Snap.svg is one of the websites for open source projects featured at Beautiful Open. Nice to see even developer-focused sites can be well-designed! (And check out the alligator!)

Snap.svg is one of the websites for open source projects featured at Beautiful Open. Nice to see even developer-focused sites can be well-designed! (And check out the alligator!)

I’ve just discovered the work of Mary Kate McDevitt. Her range of lettering and retro color palettes is amazing.

I’ve just discovered the work of Mary Kate McDevitt. Her range of lettering and retro color palettes is amazing.

Everyday for the past four years, Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya has constructed a diorama featuring miniature figurines engaged in hilarious activities.

These dioramas make me want to do something with my growing collection of push puppet, wind-up toys, and gumball machine figurines!

Via photojojo from Laughing Squid

The wonderful hand-drawn type work of Dan Cassaro, who, by the way, just told Showtime where to go in asking for free work

The Fontface Ninja site is a fun example of using css and js to preload a page and then ”pop in” the content. Learn about the techniques behind it from the clever folks at CoDrops. 

The Fontface Ninja site is a fun example of using css and js to preload a page and then ”pop in” the content. Learn about the techniques behind it from the clever folks at CoDrops. 

Rebranding Samsung

A designer’s interesting take on providing a unified brand identity for Samsung‘s suite of products.

Home page of a site I designed for classroom teachers and students to create challenges and projects revolving around the concept of liberty. The site is a spin-off from an exhibit, “The Boisterous Sea of Liberty,” at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. I did the visual design of page templates and interface elements, and designed the logo, and the site was built in Drupal.

Home page of a site I designed for classroom teachers and students to create challenges and projects revolving around the concept of liberty. The site is a spin-off from an exhibit, “The Boisterous Sea of Liberty,” at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. I did the visual design of page templates and interface elements, and designed the logo, and the site was built in Drupal.

Photoshop mockups for desktop and iphone versions of a website I’ve been designing for National History Day in my day job. Starting Election Day in the U.S., visitors will be able to rate 100 leaders in world history and share on social media.

Photoshop mockups for desktop and iphone versions of a website I’ve been designing for National History Day in my day job. Starting Election Day in the U.S., visitors will be able to rate 100 leaders in world history and share on social media.

What do absinthe and aspect ratio have in common? They are small pieces of a complex effort to refresh the brand of Le Méridien hotels. Interesting behind-the-scenes interviews with designers and art directors reveals all the things that must be taken into account in a branding initiative.

No, it’s not just the logo.

(Source: youtube.com)

The photos are part of a new brand identity for an Australian women’s athletic wear company. The logotype is intended to convey movement and athleticism while avoiding “girlie” clichés, according to the critique on Brand New. What do you think?

The photos are part of a new brand identity for an Australian women’s athletic wear company. The logotype is intended to convey movement and athleticism while avoiding “girlie” clichés, according to the critique on Brand New. What do you think?

Via gregmelander
A lovely mathematically elegant animation. via beesandbombs
Via gregmelander

A lovely mathematically elegant animation. via beesandbombs

This is my new favorite website! One of the best merges of social media and dog appreciation. Aw.

This is my new favorite website! One of the best merges of social media and dog appreciation. Aw.

Via typeworship

Lettered tweets

For the month of May, Sydney-based, Dave Foster has been lettering his tweets. A type designer and letterer, Dave recently graduated from the Type and Media Masters program at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands. I was really taken the quick, off-the-cuff style of the tweets. I met Dave on my recent trip to Australia and followed-up with a few questions:

What prompted you to letter your tweets?

A mass of long-term client work made me want to just smash out a non-commercial, manageable project that would let me get regain a sense of immediacy to the work I was doing. It just seemed like a logical way to highlight the skills I’ve been developing since the inception of photo sharing in the news feed.

Do they convey a lot more information?

They’re pretty straight forward, I wouldn’t say there is much there beyond what is visible, they’re not meant to be complicated.

Have you found the lettered tweet have a lot more impact?

Yeah, people interact with what I’m saying more, I think they stand out from all the plain text feed. Perhaps I’ll continue doing it after May if I can keep it up.

There’s plenty more inspiring lettering over on Dave’s website.

photojojo:

Portland, Oregon-based artist Cari Vander Yacht scans vintage photos from thrift stores and converts them into these hilarious GIFS. 

Cari writes, “At a certain point, one must justify their creepy acquisition of other people’s pasts. Either you make up stories about how you’re related to the people in the pictures or you animate them.”

Vintage Photos Turned Into Humorous GIFS

via Fast Company

Via thedsgnblog

Justin Ross Tolentino, a San Francisco-based designer, takes the idea of a social network for thieves and runs with it.

He writes: “Anonym.us was a school project that spawned out of a challenge to create an identity for a new social network. Rather than make another Facebook I thought it would be interesting to brand a modern esoteric society for thieves. I decided to call my social network Anonym.us as a play on anonymous. Since it was a network for thieves I combined the letter A with a ski mask to create the logo. To keep inline with the theme of anonymity and thievery I contained the information on the business card within a safe dial, turned the letterhead into a modern treasure map, made the envelopes security deposit bags, and the style guide a blueprint.”