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
I am a huge fan of Charles and Ray Eames. They are icons in the design and architecture world with major contributions in both areas. One of the most famous masterpieces was their house, also known as Case Study House No. 8. Unusual for such an avant-garde design, the Eames Case Study No. 8 house was a thoroughly lived-in, usable, and well-loved home. Many icons of the modern movement are depicted as stark, barren spaces devoid of human use, but photographs and motion pictures of the Eames house reveal a richly decorated, almost cluttered space full of thousands of books, art objects, artifacts, and charming knick-knacks as well as dozens of projects in various states of completion. The Eames' gracious live-work lifestyle continues to be an influential model. Sava Zivkovic put together an excellent case study showing his reproduction of the Eames house in 3D. The level of details and realism is incredible and totally worth checking it out. The Eames House is widely considered as one of the great buildings of the 20th century. Also known as the Case Study house 8, this beautiful piece of architecture was constructed in 1949 using only prefabrication and off-the-shelf materials. Sava Zivkovic recently published his personal animated short where he tried to capture the essence of the house. This project of his is in many ways a case study of its own, and the making of it is kindly being shared by him here. Enjoy! Reference Images Clay Renders Making of For more information visit http://www.whalesharkstudio.com/
Posters carry the very essence of graphic design. One sheet of paper to communicate a message, a mix of type, space and image. Here is a really cool selection of posters from over the globe. Enjoy! Graphic design is the art of communication, stylizing, and problem-solving through the use of type, space and image. The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design.
Watermag is a school assignment by design student Bjarke Nøhr Kristensen from Denmark. He chose to redesign the danish surf magazine Watermag surfnews and his work was great. Check it out! For more from Bjarke Nøhr Kristensen visit behance.net/BjarkeKristensen.
If you love design you most likely love beer as well, so I decided to put together some eye candy that will leave you thirsty. These are some of the coolest beer design labels I've seen and I hope you enjoy. Cheers!
Google has started a new series of videos titled Google Design Minutes. In this videos the lead designers of Google products talk about the challenges behind their projects. Jon Wiley talks about Search, Sian Townsend and Jonah Jones talk about Google Maps and Isabelle Olson share a little bit the ideas behind Google Glass. The videos are very insightful and useful to any designer or enthusiast, check them out. When Google launched, it was a crisp white page with a simple search box. You might not have thought there was much in the way of design, but its appearance underscored two of our most important principles: simplicity and usefulness. Those principles haven't changed much in fifteen years, but our understanding of what makes great design has—throughout the industry. Today, there’s design in everything we touch. And as a developer, even if you don't happen to be a formal designer, you've undoubtedly faced design challenges as you've built your own products. Design has always been a rich conversation, and it's one that we’d like to have with you as you work on your projects and as we work on ours. - Nadya Direkova, Google Design Minutes — Search: The beauty of speed Jon Wiley discusses the importance of bringing out the beauty in things as simple as speed. #GoogleDesignMinutes Google Design Minutes — Maps: Putting the user front and center Sian Townsend looks at the importance of understanding how a user approaches your product, while Jonah Jones talks about adapting the approach to make the map the user interface. Google Design Minutes — Search: The beauty of speed Isabelle Olson talks about the focus her team put into making Glass simple, and how simplicity guided all the decisions they made. #GoogleDesignMinutes Via Google Developers Blog