• Aesop’s Taxonomy of Design

    I stumbled upon Aesop's Taxonomy of Design today and have been gushing all over the thought and respect that this (vegan!) brand puts into its spaces. "Taxonomy of Design is a digital compendium of our signature stores which pays tribute to the creative processes, materials and features that distinguish Aesop spaces, and to the designers and architects with whom we collaborate." Each space is born from "immersion in unfamiliar landscapes, investigation of local materials [and] engagement with local culture and history". Of London's Soho store: "Situated in one of London’s most beloved neighbourhoods, Aesop Soho was designed by French studio Cigüe – a in a continuation of a fruitful international relationship. Soho is a district with a chequered past: its genesis was as a royal garden during Henry VIII’s reign; subsequently, it became the French quarter during the heyday of Huguenot immigration. Later, and for much of the 20th century, it was a red-light district, entertainment hub and gathering place for creative spirits of all stripes. While Soho still bears traces of these chapters, it has become known most recently as a centre of fine dining and gastronomy. This light, airy space on the ground floor of a historic building is proud to takes its place in these celebrated surrounds. Using Cigüe’s beguiling assemblage of original materials, the design centres around the prized properties of enamel, an ancient technique used by Cypriot, Egyptian and Byzantine cultures, which now is used in industrial applications."
  • Graphic Means: new doco on history of graphic design

    Looking forward to this documentary, set to be released early 2017, on the history of graphic design. More info and DVD preordering at Graphic Means.
  • Hand lettering of a different nature

    I shot this video of road painting being done near Lewisham in London. It reminded me that often as designers we think of hand lettering as this high-end artform, in sign painting or chalkboard art, or within the sketchbook pages of artists like Seb Lester. But this road painting is just as skilled and crafted as anything in the design world, with little or no attention being paid to it or asked for it. So to these letter artists just going on about their job.. thank you 🙂 *Update: Since I posted this I found out that designer Tom Williams filmed these guys from his window a few years back and it was picked up by Creative Review. I love how they use the stick for kerning.
  • A designer’s insight into the logo creation process

    Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge
  • Finding Earth’s letterforms

    Finding Earth’s letterforms

    Really interesting kickstarter project from Benedikt Groß & Joey Lee to locate letterforms in aerial photographs and maps from all over the globe. They're hoping to build a new font and data set to share with the world. Pretty cool! Looks like they've already hit their target at time of this post. Watch the video on their kickstarter page. PS. Those pool books are nice too!
  • Homeless Fonts

    A beautiful project from Arrels Foundation (Spain) that creates typefaces out of homeless people's handwriting and uses the sales to help them escape their situation. HomelessFonts.org
  • Link: “Property Developers & City Councils Fail To Build Iconic Buildings” by The Cool Hunter

    — http://www.thecoolhunter.co.uk/article/detail/2071/property-developers-and-city-councils-fail-to-build-iconic-buildings
    This is a great article talking about the lack of design vision from developers and councils when approving buildings. Worth a read.
    The internet has opened everyone’s eyes to what is possible. People browse sites all over the globe, they learn, they engage in design. Design is no longer a closed shop. It is everyone’s.
  • Daniel Stoupin’s ‘Slow Life’

    This is just stunning... apparently all the colours are real too. He writes about it on his blog
  • OFFF Barcelona 2014

    OFFF Barcelona 2014

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  • Amon Tobin ‘ISAM’

    All this talk of Nine Inch Nails' spectacular gig at the O2 got me thinking about Amon Tobin's ISAM one. I've seen it twice already and it's absolutely mindblowing. A massive stage set of white boxes with video mapping. Here's a video of a lot of the show plus a little mini-doco at about the 30 minute mark.