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Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965

Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965

The book suggestion of this week is about the "Swiss Style", the book is titled Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965 and it's an incredible source of references and inspiration about this movement that was extremely important in the history of modernism and it's been one still, extremely important and used for designers for web and mobile. Swiss graphic design and “the Swiss Style” are crucial elements in the history of modernism. During the 1920s and ’30s, skills traditionally associated with Swiss industry, particularly pharmaceuticals and mechanical engineering, were matched by those of the country’s graphic designers, who produced their advertising and technical literature. These pioneering graphic artists saw design as part of industrial production and searched for anonymous, objective visual communication. They chose photographic images rather than illustration, and typefaces that were industrial-looking rather than those designed for books. Written by noted design authority Richard Hollis, this lavishly illustrated volume looks at the uniquely clear graphic language developed by such Swiss designers as Theo Ballmer, Max Bill, Adrian Frutiger, Karl Gerstner, Armin Hoffman, Ernst Keller, Herbert Matter, Josef Müller-Brockmann, and Jan Tschichold. The style of these artists received worldwide admiration for its formal discipline: images and text were organized by geometrical grids. Adopted internationally, the grid and sans serif typefaces such as Helvetica became the classic emblems of Swiss graphic design. Showcasing design work across a range of media, including posters, magazines, exhibition displays, brochures, advertisements, books, and film, this essential book shows how many of the Swiss designers’ modernist elements remain an indispensable part of today’s graphic language. Buy this book now!

Inspiring Work of Guilherme Villar [ghee-lhér-meh]

Inspiring Work of Guilherme Villar [ghee-lhér-meh]

Last week I had the chance too meet another Brazilian working for Google, Guilherme Dutra Villar, AKA [ghee-lhér-meh] is a visual designer graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University. His work is really cool and of course we here over at Abduzeedo, had to post about our fellow brazilian :) I have an eye for detail and simplicity and believe design begins with ideas. I have particular interests in identity systems, typography, information graphics, and strive to create design solutions that are clean but more importantly effective. Personal identity Because Guilherme is such a different and difficult name to say in English, I decided to have the pronunciation be my workdmark in my personal identity. It is both functional and minimal and allows the focus to be on my projects and achievements. Fortaleza 2020 A fictional 2020 Olympic Games project for the city of Fortaleza in northern Brazil. An identity system was created around the primary and secondary logos which emerged from the concept of unity and the environment. Other works For more information about Guilherme visit: http://www.guivillar.com/

Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps - Book Suggestion

Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps - Book Suggestion

The book suggestion of this week is about one of my favorite themes, semiotics. The book is titled Semiology of Graphics: Diagrams, Networks, Maps, written by Jacques Bertin. Semiotics definition is basically the theory of the functions of signs and symbols, a very important subject for us designers who constantly have to design user interfaces. Originally published in French in 1967, Semiology of Graphics holds a significant place in the theory of information design. Founded on Jacques Bertin’s practical experience as a cartographer, Part One of this work is an unprecedented attempt to synthesize principles of graphic communication with the logic of standard rules applied to writing and topography. Part Two brings Bertin’s theory to life, presenting a close study of graphic techniques including shape, orientation, color, texture, volume, and size in an array of more than 1,000 maps and diagrams. Buy this book now!

Awesome Wedding Invitations

Awesome Wedding Invitations

An invitation to the most important day of your life shouldn't be boring, it should be just as awesome as your wedding day. I selected some truly amazing invitations from people that love design and took the time to make their invitation super awesome. Enjoy! There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something. — THOMAS EDISON Christine & Ian The wedding invitation set for our wedding. Designed and made by my wife and I using our home printer, and a rented laser cutter/engraver. Our wedding was in the woods, and we hoped the pop-up trees would give our prospective guests a taste of event they would be attending. The RSVP card was perforated, which let the guest remove the response card and keep a handy map of the surrounding area. An accordion-style field-guide was also included, with illustrations done by my wife of local plants and animals. View More Jorge & Laura Wedding invitations, silkscreen printing + customized stamp. View More Danis & Tiara For Danis & Tiara Wedding Event. The Rabbit mark inspired from their chinese zodiac. and the illustration is telling their 8 years journey. Featuring all of the couple's lovely pets: Jacob the Cockatoo, Grey the Cat, Mowgli the Dog, Guppy the Guppy, Hex Torment Anion Kation the Hamsters. View More Kristen & Loren My wife and I met in high school and had been together for over ten years before we decided to get hitched. Our wedding was to be held on a beautiful, grassy hill on a farm in Charlottesville, VA, with the reception taking place in an old barn. We wanted a rustic-yet-elegant wedding invitation that represented our wedding and our personalities. Since we were to be married on our 11-year anniversary, I envisioned an infographic timeline of our lives showing how long we had been together. A Venn diagram monogram evolved out of this and informed the rest of the design, including icons, a map, and a flow chart. I chose letterpress to bring an intimate quality to the invitations, and I designed with that in mind. The monogram consists of two colors, overprinted to create a third color where they overlap. We packaged them into paper bag-colored envelopes and rubber stamped them to keep with the rustic farm wedding tone and truly reflect our personalities. View More Aaron & Chase I created the design in Illustrator then laser cut/engraved the design onto thin pieces of wood. For the back, I simply printed the design on yellow paper. View More Peter & Thessa Folded Invitation View More Taher & Sana A wedding invitation kit tailored to celebrate a special day for my dear friends Taher and Sana, My mission was to deliver a sense of luxury and simplicity which was achieved by incorporating Typography, Imagery, paper materials and finishing. View More

Editorial Design Inspiration: Alberto Sampaio's Photobook

Editorial Design Inspiration: Alberto Sampaio's Photobook

This is an amazing project from Atelier Martino & Jaña out of Porto, Portugal. The ideas was to design a photo-biography of Alberto Sampaio, a well known 19th Century Portuguese historian and the result is just amazing. Enjoy! For more from Atelier Martino & Jaña visit ateliermartinojana.com Going through the provided contents, some issues raised as quite evident The available images were mostly from written records, such as letters exchanged with renown personalities from the same period, the photographic material was very limited in quantity, and the written information difficult to lay out, being mainly based on little transcriptions from the mentioned messages, thus impossible to handle as a continuous text thread. Therefore, we've decided that some of the following topics should be notorious elements of the outcome object Alberto Sampaio was born in the midst 19th century, lived until the very early 20th, and here we are to tell his story on the 21st. So we've always pictured mixing contemporary and classic storytelling elements in our design. The book should not look like an epitaph, but instead, celebrate his life, significance and achievements. While maintaining the readers focus, the book should make him/her eager to turn to and check the next page, pages. In order to layout such intentions, we've approached the book's layout bearing the following in mind The grid should be highly flexible and make room for a great variety of graphic approaches. By ignoring the book's spine, we were allowed to use the central space of the book, making it possible to display the most interesting images in big scales and to grant an easy graphical fade from one page to the other, creating a feeling of horizontal "timeline" navigation. The unusual book binding solution we've achieved, endorses a complete opening of the spreads, displaying them in its totality without any page curvature, therefore making the use of the previous concepts possible. While using the same font, we've decided to develop 3 typographic styles to enhance the variety of transcriptions and to make the design dynamic and interesting. We've used classical 19th century books and the elements of the typical Guimarães embroidery, to design the pattern used on the spine and inside the cover, adding a little twist to it, to achieve a more contemporary feeling and look.

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design - Book Suggestion

100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design - Book Suggestion

The book suggestion of this week is about graphic design, more specifically, about ideas that changed it and that is the title of the book, 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic design by Steven Heller. This book demonstrates how ideas influenced and defined graphic design, and how those ideas have manifested themselves in objects of design. The 100 entries, arranged broadly in chronological order, range from technical (overprinting, rub-on designs, split fountain); to stylistic (swashes on caps, loud typography, and white space); to objects (dust jackets, design handbooks); and methods (paper cut-outs, pixelation). About Steven Heller Steven Heller is the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program and co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism program at SVA, New York. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times. He is editor of AIGA VOICE and contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline and I.D. magazines. He is the author of more than 120 books on design and popular culture. He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Véronique Vienne has worked at a number of US magazines as art director, and is the author of The Art of Doing Nothing and The Art of Imperfection. A frequent contributor to Graphis and Metropolis magazines, she lives in Paris. Buy this Book

Editorial Design Inspiration: Creamier

Editorial Design Inspiration: Creamier

Creamier brings together 100 of the most exciting contemporary artists emerging today, each chosen by prominent international curator. Original resource, Creamier truly reflects the current moment and is vital for both those in the art world and those that are new to contemporary art. Designed by Atelier Dayakova - The book had to be radically different from its four predecessors. A tough design problem — the content is still the same: 10 international curators choose 10 contemporary artists...but how to make it look different? The frustration to find an original solution has propelled me to abandon traditional book format and transform Creamier into a large format newspaper. The idea is quite simple — announcing 100 new artists is a bit like making news. Inspired by the Financial Times, 300 pink unbound pages come packaged in bespoke portfolio. Designed by Atelier Dayakova -

Inspiring Work of João Oliveira

Inspiring Work of João Oliveira

Our friend João Oliveira has recently updated his website with some outstanding new work. From Art Direction to digital images, João shows how versatile he is, no matter the client. From Coca-Cola to Depthcore his work is always inspiring and deserves to be featured here on Abduzeedo. Coca-Cola Teamed up with Nuno Jerónimo and Tiago Canas Mendes from the “O Escritório” agency I’ve been responsible for the art direction and identity design of this campaign held by Coca-Cola Portugal and the Portuguese soccer team Benfica — Camarata Coca-Cola (Coca-Cola Dormitory). The idea behind this “feel-good” campaign was to turn the stadium luxury corporate box into a dormitory for fans. Boosters could apply at Coke website and win the chance to spend 24 hours in the dorm, spending the night in there and also watching a soccer match with the privileged view the location offers. Optimus Madrid Smooth King of Hearts Kult Magazine

Altruism Playing Cards by Hydro74

Altruism Playing Cards by Hydro74

Joshua M. Smith, AKA Hydro74 is one of our favorite designer, he has a beautiful portfolio of typography, illustration and graphic design work for all sorts of clients. His style is quite unique and you can spot his work pretty easily when you see it. That's the case of the Altruism Playing Cards that he created for the The Blue Crown. Recently I had a chance to work The Blue Crown to create a deck of cards for the Altruism Series. The concept was using a Owl I've already created and trying to figure out a core structure that would work. The project turned out amazing and in process of developing a full entire deck for them based on some new symbolism and ideology. For more information visit http://www.behance.net/Hydro74

Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field - Book Suggestion

Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field - Book Suggestion

The book suggestion of this week is about graphic design and the theory behind it. The book is title Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field by Helen Armstrong. Graphic Design Theory is organized in three sections: "Creating the Field" traces the evolution of graphic design over the course of the early 1900s, including influential avant-garde ideas of futurism, constructivism, and the Bauhaus; "Building on Success" covers the mid- to late twentieth century and considers the International Style, modernism, and postmodernism; and "Mapping the Future" opens at the end of the last century and includes current discussions on legibility, social responsibility, and new media. Striking color images illustrate each of the movements discussed and demonstrate the ongoing relationship between theory and practice. A brief commentary prefaces each text, providing a cultural and historical framework through which the work can be evaluated. Authors include such influential designers as Herbert Bayer, Lszl Moholy-Nagy, Karl Gerstner, Katherine McCoy, Michael Rock, Lev Manovich, Ellen Lupton, and Lorraine Wild. Additional features include a timeline, glossary, and bibliography for further reading. A must-have survey for graduate and undergraduate courses in design history, theory, and contemporary issues, Graphic Design Theory invites designers and interested readers of all levels to plunge into the world of design discourse. "This book offers a great primer on graphic design theory by collecting 24 essays from design luminaries like Jan Tschichold, Lorraine Wild, Paul Rand, El Lissitzky, Herbert Bayer, and more, culled from writings spanning more than a century on wide ranging topics from typography to the social responsibilities of a designer. " --Jason Santa Maria Buy it Now

Justin Maller Beautiful Work for Grammy, Nike, Dolby and more

Justin Maller Beautiful Work for Grammy, Nike, Dolby and more

Justin Maller (@justinmaller) has just updated his portfolio and we here over at Abduzeedo cannot let this opportunity pass without a feature. Justin was the first artist we interviewed at Abduzeedo and he always helped us with wallpaper and content. His work is simply beautiful and his clients include the Grammy Awards, Dolby, Nike and many more. Besides all this work for big clients, Justin runs Depthcore, one of the most amazing collectives out there. You can Here's a little preview of the new work of Justin: 54TH GRAMMY AWARDS DOLBY'S CES INSTALLATION. In Collaboration with CLayton Cubitt NIKE'S 2012 BASKETBALL APPAREL DEPTHCORE'S "ECHOES" CHAPTER ROX VOLLEYBALLS 2012 CAMPAIGN ARTWORK & IDENTITY FOR META'S EP TRILOGY For more information visit http://justinmaller.com/

Typography Lover by Pablo Alfieri aka Playful

Typography Lover by Pablo Alfieri aka Playful

From Buenos Aires in Argentina, Pablo Alfieri also known as Playful, is art director and graphic designer characterized by a constant search of simplicity in geometrics shapes a mix between chaos and order of structures a visual impact of colors dynamism. Pablo recently released 'Typography Lover', an ensemble of his latest work and experiments with type. A true reflection of his passion and love for type.Pablo worked with many companies including: Nike, MTV, Chevrolet, Motorola, BBDO Poland, Nextel and many moreFor more information about the Pablo Alfieri aka Playful, you can check it out his website at PabloAlfieri.com and also his Behance.All Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo AlfieriAll Rights to Pablo Alfieri

Spiff Branding & Identity by Oliver Lo

Spiff Branding & Identity by Oliver Lo

This is a great school project made by a student from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. A branding & identity for a men's shaving products inspired by the 1950s, introducing Spiff by Oliver Lo.Branding and package design marketing traditional men's shaving products to a wider, contemporary male audience. Packaging features a 1950s-inspired look, partial reveals, and a memorable opening ceremony. Travel kit converts to drying rack for easy storage and comes with a drawstring pouch for compact travel on-the-go.For more information about the Oliver Lo, you can check it out his Behance.All Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver LoAll Rights to Oliver Lo

Fantastic Graphic and Motion Design Work of Sebastian Onufszak

Fantastic Graphic and Motion Design Work of Sebastian Onufszak

We all know that we live in a world based on trends, and it's important because it makes the industry move. It's also important for designers to understand that and be able to work on all sorts of styles. That will definitely be a differential in any career. Sebastian Onufszak is a good example of that. His work is an example of that. Born in Breslau (Poland) in 1978, Sebastian Onufszak is a German-Polish illustrator, designer and director. Between 2002 and 2006 he worked as an Art Director at Liquid — a design agency based in Augsburg (Germany) — and was responsible for print and interactive projects. In 2006 he joined Parasol Island, a design and animation studio in Düsseldorf, as Creative Director. Since 2009 Onufszak has been working for an international range of high-end clients in the fields of print, interactive and motion media as a self-employed designer. His commercial and personal works were featured in numerous design publications and exhibitions worldwide. He also lectures on motion graphics and animation at the University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg. Lufthansa The Fantastic Four Auto Trophy Auto Trophy Opener 2011 from Sebastian Onufszak on Vimeo. Three Men with Beards In Graphics We Trust Adobe Iggesund Still Life in a Circle from Sebastian Onufszak on Vimeo. IBM Computer Arts Cover Ray Ban For more information visit http://www.onufszak.com/

Inspiring work by Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison is a multi-disciplinary freelance designer and illustrator, currently based in London. Through the years of crafting himself and his career he has experimented with a multitude of styles and disciplines and continue to try new techniques and mediums on a regular basis. Through this Mike has built up a vast set of skills ranging from graphic design, illustration and typography to motion graphics, 3d, photography and web design. He believes that we are constantly learning, and that his portfolio shows his eclectic mix of mediums, styles and aesthetics. Illustration for the cover and inside pages of Sport, an award winning weekly magazine. With a circulation of over 300,000 it’s the largest sports magazine in the UK. An illustration completed for the Wall Street Journal that was intended for the cover of the Friday Journal section. ‘The best way to predict the future is to invent it’. Personal illustration created for Depthcore’s 44th chapter ‘Echoes’. A little glimpse into some of the experiences/memories of my past. Personal illustration exploring texture, energy and colour. Mostly inspired by this years olympics held in London. The College of Charleston in South Carolina asked to me to create an illustration for their basketball team using several of their players. We chose to compose them in a time-lapse style showing the stages of a slam dunk. Commissioned via agency Protein to create an illustration to serve as inspiration in the Creative Catalyst competition held by Stock resource website Veer. For more information visit http://www.destill.net/

Beautiful Typographic Work by Jordan Metcalf

One of the best places to keep up with what's going on in the graphic design world is without any doubt Behance. We've been following Behance since the beginning and it never ceases to impress us the work we see there from people from all over. A good example is Jordan Metcalf from Cape Town, South Africa and his amazing typographic works. Graphic designer and artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. I work both independently as a freelancer as well as collaboratively with 3 other designer/illustrators under the name Only Today. For more information visit http://www.jordan-metcalf.com/ Some works BOSTON MAGAZINE 5280 - The Denver Magazine Cover I Hate That I Love You so Much October Show | Exhibition Murals Nike - 2010

Book Suggestion - Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop

The book suggestion of this week is about one of the most important parts of visual design, the grid. The book we are talking about is Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop. For designers working in every medium, layout is arguable the most basic, and most important, element. Effective layout is essential to communication and enables the end user to not only be drawn in with an innovative design but to digest information easily. About the book Making and Breaking the Grid is a comprehensive layout design workshop that assumes that in order to effectively break the rules of grid-based design, one must first understand those rules and see them applies to real-world projects. Text reveals top designers' work in process and rationale. Projects with similar characteristics are linked through a simple notational system that encourages exploration and comparison of structure ideas. Also included are historical overviews that summarize the development of layout concepts, both grid-based and non-grid based, in modern design practice. Buy Now