The clientsfromhell.net site is a repository of anonymously-contributed gems from designers sharing the pain of dealing with impossible clients. Most have a comic element, such as the following story about designing menus for a Persian restaurant, which involved a suggestion for the owner. Designer: To be honest, I would change the name to ‘Taco-Dog’ on the menu. Client: What’s wrong with Dog-Taco?
Old maps are cool, there's no doubt about that. But purchasing them, especially large ones, is simply not possible for any but the happy few. Trying to change all that is the team of Alex Toledano and Seth Rosenbaum, who together comprise Bedrock Images, founded last year with a mission to make reproductions of large urban maps of historical interest available to a wide audience. In that they seem to have succeeded, with their site now offering affordable, high-quality reproductions of historical maps of Paris, Rome, Beijing, New York and Washington DC in a range of sizes and formats. Above, a detail from Will Taylor's 1879 portrait of New York shows the Brooklyn Bridge, imagined before its completion.
Süperfad describes itself as "a brand-driven design and live action production company." Founded in 2001, this collective of designers, directors, animators and artists has assembled an impressive client roster, including such brands as Honda, Sony, Target, Adidas and AT&T. One of its recent initiatives is On Creativity, a series of informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators and educators, which spans everyone from Milton Glaser to graffiti artist Craig Costello.
André Wee is a soon-to-be twenty three year old Illustrator and Visual artist from Singapore. As he writes on his site he is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he is sleep deprived from work but very oddly happy.
E. chromi is a collaboration between designers and scientists in the new field of synthetic biology. In 2009, seven Cambridge University undergraduates spent the summer genetically engineering bacteria to secrete a variety of coloured pigments, visible to the naked eye. They designed standardised sequences of DNA, known as BioBricks, and inserted them into E. coli bacteria.
The concept of design thinking as an approach to problem solving within the sphere of design has developed momentum in recent years, to the point where it's now almost a truism. But if there are more than a few books available on the topic, Design & Thinking would seem to be the first documentary. Consisting of interviews with such luminaries as Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO and Richard Grefé, executive director of AIGA, the idea has merit. Finding a screening may prove difficult, however, since no dates have yet been set subsequent to its launch at the Newport Beach Film Festival last Saturday.