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When pro bono design pays off

Café Tacuba

This is just one example of how you can grow your business at the same time as helping those in need.

From the reader #13

Concrete business card

These concrete business cards are novel.

When what you’re selling isn’t what you’re selling

Make Your Idea Matter

Take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.

On designers critiquing designers

Balancing a rock and a feather

Design blogs often direct a lot of negativity toward projects of different kinds.

“The person who lives in the moment cannot have style.”

Miles Newlyn

“…habits are a refusal of the moment and a reliving of the past.”

Business cards by Oomph

Oomph business cards

Look at that subtle off-white colouring. The tasteful thickness of it.

Ask about the budget

Dodge St Regis hood ornament

It’ll save us all from having to look at everything on the [car] lot.

Steal Like an Artist

Steal Like an Artist

Steal Like an Artist is a great little book by Austin Kleon.

Luxe by MOO

MOO Luxe business cards

The Luxe card, MOO’s most premium product, launched at the start of the year.

Idler, a modular typeface family by Lamesville

Idler typeface

Idler is an all caps, modular display typeface family for big, bold lettering.

On finding design work in a new country

Iancu Barbărasă logo

Iancu Barbărasă shares the story of his 2010 move from Bucharest to London.

From the reader #12

Akos Major

Eye-catching shots by Hungarian photographer Akos Major.

“Nobody bought the cheapest option.”

Three beer bottles

Make people choose between your plans, instead of choosing whether to buy your product or not.

Bob Gill, so far.

Bob Gill, so far

More than three hundred of Gill’s most inventive images from his eighteen books.

Available for pre-order

Plugging in light bulb

Work for Money, Design for Love is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

WordPress vs ExpressionEngine

WordPress ExpressionEngine logo

Some decent reads on the pros and cons of each platform.

Bob Gill

Bob Gill website

He has a talent for turning design briefs into simple, memorable, appropriate, and witty outcomes.

Studio Culture at the Design Museum

Studio Culture at the Design Museum

The people you work with define the work you do.

Quick, hide the chips

Fish and chips in newspaper

800 retailers have been banned from serving chips to avoid infringing on McDonald’s rights.

Nicolas Ritter: One

Nicolas Ritter: One

Nicolas Ritter’s photography project, One, caught my eye.

Designer headaches

Frederick Meijer Gardens sculpture

Although I’ve yet to find my own cure, there are some common sense things that help.

The Tate Gallery by Tube

The Tate Gallery by Tube poster

A fantastic poster created by David Booth some 25 years ago.

One chapter every nine days

Work for Money, Design for Love schedule

That’s my schedule.

Back to those morals…

Anti-abortion billboard ripped

“…harmful lies, emotive scaremongering and judgement.”

USB microphone recommendation

Jeff Croft desk

I’ve been looking for a good microphone (for video calls, podcasts, etc.).