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Lucky 21 Brand Identity by Blok Design

Lucky 21 – film production company branding.<p>Blok Design is Toronto, Canada based studio specializing in the development of sophisticated visual and …

Graphic Design

grain editInventory Magazine

I really admire this stationery system created by Anthony Hooper and the in-house design team at Inventory. Its sophistication and attention to …

Puree Organics – Natural Corporate Identity Design

Puree Organics, a natural corporate identity.<p>Marie and Claude LaPonte launched Puree Organics In February of 2014. It’s a Montreal, Canada based …

KYD Buro – Printed Matters and Corporate Identity

Printed matters and entire branding for KYD Buro.<p>This brand identity is a homage to simple graphic shapes and natural materials. Saint Petersburg, …

Graphic Design

TRAY by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Design Nation

Designer Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm created the simple, yet elegant TRAY for Design Nation that’s made out of a single sheet of metal. The …

The Science Of Comic Sans

Researchers have gotten a lot better at understanding how the forms of letters evoke different emotional responses.<p>One of the funniest <i>McSweeney’s</i> pieces you’ll ever read is a message to haters from the font Comic Sans. Slighted by the perception that he’s “pedestrian and tacky,” Mr. Sans argues …

The New ‘Inspiration Pad’ Turns the Conventional Blue-Lined Notebook Upside Down | Colossal

<p>Brussels-based design and advertising firm TM led by Marc Thomasset, just released the second edition of their wildly popular Inspiration Pad. The …

Watch: Famous Designers Disown The World’s Most Recognizable Typeface

A short film explores the history and future of Times New Roman, a legendary typeface no one wants to touch.<p>Since its creation in 1931, Times New Roman has risen to become the world’s most famous typeface, so much so that even non-typography nerds can reliably name it. But as a new short from The …

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think

Many people complain about advertisements as an obnoxious way for companies to invade our everyday lives and cram their products down our throats, …

A Look At 100 Years Of Olympic Logos

<b>John Brownlee</b> of Fast Co. Design has recently published an article about the Olympic Games logos of the past 100 years, which is accompanied by a …

Graphic Design

The influential designs of Ettore Sottsass – in pictures

The most enduring examples of the work of influential Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass<p>• Rowan Moore on the godfather of Italian cool

Scientific Typeface Illustrates 26 Great Inventions

A glossary of the 26 inventions that have most changed the world have been turned into a literal ABCs, thanks to a new typeface by New Delhi design student Khyati Trehan.<p>The project is called the Beauty of Scientific Diagrams. Trehan’s intricate typeface represents 26 important technological …

Margin Call: 5 Moleskine Alternatives for the Notetaker

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Graphic Design and Typography by Jessica Svendsen

Sophisticated Graphic Design and Custom Typography.<p>Jessica Svendsen received a MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art in 2013 and a BA in …

The Fantastical World Of A Legendary Disney Art Director

A new exhibition celebrates the work of Mary Blair, one of Walt Disney’s favorite art directors and designers.<p>You might not know her name, but chances are you’ve seen her work in classic Disney films like <i>Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo</i>, and <i>Peter Pan</i>, or in the “It’s a Small World” attraction …

Smart Casual Dress Code Defined (And How To Wear It With Style)

What is smart casual? The <i>Macquarie Dictionary</i> defines smart casual as “well-dressed in a casual style.” Oxford defines it as “neat, conventional, yet …

Playful Illustrations Make It Easy to Learn Chinese

If you ever wanted to learn Chinese but never thought you could do it, here is a great opportunity! London-based entrepreneur and author ShaoLan Hsueh is developing a book, <i>Chineasy</i>, that makes it rather simple to learn basic Chinese words and phrases.<p>The visual system uses playful illustrations to …

Language Learning

Graphic Design Definition

The Definition of Graphic Design.<p><b>Graphic Design</b> (the term being first coined as such by William Addison Dwiggins in 1922) is defined as the visual …

Graphic Design

The Secrets Of A Memorable Infographic

New research refutes a common perception about what makes infographics stick in your mind.<p>Human memory is very fallible, but lately cognitive scientists have found that our minds capture much more visual detail in a moment than once believed. A 2008 paper reported that people who saw thousands of …

Typefight, a brawl on the baseline - The Fox Is Black

Ascenders up. Slab. Dip. Slap. Uppercase uppercut.<p>Occasionally a project comes along that I find is worthy of the adjective genius. I tend to use a …

Illustrated Costumes of Famous Musicians

Brazilian illustrator Frederico Birchal created this really cool project to bring back some of the most epic musicians and their favorite costumes to …

Check Out These Vintage Rock Posters, Remixed With Swiss Modernism

Hellraising in Helvetica: A designer takes the CBGB aesthetic of vintage punk posters into clean, alpine lines.<p>Swiss modernism, a typographic style that originated in the Alpine country in the 1950s, prioritizes cleanliness and order. Punk rock, with its filthy basement shows and gender subversion …

Look, No Grid! NYC Reimagined As A Circular Metropolis

Mapmaker Max Roberts ditches New York’s linear grid for concentric circles in this new subway map.<p>Max Roberts really likes maps. Trained as a cognitive psychologist and a lecturer at the University of Essex, he began cultivating an immense knowledge of transit maps nearly 15 years ago, even writing …

Airing Out 40 Years: Nike Design Over The Decades

Illustrator Stephen Cheetham uses minimalist graphics to chart a visual history of the brand’s most memorable designs.<p>Growing up, Stephen Cheetham never had “cool” sneakers. “I wanted them, but just didn’t have the money,” the London-based illustrator tells Co.Design. His parents, he adds–now with …

Kickstarting: The Design of Intern Magazine Pays

A new bi-annual publication dedicated to the unpaid workforce looks anything but entry-level.<p><i>Intern</i> magazine marks a new meta-high in the publishing industry: Unpaid interns who work in media are paying plenty of attention to a media launch dedicated to unpaid interns.<p>If you had to think about this …

grain editPinterest Picks

<i>The Great Outdoors</i> by Warwick Kay<p>From Kenzo Tange Structures to Futura type speciens here’s our favorite Pinterest picks from the past month.<p>Work by …

Pinterest

Infographic: The History of Tech, Charted As A London Tube Map

What does programming have to do with the spinning jenny? Let History Mesh show you.<p>Everyone knows the old saw that “no technology exists in a vacuum.” Less clear to our linear-narrative-obsessed culture is the fact that no technology was <i>invented</i> in one, either. The strands that connect the dots of …

How Design Legend Irving Harper Created The Herman Miller Logo

In 1946, Harper, responsible for creating the iconic Marshmallow sofa, designed the logo that the company uses to this day.<p><i>[Editor’s note: The following is republished from WHY, a new digital platform from Herman Miller.]</i><p>Imagining a sheet of paper as a building site will give you a good sense for …

Pixar Typography Booklet