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Want versus need

Paul Rand Steve Jobs

Quoted from Dave Trott’s blog where he discusses the client/designer relationship between Steve Jobs and Paul Rand.

From the reader #6

Specsavers lettering

How lettering is made for public display.

Champions of Design

Old Penguin logo

The company’s cheap but well-made, well-designed books found a new audience of working and middle-class readers that few believed existed. The future really was orange.

Blanch font family, free download

Blanch font family

The Blanch font file is available as a free download.

To the commentators

Blog comment count

In most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action.

Thoughts on the designer/client relationship

Thoughts on the designer/client relationship, courtesy of the Design Council.

Soirée Graphique

Soirée Graphique poster design

“A graphic designer faced with no content should create something without content.”

From the reader #5

Please keep clear of the doors

Photos of the now-closed Aldwych underground station in London caught my eye.

Design by Nature

Design by Nature, Maggie Macnab

The book takes an in-depth look at relationships between nature, design, economics, geometry, and art. Well-worth a read for designers and creatives of all types.

“Never just say ‘no’ to an idea.”

Half empty half full

“You have to say, ‘You know what would be even better?'”

Advice for authors

Typewriter close-up

If you’re writing a book for the money, you’re going to be disappointed.

TIME magazine covers: worldwide differences

TIME magazine cover 2045

Selective variations might, on the face of it, appear as censorship, but…

From the reader #4

design trend

These seem popular now (or these now seem popular). They do, don’t they?

Moses bridge at Fort de Roovere

Sunken foot bridge

Great. Love it. But I can’t help wondering how often this happens.

International Year of Chemistry

International Year of Chemistry poster design

It’s the International Year of Chemistry, and graphic designer Simon C Page (previously featured for his Year of Astronomy posters) has created a set of ten promotional poster designs.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

“…before we worked together, he was a legend in my eyes. His designs, for film titles and company logos and record albums and posters, defined an era.”

Free Mooney

Cow skin pattern

I thought some of you might want to give MOO a shot, so I have 15 discount codes to give away, each getting you (or someone you know) the following.

Remove the logo. Know the brand.

Burberry tie

A little reminder that we need create more than just wordmarks and symbols.

Brand Thinking

Brand Thinking

Debbie Millman’s new book Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits is an engaging collection of dialogues between Debbie and different leaders in the field.

Why do so few designers join professional design organisations?

Blank organisation chart

“You get out of it what you put in, so if you don’t go to meetings, or become involved with other members, paying the fee is pretty much useless.”

When asking for a design critique

Ghost twins

Don’t show two logos and ask, “Which one’s best?”

What employers look for #4

SomeOne in London studio

But some of them, man alive… I really wish they’d read what I’m about to write.

What employers look for #3

Sterling Brands studio

A glass-half-full mentality has helped all of us through a hellacious week. Complainers need not apply.

What employers look for #2

160over90 studio

The postcard for the real estate development? It sucks. Get rid of it.

What employers look for #1

smashLAB agency

If you aren’t absolutely committed to your career, I’ll come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t be either.

Identify

Identify by Chermayeff & Geismar

Identity design is not about what one likes or dislikes. It’s about what works.

Kerning game

Kerning game

Sounds nerdy. Probably is. Fun, though!

The King of Legoland

Another World video game

Two minutes rammed full of childhood memories.

Can I legally hire unpaid interns?

Hire sign

Useful if offering internships (to stay on the right side of the law), and if seeking a placement (to ensure your chosen internship is the best possible match).

Lifework

David Airey workspace

I recently had a chat with Cerentha Harris, editor of Herman Miller’s Lifework blog.