Archive | October, 2011

friday blinks – 10/28/11

28 Oct

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Pharmacy M by Caan Architecten
Awesome Belgian pharmacy design. So clean.
(via Matt Stevens/twitter)

Lessons Learned from Two Years of Tees
“Make shit great.” Rule to live by, folks.
(via Mig Reyes/twitter)

Eli, no! book by Katie Kirk
Really nicely-illustrated kids book by Katie Kirk.
(via Riley Cran/twitter)

Halloween Prints by Methane
Super sweet and detailed posters by the folks at Methane Studios.
(via Grain Edit/twitter)

Skin Disease Canvas
Creepy, but neat.
(via Eric Shalley/twitter)

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creative exercise – let it roll

26 Oct

At my current job, I have been given the opportunity to hold weekly “Idea meetings.” These are held late Friday morning to cap off the week with any work-related idea farming, or just to share what anyone is currently working on or has recently finished. Then, if time allows, we do some sort of an activity, usually pulled from my Caffeine for the Creative Team book. A few weeks ago, I had an idea that I thought I would try out.

I brought a bunch of empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls in and asked our team members to bring a pair of scissors with them. The instructions were as follows: Create anything out of these rolls using only scissors (no tape, glue, etc.). The concept behind this challenge was that we are given very little to work with on a daily basis, and expected to turn it into something great. This is something we deal with all the time, granted our clients don’t bring us a bag of cardboard before we start a project for them, but the overall concept is the same. You could use any type of raw material to do this type of activity, too. I would like to do this again using a completely different medium, but similar parameters.

The team seemed to enjoy the activity and the creations turned out great. Here they are:

Castle by Leah

Totem Pole by Suzanne

Moustache Dude by Dylan

Aviator Glasses by Brian (me), Aviator helmet by Melanie

Brooch by Jennifer

friday blinks – 10/7/11

7 Oct

Here is a list of sites we’ve come across throughout the past couple weeks that we think are worth sharing. We call it friday blinks.

Ribbon Specimen Book
Little interview with Ribbon designer Dan Gneiding, and a sneak peek at the Ribbon book. Nicely done. I may just have to get this.
(via Lost Type Co-op/twitter)

Fonts in Use
Simple, cool, great resource, and inspiring.
(via Jessica Hische/twitter)

Cleanwash Letterpress video
Short bio about a one-lady letterpress shop in Philly.
(via French Paper Company/twitter)

Realm Charter School website by MINE
Nice and clean site. Simple color palette.
(via FourDesign/twitter)

The making of Designspiration
Behind the design of Designspiration. A basic idea turned into an awesome site.
(via Brandon Rike/twitter)