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September 5, 2013
13:22 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2013
aatombomb:

The Saul Bass Google Doodle is really good. 

Watch this. When you hear companies talking about using “Flat Design,” what they really mean is “kinda like Saul Bass.”

aatombomb:

The Saul Bass Google Doodle is really good. 

Watch this. When you hear companies talking about using “Flat Design,” what they really mean is “kinda like Saul Bass.”

10:58 // 1 year ago
December 9, 2012

On haters and the University of California’s new logo

pbump:

One of the designers of the new UC logo explains why he thinks it’s exciting and necessary.

A lot of folks aren’t in that camp (at least 33,000, according to Change.org), leading to personal attacks like this one on UC’s creative director, Vanessa Correa:

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It’s also a heavy topic of discussion on Reddit’s Berkeley community. What do you think of the logo?

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(If you’re curious, BTW, Fast Company has a piece explaining the reasoning on the change, which was part of a complete rebranding.)

16:05 // 1 year ago
September 14, 2012

usatoday:

The “Cool Balls” manifesto, by designer Sam Ward — who may have spent far too much time designing the daily versions of our new logo.

I have a dream … that one day all Americans will join hands and declare their undying love for our balls; our spheres of influence, our behaviors, or whatever one chooses to call them.

Actually, and perhaps with an air of creepiness, I DID have a dream about this very topic. I dreamt that people all over the place were talking about the images in USA TODAY’s balls. It was creating quite a stir; which, if we do our job right, shouldn’t be far from the truth. [more]

Click on to read more about USA Today’s focus on ball-based design.

11:41 // 2 years ago
July 27, 2012
For its recent feature on Passion Pit, music site Pitchfork tried an approach they’ve never tried before — they laid it out like a long, horizontal magazine article, one step away from Paste or Spin. It’s awesome (and a great read), in case you haven’t seen.

For its recent feature on Passion Pit, music site Pitchfork tried an approach they’ve never tried before — they laid it out like a long, horizontal magazine article, one step away from Paste or Spin. It’s awesome (and a great read), in case you haven’t seen.

21:02 // 2 years ago
February 12, 2012
This one’s for inothernews: ”Before Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover in 1938, at the age of 23, all albums came in plain brown wrappers,” the synopsis of the graphic designer’s biography says. “That simple idea revolutionized the record business and spawned an entire new field of illustration-album cover art-that is now inseparable.” I did a paper on Alex Steinweiss for one of my classes, and found him to be one of my biggest design inspirations in college. He’s up there with Paul Rand and Saul Bass for me. — Ernie @ SFB

This one’s for inothernews: ”Before Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover in 1938, at the age of 23, all albums came in plain brown wrappers,” the synopsis of the graphic designer’s biography says. “That simple idea revolutionized the record business and spawned an entire new field of illustration-album cover art-that is now inseparable.” I did a paper on Alex Steinweiss for one of my classes, and found him to be one of my biggest design inspirations in college. He’s up there with Paul Rand and Saul Bass for me. — Ernie @ SFB

23:04 // 2 years ago
December 2, 2011
RIP Louis Silverstein, the guy who gave The New York Times its shine
An unsung journalistic hero: Before Louis Silverstein, newspaper design was a trade, not a profession. With the many changes he made as art director of the Times in the 1960s and 1970s, he helped change that. White space? More ambitious typefaces? Larger fonts? Abstract illustrations? Those were all his doing. Many of the conventions that modern newspapers now take advantage of came (in part) from Silverstein’s work. It took a lot of pushing, but Silverstein sold editors on these ideas. As a result, the Gray Lady is (and many other papers are) a lot less gray. And graphic design and news aren’t separate entities. Silverstein died Thursday at 92. (Also worth a read:The Society for News Design has a lot of anecdotes about an important figure in visual journalism.) source
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An unsung journalistic hero: Before Louis Silverstein, newspaper design was a trade, not a profession. With the many changes he made as art director of the Times in the 1960s and 1970s, he helped change that. White space? More ambitious typefaces? Larger fonts? Abstract illustrations? Those were all his doing. Many of the conventions that modern newspapers now take advantage of came (in part) from Silverstein’s work. It took a lot of pushing, but Silverstein sold editors on these ideas. As a result, the Gray Lady is (and many other papers are) a lot less gray. And graphic design and news aren’t separate entities. Silverstein died Thursday at 92. (Also worth a read:The Society for News Design has a lot of anecdotes about an important figure in visual journalism.) source

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21:14 // 2 years ago
October 20, 2011
Obama soliciting designs for his jobs initiative: Most designers hate this idea of free spec work, including us, but it is worth noing Shepard Fairey essentially did this without fanfare in 2008 and it raised his profile significantly. Our feeling? We, as a country, can afford to pay a couple bucks. (via Percolate)

Obama soliciting designs for his jobs initiative: Most designers hate this idea of free spec work, including us, but it is worth noing Shepard Fairey essentially did this without fanfare in 2008 and it raised his profile significantly. Our feeling? We, as a country, can afford to pay a couple bucks. (via Percolate)

9:56 // 3 years ago
September 2, 2011
0:24 // 3 years ago
June 10, 2011

Hey, DC residents with mad journalism/design skillz: Wanna work at a super-popular paper read by thousands every day? Well, we've got the gig for you. 

The Washington Post Express is looking to hire a news designer on a six-month contract basis. If you know how to lay out print pages like a pro, cut out photos like a ninja, think critically about the news of the day, and design story packages that make jaws drop, check out the info on the job over here. Oh, and a side effect: You’ll get to work with me, personally. Bug me if you have questions. — Ernie @ SFB

15:45 // 3 years ago