"One of the most amazing things about us humans is our ability to create tools to remember." — Valuable take.
Ironically, most of us will watch this video on our phones.
Matt Taylor is an illustrator and designer from Brighton, UK, who spends his days crafting expansive, Americana inspired illustrations with a nod to the classic comic book art of the fifties and sixties. I really love the simplicity and great use of color palettes on his cover illustrations for the books of John le Carré, published by Penguin.
Chance favors only the prepared mind.
I took these photos last December, during my flight from San Francisco to Atlanta. The skies were incredibly clean from the West Coast all the way to Georgia. American landscapes can look quite lunar at times. Priceless.
I really love his simple explanation about the different "Design Roles Waterfall" in the Digital Industry: Product Designer / Experience Designer / Interface Designer / Visual Designer / Production Designer. It's also nice to see how simple software programming can solve some really tacky design problems, like dynamic color styles. Worth watching.
The creative industry operates largely by holding ‘creative’ people ransom to their own self-image, precarious sense of self-worth, and fragile – if occasionally out of control ego. We tend to set ourselves impossibly high standards, and are invariably our own toughest critics. Satisfying our own lofty demands is usually a lot harder than appeasing any client, who in my experience tend to have disappointingly low expectations. Most artists and designers I know would rather work all night than turn in a sub-standard job. It is a universal truth that all artists think they a frauds and charlatans, and live in constant fear of being exposed. We believe by working harder than anyone else we can evade detection. The bean-counters rumbled this centuries ago and have been profitably exploiting this weakness ever since. You don’t have to drive creative folk like most workers. They drive themselves. Just wind ‘em up and let ‘em go.
Yago Partal is a creative photographer based in Barcelona. He works for the special effects studio DDT — Oscar for "Pan's Labyrinth". Zoo Portraits is a delightful and clever photo series featuring mugshots of different animals wearing human clothes. I love the colors, the crispness, the humor in it. Check these out – Zoo Portraits and Yago Partal's Portfolio.
Ayrton Senna, 1960 — 1994. Today would have been his 53rd birthday. Here's a moving tribute. Great to hear Senna's voicing his thoughts, awesome soundtrack.
iOS Icon Gallery
Showcase of beautiful iOS icons in their full size. It provides a great insight on different icon styles and allow you to look at all the details closely at 512 × 512 pixels. A great source of inspiration and also a good view on how other designers have resolved different visual challenges within the boundaries of an iOS icon.
How do I type primes with Helvetica Neue? This is a web and iPhone application for copying hidden characters that come with digital typefaces, to be pasted into emails, tweets, text documents, forums and whatever else you might need. Don't know the short code required to type that special character? This tool is your salvation.
The Noun Project
Icons are the world's visual language. The Noun Project's goal is to build a global visual language that everyone can understand, enabling users to visually communicate anything to anyone. They have royalty free, downloadable glyphs that can be really useful for mocking up apps and for figuring out universal visual metaphors for your next project. www.thenounproject.com