Design Archives

February 2, 2007

Keep calm and carry on.

Lets run a telethon and buy a bagillion of these to post around Beantown.

February 5, 2007

The money maker.

Nothing to shake here. Pure currency design gold.

"At a time when Hollywood is struggling to redefine its appeal...studios are bringing in outsiders to work on film graphics."

The web could use a little intervention from other disciplines. Don't miss the slideshow.

February 6, 2007

Netdiver's Best of '06.

The only best-of web design list you're going to need.

February 8, 2007

Monsters and Madmen.

Check out the cover art. Fantastic!

February 9, 2007

Warning: do not click-through unless your are completely, absolutely color-blind.

I wasn't prepared and the doctor says it's going to be a few weeks before my retinas return to normal.

A List Apart on hieno. Jasonin sivut ei putoo mulle yhtään.

Toisen Happy Cog-duunari Greg Storeyn oma saitti on hieno.

Daily monster.

The best distraction I've had in ages.

February 19, 2007

Cigarette packs.

Communists sure can make an attractive package.

February 22, 2007

Nix, this job's for you.

Apple will always take you back, you know that.

February 23, 2007

Designers sniff the zeitgeist.

We also see the Matrix.

History of Flight.

The evolution of a brand.

Don't miss the chart.

February 26, 2007

Pimp my scoota.


"For better or worse, I look at the world with a blog designer mind."

I'm sorry.

February 27, 2007

Swfir is here!.

Web standards compatible, Flash based photo manipulation.

February 28, 2007

Oooo they used a lower case title to be edgy.

Make sure you charge them extra for that.

Agile design?

It looks good on paper but I've had problems trying to work that way.

Joyent "realigns".

Does Third & Grand know about this? Falkner Wine is going to need to update too.

March 1, 2007

AIGA redesigns.

And Jason has something to do with it.

March 3, 2007

Westfalia redux.

I wish VW would make another Westfalia.

March 5, 2007

We make Matt Lauer look good.

While they made a few changes, the Airbag re-align is now available for your viewing pleasure.

"I reckoned AIGA would hire a more obviously design-focused shop."

A little context goes a long, long way.


Biddle, this is going to be your new favorite tool.

March 9, 2007

Glimpses of Helvetica.

Veer has scenes from the movie.

March 13, 2007


Hey Mark, when you get back please write about your horizontal grid algebra.

March 19, 2007

Pentagram shows off it's new Time.

The TOC and Dashboard designs are interesting.

It's harder to become a car designer than it is to get into the NFL.

And then what? You're designing the next Ford Taurus? No thanks.

The Story of the Quadruped.

Soak in the eye candy. Just stare at it for a while.

Todd Warfel is writing a book on prototyping.

Published by Lou's book label. Awesome!

March 20, 2007

Redesigning the ExpressionEngine website.

Nice work Jesse!

March 21, 2007

Under the hood at AiGA.

Naz shows why he's a design ninja. Love. Love Love.

March 22, 2007

I'm so very, very tired of this.

It's time for designers to start fighting back.

I'm not a huge fan of Digg, but this story needs to be heard.

Take a minute and support one of our own.

March 23, 2007

Red 5 is looking for a web designer.

Special bonus, you get to work with Airbag form time-to-time.

March 27, 2007

Digital asset manager/art buyer.

Art buyer?! What a cool job.

March 30, 2007


Hot new stuff from You Work For Them.

The Nightly News.

Run, run, run and get your hands on this book. It's absolutely incredible.

April 5, 2007

When the wrong shades of green and yellow attack.

Caution, not safe for your eyes.

Design can change.

Wonderful new program from the guys at Smashlab.

April 7, 2007

Design can change.

But can it save the cheerleader?

Dave asks: What is an infographic?

Pie charts, pie charts, pie charts.

Swiss Graphic Design History.

My jaw is still on the floor.

April 9, 2007

Hey kids, want to see the newest worst website ever?

It's easy to see why Nike is looking elsewhere. Yawn.

April 10, 2007

Setting type on the Web to a baseline grid.

Excellent work from Mr. Miner who updates his blog on an annual basis.

April 14, 2007

North Korean web design.

Why does a country that blocks the Internet from it's people need web design?

April 15, 2007

Moleskine City Notebooks.

Nifty idea.

April 17, 2007

L33t Designer.

A web designer reality show in the making.

April 20, 2007

The Markup & Style Society.

For cool kids. In Boston.

April 22, 2007

Kuler Dashboard widget.

Brian, this could prove useful.

April 24, 2007

Rounded rectangle borders.

I see so many designs get this wrong. Thanks Adam.

REI is looking for a senior designer.

Damn this Airbag thing, I would love to work there.

CSS Edit 2.5 is here.

It's raining good software.

The influence of art in design.

A podcast.

April 30, 2007

Shamed by seeking redemption.

Clicking the buy button is always the first step.

May 8, 2007

Wanted: Typographie.

If anyone knows where I can get my hands on this books I would sure appreciate it.

Moleskine popups.

That reminds me, I need to be drawing more. A lot more.

May 14, 2007

Designer awesome!

"...please design the user experience/interface, the squid and the whale...."

May 16, 2007

How to build a better program? First the designer has to hate it.

For Naryan.

May 17, 2007

Yet another ALA ripoff.

I like the streaming MP3, nice touch. Jeffrey, can you add this to your site?

May 19, 2007

"Nothing less than a revolution in design is needed to reach the other 90%."

An exhibition on the need for well designed solutions in the third-world.

May 21, 2007

d.Construct 2007.

Love the live wireframing.

An Event Apart Chicago!

Look at that line-up. And it's in Chicago!

May 24, 2007

Do good, look good.

Bring your design skills.

May 28, 2007

"I propose that the best user experiences sit on top of an infrastructure layer of abundance."

Read: designing for more, not designing more.

May 31, 2007

Design does impact the bottom line.

Here's some spark lines to prove it.

Top twenty mistakes marketers makes when rebranding.

A portable document for your enjoyment.

Skinning MS SharePoint with standards.

Wow that looks like a whole hell of a lot of fun.

Adventure paper.

For printing "waterproof, tear-resistant maps!"

Ya burnt.

Sadly I doubt even a public flogging will help in this case.

June 5, 2007

About the London 2012 brand.

Bring your bong because Visa won't help at all.

Who dumped blog design on CNN?

Why is online news design devolving?

David Hasselhoff revealed as designer of the 2012 Olympic logo.

K.I.T.T. wants to be clear he had nothing to do with it.

June 6, 2007

Al Gore for President.

A design link.

Does the face used here reinforce or undermine the message?

Only if they would have spelled it Pür.

June 7, 2007

The return of Coudal's Photoshop Tennis.

My strawberrys and cream are at the ready.

June 10, 2007

Eye tracking study suggests people read more online.

Saved for later.

June 11, 2007

Dear London, if you want a kitchy-cool logo, look at Sauma's.

Incredible work!

Using the Blend tool and Distort Zig Zag effect in Illustrator.

Thank you Veerle.

A vastly superior logo for London 2012.

Stay calm and carry on.

June 12, 2007

Jeff Croft joins Blue Flavor.

Bring your rain jacket and galoshes.

June 13, 2007

The work of Charley Harper.

I love the style.

Yes, design can make you happy.

Take ten, watch, and learn.

June 14, 2007

Jeffrey is profiled in Business Week's Cutting Edge Designers 2007.


June 18, 2007

72: Otl Aicher and the Munich Olympiad.

Study the master and his work.

June 23, 2007

Preparing for a redesign.

Anyone attending this event?

June 26, 2007

Design theft, sponsored by Sun Microsystems.


June 28, 2007


Sketchbook eye candy.

July 6, 2007

Fables 66.

I could look at James' work all day long.

July 7, 2007

OmniGraffle wireframe palette.

A big time saver, thank you.

July 8, 2007

How to develop and manage a successful publication.

Airbag needs an upgrade, this is worth looking into.

July 9, 2007

ESPN is looking for design help.

Go forth and do great work.

Altitude: Contemporary Swiss Graphic Design.

Can not arrive soon enough.

Crazy interiors ideas for the Dreamliner.

I'm going to make mine invisible.

July 10, 2007

"...what looks like a simple sign is actually an intricate assemblage of nearly a thousand separate custom-designed pieces, each a painted extruded aluminum sleeve a little more than three inches in diameter."


What a designer has to do when looking for a job.

I want to know what a designer has to do to get their own private jet.

July 11, 2007

Does ya like football and fonts?

The NFL is looking for a Senior Designer. Hike.

Typographica's favorite fonts of 2006.


July 13, 2007

Tardis in trouble.

For Hicks.

July 14, 2007

Dream. Job.

I can has free iced lattes?

July 18, 2007

"I find it odd that many of these iPhone specific apps are not only being embraced by the Mac community, but being created by some heavyweights in the web design arena."

"Nothing irks me more than browsing to a site only to be greeted with a page that, based on the user agent my browser supplies, keeps me out."

"Rob Weychert is a bright personality, both literally and figuratively."

Don't fool yourself! He's a man-beast with a killer instinct for kerning!

July 26, 2007

5003 vs Senorita Polyester.

More please.

Vote Declare Yourself.

Because I want the poster version.

July 27, 2007

Product design at Apple and beyond.

A bulleted list.

Unless you have a 12th anniversary to attend then you need to be in Chicago.

Nuff said.

I've never seen a must have piece of furniture, until now.


Roman Cieslewicz.

Eye candy from Poland in the early 80s.

August 6, 2007

How do they make the color white?

For those whom are also curious.

August 9, 2007

The Barnbrook Bible.


The Morning News is looking for a design intern.

Can Airbag apply?

The framework formally known as prints.

Next article in the series: This is what it sounds like when pages validate.

Bulletproof Web Design, Second Edition.


August 10, 2007

Simplicity FTW.

"Complexity prevents us from expanding our audience."

August 13, 2007

Why most law firm web sites stink.

Any objections?

Apple meets Joshua Davis.

"I'm always trying to find colors that are a little different. I want a blue you can't buy in a store."

How the world really shapes up.

A series of infographs.

August 16, 2007

Design heroes.

"...15 top graphic designers to tell us about their mentors and those who have influenced them over the years."

Cameron's Mobile Web Design book available August 28th.

I should write a book someday. It will be written completely in cat speak with a forward by Tom Cruise.

August 21, 2007

Transition from visual design to interaction design.

It's all about where to put the damn navigation.

August 22, 2007

Content-aware image resizing.

This is scarry, and not in a good way.

August 31, 2007

Peter J. Turgeon, King of Asshats.

Fraud is a crime Peter. Do your clients know about this?

Bioshock: Breaking the Mold.

Shhh...don't talk, just click and download the hi-red version.

Mobile Web Design.

The definitive source.


Perhaps the most clever blog I've seen in a long while.

September 4, 2007

"To our users, "design" isn't some sort of impenetrable absolute--and to some, it might even be a liability."

Where's Davidson? He used to have a strong opinion on this matter.

September 5, 2007

On being design gay.

"I'd travel across North America and stop at modern furniture expos and buy funky glasses and pretend I am from Switzerland."

Icograda World Design Congress 2007.

Screw Austin, lets head to Cuba!

We Are Rock Hard.

I would have gone with We Are Parkay.

September 7, 2007

Mario Garcia's presentation to Poynter Institute on the redesign of the Wall Street Journal.

Requires free course enrollment.

September 9, 2007

Tabs are dead! Long live tabs!

Rest in peace sweet, favored navigation device, you have earned it.

"Are website designs copyrighted,"

asks Metafilter.

A word on design value.

Should be required reading for all potential clients.

Assessing the 'Surge': A survey of Baghdad neighborhoods.

An infographic.

September 10, 2007

The work of Piet Zwart.

September 11, 2007


Wonderful design, great content.

September 14, 2007

Layer Tennis?

Apparently the requirement for Photoshop is no more. And there goes my shot at being a commentator.

September 17, 2007

A guide for placing advertising so that it does not get in the way of content.

Ashley, Jim, and Rex...see page six.

CSS Type.

A useful app.

September 19, 2007


No really. Why?

September 20, 2007

The debut of the Eames Lounge chair.

"We've never designed for a fashion or with the idea of fitting in a fashion."

September 21, 2007

Satisfaction Guaranteed Design by Airbag Industries LLC.

The best is yet to come.

September 23, 2007

The innovation equation.

"...a massive simplification of the organizational challenges and tactical considerations of making innovation happen."

September 24, 2007

Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament 2007.

Coming to your city soon.

Leslie Inman's on TV!

I'd love to see a collection of the work she did presented on it own someday.

Sundance '08 has launched!

Thanks to everyone involved. David, we could not have done this without you.

"I already know how to drink."

Ethan provies a little behind the scenes on Sundance.

"She wants the iPhone and asks for it by name, like cats do for Meow Mix."

That should be a poster, t-shirt, or both. Jason, get on it!

September 28, 2007

How to ruin a web design.

We're going to point this to clients before each project.

Photoshop (sorry Jim) Tennis is here!

Anyone taking bets?

September 29, 2007

Great designers steal, from Braun apparently.

I'd love to see more photos of gear from Spiekermann's collection.

October 15, 2007

New approaches to an old challenege.

Cartoons always win.

October 17, 2007

Findings from the Web Design Survey.

Tons of data.

October 18, 2007

Roaming around Roland.

Ode to have reason to acquire one of these bad boys.

NYC Taxi logo redesign brought to you by the makers of London 2012.

I didn't know that typography came in ugly.

October 19, 2007

Hamid vs. Glass.

Ten bucks says Naz takes a bite out of Chris ear in the seventh round.

October 22, 2007

The Spy.

Too damn cool.

October 24, 2007

Stichting Nederlands Archief Grafisch Ontwerpers.


Dual City Sessions.

Ethan, go check this out while you're over there.

"Don't try to be original, just try to be good."

Stop what you're doing and watch this, twice.

October 25, 2007

CIA is looking for a graphic designer.

Move some pixels, start a proxy war, it's all good.

October 26, 2007

"The petals are arranged freely but concentrically, symbolising the individual contribution of each Member State."


October 29, 2007

Last Friday, Jason smashed Brian's lob to win last weeks match.

Thankfully no one had to see that he was wearing a white hot pants outfit to play in.

October 30, 2007

This might be a good idea if we had horizontal scroll wheels.

Alas, those are only available in Arkansas.

Dean Kamen has developed a new prosthetic arm for war veterans.


November 1, 2007

Bolle bottles (1968).


Coeds and web design.

That's like peanut butter and bananas.

November 6, 2007

The Future of Design.

Insight like that should cost more.

November 8, 2007

Portugal 2007.


Future of Web Design, not sure futuristic.

Maybe they should have used more hover cars.

November 12, 2007

MSNBC finally launches their redesign.

There's a little bit of Airbag elbow-grease in there.

Design your own Starbucks card.

Very cool both as a product and a design interface.

November 14, 2007

Josh pounces on the notion of canonical web design.

Flawless victory.

Things designers want.

And, oh look, just as the *cough* holidays are approaching.

November 15, 2007

US House of Representatives is looking for a designer.

Too damn cool!

Designing Magazines.

For the peeps at Coudal Partners.

Ashley talks through the process of redesigning MSNBC.

Don't miss Cameron's side of the story.

Podravka gives new meaning to the phrase: Cook the books.

Next year I want to see popcorn included.

November 18, 2007

Update for Photoshop CS3 has been released.

No mention of fixing Leopard issues but I remain hopeful.

November 19, 2007

Hugh Ferriss collection of drawings.

I'll be right back, I have to get a towel to wipe the drool.

November 20, 2007

SVA MFA in Design Criticism is hosting it's first reading night.

If you're in New York I'd advise attending.

November 26, 2007

Modernism in the fly-over zone.

I've always been a fan of work that comes out of Cincinnati.

November 28, 2007

Business cards.

For Luke and I.

November 30, 2007


Me loves information design.

I love you gradient pride parade.

This looks like it's gonna be a doozy.

December 4, 2007

A preview of HTML 5

and make for a can't-miss issue of ALA.

December 7, 2007

Layer Tennis, After-effects style.

"I hope they have crazy 100 megabit connections because they're going to need it."

December 12, 2007

Dry icons.

Saved for later.

Oh Khoi, you're so hot.

Forget the high-school popularity contest — nice collection of web standards based design.

December 13, 2007

Ten ways to get design approval.

"Don't taze me, bro" is sadly missing form the list.

December 19, 2007

Adobe redesigns.

Unfortunately the blog format still holding strong.

December 24, 2007

Cereal Killers.

For Jason and Rob.

December 27, 2007

Logo design trends in 2007.

Are we really be past the 2.crap look?

January 2, 2008

An Event Apart: New Orleans.

Free gumbo with each registration!

January 3, 2008

Aesthetic Apparatus explained.

Web design isn't close to being this much fun.

January 4, 2008


If you have the means please go, and then tell me all about it.

Signage Systems and Information Graphics.

I have it on good authority that this is an amazing book. Just ordered it myself.

January 6, 2008

Graphic Design on the Radio.

Bandwidth is easy, throw the podcasts on Amazon S3.

January 7, 2008

Pitch, bank and yaw.


January 8, 2008

Xerox gets curvy.

I like this about as much as I like their products, as in not at all.

January 10, 2008

ISO50 Stockholm Workshop.

If only January wasn't so busy. Dammit, dammit, dammit.

January 18, 2008

Design Police.

Bring bad design to justice.

"...not enough Web standards-minded designers are thinking narratively in the way that our Flash-fluent colleagues are."

I've been saying this for years.

January 23, 2008

Marshall Mcluhan Playing Cards.

"A predecessor, if not inspiration for Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies" deck."

January 24, 2008

Worthy of frame and song.

Stamps celebrating the work of Charles and Ray Eames.

Getty Images for sale.

$1.5B gets you all the photography you can handle.

Party emblems.

"...less than a single lifetime ago, there were 10 political parties in America taken seriously enough to warrant a logo?"

"Times-Roman was the font of choice for the web at that time."

Uh, no—no that's never been true.

Every project has the potential to produce a poster.


January 31, 2008

A 1934 Vanity Fair cover designed by Miguel Covarrubias under the art direction of Mehemed Agha.

February 1, 2008

Hey Muhammad Ali, I recognize that favicon.

Try tweaking the color though, it doesn't match the scheme of your site.

February 4, 2008

ESPN is looking for a web designer.

Pick up where Davidson left off.

February 6, 2008

Erractic Wisdom.

One of the better personal site designs I've seen in a while. Nice work.

February 11, 2008

Tumblr is looking for theme designers.

"We don't care when you work or how you do it, we're totally hands off as long as things get delivered on time."

February 12, 2008

Fail tags.

9rules redesigns.


Agreed, I'm just not sure about the no-spec part of it all.

Still working on my own written conclusions.

February 13, 2008

Gavin Potenza.

Be sure to have your drool towel at the ready.

February 18, 2008

Beijing 2008 Tangram.

Netdiver's best of 2007.

Saved for later.

"The problem is a simple one: once you have a precise outline of a map on a flag, it becomes a fiddly thing that can only be professionally reproduced by a computer, or flag-maker."

On Kosovo's new flag.

Yahoo has fired their entire Design Innovation Team.

In other news, Yahoo had a Design Innovation Team.

February 19, 2008

Graphic '57/58.


Visualizing Fitts' Law.

Saved for later.

February 22, 2008

"For hardcore designers, "does it work?" is the one question that must be obsessed over."

For Ian.

February 23, 2008

Designing for Disagreement.

Be sure to click on the poster, it's fantastic.

March 3, 2008

Drew makes himself a new website.

Lovely work.

March 4, 2008

A mental model for a cat.

No where do I see grow opposable thumbs but I know it's on their agenda.

March 10, 2008

As a Design Eye Alumni let me just say, nice work.

Would have been a thousand times better with more sparklines.

March 19, 2008

On screen printing.

There are times I really miss those days.

Sketchnotes on SXSW '08.

Fabulous work Mike.

March 26, 2008

Swissair DC-7C Seven Seas.


March 30, 2008

Moodboards stupid, throw rocks at them.

Scrapbooking never solved a damn thing.

April 1, 2008

Designers begin by asking questions.

This will help.

April 5, 2008

On the design of campaign branding '08.

"...the real story here is less about typography than it is about discipline."

The boys at Resist Today want you to remix their art.

Interesting idea.

April 9, 2008

I love the tones in Miraruido's work.

So Sparta.

Heller's piece on Al Gore's new logo would be better suited for Highlights magazine.

Nevermind that the logo was ripped from a Converse campaign.

A quick look at Mental Models.

The cover alone makes it a must have additional to the Airbag library.

Andy redesigns.

Fits like a glove—the Vectrex never looked better.

April 12, 2008

NCSoft is looking for a web producer.

That's almost as cool as working for Blizzard, almost.

April 17, 2008

Photoshop ready form elements.

Available for all browsers, if you have to roll that way.

Monocle: design notes.

Thanks Dan, I appreciate the detailed look behind the curtain.

April 20, 2008

Title sequences.

A wonderful sample of work from Kuntzel+Deygas.

April 25, 2008

Law blog design, does it matter?

Not for people who consider burlap fashionable.

April 27, 2008

A book & magazine collection.

Get your Swiss on.

"The Vignelli map is remembered today as "colorful and handsome" but also "incomprehensible," a regrettable lapse from good sense, if not good taste."

That was 1972. This is 2008.

April 28, 2008

"For a small magazine to launch a redesign of this magnitude on a live site is a bit like building an aircraft carrier while trying to land the plane."

Yeah but it was a fun ride!

May 5, 2008

Redesign must die

by Louis Rosenfeld.

May 11, 2008

When View Source attacks.

I wonder how often this happens in the newspaper and television industry.

May 13, 2008

Opening the Windows Vista box.

Who was the idiot that designed this?

May 18, 2008

McSweeney's is looking for a summer design intern.

Go for it.

Books as seen through the eyes of those who design them.

Thankfully the first in the series is not Chip Kidd.

May 19, 2008

Seed Conference is offering student scholarships.

Make it happen.

May 21, 2008

Why is symmetry so satisfying?

Because anything else ends up looking like a halibut?

May 26, 2008

Saul Bass Exhibition.

It's not enough but I'm grateful for what's there.

Color Chart: Reinventing Color from 1950 to Today.

An exhibition that presents "the commercial color chart, an item that openly declares the status of color as mass-produced and standardized."

May 28, 2008

HBO is looking for an Interactive Art Director.

Fine but does the job include free cable?

June 8, 2008

David, this is how Sundance's calendar should function.

Paper version be damned.

June 11, 2008

Today marks the opening of the Graphic Design Museum.

Where's the Concorde when you really need it?

June 12, 2008

A new MFA in Interaction Design.

There are times I wish I lived in New York City, this is one of them.

Designer survey.

Andy's doing some research and could use your help.

June 14, 2008

All emotional over the 3G iPhone announcement, Cameron has discounted his book on mobile web design.

Prepare for the future.

June 16, 2008

"This is the chance to redefine the look and feel of 37signals."

Just hire Airbag already.

June 22, 2008

"Long before we had color as we know it today, there was black as the color."


How Obama reinvented campaign finance.

Nice work Dave!

Tokyolife: Art and Design.

Dear Santa, never mind on this one, I can't wait until December.

June 24, 2008

The best Tumblr design I've seen to date.

Nice work Stephen.

The fashion, entertainment, and pop culture are looking for a Jr. Web Designer.

Matching hot pants and cape are recommended but not required.

June 26, 2008

Norman Potter, extrapolated.


June 28, 2008

Jez Burrows was robbed the new Vote for Pedro.

July 2, 2008

Ning is looking for a web designer.

Gina is a joy to work for. If you're looking for a new design job you would do well to apply.

July 5, 2008

Vegas needs a designer.

Get my name on the Palms A-List and I'll apply.

July 20, 2008

"It's easier for a criminal jury to reach consensus around guilt or innocence than for a design jury to find a majority around great design."

Maybe if design were to wear orange jumpsuits...

July 21, 2008

Change is looking for a web designer.

And maybe we'll get a chance to work together.

July 23, 2008

Wait, you mean that ink blot isn't going to unseat Coke's brand dominance?

I'm shocked.

July 24, 2008

Design websites for a leading MMO company.

Say hello to Lord British for me.

Obama ist ein Berliner.

July 26, 2008

Jez Burrows was interviewed.

Totally missed this while on vacation.

July 28, 2008

Gary "Helvetica the Movie" Hustwit announces his next feature: Objectified.

A documentary about industrial design. Sweet!

July 30, 2008

The perfect community.

How to create a borough that's green, clean, and well-connected as envisioned by the urbanist Alejandro Gutierrez.

SpiekermannPartners is looking for a web designer.

Anyone living in Europe would be nuts to pass this up.

July 31, 2008

Five legions strong and counting.

We're fierce like that.

August 3, 2008

"I have no idea why Yahoo took so long to beat the ugly out of delicious. I'm just glad they didn't beat the good stuff out in the process."


August 4, 2008

"Design Product" Syndrome.

Saved for future reference.

Obama is looking for a web designer.

Dawn, you should go back into web design for a while.

August 5, 2008

Logo trends 2008.

Dubai International wins the cake.

August 7, 2008

"The catchall term 'designer' works for some, but I hate the generality."

I feel the same way about 'emperor' and 'exhaulted one'.

August 8, 2008

A&E Television is looking for a senior web designer.

That could be a very cool gig.

August 12, 2008


As recommended by Nathan.

August 19, 2008

First notes from Liz Danzico's brilliant presentation.

Thanks Jeremy.

Pole vaulting.

An animated infographic.

August 20, 2008

Quicksilver needs a designer.

Luke I love working with you but you ought to consider applying.

August 26, 2008

"The conception of web designer as information architect depends upon a vision of cyberspace not unlike the vision of physical space held by René Descartes (1596-1650)."

Throw on Harris Tweed and continue reading.

"If you want to be original you have to accept uncertainty and have the capability to recover when your organization takes a big risk and fails."

Ah, if only most clients would be so brave.

August 27, 2008

Interface design quotes.

Where's the Richard Saul Wurman?

September 2, 2008

A fabulous look at infographics used in the movie I.O.U.S.A.

Lovely art direction.

September 4, 2008

Travel to Jupiter

One poster from a wonderful collection.

September 8, 2008

Esquire brings e-ink to the racks.

Must have. Must have now.

I really, really, really wish I would have known about Design Revival earlier.


September 14, 2008

The Unstoppable Robot Ninja got some new clothes.

And to celebrate he used enough bullet points to kill Powerpoint.

September 15, 2008

Despite the financial meltdown, will unveil a new design tomorrow.

Let them eat Myspace.

September 21, 2008

In the future all graphic design will be created by computers.

Humans will only be used as a power source for the machines.

September 23, 2008

Communication Arts Interactive Annual 14.

TED is the only content driven site to make the final show.

Even the developers don't like the Facebook redesign.

This is what happens when you role out too much change, too soon.

September 25, 2008

Permanent Press.

Mister Retro does it again.

September 29, 2008

Jargon Boy.

Amazing work. Take five and look around.

October 5, 2008

Nice try.

Shepard Fairey defends the Hope poster.

October 6, 2008

Who is Ian Adelman?

Only one of the best online designers, ever.

October 9, 2008

Newsweek likes Change.

We like it too, some of our best work.

October 13, 2008

Data Flow: Visualizing Information in Graphic Design.

For Nix...more bathroom reading material.

October 15, 2008

Clorox needs a web designer.

Go clean house.

Put down the pica pole.

I think he means put down the Subtraction Bong.

October 16, 2008


Command-Return the buy button.

October 17, 2008

Wilson got dressed for Halloween a bit early.

But that's one hell of a Joseph Müller-Brockmann costume he's sporting.

October 24, 2008

Penguin Pencils.

Or if you prefer, Penguin Modern Pencils.

Pepsi gets all Obama.

There's a lot of Hope for Change in that rebranding.

Mr. Warren on the challenges of coding the new Housing Works website.

Now if we could get Mr. Mall to write about the design challenges that would be super duper.

October 27, 2008

Paul Smith, fashion designer and design thief.

Will be interesting to see how Paul responds.

October 28, 2008

Buttons! Buttons! Buttons!

Must read for any designer.

J. Hampton Apothecary.

Screw your five-bladed monster.

Counterproductive airport signage

Airports in general are counterproductive.

Chicago Tribune redesign.

Drew, we'll be going over this when you get into the office.

Joshua asks if designers are marketers.

Designers are just designers until they start using numbers and strategy as part of their duties.

"There's an opportunity to bring humanity back, both in terms of the design but also in the way we engage consumers."

And somehow the new Pepsi logo does that. Huh.

November 3, 2008

Edward Hopper's sketchbook.

Check out page 37.

November 5, 2008


November 8, 2008

Core77 visits NASA's industrial design team.

Way too damn cool.

November 12, 2008

Dear Santa, I like posters.

Oh and look--ha, ha—that link takes you to a fabulous poster store.

November 17, 2008

"I want to know how you would define it based on your personal experience as a designer."

Merriam-Webster can suck it.

December 1, 2008

Mark Boulton, one of the smartest web designers around, has written a book.

Available for twelve Monopoly dollars sometime next February.

December 2, 2008

"Global Kids seeks to...redesign its current Ning social network."

I don't think I've ever seen a job posting specifically for a Ning group.

How DeBeers digs for diamonds.

Nix, try to keep your pants on when you see the infographic.

December 10, 2008

The fantastic work of Eduardo Recife.

Work this this improves quality of life.

December 15, 2008

The Speak Up holiday wish list.

One of each please.

December 16, 2008

Penguin Sets.


London Shop Fronts.

Ministry of Type has studied the kosher labels being used throughout the collection.

Garret notes components bundled with Adobe Photoshop CD4.

"Optional items you don't need to install."

January 3, 2009

Say no to 72dpi.

A valuable resource.

January 17, 2009

Shepard Fairey's "Hope" is now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.

Not bad for a left-wing vandal.

January 26, 2009

Purple and green?

Apparently someone had She Hulk on the brain.

The FWA is for sale.

Is this really a great time to sell?

Adobe users finally have someone to champion their cause.

15-Love. Serve to you Mr. Narayen.

January 27, 2009

"We can't plan these mistakes, but wish we could."

I don't know about that, Dan. Have you ever licked the back of a toad and then used Photoshop?

Omnigraffle stencils, g-ood

They allow you to wireframe like the wind.

Cameron seeks the wisdom of crowds.

Focus on the upper right, that's the most important area on this homepage.

January 28, 2009

Happy Cog Philadelphia needs some help moving pixels around.

Bonus skill: Ability to pick up and drop off Hoy's laundry at the cleaners.

The $300M dollar button.

Must read. Must bookmark.

January 30, 2009

Six Apart is looking for a designer.

Demand that you get to work with Mena one week a year.

February 1, 2009

Five great ideas every client should consider with their web design team.

Two and five are brilliant.

February 2, 2009

Designing for the Web is here.

Clicking the buy button should be a no brainer.

Forget Austin, go see Objectified in Chicago.

Lucky ducks.

February 9, 2009

Mr. Caver continues to explore personal site design.

This latest round really ought to be featured in magazines and books.

February 10, 2009

MFA in Interaction Design's recommended reading list.

Get your credit card ready.

February 13, 2009

WSD+D members, act now and get $400 off registration for Web Design Conference '09.

Are you following me camera guy?

February 19, 2009

William Stout, one of my all time favorite book stores, is having a fantastic sale.

Everything is twenty-five percent off.

February 22, 2009

"What we went for was the secondary colors: The purples, the greens, the oranges. And I think that made Watchmen distinctive"

— Dave Gibbons on the art direction of the beloved comic series.

The "World's Best Designed" newspapers.

I would love full page scans of these publications.

March 10, 2009

"Unless you have a substantiated and thoughtful response to why something, in your mind, "sucks" please do not comment at all."

The Comment Cops are in the house.

March 19, 2009

37signals is doing fantastic design work these days.

The new homepage is brilliant.

March 20, 2009

"Welcome, Irene Au, to the title of Worst Enemy of Web Design."

Golf clap.

March 22, 2009

"Simple. Clean. Beautiful. Just how design should be."


If the Ever website doesn't inspire the designer in you then stop being brain dead.

It works so well on many levels.

Judas Priest covers, uh, as inspiration.

I kid you not.

March 25, 2009

Nothing like waking up to a spec work brawl.

Especially when it was started by The Cheerleaders of Offshore.

March 26, 2009

A fantastic icon set for social communities and media sites.

Not too bubbly.

Gawk and weep.

That's what I'm doing right now.

March 31, 2009

The Genealogy of Jesus.

I want to see this and every other page of the Saint John's Bible.

Bowman goes from bad to good.

And likely on everyone's Most Influential Designers list.

April 2, 2009

BBC Sport's marketing campaign for the '08 summer games.

"...based upon the traditional Chinese folklore 'Journey to the West'."

April 13, 2009

"We are closing Speak Up for good."

Dammit. They're dropping like flies!

April 14, 2009

Little. Yellow. Good.

Boulton's excellent book is now available in physical form. Mark, where's the Kindle version?

April 15, 2009

All the cool kids know that sixty percent padding is where it's at.

And, Function, shame on you for now linking to the Postbox website.

April 27, 2009

Hope for $10k.

That's a lot of cream speckles.

April 28, 2009

Mozilla Creative Collective, Round One.

Please to make the feedback.

May 1, 2009

Jim launches a new site.

I nicknamed it Awesome Sauce.

May 2, 2009

Draplin vs. Glass.

Quite possibly the best Photoshop/Layer/Whatever Tennis match ever played. Chris, you're my hero.

May 7, 2009

The World Bank is looking for a web producer.

Go do good work.

May 20, 2009

"Shepard Fairey ripped off my picture first."

Interesting thread.

May 27, 2009

Good vs. Great Design.

A fine print piece to accompany Cameron's upcoming talk at How Design Conference.

May 28, 2009

Why would someone rip-off the iPod Nano design for an e-book reader?

Lazy designers, go back to your shift at Taco Bell.

June 8, 2009

Cargo looks amazing.

Very much looking forward to seeing where this goes.

HTML Five Gallery.

Self explanatory.

June 14, 2009

Fake Criterion Covers.

Caution, this link will require twenty minutes of your life.

June 18, 2009

Switzerland Design and Travel.

I'm going to need this book and soon.

June 23, 2009

Awesome designer needed.

And bring the awesome because radical will not fly.

July 7, 2009

Some genius at NBC Universal decided to rename the Sci-Fi Channel to Syfy.

I hope they got a free bowl of soup with that amazing new logotype, it's sympli ahzom.

July 23, 2009

A tour of the upcoming NPR redesign.

Looks lovely.

On using icons for interaction.

Hicks you are, as always, amazing.

Color scheme designer.

I love the scheme preview. Very well done. Thanks Janine.

August 5, 2009


Simon pulls back the curtains on Erskine's redesign process of their own site.

August 7, 2009

Rules to live by in the Photoshop Era.

Trust no one.

August 10, 2009

Building a design community.

Dial in and learn.

August 24, 2009

Designing with Web Standards version Three.

I wish there was a Special Edition that included a blue beanie.

September 1, 2009

Kongregate is looking to expand their design team.

How could you not want to work at a place that hosts eighteen thousand games?

September 9, 2009

The Federation for the Advancement of Time.


September 16, 2009

NPR, a case study.

Must read for anyone who considers themselves a web designer.

Book Worship.

If you are a fanboy of the current 1960's design obsession I dare you not to lick the screen.

September 23, 2009


Design at Facebook.

An excellent write-up by Luke that is required reading for all web designers.

MSNBC needs some design help.

Ask for Mr. Ray and tell I sent you.

October 4, 2009

Apple needs to chill out and display some confidence.

How they could think their brand is jeopardized by Woolworth's 2.0 is beyond me.

October 28, 2009

Designing Obama.

Congratulations Scott!

November 1, 2009

Nothing but chairs.

Wonderful site. It's a damn shame about the pagination.

"Interface consistency is one of those things that, if done correctly, should go unnoticed."

Agreed. Also, Nathan, thanks for sharing your work.

November 2, 2009

"I was rarely without my Textas (marker pens) as a kid and I remember spending hours drawing the logos of my favourite brands onto reams of computer paper. By the age of 10, I had pretty much memorized most of the well known corporate identities."

Now thats devotion. Don't have it? Get it.

Decca Records by Erik Nitsche.

Note the frugal use of Helvetica. Lovely.

La Maison Du Pastel.

The fabrication process for making handmade pastels.

There are three incredibly beautiful redesigned websites featured on this page.

Can you find them all?

Using Evernote as a design scrapbook.

"The Desktop > Web > iPhone ecosystem is lovely." Agreed.

Art direction is process, not a layout.

Mark, please continue...

November 14, 2009

Change is looking for a web designer.

An unadvertised perk: You'll be working with Happy Cog West from time to time.

November 18, 2009

"Limited edition design and typography products for refined tastes."


November 20, 2009

Veerle on designing the EE 2.0 interface.

This is the first I've seen her present this work.

December 2, 2009

Prototypes of a future Life magazine.

A case study.

December 11, 2009

Dorny, if you don't apply for this job I'm going to kick you in the ding ding.

And after you get the job, I want a tour!

December 20, 2009

Israeli stamps.

December 21, 2009

The best pinot noir in Tulsa.

How can I get to this Tulsa and have the best pinot noir?!

December 23, 2009

The snowflake.

As it has been used over and over by designers worldwide.

December 28, 2009

"Some found I.D.'s brand identity, and to learn that battles had been waged over its mission for years. Was it a consumer magazine or a trade, and what did those damn letters really stand for?"

— Jesse Ashlock, former editor-in-chief

January 3, 2010

Fifty best comic book covers in 2009.

I love the colors found in this cover.

Soliciting criticism.

"Designers are generally too kind to each other."

April 13, 2010

Richard Saul Wurman keynote from IA Summit 2010.

Must listen Internet.

April 14, 2010

Designing for the iPad: Reality check.

Must read for anyone in the interactive design business.

Science and Tech Ads.


April 28, 2010

The Fortune 500 cover legacy.

Or, skip to the entire collection.

Agent 7.

May 4, 2010

This is not peanut butter and chocolate.

I would love to know if United fought back at all.

May 7, 2010


At that price you should buy five licenses.

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