Over the last week I’ve been working on the design of our new iPhone app! The little mascot for the logo is now complete after much refining and I’m now creating screen layouts as well as the icon designs. The icons draw their inspiration from the logo design as well as the simple, clean and purist, flat style of the new iOS which is being released soon, and which I’ve been using for the last 2 months so that I can familiarise myself with the new gestures and styles that apple is introducing.
Here is a sneak peak at my progress so far…
Yale University Press has released an iPad app version of Josef Albers’s influential book, Interaction of Color. Designed by Potion, the app features archival video of Josef Albers in the studio and classroom, videos of practicing artists, designers, and architects discussing how they use color, and 63 fully interactive plates.
Let’s Go Eskimo created this short documentary that provides a glimpse of what it is like to work in the creative industry. The idea was born out of their own questions and struggles on how to deal with things that may seem out of your control.
The themes focus on creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions that designers find themselves intentionally or unintentionally taking.
I’ve always been obsessed with typography. I think it all started when I returned to Australia at the age of 7 and my english teacher suggested that I try to read every sign and label that surrounded me, in order to help me learn english faster. That’s when I started to really notice in detail signage, logos and all sorts of lettering that was everywhere. I think that because I looked at these forms from a visual perspective first and then tried to decipher their meaning into words, I began to be attracted to letter forms more than your average individual.
When I was in primary school my principal who was a nun gave me a lettering book which contained about 20 typefaces, all laid out in lower-case and upper-case. I spent hours tracing them and redrawing them and creating my own versions.
Over the years I’ve created a few but never really released them for use, since they are quite graphical and not really appropriate for text. That might be a personal challenge for the future!
Herman Miller is featuring a visually sumptuous series of videos that centre around the idea of ‘Why Design’. Various designers working across different areas provide their insight into why they design. I particularly like the work of Irving Harper who creates beautiful paper sculptures, which I will investigating further.
I love designing logos! this just makes me want to create more and more…
President, Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, United States
We think having Google at our disposal has changed how we think about knowledge retention, but imagine when that knowledge is literally integrated into your being.
In 2112, creativity will be the most valued form of work because creativity is about going against what everyone (including yourself) believes in. By 2112, our minds will be directly connected to computers. We think having Google at our disposal has changed how we think about knowledge retention, but imagine when that knowledge is literally integrated into your being. We will all know all that we need to know, together, by being interconnected with all the information of the world. The answers won’t be at our fingertips, they will be within us. And so goes any room for debate.
What will be at a premium in this new world? What will enable us to retain our unique stamp of humanity? Our unique ability to create ideas and concepts that go against the all-powerful norm of the factual. The ways of thinking and working that artists and designers embody so naturally will be in higher demand. They are the ones who are used to flying in the face of reality, of suspending disbelief to come up with what is next. These skills will be universally recognized as how we advance society’s future, rather than a nice “add-on” as they are perceived of today. Creativity will be the new currency of work, the world over.