Inspiration Lab

November 16, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

I stumbled upon this menu from a restaurant in London called 1901. It is situated in a hotel called Andaz. Wouldn’t it be lovely to choose your food from a menu like this? Hopefully the chef knows what he’s doing as well as Fluidesign does. I just love it when the finnish is another design parameter, as it should be.

See more:

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November 12, 2009, 8:12 am
Filed under: Photography, Typography

I’ve said it before (4 times to be exact) and I’ll say it again. If you rummage through Flickr you will find the most amazing stuff. Just look at this set I found the other day on a quest for architecture shots. I love how there’s loads of crops that become beautiful patterns and I am and always will be a sucker for old type. The set includes loads more so you should have a look through.

See more of this set by Thomas Hawk.

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A great day…
November 11, 2009, 8:30 am
Filed under: Graphic Design

Yesterday we had the annual magazine conference at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. It was a fantastic day! Our host Niels Bøje Ziegler (our editorial design professor) had put together a fantastic program of speakers including Non Format, Niel Jamieson, Florian Bachleda, Michael Pangilinan and John Korpics. All the speakers shared so much great work but I think my fave was Niel Jamieson who went through his re-design of hunting and fishing mag Field & Stream. I think it’s fantastic how he has done such a great job with something not obviously sexy.

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Pierre Nguyen
November 10, 2009, 8:55 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

I came across these lovely abstract compositions recently by young French designer Pierre Nguyen. His work is really contemporary but still fulfill classic rules of contrast in graphpic design. In every peice you will find contrast pairs like thick/thin, mechanical/organic and so forth.

I think he’s updating his website but there is still some cool work to see.

Visit Pierre.

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Matt Robinson & Tom Wrigglesworth
November 9, 2009, 8:27 am
Filed under: ADs, This and That

Check out this little number by designgraduates from Kingston, Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth. They won the Best New Blood award and came in second at the D&AD Student award with this video for HP. I just love how it’s done quite low tech but still works out great. It should teach students everywhere to set the bar high and not limit themselves to solutions they can do on their computer.

They also did a great piece where they handdrew the most commonly used fonts with pens to see which font was the most ink effecient. As you can see Comic Sans came in third to last so there really is no good reason to use it.

Visit Matt and Tom.



Script fonts
November 6, 2009, 8:18 am
Filed under: Typography

I was looking for a lovely script font the other day so I spent a few hours in company with My Fonts. Ohhh the endless possibilities, I’m like a kid in a candystore. Just thought I’d share my shortlist of 10 with you.

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P22 Zaner Basic:
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Matinee Idol:

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Bela Borsodi
November 5, 2009, 10:25 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art, Photography

Check out New York based photographer Bela Borsodi. I don’t think you can call him a traditional photographer as he is crossing over into both typography and illustration. He is definitely creative…and a bit sourcy! I just love the spacious typographic installations.

See more:

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Cathrine Raben Davidsen
November 4, 2009, 8:11 am
Filed under: Illustration/Art

I first came across Cathrine Raben Davidsen years and years ago when I saw her at the Art Academy graduation exhibition. I remember thinking how great it would be to have one of her paintings even though they scare me a little bit. And if I hadn’t been a penniless student at the time myself I would have bought a piece back then. The ambience in her work is always so strong and sometimes it even makes me feel uncomfortable, but god it’s beautiful! Her sense of colour and the contrast between parts that are very detailed and parts that are really roughly painted is so fantastic.

At the moment you can enjoy her work at Martin Asbæk Gallery in Copenhagen but hurry up, the exhibition closes in ten days.

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November 2, 2009, 8:15 am
Filed under: Graphic Design, Web

Nicholas Felton who is the designer behind loads of wacky annual reports (check earlier post) is also involved in a project called Daytum. Daytum is a website where you can set up your own info graphic about anything you like and have Daytum spit it out in lovely typography and simply coloured piecharts. It’s great for neurotic designer types like myself. You should also pop round to Feltron’s and have a look at the 2008 report.

Visit Daytum.

Visit Feltron.

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