Don't Make Excuses - Make Good!
Between World Wars I and II, the U.S. economy was booming - workers had choices and employers competed for their time. How to motivate and gain loyalty from a labor force that knew it could walk out the door and find more work soon? Charles Mather
, head of a family printing business in Chicago, offered employers a solution: the first motivational posters for the private workplace market
. Printed between 1923 and 1929, Mather's "Work Incentive Posters
" used strong imagery and short, clear messaging to encourage workplace values like teamwork, punctuality, safety, and loyalty
. Today, some of his 350 designs can be seen in traveling exhibitions
and poster galleries
, and Antiques Road Show
- or you can soak up some motivation from his modern-day successors at Successories
- or generate your own
. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Oct 12, 2010 -
Canter’s Deli font comes full circle.
Graphic designer makes actual typeface family out of casual script seen on sign for classic L.A. deli, Canter’s. (Wins award!
) Youngest, hippest member of the family that owns the diner later independently Googles "Canter's Deli" + font
, locates type designer, then hires him to custom-design a Canter’s “gourmet food truck.” “[W]hat was interesting to me was that this whole scenario could not have happened without the magic of the Internet and search engines.”
posted by joeclark
on Sep 13, 2010 -
was one of the great graphic designers of modern times, designing among other things, logos for Westinghouse, ABC, IBM and UPS. The website has galleries
of book design
, and much more (open images in new tab or window to see the full-sized image, some books have image galleries, look for a "see inside" button). You can also read his thoughts on design
, watch interviews and videos about him
, and follow the many links to interesting online Randiana
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 9, 2010 -
John Mayer gets some really bitchin’ typography.
House Industries (last MeFi mention: 1999!
) designs a limited-edition tour poster for the crooner who constantly steals the show on TMZ
. “[U]ntil they come up with a JPEG format that makes metallics shimmer like a Solid Gold
dancer’s outfit, there just isn’t a substitute for physically walking around a serigraph and watching the light bouncing off metallic and fluorescent inks.” [more inside]
posted by joeclark
on Feb 25, 2010 -
Remember AOL Time Warner, the poster child of dotcom corporate hubris? It's still around, if only for a few more days. On December 9, the current media megacorp will fraction off former computer network behemoth AOL as a web portal firm and online brand. And what will that brand be? It will be a stock photo superimposed with a white Helvetica "Aol."
And, well, that's it
. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Nov 23, 2009 -
is an evolving category that includes calligraphy, sign painting, graffiti, stone carving, digital lettering, hand lettering, paper sculpture, and type design.
posted by minifigs
on Jun 18, 2009 -
"Pryde and I came across it one day in an old stable, on a sack of fodder. It is a good, hearty, old English name, and it appealed to us, so we adopted it immediately."
That's how The Beggarstaffs
, a short lived but influential paring of graphic designers, got their name. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jun 16, 2009 -
Journalism may be going through a painful period but thanks to the web the once lowly information graphic is finally growing up to be all it never could on paper. Especially the New York Times seems to currently stand out in how frequently and quickly they build amazingly detailed and insightful interactive features. Consider the tracking of US Airways Flight 1549
or the piece on raising its engine from the Hudson
. Other recent highlights: 9,955,441 parking tickets issues in NYC mapped by street
, The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 — 2008
, Ansel Adams's Yosemite
, the view from the 10-meter platform explained
, A look at the language of presidential inaugural addresses 1789 to the Present
, A Map of the number of medals that countries won in summer Olympic Games
, Going to the End of the Line
, The 44 Places to go in 2009
, an explanation of how the Pentagon responded to criticism of then-Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld
, The Soyuz Spacecraft
, How the Towers Stood and Fell
, more. [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Feb 14, 2009 -
Newspaper Website Design: Trends And Examples.
News websites can be intriguing to examine from a design perspective. Regardless of what type of news they cover, they all face the challenge of displaying a huge amount of content on the home page, which creates plenty of layout, usability and navigational challenges for the designer. The lessons that can be learned from examining how news websites address these challenges can be valuable for designers who work with other types of websites, including ones with blog theme designs.
posted by netbros
on Nov 11, 2008 -