The Herman Miller firm, best known for its high-end contemporary interior furnishings (my 20-year old Aeron chair is still going strong), has begun a new round of its Why Design series, in which creatives from a broad spectrum share their reflections on life and work. The first in the new series is dedicated to designer, entrepreneur and sustainability advocate Yves Béhar, who opines that "Surfing is like improvisational jazz."
With a title as promising as Ghostly International: Of Art and Artifice—4 Days of Sound, Art and Inspiration, it's hard not to be intrigued by just what the Art Directors Club has in mind for this event, which will take place from September 13-16 in New York City. Apparently the Ghostly series began back in 1999, with this iteration serving up what sounds like some fresh work: "Of Art and Artifice is not a retrospective—it is a comprehensive state of the union, a peek into what's next after 13 years of creativity from Ghostly International, creating an essential selection of work from the Ghostly family into a never-before-seen collection." The clip above provides a taste, with more information available on the event site.
Check out David Wu's home office that looks like an Apple Store. This is what he writes on his blog: Call me mad. Call me crazy. But I woke up one day around three months or more ago and decided to completely renovate my home study. Ideas came to me quickly and obviously all are Apple Store inspired.
Veteran stock image and font supplier Veer recently launched a presence on Tumblr that shares images from a wide variety of sources, organized in photography, illustration and typography categories. No glitz, just good stuff, in the Veer tradition of thoughtful curation.
That's the name of a site that Neenah Paper has devoted to the ancient practice of engraved printing, with a focus on its CRANE Papers line. It turns out that CRANE has been around since 1873 and is still employed for a wide variety of engraved work, despite its concession to modernity by shifting to 100% tree-free stock. While the site's history of CRANE is interesting enough, the standout is a gallery of user-submitted engraved work, some examples of which are shown below.
It would seem that it is for French design student René Mambembé, who created a series of posters on the theme of superheros and famous characters, each using a letter from Helvetica. The illustrations from the Helvetica, My Hero collection have a minimalist style in keeping with the typeface, some of which can be purchased as prints. I've included a few favorites, below.
The recent Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase at the 2012 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity opened with an impressive live light show. Dubbed Meet Your Creator, it featured the technical prowess of KMel Robotics and the creativity of the wonderfully named Marshmallow Laser Feast.
Movies remain simply a series of still images strung together to create the illusion of motion. However, this is typically employed to generate the sense of having captured something in time that could have also been seen by the viewer. Very different is another old approach to capturing the world, albeit in a specialized way. I'm speaking here of timelapse photography, in which each spot in the sequence is separated from the others by a significant amount of time. French photographer Mayeul Akpovi is one of the few to specialize in this, with his site providing several nifty examples. My favorite is Paris in Motion, in which the camera is often moved slightly between shots.
The cross-platform OpenType font format was seen as way out of the interminable font battles of the 90s, when TrueType and PostScript struggled to win the hearts and mind of designers. While it has succeeded in that regard, one of the more unexpected outcomes of the adoption of OpenType has been an exploration of the format's creative potential. It has taken some years for this to evolve to full fruition but the recent release of Aerotype's Keepsake script face is a reminder of just how far we have come.