We just ran across this somewhat prophetic ad campaign from Reporters Without Borders. Produced about a year ago, it features crinkled images of world leaders who use an iron grip on press freedom to lead their nations. The images expose the controlling and distorted messages these leaders exhort, while at the same time symbolically silencing their voice. Gaddafi, infamous dictator of the now tumultuous Libya is featured, as is North Korea’s Kim Jong-il and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The UK based Design Council has put out three great video’s about what it means to be a graphic designer and what the design experience entails. Talking with many well known professionals in the field and even with some of their clients, these videos explore what goes into commissioning, creating and delivering a graphic design piece. Head to the Design Council website where you can find case studies, articles and use guides for further exploring the graphic design experience.
With a play on words for inspiration, Font Face is a project by Spanish design studio Atipo which pays tribute to 4 typographic legends and their creators. Represented in bold black and white makeup are: Carousel Medium, Clarendon Bold, Caslon Italic and of course Helvetica Bold. Produced from the project are four large posters perfect for putting a smile on the face of any font fan.
Over the last few years Matt Needle has been cranking out some really clean poster tributes to his favorite films, television and artists. From pitch perfect versions of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, to a 8 1/2 poster that would make Fellini proud, his work has been noticed by such companies as Nike and Hugo Boss. For more of his cleanly drawn work, check out mattneedle.co.uk. [Read more...]
What exactly is design and how would we define it? Is it making something function well or making it look good? Graphic designer, illustrator and educator, Frank Chimero speaks at the Build Conference about historical views of design and the great importance of knowing many things outside of the field. Design is more a vessel than an object, he says, it’s primary worth being what it holds.
The submissions are in for our very first Visual New contest: Visual Love Letters! The imaginative entries explore wide interpretations of love; from how the sexes view each other, to the ties between love and death. These amorous illustrations are just what cupid ordered.
After much deliberation, we’re pleased to announce this contest winner, Christina Binou, who will receive 4 books by the inspirational Edward Tufte. We also want to give many thanks to all our other talented entrants. If good looks where a minute, your designs would be an hour.
With Valentines Day quickly speeding our way and the number of passé holiday cards stacking up, we though we’d bring you some designs that break the normal pink hearts and cute puppies mold. [Read more...]
That’s right… It’s our first ever Visual News Design Contest! In celebration of this love filled time of year we’re challenging YOU to come up with your very best expression of love, conveyed through the medium of infographics. To be announced this Valentines day, the talented and lucky winner will receive four books by the much admired Edward Tufte (a $120 value on Amazon, pictured below). The deadline is midnight February 13th so work quick… and here’s to being lucky in design AND love! [Read more...]