Hello From The Horizontal City by Celia Jacobs

August 15, 2017

I love the Hockney-inspired use of color and horizontal format of these illustrations of Los Angeles by Celia Jacobs. Such a fun project!

Spaceships by Lars Stieger

August 7, 2017

Love the concept and color scheme of this project by Hamburg-based photographer Lars Stieger. In his Spaceships series, he makes European architectural structures look like futuristic spaceships.

A Designer’s Code of Ethics by Mike Monteiro

July 20, 2017

This is an essential read for all designers on the Dear Design Student advice publication. For another interesting article, see “10 things you need to learn in design school if you’re tired of wasting your money.”

Annie Atkins

July 15, 2017

I stumbled upon the work of Annie Atkins a few weeks ago, and I am highly intrigued! This designer specializes in graphics for filmmaking, including movie posters, props, and set pieces. She has also worked on The Grand Budapest Hotel as a graphic designer, where her role involved “planning and creating every single item that would be designed in real life.” Read more about her work in the Wes Anderson movie here, and be sure to see her website.

Ben Tousley

July 10, 2017

I’ve been aware of the work of Ben Tousley for a while now, but have just recently started to appreciate his growing portfolio of design work. He has designed album covers and record packaging for musicians like Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and Rostam. According to this interview with It’s Nice That, he gained Grizzly Bear as his first big freelance client at age 18.

Check out his impressive design portfolio here.

Hello Mr. on AIGA Eye on Design

July 1, 2017

AIGA Eye on Design has a new story up about Hello Mr.’s new membership model. This is an elegant solution to growing a community beyond the printed page.

Fast Company article on formal mentorship alternatives

June 21, 2017

Good, practical career advice in this Fast Company article from yesterday.

Alex Norris on It’s Nice That

June 21, 2017

I love these simple, charming webcomics from illustrator Alex Norris. Check out the full article on It’s Nice That.

7 Ways to Design at Lightning Speed (and Still Be Good)

June 5, 2017

Excellent article by Carrie Cousins on the popular web design blog Webdesigner Depot. Efficiency is an incredibly valuable skill to have as a designer in my opinion.

Blok Design’s latest packaging on The Dieline

April 27, 2017

I’m obsessed with this minimal, contemporary branding and packaging for Summerhill Market by Blok Design. Check out the full post on The Dieline.

The invisible parts of CSS

April 27, 2017

Incredibly handy article on CSS from web developer Mike Riethmuller.

What Is the Internet’s Best Ratings System?

April 15, 2017

Discovered this interesting article on ratings system design via Smashing Magazine’s Twitter feed. Personally, I love Foursquare’s venue rating system because it feels nuanced enough while also using tips for further detailed recommendations.

John Maeda on writing

March 19, 2017

Executive John Maeda argues that code is not the only important skill for designers to have moving forward.

Behind the Project: @folk iPhone App Design

March 11, 2017

This project is an app I designed for Myers School of Art students for my 4D Interactivity class. Named after the building, Folk Hall, @folk is meant to be a resource for students to stay organized and informed while taking classes at the school. This app design is one of my favorite projects I’ve completed because I got to experiment with tools for wireframing and prototyping (Sketch and InVision). I wanted to share the story of how this project was completed by showing pages from my process book alongside my personal commentary.

The first step for this assignment was to research and brainstorm ten app ideas. When brainstorming, I tried to think of apps that I would want to use in my everyday life. Two of the ideas on my list were music-related because I am a very passionate music collector. Ultimately, I ended up with the Folk Hall app after discussing the list with my instructor because we found it was practical and would be a useful resource.

After narrowing down the principle idea for the app, I began to come up with possible features and screens that the app could include. I also made some quick sketches and some of these early ideas would end up in the final app design.

Continued research included app name & icon ideas as well as potential questions for a user profile questionnaire. I landed on the name @folk after a few initial ideas because it represented the essential domain of the app: something you would use at Folk Hall.

I realized during this point in the process that the icon had to be cohesive with the name, which meant that my original icon sketches were not useful going forward. I experimented with different forms of the at symbol using an f instead of an a inside. I also started to nail down some tighter screen concepts on paper.

User research was conducted with my classmates, and the results were insightful. I discovered that practically zero of the six individuals I asked used the Myers School of Art website, and some also complained about the quantity of emails from the front office and other departments in the school. Overall, there was a strong enthusiasm for my app idea which I was glad to see. Moving forward I used this information to add additional features to my app, including Room 151 Lab printing instructions and customizable push notifications for announcements.

I looked into many typeface options for my app UI. I picked ITC Avant Garde Gothic because of its geometric qualities; the typeface family also evoked an artist-like feeling which felt appropriate for my subject, and it included a large amount of weights including condensed styles.

I enjoyed wireframing my app screens because it gave me a sense of confidence moving forward knowing how the app would fundamentally function. This part of the process also allowed me to think critically about my app features.

I created an icon and wordmark for my app using the red from the identity for the Myers School of Art. Refining the shape of the icon was somewhat frustrating; however, I think it ended up working well.

The @folk screen designs came together over the course of a couple of weeks, and I think they look very close to my original intent for the feel of the interface. I sourced and licensed iconography from the Noun Project, which saved me time and allowed me to focus my efforts on refining the small details.

Thanks for reading!

Japan by Car Illustrations by James Gilleard

March 9, 2017

There is an incredible sense of light and movement in these digital sketches of Japan by artist James Gilleard.

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