Thanks again and have a very joyous holiday season.
Thanks again and have a very joyous holiday season.
What do you think we'll see next year?
What themes from these images stuck out for you?
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Though many of us studied this in school, its a nice, quick refresher into the old and new worlds of logo design.
For those of you not familiar with the difficulty in designing a logo, this is a great place to start.
The Design Your Whirled contest has announced its 2009 winners. The contest is run by Three Rings, a developer of casual massively multi-player games, and deviantART, the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts.
After signing onto Whirled, any player can design their own room with items of their own creation or those bought from the Whirled shop. The grand prize winner will receive a brand new Wacom Cintiq 12WX while second and third prize will be a Wacom Intours3 6X11 and a Wacom Bamboo respectively. In addition to custom virtual rooms, Whirled is open to a wide variety of player creations and customizations. Anything from simple image furniture to mini-MMO games can be uploaded by amateurs and professionals alike.
Sounds pretty cool! Definitely check it out.
More info here.
In its annual "Best Electronic Design" issue, the editors of Electronic Design magazine have announced their choices for 2008.
The field of candidates began with the hundreds of briefings and demonstrations Electronic Design's editors participate in each year. "As editors we're privileged to work on the leading edge with electronics OEMs, find out what they're doing, and where they're going," said Joe Desposito, editor-in-chief of Electronic Design magazine. "Every so often, we come across that special product, whether chip, component, module, system, or technology that stands out in the crowd."
The "Best Electronic Design" issue highlights the technologies most significant to advancing electronic design and honors some of the outstanding end-product designs produced in the last year. Looking at the key technologies covered in the magazine's pages and online during the year together with reader feedback, the technical editors chose the products and solutions they feel had the greatest impact on design this year.
For the full list of winners please visit: www.electronicdesign.com/go/best2008
Another trickle down from the car industry bust comes from the hopeful talents of car design students. This highly techinical skill set may have to undergo an enormous shift with the coming years as demand for autos diminishes. One bright spot--people will we looking for alternative transportation! Don't put down those pencils too quickly, start designing!
On the same night that the Senate was killing legislation to bail out U.S. "Normally there are a lot of designers from the big companies, but with all that's going on, nobody is coming," said Julius Bernardo, 27, who has dreamed of designing flashy cars since childhood and spent about $100,000 on his education. "At this point in time, you have to start thinking about other kinds of jobs."
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Keeping morale andproductivity high within creative departments can pose a challenge,particularly in the current economic environment. A new survey of designprofessionals outlines the most essential traits for today's creative leaders,as well as specific actions firms can take to retain creative staff andprepare them to assume greater responsibility.
Among the Highlights:--
- Open-mindedness and adaptability were cited as two of the mostvaluable traits of a creative manager, surpassing traditional attributes suchas patience and loyalty.--
- More than four out of 10 (44 percent) respondents rated their leaders"fair" or "poor" at developing work environments that support risk-taking andexploration.--
- Nearly four out of 10 (39 percent) respondents said "doing more withfewer resources" will be the greatest priority for creative leaders in thecoming year.--
- Less than half (46 percent) of respondents said their firms are takingsteps to identify and prepare staff members to move into managerial roles.
The shortlist will be on show at the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Exhibition from 12 February until 14 June 2009 at the Design Museum in London. A winner in each of the seven design disciplines will be announced at the end of February. These finalists will go forward to vie for the 2009 Brit Insurance Design of the Year, to be revealed at the Awards Dinner on 18 March 2009.
Please recommend a book that you have found particularly inspiring or meaningful to your development as a creative person.
The one restriction: Please no books on graphic design.
Head over and give your inspiring read!
Carina Christensen, Danish minister of Culture, said: “Jorn Utzon will be remembered as one of the Danes who in the 20th century put Denmark on the world map with his great talent."
Utzon was born in Copenhagen in 1918. He was inspired by modern Scandinavian design as well as Mayan and North African traditions, according to Adrian Carter, director of the Utzon Centre in Aalborg.
He won a competition to design the Opera House in 1957, but walked away from the project in 1966 after falling out with the client. It eventually opened in 1973.
Although it became his most famous project, Utzon never visited the completed building and some of the interiors and details were not of his design.
A £300 million refurbishment was launched in 2000 with the involvement of Utzon and his son.
He also designed the National Assembly of Kuwait and a series of high profile buildings across Denmark.
While pretty much the entire economic landscape is in ruins, one gilded corner remains: the soaring art market. Thank Tobias Meyer, who has established himself as the art world's most dynamic deal-maker. In May, he engineered the sale of Francis Bacon's Triptych for an artist record $86 million. But his coup de grâce was persuading Damien Hirst to bypass dealers like Larry Gagosian and give his works directly to Sotheby's to auction. Meyer helped Hirst rake in more than $170 million, establishing the provocative Brit as the most bankable artist since Andy Warhol. Meyer's steely confidence and instinctive taste allow him to guarantee huge prices to artists with the certitude that he can sell their work for a profit. "Tobias is the James Bond of the art market," Peter Dunham, a Los Angeles-based collector, told the New York Times. "He's beautifully dressed [and] has beautiful manners. But he's tenacious and ruthlessly efficient in getting the deal done. His skill lies in his ability to make collectors and buyers feel comfortable." Even as everything else is crashing down around them.
Do you think that houses like Sotheby's are as influential as Sotheby's claims? Who do you think should be on the list?
Clarizen, a provider of on-demand, online project management software, today announced it is exhibiting and presenting its SaaS project management solution at the Autodesk University trade show in Las Vegas from December 2-5, 2008. Clarizen will demonstrate its SaaS-based collaboration tool integrated with Autodesk's AutoCAD software at booth #201 in the General Design auditorium.
Autodesk University brings together a community of professionals, including product users, instructors, software developers and tools suppliers, to participate in a time-tested model of efficient learning and networking. "Our main focus is to help engineering teams who use AutoCAD software gain visibility throughout the design process," said Clarizen CEO, Avinoam Nowogrodski. "Clarizen is designed to help team members collaborate with each other and enable them to do their job as part of an overall project team."
Clarizen is a leading global provider of collaborative online project management software that allows businesses to easily manage all of their projects and resources in a single environment. Clarizen's online project management tools facilitate true team collaboration and project execution, ensuring data is always up-to-date and aligned with business objectives. No complex software or hardware installations are required due to Clarizen's software-as-a-service (SaaS) structure, resulting in immediate business impact as teams and projects get up and running instantly. Clarizen's intuitive user interface and innovative e-mail integration capabilities ensure quick and smooth adoption by users, keeping everyone on track with up-to-date project data. For more information please visit www.clarizen.com.
Learn more about Curana here.
FlyTech Bladestar(TM), a revolutionary indoor flying machine, is the first flying toy with sensor- based navigation, using two wings that spin with helicopter-like movement to propel itself through the air. Built-in infrared sensors allow the flyer to detect and avoid ceilings, walls, and other obstacles autonomously. Innovative design coupled with infrared technology also allow for dueling capabilities, enabling two FlyTech Bladestar flyers to faceoff in aerial combat.
Creative Child Magazine also named the FlyTech Bladestar flyer a winner of the 2008 Preferred Choice Award in the R/C Indoor Flying category. The flyer was also recently named one of Dr. Toy's Best Products Picks for 2008 and a Parents' Choice Approved toy by the Parents' Choice Foundation.
As a branding consultant, Debbie Millman has worked for a long list of high-profile clients, including Unilever, Gillette, the NBA, and Kraft. As the host of the weekly Internet radio show/podcast Design Matters, she has interviewed an even more impressive list of designers and design thinkers, from Stefan Sagmeister and Steve Heller to Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin (and me). Her book How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer features conversations with 21 leading lights. Debbie is not only a good listener but as interesting as the people she talks to. She was kind enough to let us turn the tables and have her answer the questions.
“It’s such a wonderful job in the art and design world, I really couldn’t say no,” Mr. Thompson said in an interview on Thursday.
The Cooper-Hewitt, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution, is expected to announce Mr. Thompson’s departure on Friday.
According to the press release, the companies state that this move will enable FAF to expand into a wider range of markets. Perfect timing for Holiday shopping.
Read more here.
Sean "Puffy" Combs got a little huffy in his attempt for birthday party decorated all in white. Mr. Combs reportedly paid upwards of $12,000 to turn a Chelsea club into a white retreat for him and his guests. Unfortunately for Mr. Combs, he chose poorly with regards to the designer. After creating a white room filled with luxurious fabrics and flowers per Mr. Comb's request, the designer surely felt that he was truly headed for big time design stardom. After Mr. Comb's viewed the white splashed room, he reportedly began to tear the decorations down in a rage and demanded all the money be returned to him. The designer nor Mr. Combs have not released statements. For designers, this is all too common. We'd love to hear your horror stories.
I’m a little obsessed today with these cutsey yet practical teapots by everyone’s favorite designer, Jonathan Adler. Perfect for wedding/anniversary presents or even for yourself (that’s if you’ve got expendable cash these days). Check them out at FredFlare.
Disney has launched a new lifestyle brand that is high on luxury and low on Mickey Mouse. The NYT had a great article on this today--with slideshow! It looks like cartoon branding is now no longer for kids and old cat ladies, Disney has gone couture!
We'd love to hear your thoughts.
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This year’s Fuse event is going to be held on April 22-24, 2009 in sunny San Francisco California. Hope to see you all there!
Check out the amazing works of book publishing art over at Creative Review's blog.
Old classics are given a new--and quite gorgeous spin.
My favorite, Jane Eyre is below:
What innovation are you seeing in traditional media methods?
Check out this great testimonial from our FUSE 2008 event! FUSE is a unique event that aims to connect, education and inspire fantastic innovation across design and technology. Each year, we host amazing speakers in amazing arenas. Our 2008 event was held at the epicenter of technology, New York City. We're looking forward to the 2009 event, stay tuned for more information!