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Product Design: Bringing Back Humanscale Manual from the 1970s

Product Design: Bringing Back Humanscale Manual from the 1970s

As of late, we've have published a series of revisited things from the past on ABDZ coming from manuals, branding items and more. It's somehow quite interesting because the things are stuff that we haven't even known its existence. It's kind of where I am heading with this Kickstarter Campaign of the Humanscale Manual originally created in the 1970s. To be specific, it was created by the team of industrial design pioneer Henry Dreyfuss and now back by the folks over IA Collaborative to publish the reissue. Give it your support! Behind this project, we have IA Collaborative is a global design and innovation consultancy based in Chicago, IL, USA. Their field of work is all around User Driven Design with research, strategy, prototyping, product development and more. Definitely check out their site to learn more. In their words These iconic, beautifully designed, and visionary tools to design for people are still so relevant today. Published between 1974 and 1981, the materials have been out of print for decades and fetch extremely high prices on the used market due to their scarcity. After finding so much value using Humanscale during the prototyping process in our own design work, we wanted to make them available at a reasonable cost to people everywhere. Photo Gallery   Humanscale was published as three separate sets––Humanscale 1/2/3, Humanscale 4/5/6, and Humanscale 7/8/9. Each set includes one booklet and three two-sided selectors. More Links Learn more about Humanscale Manual: humanscalemanual.com Follow Humanscale Manual on Instagram Learn more about IA Collaborative iacollaborative.com

Editorial Design: Play, Cook, Kiss: Culinary Tricks

Editorial Design: Play, Cook, Kiss: Culinary Tricks

Happy Friday guys! We are sharing a culinary book that is everything except being conventional. Let me explain, the folks at Juicy Square did an incredible job at editorial design to express the passion for food through the pages of the book entitled: Play, Cook, Kiss: Culinary Tricks. The title says it all, the design is playful and does a play on the material too. Something we have rarely seen in this part of the industry. Mixing different mediums from sketching, typography, images and graphic design; this book is certainty a gem. Juicy Square is a studio that works mainly in graphic design, editorial design and print. Located in Vilnius, Lithuania, a city of immense allure; I love their motto about an outstanding graphic design is not only lines and figures. It must be reasonable and thought-through in order not only to be aesthetic, but also to be functional. To be complete. PLAY, COOK, KISS: CULINARY TRICKS What is the most important thing in food-making? Despite the quality products, time-tested recipes and cooking skills, it’s love. The passion. In other words – it’s courage. Being fearless leads one into the unknown areas of possibilities and sets the new plots of the future. That is the main message of the culinary book filled by wisdom and charisma of Alfas Ivanauskas, creative director and editor in chief of the Kitchen Mythbusters. It’s not just a culinary book. It’s an creative and inspirational guide in a form of diary and an album.   That is why features of it were adopted and incorporated into the creative process of the design concept. And it came crafty, detail and unique in every page – full various forms of drawings, blueprints of recipes, notes and so on. All this gives vitality to the book and makes it “alive”. Even the recipes were took out of it and places in a special extra issue to make more space for the sense of philosophical culinary quest. The task for design demanded a lot of unorthodox solutions. Therefore, the visual language is vivid in it: a few different concepts and ideas interact and strengthen each other here. Various composition techniques come hand-by-hand in this book. Check out Juicy Square's site: juicysquare.com Follow Juicy Square on Behance

Graphic Design: Baugasm 365 Posters

Graphic Design: Baugasm 365 Posters

Beware of a very long scroll feature, just because it’s quite aesthetically awesome! We are featuring the graphic design work from Vasjen Katro for his 365 poster series called: Baugasm. He is already hustling it out on his second year and it’s still going strong. This whole series is a blast of inspiration that we can all learn and get inspired from. Happy Scroll! Designed by Vasjen Katro, he is a co-founder, visual designer and creative director over Fabric Creative based in Tirana, Albania. Working in both print and web, Vasjen has proven to accomplish beautifully his Baugasm Series and now on to his second year. Make sure to follow his process on Instagram. Design a poster every day for 1 year. The first years has finished after publishing successfully every day a poster in Instagram @baugasm Now you can check in instagram the second year.  

Editorial Design: Typeface Felice the Book

Editorial Design: Typeface Felice the Book

Nico Inosanto is a graphic designer based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He focus his work mainly on typography for the making of new typefaces. We are taking a look at actually a book about an elegant and classy typeface of Nico’s called Felice. Taking on the approach of its editorial design work, the book is simply beautiful and conservative with its minimal pages and some highlighting the font with composition to devour. Nico Inosanto  is graphic designer that works mostly with type. Having a passion for typography, Nico spend much of his time making new typefaces. Make sure to follow his work on Behance .   Credits Cover printed by Spind Intern page, HP Indigo, Z Studio Binding by Olivier Molleyres, Neuchâtel Cover: Malmero Bleu – 300g/m² Intern: Rives Sentation Tradition Matt, bright white – 120g/m² Printed in 10 copies

Eins Und Null Magazine - Editorial Magazine

Eins Und Null Magazine - Editorial Magazine

Wikipedia, we all have used at least a couple times during the course of our lives to gain information on a certain subject. They are really reliable, always up-to-date and above all mostly tell the story behind what we are usually looking for. We can’t easily lose track of time and reading. How about if it was in a magazine form? Or even a popular science art magazine? Well this is what Malwin Béla Hürkey, he is designer currently based in Berlin. His work is focused on art direction for brand development, typography and of course editorial design. Hope you will like it! "eins und null" is a popular science art magazine series which is dedicated to set the existing knowledge of Wikipedia articles into a new visual context and over this course to give them a new graphical interpretation. Each issue draws its attention on two abstract opponents. Issue 001 confronts the phenomenons of physical reflection and absorption. The magazine targets to give a modest, but also adequate definition of each phenomenon, with models of practical relevance to our everyday life. The series aims to spark ones curiosity for scientifical wikipedia articles.   More Information: http://huerkey.com.

Business Card Inspiration

Business Card Inspiration

In my opinion, with all the tech and gadgets that is available to us. I still feel that giving away your business card (after a first client meeting, interview and etc) is part of a good form of communication to explicitly define an impression of yourself on a piece of print. The first impression is always definitive for the future overcome of your intentions. I also believe that there isn’t something as a rule in designing a business card, from the design to the choice of print and paper. Let’s take a look at this sublime collection of business card designs by Anagrama Studio who is a brand development agency based in Mexico. Hope you will enjoy the variety and style of this lovely and inspiring collection.   More Information: http://www.anagrama.com.

The CV Tabloid - Editorial Design

The CV Tabloid - Editorial Design

Nowadays, being unique in your work, brand or portfolio really can paid off. We spoke about reinventing the wheel and it’s still always the case. Let’s talk about portfolios for example, we follow a ”rule” about how we should showcase (in print) our portfolio, having a business card and an introductory letter. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of your next employer, how many portfolios they have seen so far? What’s the amount of time given on a review? Being different might add to your chances? It all depends but let’s just say that it’s helpful in some way. Let’s take a look at what Charlotte Allen did for her portfolio and we can’t help to appreciate how it does stand out and it’s worth the effort to be innovative and creative. What do you think? ​Designing my own portfolio has proven to be one of the most challenging projects to develop, as a client to myself has verified how difficult it is to make choices that would usually come as second nature. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most exciting self-initiated projects to complete. The concept behind the delivery was to create a self-promotional package that was informal, in the format of a simple newspaper to browse in a bid to not craft something too prim. Maintaining simplicity was also vital, ensuring that the format did not overshadow the main body of work. More information: http://www.charlotteallen.co.uk.

Design Papers 2016

Design Papers 2016

DESIGN PAPERS is a paper catalogue created for Europapier. The main target is the graphic industry professionals from a company with over 40 years of tradition and distributing paper in more than 13 European countries. We all know that print is always required a great attention to detail, from choosing the right paper, to proofing colors, how it feels when you touch it, there are many more variables than the digital world. Many more sensorial inputs I'd say because there's nothing better than the smell and texture of the printed paper. The idea was to add a decorative dimension to the usual functionality of a catalogue, with attention to both its visual and tactile aspects. The catalogue contains 240 types of paper; it was designed as a box divided into two colors and two groups of pictograms with a rhombus in the middle. The title “Design Papers”, positioned in the rhombus, is intersected by two areas. The rose area contains the first group of pictograms “Look, touch and feel,” emphasizing the interactive character of the catalogue and treating it as an object and packaging. The other group of pictograms has a gold foil finishing on a turquoise colored background and the words “Carefully created collection” emphasize the premium quality of the catalogue. Metaklinka Metaklinka is an independent design studio from Belgrade, established in 2008, active in the fields creative services, initiatives and production. The studio was founded at the very beginning of the global economic crisis and as such it specialized in working under unusual production circumstances. The studio cultivates a recognizable visual language and approach which exceeds the established communication characteristic of marketing agencies. The founders of the studio are Nenad Trifunović and Lazar Bodroža. Today, Metaklinika has nine permanently dedicated creative people within their ranks, as well as a wide network of collaborators throughout the region. For more information check out http://metaklinika.com Credits Client: Europapier ACC: Nenad Vulović CD: Nenad Trifunović, Lazar Bodroža AD: Nenad Trifunović D: Ivan Kostić Year: 2016

UEFA EURO 2016: Retro Poster Collection

UEFA EURO 2016: Retro Poster Collection

Last week I posted a beautiful set of posters created by Sean Ford for the UEFA EURO 2016. I love the simplicity and retro look of those posters and today I saw that other designers are also exploring the same topic and creating equally beautiful work. Studio—JQ created a collection of posters exploring details of each of the countries kit design to complement their colors and patterns. Again we highly recommend to check them out I wanted to focus on the countries kit design and develop a style that compliments the team colours and patterns. Information given on the posters include rank, group location, team sheet and player to watch. Enjoy the posters and enjoy the tournament and may the best team win! - Studio—JQ Studio–JQ is lead by Jonathan Quintin – he has created inspirational work at the world’s top design studios for clients including Aon/Manchester United, Auto Trader UK, Bosch, Google, Intel, Mitsubishi Motors, Moscow Raceway, NASCAR, NBC Sports Network, Tommy Hilfiger/Rafa Nadal, Rockstar Energy Drink, The Co-operative and VMware. For more information check out http://www.studiojq.co/ To check out all posters and much more check out the Behance post that the Studio JQ shared.

Posters with letter #A

Posters with letter #A

The best way to learn is by trying, practicing and repeating that until it becomes natural, then we can move forward to what's next. That happens without us even noticing but sometimes we do and we organize ourselves to do that. Evdokimov Gosha took that very serious and decided to learn how to design posters, in order to do that he chose the letter A and started creating several posters exploring it. The result is quite inspiring, check it out. Evdokimov Gosha is an art director and designer based in Moscow, Russian Federation. For more information about his work check out his portfolio a http://evdokimov-gosha.ru/ My first steps of making posters. Few prints based on the letter A. Various materials were used while creating these posters. Including dyes, felt-tip pens,post production, and finally I'm glad to introduce the most interesting ones.

Piknic Electronik: Served Fresh

Piknic Electronik: Served Fresh

Living in Montreal, Canada, I started seeing this print campaign popping all around town and I can't deny that the colours are just attractive and vibrant. I got curious about who was the people behind this work and after a little search; I discovered it was a collaboration work between Gabriel Lefebre, Rachel Lecompte and more. We've featured their work before on the blog, it was just pleasant to revisit their latest project. Hope you will enjoy!     Credits Client: Piknic Electronik Concept, Copywriting and Art Direction: Rachel Lecompte and Gabriel Lefebvre (ethos) Photography: Virginie Gosselin (Zetä Production) Retouching: Lucas Bayzelon (Visual Box) Production: Steve Desmarais Painter: Marianne Stratis For more information about Piknic Electronik: http://piknicelectronik.com.

Bridge Speaker Series Posters

Bridge Speaker Series Posters

The awesome folks from Moniker had a request to create posters of the Designer Fund Bridge Speaker Series. Where they would invite legends like John Bielenberg, Wilson Miner and more. To speak about a wide range of topics from leadership and trends. I personally love the graphic design style of this project for the main reason that you can clearly see that is handmade. The concept with the mix of colours are just so appropriate to the reflection of the talks. About Moniker Moniker is a design and branding studio based in beautiful San Francisco, USA. Over the years, they managed to work with brands like: Coca-Cola, Google, Android, Herman Miller and more. For more information: http://monikersf.com.

The most intricate deck of cards ever made

The most intricate deck of cards ever made

I have been posting a lot about branding and editorial design here on ABDZ. Most of these projects are very minimal with simple forms and most often not many details. Of course that doesn't mean that we won't feature different types of projects and that's the reason I am sharing with you the Citizens Playing Cards | Kevin Cantrell project created by Satellite Office | &Reach for a deck of cards. So this is not a simple deck of cards, it's the most intricate, breathtaking deck of cards ever made. Every aspect of Kevin Cantrell’s work for theory11 was translated with a relentless handcrafted, unrivaled attention to detail. Opulent art is combined with gold foil, hot stamping, and bronze foil to create a box design that’s eye catching, elegant, and sophisticated. For more information about Satellite Office and their sister-agency &Reach, check out http://satelliteoffice.tv/

Inside the Popshot Magazine

Inside the Popshot Magazine

The term  Print is Dead is (in my opinion) becoming a term from the past. Of course, we lost many great publications. I feel many became more adaptive to the new age and providing many options for the readers, including the newcomers. We are featuring today: Popshot Magazine. A beautiful magazine that shares stories and poetry mixed with stunning illustration. Tremendous work of print that shouldn't go disregarded. In June 2008, the idea for a poetry & illustration magazine materialised as a result of picking through the literary shelves of the now deceased Borders. There was a feeling that the world of poetry was driving itself into an elitest and fusty no-through road, and we wanted to do something about it. Combining illustration with poetry in a neat and beautifully designed format, in April 2009 the first issue of Popshot launched, thumping its chest and quoting Adrian Mitchell’s ‘Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people’. With black pages, a sans serif typeface, and filled with vibrant illustration work, the magazine didn’t look like a poetry magazine and we were thrilled with it. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Video About Popshot Magazine Popshot Magazine is an illustrated literary that provides both digital and print magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood. For more information: http://www.popshotpopshot.com

Magazine Covers by Charles Williams

Magazine Covers by Charles Williams

We all know that digital design has already become the most important field in terms of media, however there's still something amazing about designing for magazines and newspapers. Traditional print design is the foundation for what we draft off of today, or at least set out to do on the web. In the future, as technology evolves, that will be possible. To inspire this notion, we're excited to feature some amazing magazine covers designed by Charles Williams. Charles Williams is a freelance illustrator/designer based in London. For more information check out his website at http://madeup.org/ Via Behance

Editorial Design Inspiration: Pencil Post

Editorial Design Inspiration: Pencil Post

The Pencil Post is one of the most beautiful print pieces I have seen in a while. Designed by British design agency Pencil, this post contains an insider's guide to Soho's hidden gems, a piece on William Sieghart's Poetry Prescriptions and a showcase of Pencil's work, among other things. For more from Pencil Agency visit pencilagency.com and behance.net/ChloeGalea Pencil Agency - situated in the heart of London's Soho - creates considered, bespoke content for clients across all channels but with a particular love of print. With this in mind it would only seem right that Pencil promoted itself and the importance of curated content to brands by way of a beautifully designed newspaper. Printed in navy and fluorescent orange inks, and delivered in matching envelope, Pencil Post really stood out on the desks of those it was sent to.

Big Up Cover Illustration by Saad Moosajee

Monday is our tutorial day. We try to post tutorials every Monday showing how to create some nice effects or compositions we like. Today is not different, but instead of a tutorial we have a really nice case study by Saad Moosajee. It is an image created for the cover of the Big Up magazine. Saad is a great contributor to the blog, always sharing beautiful wallpaper with us. Now we will be able to see how he created the beautiful Big Up Cover Magazine Big Up Cover Magazine Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Final Result Details For more information visit http://saadart.com/