Hungarian designer Bernát Barbara came up with these banknote series for her MA degree project. Hungarian euro banknote series. The common side of each note features european animals, the other side shows related species of plants. The banknotes are original etching prints. For more from Bernát Barbara visit behance.net/Bidka and barbesz.tumblr.com I designed and prepared five denomations of ten etchings, all etched in separate copperplates. This subtle and refined form of reproduction enabled me to imitate the original technique used during the production of banknotes, intaglio printing. My goal was to create a complete series with clear design, that transcends the tradition of banknote making. Design Process I only wanted to keep the essential visual elements of a banknote. The most important parts beside the graphics are the denomination, the serial number, the issuing authority and the authorized signatories. I left the the unnecessary security graphic elements behind, to get a clear visual impact. I wanted to emphasize the animals and plants, the typography and the security marks are secondary on my notes. I started with thumbnails, they evolved to more detailed sketches, which lead to my final layout. Serial Design Printing Process I made 1,5 scale graphite drawings of each species, which were the outlines for the final the etchings. The etchings are directly printed on digital print basis. All of them are inked and hand-pulled by me. Details
Wallpaper magazine's January beauty news inspired this post on Juniper Ridge, a fragrance distillery founded in 1998 and located in my new stomping grounds of Oakland, CA. I'm personally obsessed with the art of perfume making simply because of the rush of vivid memories one experiences when smelling a particular scent. Juniper Ridge is the world's only wild fragrance company comprised of hikers and backpackers, not your typical fashion or luxury goods folks. Their process entails distilling colognes and perfumes from the backcountry like in the good old days of how perfumes were first made. Juniper Ridge is special because the entire scent design is contained in house, from beginning to end. Here we feature some vivid imagery showcasing the process of "designing" a perfume, from foraging around in the backcountry to the end result bottled up and evoking the quiet beauty of such dreamy places like Big Sur, the Mojave Desert or the Sierra Mountains. Also enjoy a glimpse into the new packaging artwork designed by Chief Storyteller of Juniper Ridge, Obi Kaufmann.
I can't get tired looking at beautiful and simple compositions. More and more the web is bringing back the classic principles of good graphic design with attention to typography and grid systems. Besides that it seems that the web is graduating from the phase where everything should be above the fold, where density is better than well organized and spaced out compositions. My goal with this post is to illustrate some more examples but also to pick some of them and attempt to recreate in HTML/CSS/JS in the next couple of weeks as a way to exercise not only my design but my coding skills as well.
Every beginning of a new year we make our resolutions, we set plans and as if everything starts from the ground up, we talk about trends for the new year. I am one of those but I believe that most of the time the new trends are nothing more than an evolution of something that started before, even crazy changes like in 2013 with the big switch from skeuomorphism to flat design. For 2015 I have been reading a lot of articles about this topic, if you check out on Pinterest there are some infographics and a bunch of boards about it, some have really nice insights, but nothing that someone following the web wouldn't assume. Here's an example: I agree with some of the points the author listed, but mobile first approach has been around us for over 2 years. Also I believe parallax is overused and hijacking the scroll is not very user friendly. Besides that Clean and Simple Layout is not a trend but a goal for every design project. In my opinion I think what we will start seeing more the more and more use of animation to give context and affordance to the most important parts of the UI. Technology and powerful hardware will make this possible more than ever, and we already see some good examples, like the beautiful work of that Jongmin Kim put together giving life to to Google's Material Design Principles That said here is a list of things I think will be on top of our minds in 2015 Motion Design beyond After Effects: We have been seeing more and more beuatiful animations and motion design work being shared on Dribbble and other design sites. I think it's time for us to see the same level of quality in motion on the Web. We know that it can be achieved, thank you Jongmin! Prototyping: In 2014 we saw a bunch of new tools being created to help us to prototype our work, tools like Frame, Pixate, Form, Invision and so many others. I think any designers that wants to have quality work must learn how to prototype and test their designs on the device, not on the laptop/computer screen. Material Design: Google has done a great job putting creating a very comprehensive set of guidelines and a beautiful new visual language. Dead of blank screens while loading new content: with motion design and technical capabilities, we finally might start seeing some native looking animations and transitions on the web. As you could see, I didn't mentioned anything related with visual design per se, I think the visual language will always depend on the branding of the product or service we are designing for. Most of the topics I mentioned are related to creating engaging experiences with refined and beautiful behaviors. I hope these things become true in 2015, otherwise there will always be 2016.
In this editorial design inspiration we are displaying Snow Wolf, a product brochure for Xuelang aka Snow Wolf. Designed by Tom Jueris, this Asian style brochure is wild and outstanding. Check it out! For more from Tom Jueris visit behance.net/surrge.
In this editorial inspiration we'll take a close look at the 99U Quarterly Magazine Issue No. 3. A print publication offering our best creative insights packaged in a beautifully designed pixel-free format. Enjoy! At 99U, we recognize that reading about idea execution online is a catch-22: the web browser isn’t always the ideal environment to lean back and shun the emails and notifications that distract us in our day-to-day. To help offer a reprieve from the madness, we are happy to publish the 99U Quarterly, a print publication offering our best creative insights packaged in a beautifully designed pixel-free format. This issue we went big on bold conceptual illustrative elements to introduce each feature article. Our normal palette of black and white was freshened up with teal (Pantone 333U) and we relied on the beautiful Vitesse as our accent font of choice. All of these elements were put into play with new, elegant, thin patterns that acted as section breaks and interstitial quotes. The cover, by MUTI, is a counter-intuitive take on the concept of fall, which is usually viewed as the beginning of the Earth's yearly cycle of decay and renewal. Instead, we viewed fall as the time to begin anew: this is when school begins, sports seasons start, and it becomes much easier to get back to work after a long summer layoff. Close observers will see the actual early bird grabbing its worm. Credits CREATIVE DIRECTION: Raewyn Brandon & Matias Corea DESIGN: Alejandro Torres Viera EDITORIAL: Jocelyn K. Glei, Sean Blanda, & Sasha VanHoven ILLUSTRATOR: MUTI
Freebies, freebies, freebiesss! Yes! We can't get enough of it. Most of us will just flip out when we see such good tasting freebies like these. Kudos for the people behind these for making available such great design for the masses. You make our life much more easier. :) I've made a selection of some of the greatest designs released lately. From UI Kits to Mockups, with a little taste of fonts and wallpapers. I really hope you find these useful! Also, if you know any more great freebies released lately, let us know! We'd love to know see more of these! Cheers. ;) UI Kits Music player Several elements Gravity UI Flat UI elements 280 UI Elements Mockups Business card / tablet mockups Hand drawn sketch mockup Art equipments scene generator Icons 54 Free e-commerce icons Fonts Sunn Backgrounds 7 polygon backgrounds
Senses is a series of posters using basic geometric forms and colors to enforce a message that each piece communicates. This is a project by Ashley Pawlak, a designer from Brooklyn New York. Enjoy! For more from Ashley Pawlak visit ashleypawlak.com.
Saude Magazine is a Healthy Magazine from Brazil and has an amazing mix of food photography, grid layout, and typography for you to enjoy. Take a look and pick some ideas that you can use on your next editorial adventure. Designed by Fernanda Didini, for more visit behance.net/fdidini and fdidini.com. Credits Design and Creative: Fernanda Didini Art direction: Bob Quinafélix Art editor: Laura Salaberry Photography: Alex Silva Photography assistant: Bruno Marçal Production: Andréa Silva, Ina Ramos e Alê Ravizza Food production: Silvia Marques Lettering: Kauan Vinicius
This is a great case study by Lukasz Ruszel a designer from Poland. Lucasz explain all the ideas behind the logo and shares every step of the process with us. Check it out! For more from Lukasz Ruszel visit midgar.eu. Goal My job was to design a logo for a young team of graphic designers and engineers, with a knack for creating smart and powerful visualizations of architectural and interior design projects. They wanted a symbol that would be simple, clever and modern, but at the same time connected with the name of their business. Research After having exchanged several emails with my client I decided to start my research process by looking up centurion-based symbols that had been created previously. It turned out that the archetypical Roman warrior is quite a popular theme in branding: Most of these designs depict centurion's profile, as it helps to highlight the very characteristic plume on top of the helmet. Sketches Vectorizing The first two concepts, while quite nice (especially the second one), were too complicated and not unique enough. The last one seemed very much on target and easily the best match for the company. From this point on, I have concentrated my efforts on refining it. Refinements Final result I was able to create a very minimalistic, yet easily recognizable depiction of a centurion's head. A smart design that my client was thrilled with.
Tim Boelaars is an independent graphic designer and illustrator from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tim specializes in icon designs and have worked with some major brands creating amazing little icons that you can see on this post. For more from Tim Boelaars visit timboelaars.nl. The New Yorker A set of eight 30 by 30 pixel icons for The New Yorker's new website. The categories illustrated from left to right, top to bottom are: Read, Search, Experience, Go, Shop, RSVP, Think, Win. The icons are in use on The New Yorker On the Town Comcast Various technical illustrations and illustration of Comcast equipment for Comcast. These illustrations are used in installation guides, manuals and on Comcast's packaging. Their main purpose is to easily recognize and portray the various contents of Comcast's products. Monicons A collection, consisting of two sets of 100 vector icons created for selling purposes. Airbnb Several illustrations for Airbnb's new office interior. From left to right and top to bottom: Birthdays, World Team Meetings, Design & Tech Talks, Happy Hour, Friday Meetings, Yoga, Hackathons, Fireside chats, Rauch St. Apartment, Workshops, Formal Fridays, Seated Massage. ESPN Several spot illustrations for ESPN the Magazine for articles about women in sports. Sprint Icon and illustration work created for Sprint. These icons and illustrations were mainly used in Sprint stores in the United States, during the holiday season at the end of 2012 and 2013.
I've been seeing a lot of designs using real food and it's really refreshing specially if relates and reinforces the message. Today I decided to select a few of these pieces to share here and inspire you for your next project. Enjoy!
Behance Plus is a concept designed by Moe Saad, a designer from Ontario Canada. With the goal of making behance a more interactive and social platform. Check it out! For more from Moe Saad visit onewox.com and behance.net/onewox
Alex Kurchin is a designer from Russian and decided to take on an awesome project called boards for a month where he design many skateboards for the entire month. The turnout is totally awesome, check it out! For more from Alex Kurchin visit hattomonkey.ru and dribbble.com/hattomonkey.
I'm a big fan of patterns so I decided to research some really cool and rad patterns to display here for you along with some really basic pattern shapes in the mix. Check them out and get inspired for your next project.
The book suggestion of this week is about storytelling, the title is Chris Crawford on Interactive Storytelling by Chris Crawford. The reason I decided to pick this book is because storytelling has become a crucial part of any designer's creative process and gives valuable guidance and insights that help us to create great experiences. About the book As a game designer or new media storyteller, you know that the story is critical to the success of your project. Telling that story interactively is an even greater challenge, one that involves approaching the story from many angles. Here to help you navigate and open your mind to more creative ways of producing your stories is the authority on interactive design and a longtime game development guru, Chris Crawford. To help you in your quest for the truly interactive story, Crawford provides a solid sampling of what works and doesn't work, and how to apply the lessons to your own storytelling projects. After laying out the fundamental ideas behind interactive storytelling and explaining some of the misconceptions that have crippled past efforts, the book delves into all the major systems that go into interactive storytelling: personality models, actors, props, stages, fate, verbs, history books, and more. Crawford also covers the Storytron technology he has been working on for several years, an engine that runs interactive electronic storyworlds, giving readers a first-hand look into practical storytelling methods. Buy now
The Legend Massimo Vignelli was best known for being the “Grandfather of Graphic Design” for redesigning the iconic New York City subway map back in the 1970s, responsible for designing brands like American Airlines, IBM, Bloomingdales’s and more. Being the most influential designer of our past century, his legacy will live on. Thank you Massimo for inspiring us. The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design. Photo taken by New York photographer John Madere About Massimo Vignelli via Wikipedia Massimo Vignelli has worked in a wide variety of areas, including interior design, environmental design, package design, graphic design, furniture design, and product design. His clients at Vignelli Associates have included high-profile companies such as IBM, Knoll, Bloomingdale's and American Airlines.In 1971, Massimo resigned from Unimark, in part because the design vision which he supported became diluted as the company diversified and increasingly stressed marketing, rather than design. Soon after, Massimo and Lella Vignelli founded Vignelli Associates. He and his wife continue to work from their New York office. Read More about Massimo Vignelli via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massimo_VignelliBig Think Interview With Massimo Vignelli Read More about Massimo Vignelli via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massimo_Vignelli