Friday 13 July 2012

Wordless Web

Graphic Designer Ji Lee has simplified our internet browsing by creating the Wordless Web tool. This simple browser plug-in makes text invisible, leaving you only with the pictures. Lee explains that “No text means no context”, therefore it is left to the imagination as to what each image is about.

He has left the internet in its “purest form, without names, labels, definitions, or purpose”. Thus leaving what designers would describe as ‘the best bit’ and eradicating all possible headaches.

Try it for yourself by visiting:

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Design worth it's weight in calories

Next time you're battling your conscience over that bit of cake or glass of vino, take a look at this site designed by Anna BrooksChristina Winkless and DPR for a lovely infotographic spin on calorie, sugars and fat info. 

Bon appetit!

Friday 8 June 2012

Damien Hirst exhibition

A few weeks ago I visited the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Tate, and it is an exhibition that I will certainly never forget. It was beautifully grotesque. From room to room I was mesmerisied then repulsed, keeping me on the edge of my toes and engaged throughout. Although there were moments when I felt physically sick, it is without a doubt the most fascinating exhibition I have ever been to. I would therefore recommend everyone to go and see it. To find ticket details and more information on the event click here.

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Raising the Bar

Lovely work from illustrator Noma Bar, this time for the Dutch Museum for Communication’s exhibition about privacy

View more of his work here

Tuesday 15 May 2012

Not just food...

Marks & Spencer have released a range called 'Simply M&S' in an attempt to encourage people to do every day shopping at the store, this must have been a delicate branding exercise. There is a definite heritage and prestige to M&S products which they obviously have to protect whilst not alienating their loyal shoppers yet encouraging new ones. At first glance the breakfast packaging looks subtle enough, though for some reason the torn notepad and handwriting reminds me of something Asda have done.

According to Marks & Spencer, the packaging is ‘easy to identify’, using a mostly transparent design to showcase the product. It uses a notepaper graphic and is‘themed around shopping list style labeling’.

Monday 14 May 2012

Footie designs

Hi all, fresh from the excitement of the final games of the premier league season yesterday. Such an exciting season, my team Arsenal have had their ups and downs but managed to squeeze into 3rd place. As a season ticket holder of the Arsenal since they moved to the new ground at the Emirates Stadium, I have seen the ground change quite drastically over the last few years, you may think that sounds odd as it was a brand new stadium. But the club have been creating a process called Arsenalisation. This has meant creating a feeling of Arsenal heritage and tradition around the ground. It has included giant images of players from from the past and present, graphics detailing players and fans stories, statues of legends alive and dead. This process continues to grow and last year they renamed the four quadrants of the ground the same as the four terraces at the old ground Highbury. The North Bank, East stand, west stand and the Clock End. They even re hang the famous clock from Highbury at the clock end.

Also we have seen more traditional kit designs, the previous year was my fav, plain red with white sleeves, this years (below) is similar but has a couple of strips around the sleeves. I understand the need to change kits as it creates revenue, but this one isn't as nice as it could be. However that is not to say I will not be purchasing…

Thursday 10 May 2012

Czech him out

Paul has just come back from a few days in the Czech Republic, it's a fascinating country for so many reasons. Digging deeper into it's Design history, I came across the work of Ladislav Sutnar (9 November 1897 – 13 November 1976). 
Borrowing from the principles of De Stijl, Sutnar's work had a reduction to primary colors, straight lines, and an overall harmony of irregular text alignment. His strong use of diagonal elements, typography and imagery more strongly conveys his design style to be classified as Constructivism. Space is divided into white and black areas and consist of elements with symbolism. Similar to Jan Tschichold's work and modern typography, his style was limited to type and color within strict layouts. More strongly, his work connected with the Bauhaus fundamentals. His work is simple but suggests motion with vivid colors and directional patterns.