Book cover design on the BBC

Book cover design on the BBC

Great little video here from BBC Entertainment News talking about the design process behind a book cover and dust jacket. The cover of Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall is a fine example of the amount of thought and effort that goes into the presentation of a well designed book cover. The result is […]

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 […]

Understand Music

Understand Music

This captivating video by Finally is a must watch. Telling the story that music doesn’t always have be understood to be appreciated, it is a masterclass in uniting sound and image to create something meaningful, beautiful and entertaining.

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 […]

TED 2013 Opening Video

TED 2013 Opening Video

A collaboration between animator Mac Premo and illustrator/author Oliver Jeffers has produced this brilliantly creative opening video for the TED2013 Conference.

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 […]

Kenzo: Electric Jungle

Kenzo: Electric Jungle

I enjoyed this promotional video for a new line of clothing entitled Resort by fashion brand Kenzo. Animal print is overused and often tacky, but I find the way illustrator Natalia Stuyk and director Mat Maitland use it here, both interesting and beautiful. The organic motion and acid colours are very engaging and a little reminiscent of […]

Old Type

Old Type

I love the treatment of type on old carved and painted signs. There is something much more human about the way they communicate. The fact that the real hand of a craftsperson has carefully rendered them seems to give them a soul of their own. They add an element of surprise to the urban landscape, […]

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 […]