Monday, October 18, 2010

Architecture: Living with Mies

Lafayette Park, an residential area near the downtown in Detroit Michigan is the home of a community of Mie's designed townhouses.

The audio tips from the owners and photos of their spaces reveals a diversity of styles fitted into within a common floor plan.

NYTimes Article: Living with Mies

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Grading Car Designers

It is surprising to admit that auto designs coming out of GM are looking good of late. I guess after so many years of disappointing design decisions its that much harder to believe that they have gotten serious about building a products that can compete with the best of the foreign brands.

It is surprising to agree that auto designs coming out of GM are looking good of late. The sharp angled aesthetic that defines the Cadillac brand, or the attractive well portion musculer stance of the Camero or the pleasing though conservative appearance of the Volt, GM's electric car, is all pretty impressive.

Car & Driver Magazine Grades Car Designers

Article: GM Makes Big Stides in Reliability

Monday, October 11, 2010

Design Pioneer:Type Designer - Matthew Carter

I was first introduced to Mr. Carter's work in the documentary of the famous type HELVETICA.

In his words: “There aren’t a great many people around the world who do what I do…like any industrial designer, what I produce has to work. There is a sort of struggle within the straitjacket of conforming to the conventions of the alphabet and yet not letting yourself get too depressed by these constraints and learning to express some small part of yourself within them.”

Mr. Carter's Bio

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Desk: Considering the Personal Work Spaces of Creative People

I will need to reflect on what my office desk and my home office desk say about the way I work in each space. A quick analysis would note that my work desk is void of personality where in contrast my desk at home is surrounded by personally inspirational stuff.

Design Observer Article: Massimo Vignelli's Desk

From Imaginary Forces, a short documentary about the desks of creative people.

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Gap's New Logo

The retail giant's new logo seems to have missed leveraging any visual ques or reference to what the company is or what the word gap implies. The old logo's extended letters and defining blue box was distinctive in a way the new logo fails to capture.

I will say the new logo is clean and cute with its use a san sief type(type without the little extensions or feet) and the use of a lower case 'a' and 'p' communicates simple and basic, which does fit what I about the company. I'm not sure if the floating blue box really serves any purpose other than a slight reference to what existed before.
The Gap Scraps its New Logo

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Emily Pilloton: TED Speech/ IDSA Webinar

This talented, young, fresh face of design speaks on her views and projects.

IDSA Link to the Webinar