Monday, June 13, 2011

If You Crave Good Design, Look For Crave Collective

The good people over at Crave Collective - Phil Belger, Jivan Dave, and Kelly Johnson are hungry. Hungry for design, for art, for life.

From Crave:

We are Crave Collective, a tight trio of creatives who share a passion for design, photography, printing, and culture. We're ready to feast on the smorgasbord that is the world.

Need something designed? Why not get these design-sleuths on it? I can vouch for their talent, but now you should hire them. Good design by good people.

Go here to get yer Crave. I highly recommend them.

This Is Display Is The Most Beautiful Site Possible

This Is Display is:

Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals, advertisements and ephemera. Documenting, preserving and providing public access to these original materials will raise the profile of Graphic Design as a source of educational, historical and scholarly analysis for teachers, students, designers and independent researchers. From the rational to the experimental to the playful – our collection is varied and represents a distinct point of view about mid-century graphic design, typography and beyond.

This seriously is the most beautiful site that I have ever seen before. I worship at it's feet...ugh, it's so perfect. Created by the geniuses over at Kind Company. It is so good it makes me physically ill, a little woozy and nauseous. No, really, it is that amazing.

Just go there.

New TIMSPEAKER.COM Is Finally Active

After several weeks of work, the new site is up, featuring much new work. The site is not fully populated yet, but I will continue to add material as I finish preparing it. Virtually all of the Art galleries are up and functioning, but the Design galleries might take awhile as I track down old files and projects. Too much moving around the country tends to cause items to disappear over time.

Big thanks to Jivan Dave (of the illustrious and aforementioned Crave Collective) for his assistance in helping get my feet wet with Cargo. Check out his killer new site here.

In the meantime, please visit the new and improved

Wieden+Kennedy Give Simple, Sage Advice

Wieden+Kennedy are an amazing design firm out of Portland OR. Their creative director recently shared his 10 Lessons For Designers.

From Swiss-Miss:

John C. Jay, Wieden+Kennedy’s executive creative director, offers some thought-provoking ideas about design:

1. Be authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality, what makes you unique. It’s time to stop listening to others on what you should do.
2. Work harder than anyone else and you will always benefit from the effort.
3. Get off the computer and connect with real people and culture. Life is visceral.
4. Constantly improve your craft. Make things with your hands. Innovation in thinking is not enough.
5. Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to learn just how much you don’t know.
6. Being original is still king, especially in this tech-driven, group-grope world.
7. Try not to work for stupid people or you’ll soon become one of them.
8. Instinct and intuition are all-powerful. Learn to trust them.
9. The Golden Rule actually works. Do good.
10. If all else fails, No. 2 is the greatest competitive advantage of any career.

Quipsologies Is A Design Think Wonderland

Quipsologies is a site where designers can post something they find noteworthy or interesting in the world of graphic design.

From Quipsologies:

Quipsologies, is a division of UnderConsideration, chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.

The site is kind of a bottomless pit of awesome. Go there if you need to kill like 50 hours of your life.

Quipsologies is here.

MOMA Goes Cargo For Their Superb New Site

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC recently unveiled their new site for their Department of Advertising and Graphic Design. The team works in house to design the entire exhibition space and campaign behind their special installations.

From MOMA:

...a selection of our recent exhibition designs, advertising campaigns, and printed materials—all produced for and in collaboration with the Museum’s many departments, from curatorial to education to visitor services.

Not only does the work on the site look phenomenal, but the site design itself is also tremendous. Of course they chose to utilize the Cargo Collective interface, which is also what my new site - - is also accessing. Cargo is brilliant and beautiful, like a designer-ly Penelope Cruz.

Check out the MOMA site here. Check out Cargo here.

Lost Type Is The Future Of Typographic Distribution

The Lost Type Co-Op is the first site to offer type designers an outlet to sell their work, in a pay-what-you-want format. Designers can sell their newest face in a great environment, where others will utilize their face and pay for it accordingly. Sounds great all around.

As Radiohead proved last year, this new model for selling your art can be successful. Even Panera cafe has attempted a pay-what-you-want model for some of their stores, and the experiment has proven so successful that they are opening more every month.

I believe that this will become more the standard for many products, especially within the artistic disciplines. Not only do artists become compensated for their work, but it seems an honest way for all people who enjoy a product or service to be part of their transactions in a more meaningful way.

I hope that this trend continues. In the meantime, go here to check out Lost Type.

Kind Company Makes Beautiful Virtual Things

Kind Company designs websites, printed materials, and identities. And seriously, there is nobody better in a business chock full of talented people.

From their site:

Kind Company is a small, 2-4 person, independent web and print design office in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2004, partners Patricia Belen and Greg D'Onofrio have been using design as a tool to help small to medium sized businesses communicate their ideas, products and services.

Check them out here - their is a ton of amazing work to be found there. The website design work is absolutely to die for.