We have a winner!
Jody Brewer is the first to share some bright shiny design objects that I hadn’t seen before, so she will be the first recipient of a random prize. Here are her suggestions:
Fun type game for all of you type lovers out there …
Exhibit: Making Identity
A lovely identity system for Making, the Australian Institute of Architects’ annual conference. The creative directors of the conference were passionate about an identity that would challenge the usual modernist architectural aesthetic—something more inviting and inclusive.
With architects as clients, it was important for the designer Danielle de Andrade and creative director Paul Garbett to rationalize their design decisions. They developed a system of color selection and image making that took a lot of subjectivity out of the process.
Making was explored through four themes: life, connections, impact and culture. Andrade and Garbett assigned a color to each of these themes, then created an alphabetic matrix that generated imagery from word inputs. This added a random and, at times, unfinished-looking element to the identity, which resonated with the “making” theme. The conference attendees enjoyed the connect-the-dot portraits of the speakers, particularly during the duller lectures.
Web pick: Hopscotch Music Festival
Responsive, dynamic and intuitive. How do you feel about those all cap, bold sans serif coming at ya? Any issues with hierarchy or is this where we throw some rules out?
While we are on a musical roll:
Check out this interactive video. Dang.
The latest video for lo-fi punk musician Ty Segall’s single, Manipulator, takes the concept to its natural extreme. The interactive website for the video allows viewers to click on any area of the screen to instantly switch out the scene with any number of random images, from 50s aliens to babies to Cyrano De Bergerac. According to an interview with director Matt Yoka, the video has trillions of potential image combinations.
The site was coded and designed by Simon Wiscombe.Click here to experience the site for yourself. Via It’s Nice That. (from Print Image of the day http://www.printmag.com/image-of-the-day/09102014-interactive-music-video/)
What being truly responsive means
It is shocking when I still run across major institutions that still haven’t figured it out. (ahem, KCAI website).
Our good friend, Paul Diamond sent this article to me today, and I thought I’d pass it along:
“Responsive design, which allows designers and developers to build websites that adapt to every screen size, is one of the most empowering web tools to be adopted in the last decade.But adapting to the screen is only the first frontier of a new, responsive web. Today, users expect online experiences that not only respond to what device they’re using, but also their location, time of day, what they’ve already read, and events happening in real time.To capture a user’s attention for the next generation of the web, you’ll need more than just responsive design. You’ll need a responsive philosophy…” Read more
Mark your calendars — awards, annuals and recognitions
After a fun and great evening at AIGA-KC’s A10 awards show, you might want to know about other reputable competitions that are out there.
Here is a list to keep on your calendars (and we are still on the look out for more…)
- October 3, 2014 — CA Interactive Annual — Communication Arts magazine. Student work is a new category this year ($30-45) http://www.commarts.com/competitions/interactive
- November 5, 2014 — Graphis New Talent Annual 2015 http://www.graphiccompetitions.com/jump.php?contest=graphis-new-talent-annual-2015-competition ($30 per entry)
- November 15, 2014 — Design for Peace 7th International Student Poster Competition (no entry fee) http://www.graphiccompetitions.com/jump.php?contest=7th-international-student-poster-competition-skopje
- mid December — AAF-KC (ad club) Student fees $35 per entry. (I think there is also a hanging fee for winners, maybe that could be the cost we help offset) No URL, yet
- mid January — AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships application acceptance begins http://worldstudio.aiga.org/secure/worldstudioscholarship/application/
- early February — Print Regional Design Annual http://www.printmag.com/design-competitions/regional-design-annual/#deadline
- late February — Design Ignites Change Student Innovation Award (application for the award is a “requirement” in Vis Advo – free to apply) http://designigniteschange.org/pages/59-awards-student-innovation-award
- March 2015 — AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships http://www.aiga.org/uploadedFiles/AIGA/Content/Tools_and_Resources/Worldstudio_AIGA_2014_ScholarshipsInstructions.pdf
- early April — AIGA-KC A11 (last years was April 4) No URL, yet
- May 1, 2015 — CA Design and Advertising, Student work is a new category this year. $20 per print entry http://www.commarts.com/competitions/design
And, well, because cracks me up …
Devilishly good type. See this full interview: http://youtu.be/oiSwnWw65Wo