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!
Inspirational & creative ramblings of a self-confessed geek – Things I like, things I find and things I’m doing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my favourite:
You can buy Negative Space here.
A recent trip to the “La Ville-Lumière” opened my eyes to a few cultural differences that exist between London and Paris. Nothing huge, just little variances I noticed which caught my ever keen attention.
Quite a few elements, unsurprisingly, revolve around Paris’ excellent Metro system.
London typically offers an average singer-guitarist, occasionally someone more talented and entertaining, but nearly always an individual. Paris swings full spectrum and it isn’t uncommon to have large classical bands or even a string quartet performing for your loose change.
Metro tickets are deceptively small, I guess the French used to be much more environmentally aware than Londoners were. Then London got Oyster, which takes the notion of reusable tickets to another level.
Whereas London feels that consistency is best in the station signage, Paris offers a bit more character and individuality to the station name and decoration. From the upper-class and elegant Louvre Rivoli, to the beautiful mosaic style of Chemin Vert and of course the more traditional Varenne.
Paris seems to have realised that strangers don’t actually want to sit next to each other, to the point in London where I’ve seen people avoid an empty seat just because there is someone in the adjacent seat!
LED maps (similar to the Barcelona Metro) offer location at a glance. I have my suspicions, however, that London could be holding back on this concept for, ahem, budgetary reasons.
London sticks to silhouette line art for this, whereas Paris, even with the bizarre introduction of a rabbit character, gets the message across in a much more light-hearted graphic representation.
Paris has had a bicycle hire scheme, or “Vélib”, since 2007 and from what I observed it is still running well, though you wonder how much Barclay’s corporate colour scheme had to do with them winning the London advertising bid, especially when you compare it to the Parisian equivalent that seemingly blends into the street.
A bit cheeky, but I also love how the French are, almost painfully, obvious in their directions and signage for both large landmarks, and exit routes, clearly overstating on both fronts.
Overall, and all tongue-in-cheek comments aside, I completely recommend Paris as a city. Beautiful architecture and museums, fantastic scenery and incredible food – there’s very little not to like!