Graphic Design (general) Archive:

How does Google shape its brand through design? Check out their “Visual Assets Guidelines“. It’s all very similar to the flat design movement, but the level of detail is fascinating.

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With the conference release of iOS 7 yesterday, there is much talk about it’s “flat design”. What is flat design? Designmodo has a nice article explaining the basics.

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While I generally love flat design concepts, Apple really choked on some of the implementation – particularly the icon designs. Check out photos, newstand, game center, and settings below. Barf. They are the way too cluttered busy and abstract – the exact opposite of what they should be.

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A lot of tree maps are gibberish. This one drives home the structural changes in the job market quite clearly. It’s part of Catherine Mulbrandon’s awesome book “An Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States”. I highly recommend her book – whether it’s for the insightful content, or for the 130+ beautiful examples of clean design.

 

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A nice introductory video from PBS with Edward Tufte, Julie Steele, Josh Smith, and Jer Thorp. Every once in a while it’s good to remind yourself of basic principles.

I love symbols and logos. It’s interesting how they change over time to reflect the times, marketing attempts, and mediums.

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here are a few more:

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I usually don’t post banner infographics anymore (most of them are linkbait), but I liked how this one summarizes the basic concepts of color theory and provides iconic examples. Of course, there is way too much room given to the chakra color nonsense.

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The aesthetic aspects of color in design are demonstrated in my friend Mitch’s collage piece of vintage advertisements:

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I dabble in VJ’ing, and it’s amazing what you can do with todays tools, like Resolume. But take a look at what Oskar Fischinger did back in 1938 with pieces of paper hanging from wires in his synesthetic interpretation of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody. Amazing. Actually, it’s kind of embarrassing. We are so spoiled.

I receive dozens of infographics a day. Most of them (besides being terrible) are obviously designed to promote a particular company or non-profit. However, there are also a lot concerning topics that have nothing to do with their original site– and I figured they were just link-bait for SEO chasers. Well, Dan Tynan did a little more digging in an article over at ITWorld, and it’s quite interesting.

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I’ve always read how well designed HC Beck’s 1933 version of the London underground was. It only occurred to me the other day that I never had seen the old version for comparison. There are definitely significant improvements (…improvements that have proven very useful as the system grew further), but I can’t say it blows me away. Of course, that might be because we now view those design features as commonplace.

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You should always adjust for population.

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Is it just me, or do John McWade’s awesome videos remind you of Bob Ross? The same happy obsession with a craft, combined with a calm soothing voice. I mean, just add a perm, right?

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Anyways, his graphic design advice is fantastic. He can occasionally get a little too Tufte minimalist, but that’s just a minor quibble. Subscribe to his youtube channel if you know what’s good for you.

Feels like a music video for a slogan, using meaningless animated infographics.

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