I really enjoy seeing projects that bring nature closer to us at some level. Kids these days are all about smartphones, gaming and indoor fun, and there is simply no time spent outside. Thinking about that, Bantum, an American product consulting firm, has asked Italian designer Andrea Mangone to come up with a way to reconnect people with nature. Meet Urbanoasis: By 2050, 6 billion people worldwide will be living in urbanised areas. Urbanoasis wants to reconnect people with nature in the urban environment by making growing vegetables on your balcony a fun, educative and engaging experience. The package includes a pot, dried soil+fertiliser, gardening tools, seeds and a watering can. The pot, with its modern and minimal look, was designed to fit perfectly both on a balcony or indoor. Urbanoasis is fun and it promotes a positive message. The product is an example of eco-sustainability using materials such as bamboo and rice hull fibres composite, cork agglomerate, recycled cardboard and natural wood. For more Urbanoasis information, please visit Andrea's portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy this! Cheers. ;)
This is a collection of beautifully designed ebook covers done by Polish designer Krzysztof Stryjewski for UXPin collection of ebooks. Check it out! For more from Krzysztof Stryjewski visit behance.net/stryjewski.
Old St. Pete is a craft line made by St. Petersburg Distillery. Designer Grant Gunderson wanted to capture the spirit of the sunshine city in the 1900's without making it too cheesy because it is still a premium product. Each Spirit has a custom recipe neck tag and custom shipping carton with old post cards of iconic spots in St. Petersburg Florida. For more from Grant Gunderson visit behance.net/ggunderson.
Medium has grown so big and beautiful in last few months. It it probably most elegant, fast and functional platform to share the amazing stories and ideas with everyone out there. Every day thousands of new voices publish their unique experiences, views, and reflections to Medium.com, creating the largest, most diverse collection of stories on the internet. Medium for Android, is a simple app that lets you read and write the stories that matter most to you. My goal with this project was to imagine Medium for Android by making use of Google’s Material Design language as seen in Android 5.0 Lollipop. The concept is to innovate Medium platform for Android using Material Design, without losing its brand identity. That was my goal, to make the Medium to modernize without losing any functionality and not cause any loss of users. Find out more about the designer Sahil Vhora behance.net/sahilvhora. Read the full article at Medium: https://medium.com/@sahilvhora/medium-app-material-design-11866aed0309
Lately I've been doing a lot of references research and it's cool to see all the different styles of design in many websites. For me, one of the trickiest parts of a website to be designed is the footer. For me it's like the cherry on the top of the cake. Here is a selection I've made of some pretty cool footers. Some might seem simple, others more intricate, and to me this diversity represents footer design these days. If you've seen any cool footers lately, don't forget to share it with us! Cheers. ;) Tens Reuben Crossman mākgoods Maybe.For.You HTO Made by Few Paradox Kittie's Cakes Visual Soldiers Scottie & Russell Windy City Crossfit Designer Trek Skargaarden
The book suggestion of this week is about design and how it has helped products to be more than just useful but also pleasant to use. Well-designed products create a emotional bond with the user and therefore distance themselves from the competitors. The title of the book is Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love by Jon Kolko. From Design Thinking to Design Doing Innovators today are told to run loose and think lean in order to fail fast and succeed sooner. But in a world obsessed with the new, where cool added features often trump actual customer needs, it’s the consumer who suffers. In our quest to be more agile, we end up creating products that underwhelm. So how does a company like Nest, creator of the mundane thermostat, earn accolades like “beautiful” and “revolutionary” and a $3.2 billion Google buyout? What did Nest do differently to create a household product that people speak of with love? Nest, and companies like it, understand that emotional connection is critical to product development. And they use a clear, repeatable design process that focuses squarely on consumer engagement rather than piling on features for features’ sake. In this refreshingly jargon-free and practical book, product design expert Jon Kolko maps out this process, demonstrating how it will help you and your team conceive and build successful, emotionally resonant products again and again. The key, says Kolko, is empathy. You need to deeply understand customer needs and feelings, and this understanding must be reflected in the product. In successive chapters of the book, we see how leading companies use a design process of storytelling and iteration that evokes positive emotions, changes behavior, and creates deep engagement. Here are the four key steps: Determine a product-market fit by seeking signals from communities of users. Identify behavioral insights by conducting ethnographic research. Sketch a product strategy by synthesizing complex research data into simple insights. Polish the product details using visual representations to simplify complex ideas. Kolko walks the reader through each step, sharing eye-opening insights from his fifteen-year career in product design along the way. Whether you’re a designer, a product developer, or a marketer thinking about your company’s next offering, this book will forever change the way you think about—and create—successful products. Jon Kolko - Well Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love from Midwest UX on Vimeo. Buy Now
Konstantin Shalev is an illustrator from Russia with a really cool style. He grew up skateboarding and now he designs graphics for skateboards which was one of his dreams. Check out his collection! For more from Konstantin Shalev visit behance.net/Ripper. Skateboarding always was my passion, I was skating 6 years.. at the beginning of my skateboarding carrier I was dreaming to became a skateboard graphics designer and have a chance to make base graphics for famous companies, and this is it I have done over 25 skateboards for different companies and going up for more. Thanks to Jeremy Fox and all flip team.
$101 Dollar Bill is part of a marketing campaign for TranferWise. Designer and Illustrator Greg Coulton had the task to create the illustration for the new bill and design it. Check out the process. For more from Greg Coulton visit .gregcoulton.com and behance.net/gregcoulton. My task was to illustrate and design the new Bill. The note itself features tongue in cheek references and jibes towards the old world of finance, plus the all important engraved style portrait, emulating the archetypal style of a genuine bank note.
Duane Dalton is a graphic designer and artist from Dublin, Ireland who loves design and stamps. He decided to start this project where he can merge his passions and create some amazing Stamp Designs. Enjoy! For more from Duane Dalton visit duanedalton.com.
Yesterday we posted a really cool animation project by Tom Alex Buch and upon discovering his work I realized he deserved a full feature post here on Abduzeedo. His work is strikingly beautiful. For this post I selected some of the projects that really caught my attention but of course there are too many to choose from so be on the lookout for more posts featuring Tom in the coming months. Tom is an english designer, 3D artist and animator. His work places emphasis on using cutting edge technology in conjunction with traditional taught design/illustration skills and is fueled by a drive to create original and impactful work. He loves what he does. He has worked in house at world class design studios in both the UK and US since graduating and now has a growing number of international clients freelancing. For more information check out http://www.tomalexbuch.com/ SOHN DRIVEN Seven Lions // Worlds Apart Amnesiac Animation
Hungarian designer Boglárka Nádi decided to take on this amazing project for her final thesis. She designed all the stamps based on Hungarian Folk Tales and the result is amazing, check it out! For more from Boglárka Nádi visit behance.net/bigibogi. The world of the tale sare close to my heart and I noticed that there were some stamps made with this kind of theme, however there was no series made with an emphasis on just the Hungarian folktales. This good news made me quite happy, because I wouldn’t have considered making a self-serving work and I hoped I could pleasure a wide range of audience. I may be an optimist, but I think there are only a few people who are not delighted by these wonderful stories.
Ramotion is a digital design agency with incredible works. In this post we selected some app icon sketches they have as part of their app icon design process. Take a look at these icons before they become fully digitalized. For more form Ramotion visit http://ramotion.com/. An application icon is all about creating an image of a product. It should clearly define the application's philosophy and create an image memorable to the user.
Amazing collection of animal logos by the Russian designer Ivan Bobrov. Each logo is very colorful and created from a round shape composition. Enjoy! For more from Ivan Bobrov visit .
In this post you wills see an amazing poster collection by Quim Marin, a designer from Barcelona, Spain. His style is really simple, using shapes, colors, and typography these posters come to life with a really strong message. Enjoy! For more from Quim Marin visit quimmarin.com, and behance.net/quimmarin. In such a visually polluted environment I try to come up with fresh and memorable designs with a clear aim at essential beauty and equilibrium that, at the same time, will ensure communicative effectiveness.
Influencia is a French magazine about communication and trends. It's always cool to see design from different countries and this issue of Influencia was designed by Violaine & Jeremy straight from Paris, France. For more from Violaine & Jeremy visit violaineetjeremy.fr.
One of the most important things during the design process is feedback. Collaborating with your team, designers, product managers and engineers is vital for a great execution. The process is certainly much easier said than done however. From the chaos, countless emails, presentations, printed boards, to you name it, a centralized service is long overdue and that's what Wake was created to streamline, "A private space to share and discuss design work with your team". What is Wake? Wake is an enterprise web, desktop and mobile platform that makes it super easy for designers to share work and collect feedback from their team. It was created by former Facebook product designer Chris Kalani and the Norwegian digital agency Bakken & Baeck. We built Wake because we couldn’t find anything that would allow us to quickly share visual work as a team. Our communication was fragmented across different apps and nothing allowed us to seamlessly capture our design process. Slack, email, IM, Flowdock, HipChat and Basecamp were great for textbased communication. But none of these tools were designed for the type of work we do. We needed something that would allow us to freely share ideas while keeping everyone in the loop. “Wake has filled the gap between formal design reviews at Medium in a collaborative and lightweight way. It has increased transparency, continuity, and communication during our design process. We love it.” — Dustin Senos, Head of Design at Medium Quick History The guys behind Wake started building their first prototype in January 2014 to solve the needs of Bakken & Baeck.The product was well received and quickly became an irreplaceable tool for the team. With the success of their own internal usage and the growing interest from external parties, they decided to spin Wake off into its own company. In August they announced a private beta and received nearly 2,000 invite requests within the first day. Since then, they’ve been working with about 70 companies, observing usage and iterating on their feedback. These companies include teams within Yahoo, Twitter, Cisco, Artsy, Medium, and BuzzFeed. Along with dozens of great startups and several large Scandinavian media companies. For more information visit http://wake.io/
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