The history of typography

Stop-motion animation short on the history of typography by Yukon-based designer Ben Barrett-Forrest. Read an interview with him here. (via The...

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Tiny art, big impact

I have a little thing for the works of Isaac Cordal. He makes tiny sculptures and places them in public settings, both urban and rural. I’m charmed. From his Cement Eclipses about page: Isaac Cordal is sympathetic toward his little people and you can empathize with their situations, their leisure time, their waiting for buses and even their more tragic moments such...

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Iconic icons: archiving Canadian logos

This is very cool and caused my heart to surge with nostalgia. Some clever designers, calling themselves the Northern Army Preservation Society of Canada, have begun an archive of their favourite Canadian logos. In their explanation ‘About the Project’ they write, among other sweet things, about Canadian design and designers: “We built upon the bold,...

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The art of logo design (video)

“A great logo is memorable, it’s appropriate to the brand, and it’s simple so it can work everywhere and look the same in every situation.” Off Book is a PBS web series that explores cutting-edge art, internet culture, and the people that create...

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Just the faces of downtown Guelph

Austin Gibson, a photographer, local artist and downtown Guelphite, has started The Guelph Portrait Project, featuring raw, up-close portraits of other downtowners. Basically no more than a series of mugshots, the aesthetic result is extremely personal and compelling. Austin is quoted in a Guelph Mercury article: “Everyone complains about photos of themselves. Part of...

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SkyArt | the space in between

I used to doodle in the margins. Draw cartoonish figures — little stick figures that hung from the letters in my textbooks. I meant them to play on the perception of spaces, as though the drop from the heading to the first line were a doozy; as if the margin on the edge of the page was a chasm that the tiny figure was in danger of losing itself into, headlong....

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Know how to fold ‘em

Over at the foldfactory.com they have cool ideas and templates for deciding how to fold your printed project. It’s a great place to get creative folding inspiration if you’re planning to make a brochure but don’t want the same-old-same-old or if you have specific or unusual folding needs. For graphic designers, it’s also a community and a resource...

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Simple single-page website design

I love the simplicity of a single-page website and these examples — 21 Inspiring Single Page Wesites — are very cool. No complicated, standard, drop-down menus. In fact these single-page sites remind me of a restaurant menu. The kind you find at a pancake house, a laminated over-sized sheet. You can see everything at a glance. Probably my fav of the 21 sites...

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Astonishing Italian-designed space saving furniture

Technically this falls under the purview of industrial designers, not graphics. But it’s so beautifully designed that I couldn’t resist sharing it. The design is fresh, clean, efficient. The simplicity and cleverness of the space saving is remarkable. For example, the beds are ingenious (I’ve never seen a murphy bed that could fold down with loose items...

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The evolution of business cards

Design Float Blog has a wonderful brief history of the business card - from it’s origins in 15th century China to the present day. Enjoy a short trip through the evolution from visiting cards to trade cards to the modern day business card. On the 21st century card: Today’s business cards come in an array of shapes, sizes and materials. Designs are no longer...

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