten about it ’til I was writing this post.
Now I discover Scouted.in – an NYC only field guide “assembled by your coolest friends.” What this site does that others do not is take a couple of cool hip people that are making waves in their profession and find out all the places they like to grab coffee or a rooftop bar where they like to have a few drinks to watch the sunset. Unfortunately – it’s just for New York City at the moment, but I can see this growing city by city if it takes off.
They also have a really cool blog companion where you can go and find out more about the “scout,” check out cool events, or just see more places to visit.
If you have any more websites or apps that you use when traveling…let me know about ‘em in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for more.
I remember back in 6th grade when I went to a private school – some of my classmates would take the time during their lunch break to draw out video game ideas. It was mostly a bird’s eye view of what was to happen and the obstacles you had to face. I remember thinking I wanted in the club so bad – so I went home and drew up some of my own ideas on a potential video game. I can’t recall what I called it or what it did, but what I remember is that there was a tank involved. Really ever since then – “Create a Video Game” has been on my bucket list. It’s just something I would love to do, but unfortunately I do not have the coding know-how or know someone who does.
That’s why I love the idea of Pixel Press so much. It appeals to my 6th grade self for drawing levels and having them become an actual playable game. Make a video game without knowing code? It’s the perfect addition to a mobile gaming generation. Watch the 10 minute video below on a detailed look at what makes Pixel Press such a great idea.
And since I’m a musician – I love the idea of adding my own music to a level. This could potentially be a great start for someone wanting to get into video game music. On top of that – the idea of customizing everything with the help of a Sprite Sheet (explained in the video above) – that just get’s my creative brain flowing with ideas. I cannot wait to get my own copy of Pixel Press and not only play it, but use my creativity to make my own levels that my friends can play as well. Such a great idea.
The software company, Roundthird, is responsible for Pixel Press and has some great ideas on the future of this gaming platform. There’s a Kickstarter happening for it right now, probably the best informative Kickstarter I’ve ever seen. I have my eye on the sketchbook / game reward for only $25 – seems to be calling to me. Hopefully they get their money goal so I can actually download this to my iPhone.
Jet packs are cool. James Bond had one – so there’s no need to explain why. A new up and coming design group, Tessel, has set out to crowdfund their new imaginative product – the Jet Pack. The Jet Pack comes complete with two compartments – a big one for laptops and other big things of that nature and a small zipper pocket in front for phones or pencils. The design is simple, but is appealing because of its geometric exterior that gives it a futuristic look.
They are well over their goal on Kickstarter, but at this time, you still have the ability to get a bag for $60 – $20 less then retail.
iPhone concept idea’s are all over the place. Over millions of YouTube views for just one idea and more on Facebook and Twitter. We love to see the future of what could be with our smart phones. I think that’s part of the reason why Apple is such a huge name in the phone industry – the mystery of not knowing is alluring – and people love to speculate. What people love even more then speculation is being right about what it could be.
I got on an iPhone concept kick today and just went through Youtube and found my favorites. From wrap around screens and transparent displays to multiple tiny projectors. It is really intriguing to see what technology might evolve into one day. Some of these ideas have been floating around the internet for a while, but I thought I’d share with you some of my findings.
#1. iPhone 5 Concept Features from AatmaStudio
I love the slim design on this. With the last real iPhone it seems this might be the way they are headed. The slimmer the better, but also easier to break. The laser keyboard seems to be making appearances in several concept videos too – I think the people have spoken, Apple, we want a laser keyboard.
Continue on for the other five concept ideas…
I love Alaska. Every time I go out of state I keep moving back here. Honestly…not sure why…I hate the winter and it’s dark – cold – wet half of the year, but for some reason I can’t get enough of this place. When I think about it – part of what draws me to Alaska – is it’s “compactness” – for example: it’s a lot easier for a band to play shows or to start up a business in Alaska then it is in New York – mostly because you have less competition and criticism. Artist’s up here get a lot of recognition for their work – whether it’s painting or photography or whatever – the tight knit art community that Alaska has put together is growing and is turning into something amazing.
I don’t talk about my home state as much as I should on here. I’m proud of the things that are coming out of Alaska, and in the future I will begin to write more and more about it – the music, the events, the people, the places, etc…
To kick it off…I want to talk about Anchorage Community Works, a new place that is opening up this summer. It’s dedicated to putting like minded thinkers in the same room to learn from each other or work together. ACW will be a multipurpose building being used as a concert venue, art studio, shared classroom, and collaborative workspace holding classes on health, art, bike making, business and as a added bonus – have film screenings and art shows. They started a Kickstarter to help them get ready for the grand opening. I posted the video below which gives you a little more insight into who ACW is and why it’s a necessary addition for Anchorage.
Something like this is crucial for this city. A place for artists and like minded individuals to come together instead of a Kaladis or a bar. Check out their Kickstarter – and if you feel so inclined – drop a few dollars off while you’re there.
The other day I wrote about creating with my hands outside of my computer, and after I posted about it – I thought about making a little series about Finding Inspiration. So today is part two of helping you find inspiration and help you create the things that you want to create without having Facebook or other stupid things get in the way.
Lately it’s hard for me to find the motivation I need to complete the projects I’ve been working on. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ll listen to Madeon‘s latest album and get bummed at how he is 5 years younger then me and his music is lightyears beyond mine, or if it’s the place I live just confining my brain. When I was on a trip to New York recently – I got that kick of inspiration I’ve been looking for, not really for music because I really didn’t want to spend all my time making music, but just on other things – like design, and writing – creative things that keep my brain working in that area. So possibly it has something to do with the place I live or maybe that I just need to get out more in Alaska. The snow is melting – so now I have no excuse to get out now.
To help me get motivated in my creative endeavors – I’ve been scouring the internet looking for ways to get myself motivated where I am now. I don’t have the money to go to cool places every month or travel the world right now – so I’m stuck.
I’ve compiled several links split into several categories for myself and you guys. Some of these links are articles that may not be relevant to you in your creative process right now…but I’m sure you can take something away from them either way. The links are sites I visit every couple of days – if not every day. I also added my Spotify profile at the bottom – because music is a direct link to our brain and it helps us find creativity sometimes without even looking for it.
Hit the jump for more links in different categories…
I’m really excited to share this. Jon Contino has been an inspiration to me since I first saw him in a video that I shared on the Facebook last year (which you can watch below), and I’ve been following him ever since. Every once in a while I see a Contino update in my feed – and today he posted about an online class that he was teaching on label design. It excited me, but when I saw the price tag of $20 – it excited me even more and I couldn’t resist to enroll. Here’s a little write up from Jon talking about the class…
“All consumer goods are identifiable by labels, and in fact, some products are exactly the same with the sole difference being the label. They create a language for the consumer to understand the story behind the product and why they need it in their life.
Some of my favorite label designs, if you couldn’t already tell from my work, are those that are created by hand. There’s a certain mystique about any kind of hand-drawn graphic design. In an age where computers rule our daily lives, the presence of a human touch can really help a product stand out among the rest.
Once you complete this class you will have experienced the freedom when you detach yourself from the world of computer-based design. You’ll learn how designing in detail by hand will boost your confidence in all other aspects of design and how it will help you think outside of your normal day-to-day routine. Even if your final piece is completely digitally rendered, you will know that the entire language of your label was defined by your own two hands.”
Class starts May 13th – so you want to enroll now. You can do that by clicking HERE.
We all have those moments in life where we are like “What the hell, Facebook, you changed again?” Sometimes I’m pissed about it – other times I’m diggin’ the changes. Lately it hasn’t been too much of a drastic design change – so the cacophony of friends complaining about it has slipped under the radar.
Today I stumbled onto Fred Narby‘s concept design for Facebook – which takes a more classy / sleek look into the world’s biggest social network. Fred has redesigned everything from the home page to your profile. His view on the profile is closely related to some mosaic sites, but with a nice slider function which I’m not sure if it’s there for a reason or just because it looks cool.
Either way…this mock redesign looks amazing – watch the video below for a little more insight into the Narby’s entire redesign for Facebook.
Would you like it if Facebook updated to this design?
There’s something about soundtrack’s that cut to the core of me. They spark an emotion that most music doesn’t. It’s really because that’s exactly what the composer was trying to do – make you feel different and connect with the movie. I’m super glad that Sam Smith aka Sam’s Myth decided to compile a mix of his favorite cinema tracks from 2012. This mix is the best thing right now…I have a cup of tea right next to me and this playing in the background. It literally makes for a great start to the day.
There’s a lot of movies I haven’t seen in here yet, but listening to just one song from the soundtrack has me interested. Like Cosmopolis…I had no idea Howard Shore and Metric worked on that together. Amazing.
Fly Solo is a resource for budding design entrepreneurs. Created for his MFA project for Ohio State University, Patrick Moore saw the need to help designers find their way into a career they love. There’s no doubt you’ll find inspiration and good advice here. Just seeing Patrick’s branding for the site inspires me.
“FLY SOLO IS AN ONLINE RESOURCE THAT SUPPORTS THE DESIGN ENTREPRENEUR AND PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK TO SIMPLIFY THEIR PROCESS.
This resource helps designers ditch, both partially and entirely, that “traditional role,” and use their fluency in graphic design to create their own projects that hold passion to them and value to someone else. Fly Solo is a minimalist framework composed of short writings and illustrated diagrams that helps navigate a designer’s self-initiated project through the development process. It’s a support system. A home for the designer in the land of opportunity.”
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Placed in the Swiss Alps by a hotel god, The Cambrian offers stunning views of scenic mountains 360˚ around the entire hotel, close access to slopes of the Bernese Oberland, and an award winning spa. This is one of the places that I would love to visit in the future…I can see my daily routine there: Wake up early, work on a novel with a great cup of coffee (because that’s what looking at these pictures makes me want to do), go boarding, spa it up, eat a fancy dinner, swim, then bed. I mean how good does that sound? I might be able to say my life is complete after doing that for a week or two.
Check out more photo’s of The Cambrian after the time jump…
IPhone app, “POP” or Prototyping On Paper, lets you take pictures of sketches of website ideas via your phone and turn them into a functional “storyboard” design, which you can share with your co-workers or friends for feedback. It’s kind of un-necessary, but for visual people like me – make’s it 10x better for seeing the whole picture. I haven’t used it…nor have I even downloaded it yet…but there might come that time down the road where I need to use it.
What do you think? Would you use it? Let me know in the comment section.
“Spruce magazine once had the legendary payoff. “Turn heads. Set the tone. Be informed. Have it first.” It inspired me in my work, in my private life — basically in everything I do. It also helped me in my way of travelling, exploring new cities and places. When people ask me how I plan my travels, how I find those nice products, those sweet places to dine and those perfect spots to shop, the secret lies in this quote. It is the hunger, the craving need and the faith to find those unique and special places. But more important it feeds the fear of missing anything. And last but not least, it fixes the problem of feeling ‘naked’ when visiting unknown places.“
I got really excited about travel while reading this…made me crave that feeling of being ‘naked’ he talks of while visiting a new place. I love that feeling and miss it.
“The Everywhere Project is a collaborative design project that pays tribute to the classic folk song “I’ve Been Everywhere”.
The song was written in 1959 by Australian songwriter Geoff Mack using Australian place names. It was later adapted to North American (and a few South American) locations by Hank Snow in 1962 and it hit number one on the country music charts. It has since been recorded by many artists including Johnny Cash and Willy Nelson.
In “the Everywhere Project” a select group of designers and illustrators are invited to create luggage labels, each reperesenting one of the 92 locations that appear in the American version of the song. Each artist has the oportunity to share their personal take on a place they’ve been, have connections with, or a place they only recently learned about.”
Love the idea of this project. Curated by the very talented Adrian Walsh.
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Amazing imagery for composer Aldo Arechér‘s song “That Will Be The Day” by Matthew DiVito aka Mr. Div. This is why I love the internet because of amazing collaborations like this. I would never have paired these visuals with a stringed / piano song…I would have thought more about putting an 80′s inspired synth song over it. But that’s why I didn’t make this movie. They did it so much better and pulled it off with ease.
Mr. Div also has a beautiful tumblr with some gifs of his work. Check it out here.
When I go to the grocery store to grab beer or wine, and I’m in the mood to try something new…I usually don’t care about taste more then I do the design. We’re all guilty of it. Such is the case with Tenfold Collective‘s work I just came across. I would definitely…hands down…without a doubt…buy this beer or coffee they designed for – just to look at.
They also happen to have a great blog.
Maybe you’ve heard of The Shops at Target before – if not – watch this video here. It’s a really cool project that the big shopping retailer has given small shops the chance to manufacture custom items on a massive scale and affordable price. I’ve looked into it before, but nothing was really catching my fancy to actually jump up off the couch and run to Target to buy some. But today - I found out that Odin, man’s one stop shop for style in New York, is partnering with Target to bring a line of “plaid shirts, black and navy jackets, and accessories” to stores around the country under The Shops banner.
From owners, Paul Biradi and Eddy Chai:
“It was really important to us that this collection measure up in terms of quality and style. There are obviously challenges when creating an affordable collection, but Target’s design team embraced those challenges in order to execute our vision.”
The items will be released Sept. 9, and I might be there opening day with a shopping cart. I’m always on the lookout for affordable clothing without losing quality in my style, but it’s hard to always get away with the best deal. This is a win in my book.
Watch a video of the lookbook for Odin @ Target:
I’ve posted about DesignersMX before when they just started to get popular. Back then it was a place for designers to create a mix and make beautiful artwork to accompany it, creating a very inspiring website filled with awesome music and design.
Now they’ve upgraded their look and expanded the website for the better. Instead of just mixes they’ve made it like a Designspiration or Pinterest where you can post inspiring books, design, and videos. Oh, and probably one of my favorite things is they’ve integrated Spotify into the mixes – which can suck for the songs that aren’t on Spotify that people listen to, but it’s a cost I’ll have to pay.
It’s definitely a new way to grab some inspiration if you’re in need of it.
Request an invite here.
Amazing building designed by SHATOTTO Architects located in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Complete with apartments and a swimming pool for a courtyard that makes it that much more enticing to look at. The architects went about building the SA Residence with inspiration from Lalon, a spiritual folk singer, Sufi, and philosopher. Here’s what they had to say…
“As Lalon (a spiritual folk singer, Sufi and philosopher) says if there is not one thing inside the body then it is not outside the body either. Body is the key word. Just like human body, there is a body of architecture. This body of architecture has two parts; shell and thinking as soul. Shell and soul are interdependent yet independent. They belong to each other and they belong to themselves. A good soul needs a good shell.
In this project the shell is a pure square made of a single material ‘concrete’ transformed from celestial form grounded. The added squares act as torana to its temple. The site is surrounded by multi storied buildings and apartments as onlookers.”
I would love to see pictures of the inside of an apartment. If it’s as beautiful as the outside I might just move.
Check out more pictures and read the rest of the architects process on designing the building…
I’ve never heard of HomeAway, a vacation rental site, before I stumbled onto these pictures of their headquarters located in Austin, TX.
For a site that I’ve never heard of – this is a pretty cush office space. It’s what all the cool startups are doing now-a-days isn’t it? Making the office look cool to entice the new generation of 20 somethings. I gotta say – its working, because I want to work there, and I’m not even sure what I would do.
Their HQ complete with a full-size replica of National Lampoon’s station wagon for the Griswolds, a snow globe collection, a beach mural with deckchairs, a rooftop terrace, and hammocks. Could work get anymore distracting?
Click ahead to see more pictures…
Possibly you’ve heard of Black Negative, the website that’s sweeping blogs and impressing designers. As it should be – since it’s probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen on the internet. First off the whole idea on the interactive-ness of it makes you (the potential client) to flip to each page, and it has that magical pull of telling you to look at every single page.
The design on each page is minimal enough that it’s not too much read or look at. It’s perfect for a kid like me who has a bad case of ADD – to read it, interact, and move on.
Seriously visit this page…put your headphones on…and enjoy what’s sure to be a Top 10 website of 2012.
I probably like architecture so much because it makes me want to live in a certain place. I really think that’s what architecture is, isn’t it? – creating a place we would want to live in or visit. This place, dubbed the Tree House, is no exception. With a very open space and lots of windows to let in light – seems like the perfect place to vacation to or grow old in. The patio that’s right off the living room would be the perfect place to BBQ and chill out after a long day. See…look at me envisioning living there. That’s what this house does to me…it make’s me daydream.
The HP Tree House, located in Australia and created by MMP Architects, takes the wonder and essence of an actual play tree house and puts it into a living space. Click along for more pictures of the Tree House…
I love simple shapes in design. I tend to use circles a lot – if you couldn’t already tell in the mixtape artwork I do. So I am really enjoying this geometry influenced tumblr from Germain designer Tilman. Everyday he comes out with a new “geometric minimal composition” and posts it on his tumblr Geometry Daily.
Here are two good questions explaining his thought process behind the tumblr:
I love geometry. Lines, curves, rectangles, circles, triangles are a simplification of our real world but also their building blocks. Geometry, like physics or mathematics, defines how our world is constructed. I find endless beauty in this construction. I see god in there.
These days our lives are full of noise and complex dependencies. Many strive for simplicity. Me too. I want to concentrate on the relevant things. That is why I like to concentrate on one idea and execute it straight-forward. No fuss. Hopefully that makes it more powerful. Also for me as a creative it is interesting to see how much effort I have to put into the artworks to make something unique but also as simple as possible. It is not a rectriction, it sparks my creativity.
I am so late on this ball. My friend, Daryl, told me about it weeks ago…but I just got around to ordering myself a tube from Invisible Creature’s Summer Mystery tube sale.
If you don’t know what this is or haven’t read in other blogs…Invisible Creature, the amazing graphic design firm, has a ton of posters that have slight blemishes, and they want to get rid of them. So being the awesome people that they are – they’re passing the savings on to us and letting us buy 3 totally random posters for only 10 bucks.
I don’t know why I didn’t jump at that when I first heard of it.
Order your tube now. The thing about these little specials that IC does – is that you never know what you’re gonna get. The mystery is what gets me. Ooh boy, I’m excited.
If you haven’t seen The Avengers yet – I’m just going to assume you were in a coma for the last several weeks. But if you have…you might have noticed the amazing visual artwork of Jayse Hansen. He worked with Cantina Creative on a lot of the user interface designs in the movie, including the glass screens for the Helicarier and the animation of the all new and upgraded Mark VII Hud (for you non-geeks out there…thats the new Iron Man suit).
“All work was done in Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema 4d.”
Check out more of his contributions to the film here. It’s pretty awesome to see his sketch work before the actual computer work begins.
via The Fox Is Black