Just got back from yet another killer talk from creative mornings. Although I find it difficult to be that “up” that early in the morning two cups of joe and some inspiring design talk was a lovely way to wake up.
If you are in one of the cities with a creative morning (or if you’re not you should could start one!) I highly recommend trying to attend a session. It’s a great way to meet new people or meet people you may only know by interweb handle.
The best part is all the talks get posted online so even if you can’t be there in person, you can still benefit from the inspiring talks and discussions.
Watch Chicago Creative Mornings here:
And this week’s sponsors were amazing:
Chicago Portfolio School
King of Brand Consistency
So maybe I am a little slow on this one, but I ran across this fellow David Iglesia’s book and was really impressed with the BK work. Having worked with a few global brands with extremely diverse businesses across the globe I wonder how difficult this engagement must have been. Especially given the franchise model of Burger King I can’t imagine it was an easy feat to roll out. Despite how complex it probably was, the result is a really nice system of elements and some really fun illustrations that communicate a lot with very little words.
via David Iglesias
Just a little ode to an arrested development quote.
This is a lovely sampling of sketches from a fellow named Kyle – also a Chicagoan according to his behance. Very cool and inspiring. Check him out: behance.net/gallery/Sketchbook-Summer-Oh-Nine/256744
Additional La Croix design ideas
I was thinking more about this little personal project and I thought it would be interesting if they used a minimal amount of ink on their cans and use an embossing stamped technique. Yes? No? Good idea? Bad idea?
Any if you missed my orignal post it’s here:
La Croix sketches
Google Reader gets a makeover
Google has been redesigning many of their products lately and finally my favorite of google’s products has gotten a facelift. As will all of google’s products, I would not go as far as to say they are aesthetically beautiful – but this is definitely a step in the right direction. I am always a little tickled to see large digital companies show investment in the important of visual design – Amazon it’s you turn.
Screenshot of Desktime by One Design Company
I LOVE this idea – and will undoubtedly be taking advantage of the site soon to get some workspace. The concept is awesome and like all awesome ideas it’s fairly simple and meets a need. So the gist is this: you need a desk or office? or have an office or some space to share? This site helps with both. And its on your terms. A lot of listings can be rented by the day, week or month. There are pictures, addresses and easy way to sign up. Such a great idea! W00t!
Check it out at desktimeapp.com
As a designer I find there are very few products, brands, companies I am what you would call “loyal” to. Even toothpaste I switch up every time I buy it. Blame it on the obsessive amount of designs I consume as a professional designer. It’s sort of like when you’re baking – or cooking in general – and you spend all day smelling, tasting, making something to the point where when dinner rolls around and you really don’t want to eat anymore.
A major exception to this rule is La Croix. I absolutely love it. Love it so much that I have started a love letter to them – in design form. I am drinking it right now as I type. I really truly enjoy this simple product and would love to see them take their branding in a new direction. Check it out on my behance site and let me know what you think. Over time I hope to keep adding to it as I have time, including thoughts around other aspects of their branding like the boxes, bottles, point of sales, their digital presence and so on.
These illustrations are amazing. A hot dog with abs? Love it!
The site is pretty fun too – using a little HTML 5 magic so that the hot dogs appear to slide through the bun arms as you scroll through the page. Very fun. My only nit is that its not set up to scroll with the space bar. Other than that though, its a super cute site.
via: Big Apple Hot Dogs
The stereotypical “creative type” is often described as flighty, unorganized, temperamental and right-brained. I consider myself a more “middle brained” than left brained type of creative – an exception if you will. I think at some points in my career I have definitely lived up to the stereo type, but now after 10+ years of experience, I’ve put a premium on being methodical, organized and strategic. It is even more important for those of us that decide to break out on our own – without an account director or PM to keep you inline and profitable (or at least breaking even.)
This tool solo seems right up my alley. I haven’t broken down and given it a test run yet, but from what I can see on their site, it’s useful, usable, and beautifully designed. It’s not a matter of if I decide to give it a try, but when. I will definitely update the post when it happens – or if you’ve used it and love it let me know!