Thursday, December 30, 2010

Need a resolution?

Look no further! Get your resolution here. There's also a list of 51 resolutions for designers from Graphic Design Blender. Yours could be as simple as "Design Something Everyday".

Need motivation to go along with your resolution? Check out this blog entry by Nubby. Inspired by her recommendation, I began reading the best-seller Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It is helping me regather my focus and make stronger aspirations for the future, backed by action and daily commitment. Nubby also narrows down some major points from the book in her entry, Six Ways to turn Desire into Success.

Good luck in forming your New Year's resolutions!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Star Wars posters by Olly Moss

These exquisite 24"x36" screen print Star Wars trilogy posters were done by UK designer Olly Moss. Each are hand numbered in editions of 400.

"It was so intimidating! There is such a wealth of great Star Wars art out there already, from paid professionals and from enthusiastic fans. I suppose my main aim was to make a set of Star Wars posters that were a little different from what people are used to seeing from the franchise, but still retained that essential Star Wars feel. I started by re-watching the original movies with a sketchbook on my lap, and just sort of went from there."

(Olly Moss, Wired Magazine)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Santa Brand

Quietroom (U.K.) came up with this clever Santa Brand Book.

Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In memory of F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald, the great American author of The Great Gatsby, died this day 70 years ago. Below is one of my favorite quotes from the book (the last page), in his handwriting.

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further... And one fine morning -

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

The Heads of State recently produced an edition of 350 hand signed and sealed printed posters (18x24 inch on 140 lb. French Poptone Sweet Tooth paper) of different business cards of the socialites that attended Gatsby's elegant parties the summer of 1922. It's a very fun way of interpreting the book and converting it to design. Buy the poster here!

Last minute gifts?

I saw this on HOW blog a couple of weeks ago, a Christmas gift list by Kate Bingaman-Burt, and thought it would be appropriate to post for last minute gift ideas.

For other great gifts, holiday tags, and festive ideas, also visit Design Sponge.

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Check out the new Sagmeister site. I like the change!

And while you're at it, check out this chair (complete with optional appearance change too!)

Sunday, December 5, 2010


From NJ Illustrator/Designer Benjamin Douglass:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Because of this commercial, I don't totally dislike LeBron

I saw this earlier last month. At first I didn't want to post because I was tired about hearing all the publicity on LeBron, and I think he's the Kanye of basketball anyway. That being said, Wieden+Kennedy made his difficult character and situation a little easier to understand. The commercial seems pretty honest, and I like that. They do a magnificent job marketing Old Spice, Jeep, and many other clients, but I find it truly valuable when they can take a source of controversy and spin it into something human.

Featuring reigning two-time NBA MVP, this spot was created to give LeBron a voice to address his off-season controversy head-on, so he can move forward and focus on the road ahead. This isn’t about what LeBron has done, or hasn’t done. This is about the difference between our expectations of him, and his expectations of himself. (Wieden+Kennedy, Portland)

What should I do? Should I be who you want me to be?