Playing around with a concept about designer-focused booze. Seems like there might be a market there.
Sasha Prood is a designer, illustrator, and artist that is in love with all things paper. She grew up in Philadelphia and is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. The typography and illustrations that she comes up with using either pencil, pen, or water color are simply breath-taking.
As you have probably seen by now, the renowned MIT Media Lab has a new identity system designed by Richard The and E Roon Kang. The visual design in this project takes a back seat to the actual system created for it. Richard The explains:
The logo is based on a visual system, an algorithm that produces a unique logo for each person, for faculty, staff and students. Each person can claim and own an individual shape and can use it on their business card a personal website. The design encompasses all collateral, business cards, letterhead, website, animations, signage etc. A custom web interface was developed to allow each person at the Media Lab to choose and claim an own individual logo for his/her business card, as well as a custom animation software which allows to create custom animations for any video content the lab produces.
As soon as I saw this project, I was immediately reminded of the Visit Nordkyn design by Neue. I love the trend of designers creating systems which in turn create systems. From my perspective, the real beauty of the MIT identity is the underlying organization and mechanisms thought up to generate the final product.
I bought this book by Ronnie Lipton today for six dollars at Half Price Books. It’s…mmm, pretty racist. From the inside cover flap:
It takes a sensitive touch to design for ethnic groups. This book gives you the information you need to create designs that speak to African-Americans, Asian-Americans, U.S. Hispanics and more.
Designing Across Cultures is exactly the reference you need to grow your business and tap into the largest, fastest growing markets in the U.S! [sic]
It was published in 2002, if that means anything.
"To understand timeless design, consider its opposite: transitory design, in which the focus is on current trends and styles to appeal to a particular group or to exploit a prevailing mood. More often than not, its strength is also the cause for its ultimate failure. It naturally appeals to a fixed audience in a fixed time, excluding those who do not fit that particular historical and cultural context."
—The Principles of Great Graphic Design by Matt Ward + Alexander Charchar via The Smashing Book #2