Sunday, March 29, 2009

A prime example, that simplicity works best. I've yet to understand why people are obsessed with cluttered/screaming design. With all the overly designed shit there is, wouldn't you want something of the opposite nature to help make your services/product stand out?

This poster is for against child sexual abuse based in Germany (Please click on the image to see it in full-size, definitely has more an impact that way). It's clean, simple and sure as hell gave me goosebumps when I first laid my eyes on it. uh-mmazing.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yes! Make the Pledge NOW!

I am so thankful someone finally thought of making this. Please, Pledge.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Remedy | Mu3alaja

Sierra Korthof designed these lovely packaging for her final semester school project. "For this project we were directed to create a series of five box forms for either a product that already exists or one we created. I chose to create a line of Arab inspired hot chocolates. The idea behind the product is that the hot chocolate is infused with traditional plant remedies from the Arab world. I chose to create this product because I am very interested in Arab culture and language. I am currently in my first semester of Arabic, and I thought this would be great opportunity to attempt to design a product that would appeal to two both Western and Arab culture. The identity is a combination of Arabic and English. The packaging, directions, explanations, and ingredients are also listed in both languages."

How heart warming. I love what she's done and I love it when people take interest in arab culture. I also really admire her ability to play with arabic typography when she's just now learning the language. I wish I could do arabic packaging, maybe one day!

*text and images provided by thedieline.

Monday, March 23, 2009

walking on air.

I have a great appreciation and fascination with things flying/floating in photography. I've found a couple of photos that I really enjoy due to the dramatic, vulnerable and intense sense it provokes. These are all random pictures with the same theme I've found via ffffound, but are not by the same photographer.

Friday, March 20, 2009

40 Logos

A friend of mine so kindly sent me a link to 40 Excellent Logos created with Helvetica.
Check it out, You'd be surprised as to how many of these you see on an EVERYDAY basis. Knoll(and has been for a long time), AmericanApparel, and Tupperware are my faves.

What are yours?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

How I keep my sanity.

Thank God for my daily Aisleone updates!
Check out the juicy work from London based branding agency,
Stereo. Pictured above is a nice site they’ve created for Consolidated PR, though I do see some widows in there. Also, be sure to check out the work they did for Half Each.

*above information directly quoted from Aisleone

I got goosebumps within 3 seconds of staring at this beautiful thing. It might not be perfect, but nothing makes my nipples harder than hairline strokes and white space. With all the crap my work requires me to do, seeing things like this calm my nerves and give me hope. Thank God at least some people have taste.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hassan Massoudy

I am so incredibly inspired by Iraqi art. I don't know if being Iraqi plays a big part in my fascination for it, but I am incredibly proud to be from a country that has an amazing reputation for artists. Today's featured artist is Hassan Massoudy. For more on Hassan Massoudy click here.

Hassan Massoudy was born in 1944 in Najaf, South of Iraq. He grew up amid the scalding heat of the desert, in a traditional Iraqi society characterised by strong religious beliefs, a high sense of solidarity and a keenness for festive gatherings.

In 1961 he left for Baghdad and started working as an apprentice for various calligraphers. He visited exhibitions of modern art which fascinated him and from then on, started to dream of studying art. The unfolding political events and ensuing dictatorship prevented him to do so. He eventually left Iraq for France in 1969, freed from the oppressing regime but heartbroken. He got to the "Ecole des Beaux-Arts" of Paris where he first worked on figurative painting. But he did not stop calligraphy altogether; to pay for his studies, he was doing headlines in calligraphy for Arabic magazines. Over the years, calligraphy progressively got into his figurative painting and eventually took its place.

Creations from Hassan Massoudy are a subtle mix of present and past, oriental and occidental art, tradition and modernity. He perpetuates tradition while braking from it.calligraphies comes from the movement of the lines, their lightness, their transparency, the balance between black, white, emptiness and fullness, the concrete and the abstract. From his training as a calligrapher in Iraq, Hassan Massoudy has kept the noble spirit of the craftsman who creates or invents his own tools and prepares his own inks.

Friday, March 13, 2009

find of the day

Everyone needs a pantone swatch rubik's cube. Everyone.

Someone please buy me this.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Birds.

According to the Miami Herald, Barbie just turned 50. Damn she looks good. Anyway, I recently found this collector's item, which I simply must get my hands on.

I love that it's a little eery looking.

The Birds is my favorite Hitcock movie, and I'm stunned they made a Barbie out of it. Hoorah!

Check it out here