The year I discovered Sagmeister

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Global Experience Language – BBC

GEL aka Global Experience Language is the title that the Big British Castle use to define their ‘reference point for designing BBC services across Web, Mobile, iPTV and Tablet’. What in previous years would be called ‘online branding’ with an agency knocking together some visuals… this is User Experience driven design.

Awesome.

Filed under: Design, Read, Reference, UX design, , , ,

Printout – Designing difference

First time that I have made it to a Printout event. What a great hour / hour and an half – organised and hosted by Jeremy Leslie (MagCulture) and Steve Watson (Stack). 3 interesting magazines given a showcase by their designers – (Winter / A magazine for all seasons, Talc and mono-cultur). Printout events (I think) focus just on magazines but any designer or non-designer, in any field, (basically everyone) for that matter should check these events out. Just £6.

My preference in terms of subject and design would be Winter (designed/created by Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock) and mono-cultur (designed/created by Kai van Rabenau). Certainly will be making a trip to Magma (if they stock them) to get myself a copy.

Some poor questions from the audience (either too long winded/self-important or just plain drunk!) – ended the night – questions that I have thought of since – how far from the initial designs, layout is the finished product?, who is the audience for these magazines and who buys them?, why do the contributors give up their time for small independent magazines – do they get something from this? and lastly how long did it take to put together – (last question from Chung).

For a far more detailed commentary on the night, check out Steve Watson’s site.

(Can’t quite work out at 3 in the morning if Steve Watson’s – Stack is the same as Monocle’s – The Stack..?)

Filed under: Design, Magazine, Read, Reference, Shop, Talks, Visit, , , , , , , , , , , ,

FHK Henrion

FHK Henrion – talk (held by/at the St Bride Foundation) 15 Jan 2014.

Words from St Bride: 2014 is the centenary of the birth of FHK Henrion, the most important British graphic designer of the twentieth century. Born in Germany, Henrion lived and worked in Britain from the 1930s until his death in 1990. During that time he worked as a celebrated poster artist, and later as one of the global pioneers of corporate identity. He was a product designer, educator and design evangelist, and no one did more to professionalise British graphic design at a time when it was still a cottage industry. Many of Henrion’s groundbreaking logos and identities remain in use today, amongst them Tate & Lyle, Blue Circle Cement and KLM.

Also a new Unit Editions book on FHK Henrion.

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TCO London pop-up shop

The Church of London (creators of LWL and Huck) have a little pop-up shop at Old St tube till 3rd Dec…

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Filed under: Design, Exhibition, Graphic, Read, Reference, Shop, Visit, , , , ,

Designing News – Francesco Franchi

Designing News by Francesco Franchi – ‘In Designing News, award-winning editorial and infographics designer Francesco Franchi conveys his vision for the future of the news and media industries. He evaluates the fundamental changes that are taking place in our digital age in terms of consumer expectations and the way media is being used. The book then outlines the challenges that result and proposes strategies for traditional publishing houses, broadcasting companies, journalists, and designers to address them.’

Looks absolutely amazing. Published by Gestalten – yours for £45…seen via @MrMattWilleybook_featured_6

A short film from Franchi talking about the book.

Filed under: Design, Infographics, Read, Reference, Shop, , , , , , ,

Type Only – Unit Editions

Unit Editions (Tony Brook and Adrian Shaunghnessy) have a new book that is all about type.

Visuals from It’s Nice That.

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Home & Delicious

Gunnar Sverrisson and Halla Bára Gestsdóttir – husband and wife team from Iceland… nice blog site but also a lovely online magazine

In their words…

home & delicious – is a place for our thoughts, work and interests. The home and food, our environment and the nature; how we think about it and treat it means a lot to us. Our site is a place for people to seek inspiration and get useful ideas for their home and living. To create interesting and personal space around you where cooking food and eating is an integral part of the whole.

Issue one (cover below) – Issue twoIssue three

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Filed under: Blogs, Design, Interior, Read, Reference, , , , , , ,

It’s Nice That No.8

Added to the wishlist…

It’s Nice That No.8 – ‘Content includes interviews with architect John Pawson, art double act John Wood and Paul Harrison, design legend Paula Scher and art collective Slavs and Tatars. Of course, there’s the usual blend of original features and mini profiles as well.’ Words and pic It’s Nice That.

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