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Paul Rand Retrospective

Get inspired with this animated Paul Rand video by Imaginary Forces.

For Paul Rand's posthumous induction into The One Club Hall of Fame, Imaginary Forces created this short film, combining original animation with a videotaped interview of Rand himself, that encapsulated his unique and timeless contribution to the design community.

Via

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NickNov 18, 2010
 

Classic Volkswagen Ads

Check out these classic ads for Volkswagen Station Wagons.

These are paragon examples of advertising minimalism and wit. Notice that the second one doesn't even show you the Volkswagen. Beautiful stuff.

Volkswagen Station Wagon Ad (1/2)
Volkswagen Station Wagon Ad (2/2)
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PaulMay 17, 2010
 

WOWGREAT

WOWGREAT is a well-curated tumblelog with a theme of geometric patterns.

WOWGREAT tubmlelog
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NickApr 27, 2010
 

Four Design Links: April 22, 2010

Four Design Links is a review of the design- and ethics-related stories we've been reading online this week.

1. Take Note: New Facebook Privacy Changes

Screenshot of Facebook Connect Policy

Did you see a new Facebook service agreement the last time you checked your status feed? The EFF warns that users should be aware of the latest changes to Facebook Terms of Service:

Today, Facebook removed its users' ability to control who can see their own interests and personal information. Certain parts of users' profiles, "including your current city, hometown, education and work, and likes and interests" will now be transformed into "connections," meaning that they will be shared publicly. If you don't want these parts of your profile to be made public, your only option is to delete them.

Read on for an explanation of why Facebook is doing this and what users can do about it.

2. Dribble

Screenshot from Dribble website

I'm digging on Dribble lately. It's a new website where designers can show tiny (400 x 300px) snippits of what they're working on. Kind of a visual Twitter.

So far, the work seem to have a high level of quality across the board. Despite the small size of the images, there's big inspirado inside.

3. Planes or Volcano?

Plane CO2 vs. Volcano -- InfoGraphic by Information is Beautiful

Another wonderful info-graphic from Information is Beautiful.

4. What's in a Brand Name?

ASUS logo

I get a kick out of design trivia, like this Mental Floss article explaining the brand names of 10 top companies. I thought the story of Asus name was interesting:

Netbook computers are the hottest gadget out there, with around 14 million of the cheap little laptops sold in 2008. One of the big names in netbook production is the Taiwanese computer company, Asus, which gets its name from the winged horse of Greek mythology, Pegasus. But if you took a quick glance at the phone book, “Pegasus” wouldn’t have been too high in the directory of computer companies. So, to increase their visibility in alphabetical lists, they dropped the first three letters of their name. It was an unusual strategy, but apparently it worked.

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NickApr 22, 2010
 

Jacqueline Casey

The late Jacqueline Casey is a personal favorite. As Director of Publications at MIT, she left behind a legacy of incredible posters. Inspiring!

Jacqueline Casey: Faculty Student Exchange Program
Jacqueline Casey

If you are interested in seeing more, much of her work is archived online.

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NickMar 30, 2010
 

Four Design Links: February 4, 2010

Witness the return of Four Design Links!

1. Saul Bass: On Making Money vs Quality Work

"It costs every designer money to make things beautiful."

2. Productivity in 11 Words

To-Do List
Photo by Jayel Aheram

"One thing at a time. Most important thing first. Start now."

Probably the best thing I read last week.

Via.

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NickFeb 4, 2010
 

Four Design Links: January 14, 2010

Thursday brings another Four Design Links, a look at some of the articles and sites we've been reading this week.

1. Philosophy is Back in Business

Are we ahead of the curve or what? First business needs design. Now it needs philosophy.

According to a recent article from BusinessWeek, organizations have lost sight of the big picture. Philosophy, which considers problems of values, character, and ethics, can put businesses on the right track, serving human needs and interests.

[C]orporations are promoting the notion that their mission extends beyond profit and provides new frameworks—transportation, fuel, manufacturing, and so forth—for improving existence. These assertions require supporting actions over the long term if they are to have merit. In our connected and transparent world, where so many can easily see deeply into our operations, it has become clear that companies and even nations have character—and that their character is their destiny. For institutions to ensure that their characters, or cultures, are consistent with their behavior, they need more humans within their organizations who can appropriately manifest the desired culture through leadership, business practices, and individual behaviors.

Looks like there's a future for philosophers in the boardroom as well as the classroom. We've been saying it all along. ;)

2. Zen Humidifier

Masuza Humidifier

Love this humidifier from Masuza. Made of Japanese Cypress, it uses no electricity. Water is naturally drawn through the wood and evaporated into the air. Minimal, beautiful, and natural -- this is a great little piece of design. Via.

3. Sheepthink

How much of popular culture is simply people following the crowd? Can advertisers get you to buy something by falsely telling you that that other people like it? Clive Thompson writes about a research study that attempted to find out.

In the study, a music store was set up with a ratings system and purchasing habits were tracked in a variety of scenarios. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found evidence that social pressure is real -- that popular music (as rated by other listeners) tended to sell better. Most interesting, though, was that when the researchers purposefully rigged the system to promote bad music, in at least one instance people lost faith in the system and bought less music overall. Another data point for honest advertising.

4. Letterhead Collection

O-So Grape Letterhead

Filed under Inspirado, I'm digging this collection of letterheads from Letterheady. Some of the older ones are especially neat.

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NickJan 14, 2010
 

Four Design Links: January 7, 2010

4x concentrated, time for a fresh load of Four Design Links!

1. The Third & The Seventh

The Third & The Seventh

Ridiculously-good CG on display here. Alex Roman takes us through a series of artfully-presented architectural spaces. (Really, it's all CG)

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NickJan 7, 2010
 
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