Frank Chimero – Shape of Design

A great talk Frank Chimero gave at the Build Conference. Frank is writing a book with the same title and it sounds like it's going to be great.

Charles Eames on Details

“the details are not details, they make the product”


Where We’re Headed

I've been blogging on and off for few years now and I think it's time to define what I have in mind for this space a little more decisively. If you were to go back through the 200 something posts you would find a graduate fresh out of art school focusing on illustration and web comics, you would see the transition into graphic design as I began to pursue further education, but most prominently, you would observe a young artist still very much in process.

In school when writing research papers, one of the most difficult parts for me was coming up with a solid thesis at the beginning. Often, I felt as though I was settling for a subpar introductory paragraph as way of entering into the material. As I continued to write would I discover my arguments and go back to the beginning and change the thesis to match what I had found along the way. At first this habit was a little embarrassing, I thought—this must not be how good students write. Yet, after several successful papers, I stopped worrying about it as much. I embraced the initial sloppiness of my opening paragraph as a part of my process. It was my way of mentally getting my hands dirty in the content.

Like my essays, the introductory period of this blog is complete and we're well into the middle, so it's a good time to go back and redefine the themes within which this blog operates. While, this collection of posts doesn't contain an introductory paragraph in a strict sense, and I won't be editing older posts, I'm at a place where I can more confidently state the direction we're headed. You can expect to find posts about great design, bad design and design experienced in my everyday life; posts on beautiful typography and on typographic blight; things that I find inspiring and miscellaneous amusing things, typically related to design, but not always. Most of all, this blog will be for me. George Lois said, "You don’t design a magazine for your audience; you create a great magazine for yourself." I intend to follow his advice.

Walter Hansen

A lovely poster and process sketch by Wellington-based designer, Walter Hansen for ABS.

via: Looks Like Good Design


Allan Peters

Posters designed by Allan Peters to promote the Minnesota State Fair. Head on over to his well curated blog for some additional inspiration.


Austin Beerworks

Helms Workshop designed some beautiful packaging and branding work for Austin Beerworks, an Austin mircobrewery. Helms Workshop does gorgeous things with typography I highly recommend checking out the rest of their portfolio


Adios LA

What a great way to say goodbye to a city. Artist Jon Jackson posted these billboards around Los Angeles as a kind of visual farewell.

via: Allan Peters


Thoughts on Work from Bill Watterson

This seems fitting given my post two days ago:

“It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done just for ourselves.”

—Bill Watterson


Photoshop Etiquette

Photoshop Etiquette, created by a former classmate of mine, Dan Rose is a site for those looking to standardize web design in Photoshop. Well worth a visit.


A good way to spend a day off of work

Ever since we moved in our new place we've debating whether or not to paint the living room/kitchen area. This weekend we decided to paint—sort of.

This scene is taken from the cover of "It's A Magical World" by Bill Watterson.


Friends of Type

I'm sure for most of you this is old news, but if you haven't checked out Friends of Type do yourself a favor and head on over there.

By Erik Marinovich at Friends of Type


Dana Tanamachi Chalk Lettering

The beautiful chalk lettering work of Brooklyn designer Dana Tanamachi