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Posts Tagged: design

Discover Pharell Williams Through His Fans

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Those of you who attended HOW Design Live 2016 remember the incredible blend of music, culture, design and community that’s wholly entwined with Pharrell Williams’ work. You’ll find the same vibe on his website, which not only features a uniquely-tiled user interface, smooth animations and—naturally—great music, but also invites a sense of community and creativity. You can create a “fan card,” each of which represents a fan’s favorite project from the worlds of music, TV & film, social good, art & design, and fashion. Be sure to visit his site, even add a tile to the user experience.

10 Beautiful Projects for Packaging Design Inspiration

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Have you received your copy of Print’s 2015 Regional Design Annual? Surely I don’t have to remind you that it’s the design industry’s most well-respected and sought-after annual? In it, you’ll find 348 of the best American designs of the year, including the beautiful packaging designs you’ll see here courtesy of HOW Magazine:

Brooks Dry Cider

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Hall, Oakland, CA; www.toshhall.com: Tosh Hall (creative director/art director/designer/writer), Luke Dixon (illustrator), Mathew Coluccio, Andy Baron (photographers); Brooks Bennett (client)

Gershwin CD

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Starbucks Global Creative Studio, Seattle; www.starbucks.com: Mike Peck, Jeffrey Fields (creative directors), Jon Cannell (art director), Dana Deininger (designer), Steven Stolder (writer); Starbucks Coffee Company (client)

Krave Jerky for Whole Foods

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Hatch Design, San Francisco; www.hatchsf.com: Joel Templin, Katie Jain (creative directors/art directors), Will Ecke, Eszter Clark, Javier Garcia (designers), Sarah Remington (photographer), Lisa Pemrick (writer); Krave Jerky (client)

Swell Cold Brew Bottle

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pprwrk studio, Kapolei, HI; www.pprwrkstudio.com: Mark Caneso (creative director/art director/designer); Swell Cold Co-op (client)

Frisco City Grainworks Packaging System

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RBMM, Dallas; www.rbmm.com: Jeff Barfoot (creative director), Garrett Owen (art director/designer); Frisco City Grainworks (client)

Xylobags Packaging

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70kft, Dallas; www.70kft.com: Stefan Reddick (creative director/designer), Michael Feavel (art director/designer); Xylobags (client)

Fest Cola Packaging

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CPR and Partners, New Orleans; www.cprandpartners.com: David Caruso, Rocky Russo (creative directors/art directors/designers), Justin Bonura (creative director/writer); Fest Cola (client)

Good Brewing Company Can Design

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Lewis Communications, Birmingham, AL; www.lewiscommunications.com: Roy Burns (creative director/art director/designer), Andrew Thompson (art director/ designer); Good People Brewing Company (client)

Agave Dream

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Hiebing, Madison, WI; www.hiebing.com: Sean Mullen (creative director), Barry Kalpinski (art director/designer), Sandy Geier (writer); Agave Dream (client)

Yokan Packaging

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Yoko Nire Studio; www.yokonire.com: Yoko Nire (creative director/art director/designer), Jason Booher, Katarzyna Gruda (instructors); B.S. Network, Japan (client)

How to Live Like a Creative

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I’ve never been one to enjoy the word “creative” as a noun but so seems to be the trend of the decade. It might be best to just accept the titles we receive and apply the definition in our work and not just our daily lives. About that: the daily life of a creative person. This wonderful infographic explores what it’s like to spend a day in the shoes of a ‘creative’.

View the interactive infographic or download it, the old-fashioned way.

Hayao Miyazaki and the Essence of Humanity in Animation

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Sometimes, people call the filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki the “Japanese Walt Disney” (even though he’s said to hate it). In his 40-year career, Miyazaki has created such films as Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away. In this 17-minute video essay, Lewis Bond takes us through Miyazaki’s genius and how he excels at bringing three-dimensional characters to his two-dimensional films. “His aim wasn’t to make films that spoke down to children. His aim was to make films that would help us all understand the human condition,” Bond says. Video essays like this and more of Bond’s work can be found on his YouTube channel.

— Video by Lewis Bond, originally appeared in The Atlantic Videos.

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The Pirelli Calendar 2016

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The special “art item” calendar released by the Italian tire company, Pirelli, each year has a unique twist coming in 2016. Typically filled with photographs of nude or scantily clad women, this year’s editions, shot by V.F. contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz, features 12 studio portraits of women renowned for their work in diverse fields—including comedy, sports, philanthropy, and art. Another notable departure from the Pirelli ‘brand’ is that Leibovitz is the only woman — aside from husband-and-wife duo Inez and Vinoodh, in 2007 — to have photographed the calendar in over 25 years.

Of all the accomplished women featured — Serena Williams; Yao Chen; Patti Smith; Amy Schumer; Yoko Ono; investor Mellody Hobson; Fran Lebowitz; Agnes Gund and her granddaughter; director Ava DuVernay; artist Shirin Neshat; producer Kathleen Kennedy; blogger and actress Tavi Gevinson; model Natalia Vodianova and one of her young children — only Williams and Schumer are shown in their underwear.

Check out the entire project at Pirelli Calendar

Why City Flags May Be the Worst-Designed Thing You’ve Never Noticed

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Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

–This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured on TED.com

Chip Kidd: The Art of First Impressions — in Design and Life

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Book designer Chip Kidd knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this hilarious, fast-paced talk, he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly — clarity and mystery — and when, why and how they work. He celebrates beautiful, useful pieces of design, skewers less successful work, and shares the thinking behind some of his own iconic book covers.

–This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured on TED.com

Valar Morghulis: An Illustrated Guide to the Many Deaths on Game of Thrones

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Ned Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Oberyn Martell — the list of Game of Thrones characters goes on and on. But the 456 characters here all have one thing in common: They’re dead. Before the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere, The Washington Post took a look back and noted every on-screen death from the first four seasons. Here are all 456 deaths, including who, how, why and where. But be warned, that number will undoubtedly rise. After all, “Valar Morghulis” (all men must die). Find out more about the HBO show.

This digital infographic first appeared in the Washington Post.

Know Canada!

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No, it’s not the new national anthem. The nation has simply decided to rebrand its international image by showing the world what exactly is Canada. As part of it’s series, “Studio 360,” a radio program hosted by Kurt Andersen and produced by WNYC and PRI, decided to tackle Canada’s image problem, particularly in the U.S., and commissioned Bruce Mau Design to head up the project. BMD has studios in both New York City and Toronto which obviously helped the in solving the problem even though the team working on the project was predominantly relocated Americans.

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“Initially, we had Canadians and Americans participating in it,” says Hunter Tura, the studio’s president and CEO. “At a certain point, we made the decision to ban Canadians from working on it, because we felt that the discussion was bogging down into a number of the clichés we felt we wanted to get past. The idea was to look at the problem in a fresh and clear-eyed way.”

Ultimately, after interviewing many Canadians (including Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson from the comedy-sketch TV show Kids in the Hall and the author and artist Douglas Coupland), BMD came to the conclusion that Canada did not need to be rebranded. In actuality Americans just needed to be educated about Canada. This is where the new ‘brand’ adopted the tagline “Know Canada” (inspired by “You Ottawana get to know us,” a slogan submitted by a “360” listener).

This educational approach called for the jettisoning of Canadian iconography such as beavers, hockey, and the infamous maple leaf. Early on in the exercise, one of the designers drew a Canadian flag, placing a question mark where the maple leaf would be. That turned out to be a breakthrough moment, with the designers deciding to retain the iconic bars of the flag to frame 21st-century symbols of Canadian culture—everything from Arcade Fire and Justin Bieber to socialized health care and Ryan Gosling.

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“By removing the maple leaf and adding imagery, the system became totally flexible,” says Sarah Foelske, the associate creative director who headed the team. “We could speak to politicians. We could speak to creatives. We could speak to so many different things while also staying true to what Canada really was.”

BMD hopes that the Canadian government will be interested in adopting the campaign, now that the materials have been made public at KnowCanada.org, just in time for Canada Day, July 1st. Yes, that’s a real day. Cheers!

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Original article by Belinda Lanks of Co.Design. All photo credits at KnowCanada.org.

Design is an Element of Social Responsibility

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Design is a means toward accomplishing the end goals of serving markets and generating profits. Furthermore, design is an element in social responsibility. Good design allows “form to complement performance.” The way things look is not irrelevant to the way things work: how they work is how they should look.

— Thomas F. Schutte

Image from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement was a show on display from October 3, 2010 through January 3, 2011 presenting eleven building projects on five continents that bring innovative architecture to underserved communities.