Steve Jobs talks Paul Rand

Steve Jobs talks Paul Rand

Came across this interesting Steve Jobs interview where he talks about working with Paul Rand and the Apple logo.

Remembering Storm Thorgerson

Remembering Storm Thorgerson

Album cover design is not enslaved to product and therefore doesn’t need to show the record itself but can instead illustrate the emotions and themes explored in the music. Apart from a certain spiritual cleanliness that this affords, it most particularly allows a great variety of design and imagery. The great graphic designer Storm Thorgerson […]

Design Icons: David Gentleman

Design Icons: David Gentleman

Today is the 83rd birthday of one of my design heroes. If you’re a designer reading this post, the chances are you already know about David Gentleman. If his name isn’t immediately familiar, it is very likely you will have come into contact with his masterful work at some time. Although known primarily as an […]

New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual

New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual

In 1970 the New York City Transit Authority released this brand identity manual designed by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda of Unimark International. Pentagram recently tweeted that it was found in a locker under some old gym clothes, and that their employees Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed, and Hamish Smyth have created an online archive: thestandardsmanual.com […]

Designer Jonathan Ive on Blue Peter

Designer Jonathan Ive on Blue Peter

Jonathan Ive critiquing some aspiring young product designers on Blue Peter. It’s really great to see him engaging with and inspiring children in this way. It’s equally good to see a designer of Jonathan’s stature speaking in real and pragmatic terms that people can understand and relate to. A far cry from the incomprehensible nonsense […]

Design Icons: Marion Deuchars

Design Icons: Marion Deuchars

My children’s drawings surprise me all the time, they break the rules, they inspire, they make me laugh, they shock. I don’t want that to change for as long as possible – Marion Deuchars. To have a distinctive visual style in a vocation so saturated in trends as graphic design, is no mean feat. The […]

London Underground: A Classic Brand Identity

London Underground: A Classic Brand Identity

Today Google paid tribute to 150 Years of the London Underground with a doodle of the infamous underground map. The map and the branding of the underground are British institutions. Classics of design that tell a story of the development of our visual culture. Frank Pick In his role as publicity officer of the Underground […]

Design Icons: Paula Scher

Design Icons: Paula Scher

It took me a few seconds to draw it, but it took me 34 years to learn how to draw it in a few seconds – Paula Scher Today I’d like to to celebrate another design hero of mine. Paula Scher. Not only blessed with great talent and insight, she is an wonderful communicator who […]

Design Icons: Alan Fletcher

Design Icons: Alan Fletcher

“Design is what happens between conceiving an idea and fashioning the means to carry it out.” Today is the birthday of legendary graphic designer Alan Fletcher (1931 – 2006). This post is my own little tribute to a designer who has provided inspiration to so many designers in so many ways. As graphic designers go, […]