Egyptian designer Mahmoud Tammam has a strong Arabic influence in much of his work and his most recent typography project is no different.
I spend a week in Dubai every few months so I’m quite familiar with the style and look of Arabic letters and words, and the problems that they can present even to many western brands that have to double up their signage and graphic applications to show both alphabets. Though the logo for Dubai’s Department of Tourism is excellent in this regard!
In an attempt to try and bridge the difference Mahmoud successfully manages to visualise the word and transform the Arabic letters “into the shape of their meanings”.
His project considers a range of words, but I was particularly taken with the animals and the elegance with which they become recognisable.
Whether through a hint of colour or a decorative embellishment (did you notice the fox’s “nose”?).
Very nicely done!
Be sure to take a look at his other projects, including Arabic Logos here.
Some Friday fun with the colourful and whitty illustrations of Stephen Wildish.
As you can see, colour is, well, rather important!
Check out more of his clever illustrations as part of his Friday Project here.
Have a good weekend!
It’s unlikely to rival the explosive content of any upcoming Hollywood blockbuster, but that hasn’t stopped the new trailer for docu-film Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production catching my eye.
It is a history of the changes that took place in the graphic design industry from the 1950s through to the introduction of “desktop publishing” in the 1990s.
I don’t work in Graphics specifically, but I have done a bit within that sector over the past 10 years or so. Whilst many of these skills were before my time, I did spend time at university painstakingly positioning Letraset transfers and experimenting with my own somewhat crude version of paste-up boards.
The precision and craft of doing everything by hand in the trailer really resonates with me. Look forward to this coming out in early early next year!
More information www.graphicmeans.com.
It takes something special to be recognised by Google and given your own Doodle, and that is exactly what happened today when the more than worthy Saul Bass was honoured with his own Google Doodle on what would have been his 93rd birthday.
Certainly one of my favourites, Saul Bass was a fantastic graphic designer (and Oscar winning film maker!), known particularly for his bold and creative style of film title sequences, posters and logos.
The animated Google Doodle above is inspired by some of his more famous works including those from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus and Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder. Superb work.
Bass’ portfolio of work also included a number of corporate logos, some of which still remain unchanged today. Though even taking into account those that have been updated, the average lifespan of a Saul Bass logo is an impressive 34 years!
A great execution of a brilliant idea but then, being Google, we’ve come to expect nothing less.
More on the life of Saul Bass here and a fantastic looking book on the subject here.
Inspirational Geek’s favourite negative space illustrator Noma Bar has been up to his usual blend of creative and clever imagery.
In his latest book Guess Who? he takes a playful, and sometimes amusing, twist on illustrating typical portraits of cultural and popular historical figures. Some of my favourites below, can you guess them all?
And my absolute favourite, probably the world’s most famous physicist.
The traditionally unkempt hair, atomic symbol face and electrons for eyes.
Branding is the identity at the core of almost every product, campaign and element of life.
You see a lot of good branding (and even more poor branding!) in many a successful product, but every now and then a really exceptional piece stands out and catches my eye. Edgeboard.
It’s not just that it’s a clever logo with a solid choice of typography and taking real strength from the product it represents, it’s how the logo works over and over again so successfully on a range of associated media in such an inventive and creative manner.
Edgeboard are handmade chopping boards from the Northern Beaches in NSW that possess a special feature; an edge which you use to slide off the chopped food against. They use a natural anti-bacterial wood sourced form the Byron Shire.
Lovely attention to detail just on the lower right hand side of the board there
The identity is based on the board’s special feature, the edge, and the brand comes to life using the edge in any any application. A simple, structured logo is used in combination with textured and environmentally friendly stocks.
Particularly love the incorporation across the page fold
The overall identity was created by Hampus Jageland during his time at design studio Maud. Really great stuff.
Via Logo Design Love.
Noma Bar‘s talent in creating negative space images (often with a hidden twist if you linger over the image long enough) has been noted on Inspirational Geek before with his Double Entendre Graphics. Back in the limelight for recently redesigning some classic DeLillo covers for Picador Books I discovered a classic book of his own – Negative Space.
Artwork for an article on the oil politics of the Iraq war
Negative Space is a quite compelling collection of Bar’s work from a variety of magazines that surreptitiously (or otherwise!) challenge current affairs and increasingly political news stories.
Artwork for an article older men who pursue younger women
When Doves Cry
This is my favourite:
Business in War – a symbol of warfare with a hidden element of business
Artwork for an article on violence and gun crime
Artwork for an article on how CEOs invest personal wealth
You can buy Negative Space here.