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Popular versus Brilliant | Designers + Geeks
"Jim Bull is worried about the future of design and thinks you should be too. Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Moving Brands, Jim dissects an industry where design is judged by the number of its likes and shares, where the focus is on efficiency rather than brilliance, and where one or two companies set the design standard for the globe."

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[Tagged “web rococo” because this is the opposite.]

[Not sure why there is no mention of Tibor Kalman and Oliviero Toscani in the Benetton discussion. And there seems to be some tunnel vision here. Sure, the big SV VC backed companies are all looking the same, but they're not the only ones making things on the web. You know, there are many other countries and languages to look to for something other than California Design. Uh, maybe that's more the issue: SV only sees itself and it's not diverse.]

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jimbbull  californiadesign  siliconvalley  2016  branding  reverence  generic  popularity  brilliance  apple  uber  medium  california  graphicdesign  webdesign  movingbrands  productdesign  sameness  webrococo  benetton  olivierotoscani  tiborkalman  design  business  california-zation  homogenization  designeducation  art  differentiation  ui  ux  screens  magicleap  ar  augmentedreality  virtualreality  packaging  vr  webdev 
february 2016 by robertogreco
Instagram’s Endangered Ephemera - The New Yorker
"The best accounts, like @graphilately, present a basic, steady stream of beautiful things, often against a neutral background. “I want it to be solely about the stamps—raising the profile of stamps and beauty in simple, modernist values,” Blair Thomson, the account’s creator, told me. “They’re about simple, graphic ideas conveyed through a highly visible yet tiny medium.” The husband-and-wife pair behind @purveyors_of_packaging present vintage boxes, bottles, and cans in the same vitrine-like format, making the reds, yellows, and blues really glow.

For some, Instagram has been an easy way to deal with personal collections. If you are the proud owner of thousands of vintage Valentines, embroidered tourist patches, or personalized book plates, digitizing them can feel overwhelming. The dailyness of Instagram—one photo, one day at a time—breaks the task down, and the endorphin boost of likes and followers keeps you rolling. A number of the collectors I spoke to originally included their ephemera in their personal feed, but spun the material off into a dedicated channel after a positive response. This also gave them a chance to polish their presentation. Bill Rose (@junktype) says, “Most of the objects in my feed are no bigger than a couple of inches wide. They are often so small that my phone has trouble focussing given the close range of my subject.” Charles Clarke (@matchbookdiaries) shoots his matchbooks against a white background. “I use the white background because it looks clean, and because you can scroll my profile page and it doesn’t look like there are any dividers between the photos. It looks like a big poster.”

These accounts also provide inspiration for working professionals and act as an early warning system for design revivals. Several of the ephemera accounts that I’ve spotted have turned out to be run by designers. Ara Devejian (@LetterGetter), a creative director, started his when he moved to Los Angeles’s superlatively-signed Theatre District. “Every day, I try to take a new route to work or wherever, especially going way out my way to discover new places on my bike or in the car, and in turn LetterGetter is the happy byproduct of that curiosity.” At first Devejian wanted to document typographic nightmares—the illegible, the mishandled—but, as with most Instagram accounts, things swung over to the positive. The platform’s users have such a strong preference for things that are pretty (however you define it) that it’s difficult to swim against the tide of posting “bests” rather than “worsts.” “@LetterGetter helps inform some of the typographic projects I work on,” Devejian said, “like the title card I designed for Gymkhana 7. The style of the photos is intentionally flat or sparse in order to see the letterforms as they were conceived.”"

"Business cards are probably next on the endangered list. In ten years, that drawer full of business cards could be Instagram gold. The Art Nouveau designer Hector Guimard’s business card, for example, part of the Cooper Hewitt collection, is beautifully out of date. But putting something on Instagram isn’t always the end result. These pieces can have different meaning in real life. “People have yelled at me—thinking I’m about to steal or break something—and then afterwards, realizing that I’m only taking pictures and admiring their car or whatever, tell me their life story,” Devejian says. “I’ve become painfully accustomed to just how fleeting signage is. It’s made me wonder whether I should become some sort of advocate for preservation, in attempt to postpone their inevitable disappearance.”"
instagram  culture  alexandralange  2015  design  businesscards  graphicdesign  graphics  photography  collections  inspiration  stamps  postagestamps  matchbooks  labels  clothinglabels  ephemera  everyday  objects  internet  socialmedia  packaging  typography  lettering  logos 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Ghostly International presents Matthew Shlian on Vimeo
"Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian's work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design, though he frequently finds himself collaborating with a cadre of scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding at microscopic and nanoscopic scales.

An MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy, Shlian divides his time between teaching at the University of Michigan, mocking up new-fangled packaging options for billion dollar blue-chips, and creating some of the most inspiring paper art around.

Ghostly teamed up with the Ann Arbor-based photographer and videographer Jakob Skogheim, to produce this feature short, which combines interview and time-lapse footage of Shlian creating several stunning new pieces."

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matthewschlian  folding  paper  packaging  sculpture  design  art  origami  math  spatialrelations 
december 2013 by robertogreco
"Somos un estudio independiente que busca dar soluciones simples a problemáticas de comunicación visual complejas.

Desarrollamos de esta manera proyectos de identidad corporativa, branding, packaging, tipografía, editorial, web, ilustración y fotografía.

Para esto optamos por resoluciones con economía de recursos encontrando la inspiración fuera del pixel, asumiendo a los avances tecnológicos como una mera herramienta.

Diseñamos basandonos en una marcada aplicación de las formas, buen uso de las familias tipograficas, las paletas de color, la geometría y las estructuras como indispensables para la creación de una pieza gráfica de diseño.

Así mismo nos interesamos en la selección de soportes y materialidades, como en la exploración de técnicas de impresión y post impresión; claves para el acabado de una pieza.

En definitiva, aplicar al diseño contemporáneo nuestra preferencia por la simpleza y la estética vintage."

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photography  webdesign  packaging  illustration  typography  visualcommunication  visual  graphicdesign  garphics  design  argentina  palermo  buenosaires  webdev 
november 2012 by robertogreco
3 | A Rare Look At The Eames Office's Graphic Design | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
"A recent exhibition showcased the ads, packages, and pamphlets often overshadowed by the studio’s work in furniture and film."
packaging  posters  typography  via:johnpavlus  eamesstudio  design  graphics  graphicdesign  eames 
november 2012 by robertogreco
Bagcheck | What are you using for your favorite activities?
"Whether it's cooking, photography, parenting, or sports —we all have a set of favorite items for doing what we love. Bagcheck is a fun and easy way to share lists of these items with people you know or share interests with."
social  sharing  collections  packaging  notsurewhatthisisgoodfor  socialsoftware  socialnetworking 
february 2011 by robertogreco
John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript | Cult of Mac
"He felt that the computer was going to change the world & it it was going to become what he called “the bicycle for the mind.” It would enable individuals to have this incredible capability that they never dreamed of before…

What makes Steve’s methodology different from everyone else’s is that he always believed the most important decisions you make are not the things you do – but the things that you decide not to do. He’s a minimalist.…

Normally you will only see a handful of software engineers who are building an operating system. People think that it must be hundreds and hundreds working on an operating system. It really isn't. It's really just a small team of people. Think of it like the atelier of an artist…

[Japanese standards are just different than ours. If you look at Apple and the attention to detail. The “open me first,” the way the box is designed, the fold lines, the quality of paper, the printing — Apple just goes to extraordinary lengths."
apple  business  stevejobs  mac  design  interview  size  groupsize  teams  managment  focus  minimalism  johnsculley  organizations  tcsnmy  computers  efficiency  via:kottke  japan  muji  experience  packaging  management  administration  lcproject 
october 2010 by robertogreco
SunChips and Supercapitalism - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic
"Competition in the snack chip market has reached such a level that the molecular composition of the chip-containing bag as reflected in the magnitude of its sound could cause a firm to lose customers!

This is a miniature portrait of Robert Reich's hyper-competitive supercapitalism at work. And though it is fundamentally a silly story, it's not only a silly story."
consumerism  food  packaging  us  frito-lay  supercapitalism  capitalism  alexismadrigal  competition 
october 2010 by robertogreco Help > Shipping & Delivery > Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging FAQs
"The Frustration-Free Package (on the left) is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging (on the right). Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box."
amazon  economics  consumption  unproduct  recycling  shipping  packaging  toys  design  environment  green  waste 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Brilliant: HP Packages Laptop in its Own Bag
"We've seem our share of good packaging ideas and bad packaging ideas, but this new method from HP is a great packaging idea. Their Pavilion dv692 systems available at Wal-mart and Sam's Club will sit on the shelf in their own recycled material messenger bags, stabilized and protected with internal air bubbles. This alternative to huge boxes shoved full of Syrofoam has reduced HP's individual consumer packaging by an outrageous 97%."
hp  green  packaging  sustainability  environment 
september 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Japanese Design #7: A How-to-Reduce-Packaging Journal
"PingMag brings you examples that are inspired by ease-of-use, nostalgia and playfulness, rather than by explicit eco-consciousness. In particular, those that have the unique combination of Japanese design with eco-friendly packaging. And we will show you
design  packaging  japan  food  environment  green  pingmag 
july 2008 by robertogreco
box vox: Droste Effect Packaging
"These packages each include a picture of the package itself, are often cited by writers discussing such pop-math-arcana as recursion, strange loops, self-similarity, and fractals. This particular phenomenon, known as the “Droste effect,” is named aft
advertising  branding  math  recursion  marketing  droste  via:kottke  packaging  infinity  design 
april 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag » Japanese Packaging Design #6: Imitating Nature
PingMag looks at some packaging that is inspired by more traditional and sustainable solutions...
design  japan  nature  packaging  trends  waste  green  environment  retro  sustainability  unproduct  pingmag 
february 2008 by robertogreco
'Made in Transit', A Supply Chain Concept for On-the-Way Growth by Agata Jaworska
"Made in Transit is a new packaging concept where food production and distribution go hand in hand. Agata's thinking is focuses on enabling growth rather than preserving freshness, a shift from 'best before' to 'ready by' for fresh foods."
business  culture  environment  trends  food  packaging  design 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Excess Disguised as Less: In a wasteful age, faux simplicity masks our overindulgence
"the strange place minimalism has found for itself in our is used as a kind of mask for an underlying excess and extravagance. ..Make less, buy less, use less, throw away less."
simplicity  consumerism  consumption  materialism  addiction  capitalism  time  work  life  packaging  environment  sustainability 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Study: Food in McDonald's wrapper tastes better to kids -
"Even carrots, milk and apple juice tasted better to the kids when they were wrapped in the familiar packaging of the Golden Arches."
ads  advertising  branding  children  diet  health  food  marketing  mcdonalds  nutrition  packaging  psychology 
august 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Japanese Packaging Design#2: Snack Characters
"Isn’t it wonderful to live in a country where drunken panda-seals lounge on peanut snack packages sniffing beer?"
design  food  japan  packaging  illustration  graphics  pingmag 
february 2007 by robertogreco
Pulse Laser » Blog Archive » Experience hooks
"I mentioned a number of ‘intrinsic activities’ associated with a product, those that aren’t specific to what the product does. They were: Design, manufacture, discovery, selection, being wished-for, purchase, being shown-off, review and resale."
creativity  design  interaction  technology  packaging  unboxing  personalization  user  marketing  advertising  video  radio  music  3D  comments  interface  schulzeandwebb  berg  berglondon 
november 2006 by robertogreco

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