If Only For A Second

10 words your graphic designer wishes you knew

10 words your graphic designer...

My sister is a graphic designer, so this ones for her!

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Credit: Rebecca Swift

Innovative Thinking

Interactive CV

I stumbled across this interactive resume for a chap called Robby Leonardi. What a great idea!

This is much more eye-catching that a boring side of A4 filled with boasting of work achievements. I hope he’s in work because this is truly a fresh approach to job seeking.

The future!

Mab Cleaner

Dyson has its own prestigious award for design concepts and the winner was recently announced. Here is Electrolux’s own version of similar thinking, The Mab.
This strikes me as being very ambitious but perhaps the future is nearer than I think. Very clever idea. I want one!

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Raymond Loewy Google Doodle

Raymond Loewy

Google celebrates the 120th birthday of designer Raymond Loewy, who, among other things, was responsible for the (re)design of the Coca Cola bottle, Lucky Strike packets, numerous railroad design projects and much more. Click the link below for a more comprehensive list.

Happy birthday ol’ chap!

See The Real Models For The Archer Characters

Archer

If you’ve not seen Archer before, I highly recommend it! Archer is a secret agent working for his mother’s agency ISIS. He is brash, obnoxious, a charmer and outrageous! The characters are hilarious, every single one of them.

What’s also great about this show is the animation. It’s Sterling work!

I stumbled on this webpage which shone some light as to where the animators get their character work from.

P.S. This show is definitely NOT for kids.

85th Academy Awards

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It’s nearly time for the luvvies of Hollywood to congregate at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the 85th Academy Awards. To celebrate the 85th year, a wonderful poster has been produced by artist Olly Moss.

Like the Aliens poster that I posted previously, this one requires a closer look too. Click the image for the full resolution image of the poster.

85 statuettes standing to mark the 85 years of the Oscars, each statuette adopting the persona of the film that won the Best Picture Award for that particular year. Quite an achievement with some of them so subtle, you might find it hard to figure out which film it represents. Check out 1988s statuette and be amazed at the subtlety!

How many can you get right? Here’s a full list of winners year by year to see how well/badly you did.

I Shot The Serif

Fun and slightly addictive little shooting game. If you hate serif fonts, then this is your Grand Theft Auto!

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My New iBike

I want me one of these, I think…

I have in the past been out on bike and using my iPhone to track my route or listen to music (when not on the road) and found the battery life draining away in both my phone and my body. This could potentially be a genius invention, or an incredibly dorky one. It’s such a simple concept, I can’t fathom why no one has thought of it before – using your pedal power to charge your iPhone. I like the design too. A little off-the-wall but stylish and functional. The indicators are a good idea and I’m glad they’re integrated as I find them being used less frequently by cars these days*

All in all, a great concept and I look forward to innovation like this being developed further in the near future.

Link here for more info.

*What is with newfangled cars and their lack of indicator functions? I have nearly been mown down four times this week by lazy ass drivers who can’t be bothered to adhere to the rules of the road and use their blinking (see what I did there?) indicators when turning a corner. It’s a simple flick of the wrist! Why I oughta!!! I will be using a simple flick of my wrist if I get to driver number 5, I tells ya! USE YOUR FREEKING INDICATORS!

Moo

I was recently recommended by a friend to have a look at this site and consider using them to make my business cards. I’m in the process of setting up as a freelance photographer and need to get some proper cards made as opposed to the ‘printed off at home’ crappy ones I was using.

What I liked about Moo was its quirkiy design. It’s online design function is incredibly easy to use (albeit it took me ages to upload my pictures, but that was my fault as they were very big files) and the ability to customise our design is also great. There is a gallery of existing standard design s for you to choose from, or you can upload your own images, designs and graphics to make something truly unique. There’s also a load of other people’s work being showcased to give you inspiration should you need it.

My mini-cards arrive next week, and I’m excited to see what they look like.

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