We're going to be taking a much needed break from the world of design to celebrate the holidays with our family and friends. A huge "Thank You" to you, our loyal readers for your insight, news and communication about our shared design experience. We look forward to 2009 and all of its glorious opportunity!

Thanks again and have a very joyous holiday season.

I've compiled a list of 2008 Year in Pictures reviews from around the web. Enjoy, reflect and ponder what we have all shared within the past year.

What do you think we'll see next year?
What themes from these images stuck out for you?

The Big Picture


World Press Photos

Pitchfork Media

World Almanac

Flickr Group

One of our favorite designers, entrepreneurs and over all amazing persons of interest, Debbie Millman recently posted this video on her website. It not only stretched our minds but it provided a really great insight into the world of animation. Do check this out and give us your thoughts!
Whenever we get really bogged down trying to get the creative logo design juices flowing, its important to look and new and old sources for inspiration. One of the best design sites, Logoorange has a great look at the history and evolution of popular logo designs.

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.
Hey artists, designers and gamers!

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.
Those of you who are making some mad money freelancing with Flash and the Adobe Design Suite should crack open your brains to learn Silverlight--from Microsoft. This new program from Gates and Co has been welcomed by Netflix and CBS. With the big names on the roster, its only a matter of time before art departments try to fit training of the software into their budgets--or, eek...give the project to freelancers who know how to work Silverlight. Don't say we didn't warn you.

More info here.
Press Release

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

From LATimes.com

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."

For the rest of this article, please click here.
From The Earth Times.com

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.
For the rest of this article, and to read more about the report, click here.

I really love sites that see what other illustrators and designers are doing. It's incredibly fun to stretch the creative mind. Check out this amazing site, start a scrapbook and get inspired!

Do you have any other sites for great inspiration? Let us know!

The world's most interesting and forward looking designs have been nominated by industry experts spanning seven categories: Architecture, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interactive, Product and Transport, to be judged by a high profile panel, chaired by Alan Yentob and including the designer and environmentalist Karen Blincoe and the architect Peter Cook. Shortlisted designs this year include Castleford Bridge in Yorkshire, the Big Brother logo, Westminster Academy, Heathrow Terminal 5 Live Adverts and Barack Obama's election poster.

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.
Over at Goodness Blog they've got a nifty share session that asks for graphic designers to contribute an inspiring book.

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!

The 90-year-old Pritzker Prize winner died in his sleep in Copenhagen on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
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.

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I'm sure that all of you are very famliar with Lorem Ipsum; though, I though it would be a nice reminder of just how historical this babble is to the business of design. Check it out. Enjoy!

The now closed epicenter of the Punk movement, CBGB is in the news again as the family of the legendary bar battles over the small fortune generated from clothing, memoribilia and auctions.

Says The New York Times, "the case is filled with accusations of fraud and deception, and it adds a bitter coda to the story of a beloved New York institution."

NYT continued...
In the suit, filed last year in Surrogate’s Court in Manhattan but amended in a hearing last week, Mr. Kristal’s 83-year-old former wife, Karen, says she is the rightful owner of the business, and that Mr. Kristal and their daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman, 53 — who inherited the bulk of her father’s estate of more than $3 million — systematically deceived her by hiding money from the sale of merchandise.

For the rest of this article, please click here.

From Details:

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?

From PRweb.com:

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."

About Clarizen

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.
Curana received the Design Management Europe Award (DME) at the recently held Cardiff Design Festival. This business award recognizes the skills and leadership of management to implement design in their business for commercial success. The winners were appreciated in how design is integrated in their strategy, management and processes to achieve commercial gains. Curana is a third generation family business that changed its strategy completely at the beginning of this century. Instead of focusing on own production, it transformed itself into a product driven company.” This strategic decision resulted in a turnover that quadrupled in six years time" says Vens. "Meanwhile, we have become a strategic development partner for leading European bicycle manufacturers."
Learn more about Curana here.

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