twenty things worth knowing about beer.

One of my favorite websites is called The Oatmeal. Featuring entertaining comics and blogposts, creator Matthew Inman succeeds in making his point clear with every post. Topics range from cats to grammar to technology issues, all presented in a hilarious manner. This graphic is informative on the production of beer while providing humorous quotes from an array of figures. His illustration style is lighthearted and consistent, and I continue to check back often for new pieces. Many of them are especially relevant to designers, and I seriously embarrassed myself laughing about the “8 Websites You Should Stop Making” comic. Enjoy!

fed ex.

The Fed Ex logo is one we are all familiar with. We have seen it on television, in print, and on boxes delivered to our homes. However, the simple genius of the design remained unnoticed by me for years. Honestly, it wasn’t until some point during high school when I noticed the space between the ‘E’ and ‘x’ creates an arrow. Upon this discovery, I declared the logo one of the most clever things I had ever seen (though I myself am apparently not.) The design was created by Lindon Leader of the firm Leader Creative, and has won over 40 awards worldwide.

lex drewinski.

Through the use of simple, bold shapes, Polish designer Lex Drewinski conveyed strong political messages in his artwork. In 1985 he left Poland for Germany and became a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam in 1992. His pieces always display a message of social concern.

It may be that I’m not a responsible-minded person in my private life and that -as a man without a parliamentary seat- I don’t have any effect on political happenings but as a poster artist I have nearly boundless possibilities for presenting my political and social comments. I have to add that for me “Responsibility in Graphic Design” is not just the topic of my works but also it is not less than the search for the perfect shape for my posters. As professor I am not only responsible for my own works but also for the work of my design students. So I use every opportunity to involve young people with social-political topics.”

In 2008, Drewinski received a Doctorate in Fine Arts and has won over 130 prizes all over the world.

(Gallery of Drewinski’s various works in Katowice, PL)


Few logos in the fashion world stand out as readily as the interlocking C’s of Chanel. Even to those who are fashion-oblivious, this logo is widely recognized everywhere and is constantly imitated. Its straightforward simplicity of the original designer’s initials is incredibly successful, and is synonymous with elegance, elitism, and admiration. The C’s can be found on the majority of their products, and may even stand alone without the brand name. The design was given to Coco Chanel by the Chateu de Cremat in Nice, France, and was not trademarked until the opening of the first store in 1924.

vilac ‘keith haring’ chairs!

Check out these awesome Keith Haring inspired chairs by French designers Vilac. Found at Opening Ceremony, these are great for design enthusiasts, children, and anyone who loves color. Had they not been sold out in red, my favorite, I would definitely consider purchasing one. Much of Haring’s work was relative to social messages—similar to many of the designers we studied for the graphics magazine article layout project. He established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989 to promote AIDS awareness and funding. If any of you are from lower NY like myself, you have definitely seen the “Crack is Wack” mural on the FDR Drive, or the reconstructed mural a few years ago on Houston. Interested in more about Haring? Click here for information from his official website!

andy mangold.

When visiting the paper ink {voice} exhibit, one of my favorite posters was a part of the Haiti Poster Project by artist Andy Mangold.

I really enjoyed the pairing of the colors and how the arrangement of the hot air balloons draws your eye downward to a center focal point, where a short message is stated. “A world united to build Haiti”- simple, yet direct and effective, as is the rest of the poster. The color at the bottom where the message and the outline of Haiti itself are is the boldest, but the width of the pattern at the top makes the viewer start there before carefully looking at the intended point. The shapes created are interesting, yet there is enough empty space so that the design is not too crowded.

When viewing the artist’s site, this poster caught my eye:

Created by Mangold and friend James Anderson, this was made to honor the chair of the Graphic Design program at MICA, their school. The idea of crossing out design-relevant chairs to “let Brockett know that she is the best chair of them all” is clever and meaningful.  Messages at the bottom from their peers were included, and while being personal the whole feel of the poster is still professional looking.