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An initiative and realization of the graphic designer Derek Bowers with this calendar 2011 for the famous mark of nuanciers Pantone. In the shape of a chromatic wheel, it contains a mosaic of images of 1440 visual with visual and cultural references. More images in the continuation. via Fubiz.

It’s a very interesting book with lovely illustration to know about browsers and the web. via official site



“The most awesome 450 page presentation ever.” That’s how the authors call this slide show—and I agree. It is awesome. But knowing that it was made using only Google Docs and no extra software whatsoever, makes it truly unbelievable.

You can see part of the creation process—which took three days by three animators—in the complete YouTube Video. If you are really curious, you can access—and playback—the gigantic Google Doc that was submitted to Google’s Demo Slam. via GIZMODO.

Working on a pro bono basis, Landor Associates has created two distinct wayfinding systems for Great Ormond Street childrens’ Hospital (GOSH).

The first (which has already been implemented) sees each of the hospital’s six buildings take on a particular colour identity to make navigation through the various buildings easier. And the second, which has been specifically devised for the yet-to-be completed Llewelyn Davies Yeang designed Morgan Stanley Clinic Building (MSCB), is based on the natural world. A host of different animal characters will help visitors to the building find their way around, as well as put children at ease in the environment… read more

If you are interested in graphic design and typography, you do know the famous graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister. You can see his works as below:

Designing Minds: Stefan Sagmeister -Part 1

Designing Minds: Stefan Sagmeister -Part 2

Designing Minds: Stefan Sagmeister -Part 3

See his work at sagmeister.com/

Stefan Sagmeister’s new website offers a glimpse into his studio’s working life: the homepage features a live webcam while interaction is via vinyl graphic ‘buttons’ stuck on the floor

Sagmeister’s sites have always departed somewhat from the portfolio-based norm – the last one, for example, being a headache-inducing clash of colour and type which was more endurance test than pleasant browsing experience.

The new site creates an interface out of a series of vinyl stickers applied to the studio floor and shot from directly above by a live webcam. So now the world can thrill to the site of a bustling modern design studio at work ie designers sitting in front of screens for hours on end with their headphones on, rising occasionally to get more coffee/relieve themselves/go shopping for more skinny jeans and overpriced trainers . And presumably clients can keep an eye on things too…

No doubt Sagmeister’s detractors will see it as an exercise in vanity but it’s certainly a fresh and intriguing way to tackle an issue which all design studios struggle endlessly with – the dreaded studio website.

This film shows the installation:

via Creative Review.

Reverting To Type opens next week at London’s Standpoint Gallery and will feature new work by a host of letterpress practitioners from around the world, including Black Stone Press (Canada), IMPO$T (Australia), Prensa La Libertad (Argentina), Yee Haw! Industries (USA), and London-based Mr Smith (the star of our latest CRTV studio-visit film). Here’s a sneaky peak at some of the work…

Phil Baines’ print is a streetmap listing shop types. Size 445 x 570mm in an edition of 35. £60 each

The exhibition has been curated by Graham Bignell of New North Press and graphic designer Richard Ardagh. Besides featuring prints and publications by letterpress print practitioners from around the world, New North Press has also approached a number of artists, designers and writers – including Catherine Dixon, David Pearson, Phil Baines (his piece is shown above, detail shown top) and Vikram Seth – to collaborate with them to create new work.

“Reverting to Type aims to highlight the pioneers at the helm of the current resurgence of interest in letterpress,” says Ardagh of the show, “from computer-based designers with a desire to ply a craft with a tactile immediacy that has been lost with modern technology, to traditional presses finding new ways to revitalise their design output.”

This is the Hatch Show Print piece created for the show – with a nice detail shot below. it’s printed at 650 x 1020mm and is priced at £130


And this is the exhibition poster (above) which is printed at 535 x 770 mm in an edition of 180. A copy will set you back £30 (available from the show only). It was printed from this setting:

Here’s a film that the curators made to help publicise the exhibition:

Reverting to Type from Lima Charlie on Vimeo.

Reverting To Type runs from December 10 – January 22 2011 at Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD. For opening times etc, visit standpointlondon.co.uk

via Creative Review

DesignStudio in London has created a new design for the £2 coin, which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

The coin features the quote ‘In the beginning was the Word’, from John 1.1, and the design aims to demonstrate the original process of the printing press. The text appears in a reversed, mirrored version that protrudes, representing the printing block, and in a recessed correct version, representing the printed word.

The design for the coin enlarged, with a sketch of the actual sized coin shown below, alongside an enlarged version of the text that appears on the coin edge

As part of the design process, DesignStudio visited the British Library in London, to see one of the original copies of the Bible. “This was our first glimpse of the actual print and quality of the original document,” says Paul Stafford, DesignStudio founding partner. “After seeing the detailing of the text we knew we wanted to create a design that was a representation of the printing process.”

Other designs proposed by DesignStudio included two separate coins that were a mirror image of each other, also reflecting the print process. A sketch of this idea is shown above.

The team also proposed a single coin version which focused on the language aspect of the King James Bible (sketch shown above). This idea reflected the Latin/English tranlation of the Bible commissoned by King James, and the way it helped develop English into a worldwide language. The design features the first line from Genesis – ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth’ – in both Latin and English.

The finished version of the coin, shown top, will launch on December 1 in a base metal collector version. Additional collector versions will be struck in silver and gold next year, with general circulation of the coin taking place later in 2011. via Creative Review

Check out Vince Collins’ psychedelic animation from 1984. Thanks to recall the memory of my childhood. via So Much Pileup.

London design studio Construct has given the branding of London’s famous Claridge’s hotel a thorough overhaul, starting with the hotel’s crest which has been redrawn and the logotype which has also been redrawn using a refined weight of typeface SangBleu… read more. via Creative Review.

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