was an Italian artist and designer, who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphics) and non visual arts (literature, poetry) with his research on games, infancy and creativity." Here are a collection of Bruno Munari's Faces
. You can see more of the maestro's work in this short documentary: 1
, and on this Italian children's show
from the 1970s. And here are scans from some of Munari's famous illustrations
for children's books.
They created a home
together that catches
, and their story of love and art
is even more captivating, despite tragedy
The Birka Jazz Archive
is a treasure trove of record jackets from all eras of jazz. American releases are grouped by label (for example, Columbia
, Blue Note
, etc.) with, in some case, further sub-categorization by designers or visual artists (such as the amazing David Stone Martin
). European releases are sorted by country (France
, etc.) and it all adds up to a fabulous online resource for jazz fans and graphic design fans alike.
"It is no mean achievement that IKEA has continued to embody in the public mind the modernist ideals of simplicity and minimalism yet all the while its total product range has been growing – to the point where, by 2010, it comprised some 12,000 items." Decluttering with IKEA
asks: What are we looking for as we wander through IKEA? [more inside]
Ever made an indie action film and needed something for that epic glass-break scene
? How about the blackest black you can find
? Want to adjust your boots so that they are mud repellant
has everything you need - for the budding inventor, busy set designer, or Q in training.
For the 25th Game Developers Conference, organizers hosted several postmortems for classic games such as Out Of This World, Doom, and Maniac Mansion. They are now free to view online. [more inside]
How to feed 9 billion people:
The global food supply is starting to get tight, with increasing sensitivity to droughts and floods causing price spikes and food shortages. The UK commissioned a report to examine how to feed a planet
with a population that is set to increase to 9 billion by 2050. [more inside]
is a think tank that considers design as a social engagement. Its projects operate through a shift of symbolic values due to the social utility and social responsibility of arts and design in contemporary society. Where you can learn how to transform a hoodie
into a: computer sleeve
, baby carrier
, strap bag
. The DIY diary
, Graphic Templates for DIY Leaflets
, and much more
. [more inside]
Jim Hughes loves illustration and graphic design, as witness his gorgeous and eclectic blog Codex xcix
. He also loves Lego, as you can tell from his delightfully detailed Brick Fetish
site. His newest blog post combines these two loves into Lego: A Natural History of Package Design. [more inside]
How Rovio made Angry Birds a winner
. [more inside]
Tokyo artist Sagaki Keita creates incredibly detailed illustrations
which are almost completely improvised. More of his work can be found on his website
Sarajevo Survival Tools
is a virtual exhibition of the objects
created and used by the citizens of Sarajevo during the three and half years the city was under siege. Highlights include a home-made gun
, watering can
and water cart
. Intro in the Guardian - Welcome to Sarajevo's designs for survival
is a public installation artist, designer, urban planner and 2011 TED Senior Fellow
based in New Orleans. Her Civic Center
creates projects that try to "make cities more comfortable", and encourage residents to envision alternate urban realities: "I Wish This Was....
/ The NYC Street Vendor Guide
/ "Before I Die... In NOLA
" / The Restroom Map Notepad
/ The Sexy Trees of the Marigny 2011 Calendar
/ The Neighbor Doorknob-Hanger
/ A Nice Place for a Tree
and Post-It Notes for Neighbors
). [more inside]
The Hoxton Window Project:
“I had no plan, I had no thought, I had a pen and decided to take it for a walk. My brain is a mess, my mind a ball of spaghetti charged with tiny electrical pulses being generated by a team of termites on a treadmill. I put it all up against the glass, I hope it will delight and intrigue and not leave anyone aghast” says window artist Jon Burgerman
features the work of digital creative company Unit 9
at a square in central London.
Graphic designer Beto Janz took old beat-up skateboards and turned them into badass skull art
for a skate shop in Brazil. Flash interface; mouse hover to the right side of the browser and click to advance the six images in sequence; skull decks are the final two images. Change the minus sign at page top to plus to view more images.
Organizing the Bookcase
to the music of Rodrigo y Gabriela, by Sean Ohlenkamp
. His version
of The end of Movember
. Portfolio inside.
Reviving a Masterpiece of 16th-Century Type Design.
The Polyglot Bible
published by Christopher Plantin
form 1569-1572 was the one of the greatest typographical achievements of the 16th century, and features a Hebrew typeface specially designed for the work by Guillaume Le Bé. More than 300 years later, type designers Scott-Martin Kosofsky and Matthew Carter have recreated Le Bé's design
for use in a new ebook
of the poems of Yehuda Halevi.
Why watch a movie when you can just watch the titles?
Browse title sequences by designer
and read interesting backstory
and discussion on the art of making a title sequence.
: whimsical, colorful, vernacular decorative graphics from Buenos Aires, Argentina. [more inside]
This is a short history and background of the Macintosh research project on the eve of its becoming a product.
is a curated collection of re-imagined movie posters.
hand-picks the best new tracks from independent & underground artists, simmers on low, and delivers beautiful online issues every 2 months." Issue #1 is free, available as a sample.
designs beautiful residential spaces
, like this fantastic 10,000 square foot home
, and chic commercial projects
. He design aesthetics are sensitive to the relation between art and architecture, and he has worked on some wonderful galleries
and exhibition spaces
. His practice is informed by a thorough knowledge of philosophy, and his site includes a comprehensive and accessibly written encyclopedia
on important concepts in art, aesthetics, and critical theory.
Crime movie blog Where Danger Lives
ranks the 100 greatest film noir posters
. (Posts in countdown order inside.) [more inside]
is a quick hit public radio show about design by producer Roman Mars
. The show recently kicked off its second season with a look at the periodic table
(the "infographic apotheosis"), but season one includes episodes on maps
, designing human habitats in space
, city flags
, semi-private public space
, blind architect Chris Downey
and more. [more inside]
An examination of the cover design
for the published works of J.G. Ballard
, spanning five decades. [more inside]
is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
Hot wax, cold water and marble dust, bags of authentic newsroom trash, and left-over sets burned to the ground
, all parts of the old movie magic. Designs on Film
is a book that highlights the design behind films, from the ice palace
in Doctor Zhivago
, to the highly detailed recreation of the offices of The Washington Post
on a soundstage in Burbank, CA (related: docu. in parts on YT: 1, 2, 3)
for All the President's Men
, and burning Atlanta
scene in Gone with the Wind
. The book also covers the styles and fashion made in movies
and used from real locations
, such as Cameron Diaz's Wallace Neff house
that was featured
in The Holiday
. [more inside]
You can't judge a book by its cover. But people do.
if the 41st version of the cover of The Madonnas of Echo Park
is this awful...how bad were the first 40?
Cue up a kaleidoscope of House Industries techniques
, substrates, disciplines and muscle memory compressed into high-definition pixels and actively matrixed through modulated electroluminescence with an audio lesson from The Bird and The Bee
The Martello Tower
is the definitive
19th century small coastal fortification, built in large numbers
around the coast of the British Isles and elsewhere
between 1805 and the 1870s. Many have been lost to the sea
or demolished, but some
have been converted to private residences
(you can even stay in this one
). The most recent conversion of a Grade II listed
tower, by Billings Jackson Design
working with Piercy Connor Architects
, has produced this very interesting
modern home, set in a wetland
(large jpg), by Tom Muller
, is a visual representation of actors in Coen Brothers films.
had an eye for
but he also comfortable working in
and he wasn't above making a buck
His early work
led naturally to his later engagement in the
designer. [more inside]
Are you a designer? Artist? Musician? Web designer? Writer? Freelancer whatever?
Then you need to know: Should I Work For Free?
The Noun Project
collects, organizes and adds to the highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language, so they may be shared in a fun and meaningful way. The goal is to collect and organize all the symbols that form our language into one easy-to-use online library that can be accessed by anyone. All the symbols on their site are completely free to download, and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, art pieces — just about anything.
"Book lovers, you can exhale. The printed, bound book has been given a stay of execution by an unlikely source: the design community
Why does Futura work here but Slanted Futura doesn't? Enter FONTS IN USE:
A breakdown, explanation and appreciation of type design out in the real world.
"The design brief had at least one interesting bulletpoint: The chair had to be 'torpedo-proof.'"
, more testing
. [more inside]
"The first image you have of many of your favourite films is probably a Bill Gold creation." His sparse, iconic poster designs have helped to define movies for over six decades
, from Casablanca
, Dial M for Murder
and My Fair Lady
, to A Clockwork Orange
, The Exorcist
and The Sting
. His longest-lasting creative partnership was with Clint Eastwood, spanning every Eastwood movie from 1972’s Dirty Harry
to 1993’s Mystic River
— not forgetting the unforgettable design for Unforgiven
. When Eastwood presented Gold with a Lifetime Key Art Award from the Hollywood Reporter in 1994, he simply called Gold "the greatest." A signed, limited edition collection of his greatest works can be yours for just £400.
It's not simply a record of the posters he ended up creating, but a fascinating look into the artistic process, from sketch to billboard. When Lars Trodson asked Gold about his phenomenal career in 2009
, he answered with characteristic understatement: "I can hardly believe it."