Sunday, November 29, 2009

Nice Shelves

Totally digging these concrete, poured on site, built in shelves from the Waldfogel residence designed and built by Ehrlich Architects.

And the rest of this 8,000 square foot Palo Alto, California home is quite stunning as well: Ehrlich Architects

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Evolution of Storage

Really nice information graphic. The Evolution of Storage, so far anyway...

Visualizing all this data/gaga makes it so much more comprehendable.

Thanks to Curtiss Spontelli's for sharing this via his flickr site.

I'm eagerly awaiting the prequel!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Designer/Client Relationship

A Clients Guide, wishful thinking? Perhaps. But, perhaps a consideration.

The digital world has vastly improved the speed of design. Proofs can be sent electronically and a great amount of design can be accomplished on computer in a much shorter amount of time than ever before.

However, technology has not made the design process simpler. Designers still need time to work with your company to decide the best way to represent it to the consumer.

Deadlines and project scope must be realistic and flexible enough to deal with the unexpected. Remember that you are buying a public face to your business, and value it accordingly.

Remember that your designer is a professional collaborator and not an employee, and brings a set of skills to your company that is geared towards expanding your business.

When you hire a designer, make sure that you make them part of your business day. Keep in touch at a frequency acceptable to both of you, and the design process will flow smoothly in both directions.

Designers, like all business contacts, appreciate returned messages, even if it is only an acknowledgment of receipt.

Spend an extra hour with your designer at the beginning to outline your needs and interests, and you will save hours of time down the road in regards to deadlines and project scope. Taking the time to deliver a sufficiently in-depth project brief ultimately serves as a cost-saving device for both parties.

A qualified designer is trained to analyze your professional needs and, with your input and guidance, craft visual expressions of your business. The client should understand that this skill goes beyond the personal aesthetic and often deals with the psychology of branding and public perception, and is as individual to your company as a fingerprint.

A designer’s suggestions and recommendations on the project are not simply what clients or designers find appealing or pleasing. Good quality design is engineered to appeal to your customer. Be fair in your criticism. Ask questions instead of making statements. If something does not work, explain your misgivings fully instead of simply.

Remember that your designer is a professional collaborator and not an employee, and brings a set of skills to your company that is geared towards expanding your business.

In addition, the concepts and ideas generated together represent a contractual agreement of confidentiality/exclusivity between the designer and client. Just as the Designer will not divulge your business operations, you and your staff are obligated to do the same for our business.

This is an excerpt from Business Of Design Online featuring Catherine Morley's A Client’s Guide to Professional Conduct in the Design Industry.

To me it all boils down to one thing: Respect.

Great read, pass it on.

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This is a That's Right repost from March of 2008, thanks to el estratografico for the cool scan.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stump Lamp

Love this.

Limited edition Stump Lamp made from fallen sycamores and miscellaneous light bulbs.

Very cool stuff from Egg Collective.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wooden Gotham

Totally digging this timbered Gotham G on the storefront for Guru, a gallery and design emporium in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico owned by graphic designer Quique Ollervides. Thanks to Nick Sherman for the cool shot.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New York Public Library Logo Evolution

Marc Blaustein, art director for the library system, confirmed to the New York Times that the old logo, with white lines on a circular black background, “had a hard time maintaining its detail as it shrank.”

The strong lines on a vector format mean the new logo can be scaled to a range of sizes, especially prescient in the internet age, when as many people are likely to see the logo on a digital screen as they are in print.

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Grande gracias to the smart folks at FlavorWire.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Tougher Than It Looks

Smart stuff for Smart Car from BBDO New York, more from the good folks over at I Believe In Advertising.

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Say What You Mean. Mean What You Say.

"That is the biggest problem with people who mean what they say. They expect others also to do the same..."
- Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Hip Dog Bowls

Bow Wow! Really digging the colors of this modern take on these pet bowls from Doca Pet. Made from durable powder coated steel, they are now officially on Ringo and Dazy's wish list!

More from: Doca Pet and Trendy Pet has some equally groovy options as well!

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Thanks to the smart folks at Design Milk.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Daily Drop Cap

That's Right. The Daily Drop Cap. An ongoing project by typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. Each day (or at least each WORK day), a new hand-crafted decorative initial cap is posted for your enjoyment and for the beautification of blog posts everywhere.

To use a Daily Drop Cap on your site or blog, follow the instructions in each post and read about the usage limitations. Enjoy!

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