Inspiration Lab

Curious Outsider
October 17, 2009, 8:10 am
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As you can tell from my own work editorial design IS my fave of all design disciplines. I love when there is a good story to tell and you have to leave your own style at the door and communicate visually what the story is about. One of my new heroes is Rob Hewitt aka curious outsider. He has done work for champs like GQ and New York Magazine and has numerous SPD awards under his belt. Rob rocks!

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The Book Cover Archive
October 16, 2009, 8:31 am
Filed under: Books, Graphic Design

If you love books and book covers as much as I do then you should definitely pop round The Book Cover Archive and have a feast. There you will find a gigantic collection of some of the best work yet. VERY inspiring!

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October 15, 2009, 8:23 am
Filed under: Books, This and That

Well by now you know I have a bit of a weakness for crazy ceramics. I just love when someone uses an unexpected media to do something great. That is why I was over the moon when I stumbled upon the book “Fragiles” from Gestalten in New York. It is literally bursting with great examples and it is really inspiring to any creative. The book contains loads of talented people but just to mention a few, I am so in love with the work of Charles Kraft, Stephanie DeArmond and Yvonne Lee Schultz.

You can buy the book through Amazon. Also visit the website for Fragiles.

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October 13, 2009, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Web

No, I am not doing a post about the Oasis song Wonderwall, but about a Japanese interior design company with a great website. If you’re into seamless flashsites this is really worth a visit. The navigation is really cool and fluent. There is also loads of inspiration to find contentwise as Wonderwall has done really cool projects for clients like 100% Chocolate Cafe, Godiva and Bathing Ape.

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Barnes & Noble (Part 3)
October 11, 2009, 8:13 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

Have been enjoying New York these last few days, it’s lovely autumn weather and have been visiting all my fave places. Of course Barnes & Noble is one of them, so I give you: Lovely bookcovers part 3.

Starting with something diabolical…



A series of Dostoevsky…




Something from above…


Something with bones…



Sitting on tiny branches…



And last but not least a bold crop.


October 9, 2009, 8:44 am
Filed under: Web

You should really check out the website of Norwegian heavy rocker jeans brand Antisweden. The website start out with a really beautiful but quite gruesome video which is well worth the visit, and the rest of the website is beautifully executed as well with huge neoclassic letters in the page titles giving the typography maximal contrast.

Visit Antisweden.

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Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen
October 8, 2009, 8:23 am
Filed under: Spatial Design, Typography

Normally being a fast food hater I did not expect to fall in love with a fast food restaurant in New York, but I have. I think the area around Time Square is a nightmare but when I was recently forced to go through there I virtually stumbled into Schnipper’s. Seriously it’s like Nirvana around those parts. Mostly of course I am loving Schniper’s for their interior which includes lots of great typework. They do a yummy strawberry cheesecake sundae as well :-)

Visit Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen.



October 7, 2009, 5:08 pm
Filed under: Graphic Design, Packaging, This and That

I’ve been a busy bee the last few days, and now I’m coming to you from the Big Apple. That’s right! I’m back in New York for a while.

So, I’ve been fuming about this one for a while but I think I am now calm enough to share it with you without writing myself into a fit.
I guess it all began way back in the 80’s when Swatch started their Pop Swatch collections. You could get all kinds of wacky patterns and colours and when you got sick of it you could change the strap.


But towards the change of the millennium the customization trend really got going with companies like Nike launching their custom shoe concept NikeiD in 2001. Then loads of other big brands caught on to the branding success and started their own customization initiatives. Be it products that the customer could customize online in the comfort of their own home or products that hand selected designers or illustrators had designed to be a special limited edition like Kid Robot’s Dunny and Munny. Whether it was one or the other, customization became all the rage.


And now it has finally come round to our end of the world up here in the cold north. Raun sofa does it, no wait, they really don’t they just advertise that you can customize but what they really mean is that you can choose between completely generic fabrics.


And the newest edition is ye old liquorice brand Gajol (similar to Läkerol). This is actually customization, but oh, how my eyes bleed. Is this the best we can come up with? I don’t know where this all went wrong as it’s a brilliant assignment. But either the brief was all wrong or these people did it in their sleep. I have all the respect in the world for people like Malene Birger, she designs beautiful clothes but why did her contribution end up being blatant advertising for her own company and not really a customization of the iconic Gajol packaging?


Why not do something illustrative from her own perspective. Like a great crop of her work sketches or something like that. I think the big problem with this case is that the client has not been clear enough. In my opinion they should have set up a set of ground rules for the brief. Like the band running along the bottom and the logo and its position can not be tangled with. That way the series would have had some sort of coherence while each box would still be able to be completely different in its’ own right. In stead you get a result where it does not make any sense as a series. It seams like Gajol has not decided what the point of this project is, it’s more a case of “doing it because we can”.


On some of them the logo is present, on some not. Some are narrative and some are purely decorative. It sure is a different result when companies like Evian and Coca Cola do their own custom editions. Making the brand attractive and fresh, and perhaps most important of all, deliciously drinkable! So come on Denmark, prove me wrong, shape up and show me something better!


Hauser Lacour
October 5, 2009, 7:05 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Spatial Design

Spatial design is such a hard design dicipline and you don’t see impressive work that often. Enter German agency Hauser Lacour! Here’s a team who can whip up some really original spatial visuals. I love their work for the Jewish Museum and the Frankfurter Kunstverein. I am SO loving the white balloons!

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Frank (the font)
October 3, 2009, 9:08 am
Filed under: Typography

What would you get if a blackletter font and a sans serif font made a little baby bastard font? Frank is what you’d get! Confused? Don’t be. Frank is the new grotesque blackletter font from Gestalten. I’m quite fond of this newborn, it’s the weird kid in class but it has character. I am known to produce lots of bastard fonts myself in Fontlab so maybe that’s why I like it. I once crossed Fette Fraktur with Clarendon, needless to say it was a font which would grow up with serious identity issues.

Have a closer look at Frank.