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15 Years, 115 Projects

15 115 by Mark Bloom

15/115 (15 Years, 115 Projects) is the second book from designer Mark Bloom of Mash Creative.

Thoughts on design crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing design

The time necessary to “compete” in contests outweighs the potential reward.

Paul Jarvis shares good advice for designers

Paul Jarvis book cover artwork

Here are some posts and resources of interest, and some thoughts I agreed with.

A billboard that turns air into drinkable water

Billboard air water Peru

Probably the best billboard I’ve ever seen.

More on unpaid internships

Exit sign

An internship is not where the intern does the work of a normal employee without getting paid.

New work: Virtulos

Virtulos app icon

Something I worked on this year for São Paulo-based Virtulos.

Only 4% of women consider themselves beautiful

Dove Real Beauty Sketches

You are more beautiful than you think.

From the reader #18

A bird ballet

A bird ballet. Nature at its mesmerising best.

Fontfabric free fonts

The Kabel font

I like the look of some of these free fonts.

Work for Money, Design for Love — first translations

Chinese lead type

Four foreign publishers have bought licenses to translate Work for Money, Design for Love.

Popular Lies About Graphic Design

Graphic design is easy

An attempt to debunk misconceptions, half truths and lies within the design profession.

A few thoughts about blog subscriptions

Vintage metal comma

If FeedBurner does close, at least something good will come from it.

Image credit: The Old Time Junk Shop

The dream of life

Himalayas reflected in lake

Everybody is fundamentally, the ultimate reality.

Ninety percent of group discussions start off on the wrong foot

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

Always begin with a recap of the design brief.

Test your trademark

Test your trade-mark

How good is it legally?

SODAE house


VMX Architects at work in Amstelveen, Netherlands.


WORDS font

Two Three free fonts as alternatives to Lorem Ipsum.

Reflections on design self-employment

Lamp workspace

A few designers who’ve reflected on their time in self-employment.


Kairos logo

Here’s a project from a few years back that I never added to the blog.

On selling websites

Heart dollar

Last week I was offered a five-figure sum for the sale of the Logo Design Love website.

Interactive mind maps

Visual thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus. A kind of interactive mind map.

From the reader #17

Zurich concert poster 1955

Joanne Meister writes about Josef Muller-Brockmann (1948-1981), for I Love Typography.

Trouble at home

Northern Ireland flag

Some political commentators have suggested the creation of a new flag for Northern Ireland.

Early feedback

Work for Money, Design for Love

Some brilliant early feedback about Work for Money, Design for Love.

Artfully visualising our humanity

Flight Patterns Atlanta

A few projects that reflect on our lives and our systems.

Defining iconic brands

Google data center pipes

Competing today is different from the past because…

From the reader #16

Absolut Unique

It would take 94 quintillion bottles before two identical designs were produced.

Swimming pool wish list

Blue Lagoon spa

Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.” Not sure I agree.

Falling out of 2012

David Airey skydive

Not quite Felix Baumgartner, but definitely one of my 2012 highlights.

The Wallery

The Wallery

The Wallery is a place where international and emerging artists think outside the frame.