Did you know that Finland has a Brand Book? I haven’t made it through this 365-page monster yet, but once you get past the cringe-worthy hyperbole of the first few pages, it actually turns pretty interesting. And insanely granular: there’s even a mission for grandparents.
Whew. Art Directors, Graphic Designers and Writers appear to be fairly safe.
Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine? www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/21/408234543/will-your-job-be-done-by-a-machine
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.
1. Keep it Simple. So simple that a child can draw it from memory.
2. Use meaningful symbolism. The flag’s images, color or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
3. Use two to three basic colors.
4. No lettering or seals. Never use writing of any kind.
5. Be distinctive (or related)
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To improve his drawing skills, CaptainPeru bought a sketch book and started drawing every day using only a pen (so that he couldn’t make any mistakes).
He has been drawing something related to his daily life every day for the last two years. Every anniversary he draws his first drawing to review his progress. The book turned two years old a couple of weeks ago.
Discipline is key to improving one’s craft.
Shimpei Takahashi speaks at TED Tokyo about using the game of Shiritori to come up with fresh ideas.
How you know you’re working on the right thing.
Self-taught photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson explains on his website that “he doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas.” And well, some of his ideas are pretty weird. The Berlin-based artist photographs different subjects, and then with the magic of Photoshop, compiles them into creative, often otherworldly scenarios and situations.
See more at: Mashable
Over the course of more than a hundred illicit nightly trips, this man was committing a crime—against his partner, a man who owned half of what was being heaved into the Thames, and against himself, the force that had spurred its creation. This venerable figure, founder of the legendary Doves Press and the mastermind of its typeface, was a man named T.J. Cobden Sanderson. And he was taking the metal type that he had painstakingly overseen and dumping thousands of pounds of it into the river.
100 years later, a London designer set out to find the type.