It is holiday in the US this Monday and besides resting a bit and trying to learn new things, like a new language (italian this time). I took some time to work on the final details of the new Abduzeedo site. Hopefully it will go live in the next couple of days but I want to share a bit more of the references I had during the process. Today I will feature 2 web design projects and a poster that illustrate the look and feel I am trying to achieve. If you have references on this style, share that with me via the comments, I'd love to see more examples on this look and feel.
It's awesome to see more people translating beautiful typography, the kind we are accustomed to seeing on magazines, now on the web. The biggest challenge for me, especially now that I am redesigning Abduzeedo, is how to take a systematic approach and create something that works with dynamic content. We know that magazines and editorial design rely on grid, templates, styles much like the web, but it also has the flexibility of having someone fine tuning the content.
When I started my industrial design course back in the 90s our focus was on either furniture design or visual identities. It was all about designing and creating documentation through styleguides. Today we see the evolution of this, where the focus instead of print is on digital, especially mobile apps. Sponsored by Gatorade is a simple, yet quite good example. Gatorade is well known as the official sponsor of the best champions. The awareness in Italy is almost 100% but...
Since the first time I heard about the Grid platform I got really curious about the idea behind it. "The Grid harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to take everything you throw at it - videos, images, text, urls and more - and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you." - Sounds awesome but I really wanted to see a bit more about it and in this post I finally got an idea of how the outcome will be, and it look awesome.
Designing is all about communication, find the right way to reach the audience and engage them. A good user experience is when users get what they want with little or no effort. Simplicity is key but how can you make something simple when there's a lot to show. Like the NASA GeneLab project.
Materialup is a web site aggregating designs that apply Google's Visual Design guidelines called Material Design. The site is a great resource to discover how people are using and extending Google's guidelines. I myself love to check the web site and hopefully will be able to share the Abduzeedo Material Design version soon. The site is divided by categories Web sites Mobile Apps Concepts Here are some examples that I really like:
Since Google released their new visual language and specs for how to follow it there have been innumerable toying around trying to learn how to use it by redesigning popular services. Last week we shared the redesign of Google News that George Kvasnikov created and today we're excited to share another personal project applying Material Design. Enter the redesign of Twitter by Rico Monteiro, we love seeing how the style adapts to different needs.
I believe most of you guys have seen the Google News personal project that George Kvasnikov put together. In my opinion, it was a great exercise on how to apply the Material Design concepts to a real product. These kinds of projects always give us freedom to do what we think is right, however we don't have the constraints of the real world. But as a personal project the outcome is amazing and so is the presentation.
Last month Google introduced their new visual language called Material Design releasing with it, a very detailed style guide. The new design language has the goal to "create a visual language that synthesizes classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science." After a month it's really cool to see designers experimenting with the new design on Dribbble.
Following our posts about UX/UI design we will feature today a really cool work created by Sm Artists. The project is titled FIFA Legend and one of the reasons we are featuring this project is because how complete it is. From the UX to the icons this project illustrates a little bit about the work product designers do. The purpose of the application FIFA Legend is not only to show facts and statistics of the football player's career in one place but also events in his personal life that helped him to become a legend.
Last weekend I started to think about a new design for Abduzeedo so from now on I will be collecting lots of visual references, from books, to UIs. The Barclays - Little Book of Wonders is a project that caught my attention especially because of the tablet versions, it was a design proposal for a Barclays digital platform that offers a selection of events and features for high net worth clients.
We love to post about visual identity and the creative process behind it because it shows the holistic approach of design. Creating guidelines and systems is the core of good design, it gives consistency and also flexibility to extend the brand without jeopardizing the visual language. The work of KYD Buro is an excellent example of a really well done visual identity and process. KYD Buro is a young architect team. The name is formed from the first letters of the founders: Kobets, Yankovskiy, Dubrovskiy.
In May 2013, Marios Georntamilis was asked themselves how to create a brand, marketing plan and find a way of supporting and funding this effort. They chose crowd funding – which was a successful and overfunded by 60% more.
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.
Most of the writers of Abduzeedo are from the 80s and we always expressed our love for that decade's style especially the neon lights, terrible VHS quality and the music. In terms of visual design, we can see the beginning of CGI and 3D animations, with simple forms but a lot of chrome and reflections. To illustrate that nothing better than showing some examples, in this case, the fantastic work of Arkuma. Arkuma is a motion graphic designer and illustrator from London, UK.
Following our branding and visual inspiration series of posts we today have a beautiful and extremely elegant project for Adam & Eve Law Firm created by Raewyn Brandon a passionate web and graphic designer from little old New Zealand currently residing in New York. Adam & Eve represents a group of creative professionals who share ideas, experience, knowledge, the understanding and commitment to achieve legal results for their clients. Adam & Eve uses traditional biblical philosophies as a model in order to communicate their values as an Intellectual Property Law Firm.
In an attempt to recreate the nostalgic memories of childhood, the Slashthree collective selected ‘Fairy Tales’ as the theme of its eighteenth exhibition. The project invited our artistic core to recreate the magic they felt as children when they were whisked off to a land far, far away. Each piece of art in this exhibition is a unique, beautiful interpretation of fairy tales from both popular culture or the contributing artist’s own culture, all of which have come together to create one of our finest exhibitions to date.