Saturday, 19 December 2009
Imagined by the UK agency Curb for the Extreme Sports Channel, over 2 000 logotypes were stamped across London. Great viability and buzz, zero environmental impact.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Amongst the diverse issues covered will be eco-conception, sustainability and the social, environmental and political role of packaging.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Postage stamp design is a pertinent macro measurement of a nations commitment to graphic design and to the image is presents to the outside world. British Royal Mail Post Office stamps have always communicated important national issues with intelligent concepts, powerful graphics and they are a vehicle for the promotion of Britain's designers.
A few recent collections include the interlocking 'Evolution' stamps, the brilliant 'Fruit & Veg' designs complete with stickers to personalise the faces of your stamps and create your own Fruit & Veg characters and the beautifully illustrated 'Beijing - London Olympics', the contemporary architectural and Rock and Roll collections.
Having once been commissioned to design a set of 'Landscapes at Risk' stamps, I know how demanding and exigent the Post Office is in its design selection process. Hence the outstanding designs that find themselves on the UK mail.
The contrast with the attention paid to postage stamp design in France is startling. These stamps may appear to date from the 50's but are all current stamps from the 2009 collection on the La Poste web site.
Not only is there a total lack of concept, design and national identity but the quality of illustration is alarming.
As one of France's leading independent designers, Alain Le Quernac, says, 'To get an idea about what is going on in graphics in France, just go into any post office and check out the stamps. No graphic or intellectual line, just a jumble of formats and techniques that betrays a policy of one-offs and compromise'.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Hard to beat British Post Office stamps when it come to design and creativity. The Rolling Stones and David Bowie record covers will be launched in 2010 commemorating great British rock.
LP's designed by Robert Brownjohn and Main Artery. Stamps by Studio Dempsey. Note the die-cutting.
The stacks of Beatles LP's, die-cut around the superimposed piles, are from 2007.
Our friends Leland and Marian, neighbours of ours in the Sud Ouest, have just completed a contemporary house in Santa Barbara, California. Commisioned by them and designed by Steven Ehrlich Architecture, it is a stunning study in light and space, with magnificent Pacific Ocean views.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
The talk outlined design education practice and the role of design schools in equipping future generations of designers for their part in creative problem solving and as a force for good in the world.
Design Thinking - more than the some of its parts: 1+1=3
Monday, 19 October 2009
"and please write back saying how much money you would like". That was the 60's, just love it!
The result was the famous jeans close-up with real working fly zipper.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Interesting concepts include Airships, Natural Disaster aid-travel, Tree-top canopy trips, Knowledge exchange...
Friday, 2 October 2009
Madrid's brand by Argentine designer, Joaquin Malle, who lives in Spain, is the most original and interesting design, combining the human hand, bold use of Olympic colours, a strong dynamic force and the M of Madrid.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Peace One Day - a limited edition can Coca-Cola created to support Peace Day:
"Basically for the first time in the history of Coca-Cola, they have created a unique charity can, on behalf of Peace One Day which is a charity that Jude Law, Annie Lennox and Lenny Kravitz are the main ambassadors for.
Peace One Day is a global charity that has a fixed calendar day called Peace Day which takes place on the 21st September, a day supported by the UN that promotes global ceasefire and non-violence around the world. The idea of the day is to promote peace around the world whilst undertaking life-saving activities, it is also an opportunity for individuals - particularly young people - to become involved in the peace process. Just to give you an idea of the good work they do in 2008 they vaccinated 1.8 million children against polio in Afghanistan.
To raise awareness, 1.1 million 330ml Coca-Cola cans with the Peace One Day logo and 'what will you do' pledge on will be on sale from September encouraging people to think about what they will do on Peace Day." http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/welcome via The Dieline.com
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Today, 1 September, sees the end of the 100 watt incandescent light bulb. Invented and first commercialised by Thomas Edison in 1878, it is now superseded in the EEC by ecological energy saving CFL light bulbs.
The Lucibel energy saving bulbs with branding and packaging that I created with Nouvel Oeuvre are now in store and available at Leclerc and leading stores. The physical packaging is unique - a 100% recyclable moulded carton-pulp clam shell.
Monday, 31 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
I am always a little nostalgic at having traded in my Land Rover Defender 110 for the modern comforts, air conditioning and family convenience of the new Renault Espace 4... so these posters from the US Pinehurst Land Rover Society struck an immediate cord. The spirit of this 4x4 motoring classic is conveyed in all its glory.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Far Foods concept by James Reynolds for Sainsbury's Supermarkets, highlights the distances that foods travel and the resultant carbon dioxide released during the journey. Presented like a boarding pass it enables consumers to choose between local or long haul.
Friday, 31 July 2009
Melbourne Australia's new destination brand. A progressive dynamic brand that successfully captures the spirit of the contemporary city and its rich visual landscape. Created by Landor Sydney. The depth and vitality is particularly successful and is a big leap forward when compared with the static and two dimensionality of too many brands.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Ecologically sound it has also performed well in competition and over time.
May 09 Brano brought out his 2nd generation Bamboozler bike.
The Mayor has changed, the brand remains in place.
It is now deployed on the Mairie web site and documentation, municipal vehicles, signage around the historic town centre and banners.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Designed by Gerry Judah it celebrates Audi’s achievements in motor sport with the legendary 1937 Auto Union Streamliner and the recently launched R8 V10 sports car at either end of a dramatic “swoosh” of tyre tracks, as if they are driving off into the sky.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Also from Japan but in a different style, these new Tokyo Metro posters are designed to encourage manners and correct behaviour whilst travelling on the metro. Love the style and I have seen city salary men doing just this on the metro.
My collection of Japanese graphics and signs includes several hundred images in this genre.