Yokoo Tadanori

May 6, 2011

He is one of the famous graphic designers in Japan. Yokoo descends from the murky overlap between art and design. His work, like that of many of his Japanese contemporaries, is exquisitely printed in small runs. For example, his 1971 poster for the Bunraku Play of Chinsetsu Yumihari-zuki at the National Theater in Tokyo bears no resemblance to the dull offset theater broadsides seen in Europe or the U.S. A simple black background is overprinted with an outline of Hokusai’s “Great Wave” then printed again with a barely visible samurai battle scene. Holes appear as if shot through the poster in the upper regions, and details of the event are rendered in calligraphy. The technique that he uses is really unique, and his work crosses the border between design and fine art. Seemingly devoid of limitations or rules, his paintings are warm and mystical and draw on a variety of influences such as spiritualism, Japanese aesthetics, the psychedelic posters of the ’60s, science fiction, and comic art. It also consciously draws on Ukiyo-e, or “the art of the floating world,” whose themes express the impermanence of life.

David Carson

May 5, 2011

Sociologist and surfer-turned-designer David Carson walks through a gorgeous (and often quite funny) slide deck of his work and found images. Those posters are his work for Obama’s 2008 campaign. I really like his style of graphic design!! Carson uses a very interesting construction and color scheme that is very eye-catching, and is the main reason that I like his work so much!!

This logo is created by the famous graphic designer, Milton Glaser, who is best known for I Love New York logo. For the first time, the omni-present I LOVE NEW YORK logo has been combined with another institution’s identity in order to create a co-branding venture. JetBlue hired MGI to develop a joint identity. As is rarely the case, I feel the two logos seamlessly merged perfectly, and it shows their new fresh partnership.

Online Portfolio

May 4, 2011

This is a informal website named vividbook for making a creative online portfolio.

See an example of the creative portfolio posted on this website here;  http://www.kaleighwarwick.com/

The link of this website here;  http://www.vividbook.com/

Fee of using this website is $6/month or $60/year!

Self-Promotion

May 4, 2011

I really like this resume by Paul Wagenblast! It is extremely simple yet shows his passion and how much he wants to be hired.

See a larger version here;  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoversol/3286559849/

Information Design

May 4, 2011

This well-done inforgraphic is designed by  Timm Kekeritz, and he created a set of infographics, visualizing parts of their research data, to make the issue of virtual water and the water footprint perceptible. It is designed by only two colors tho it descrives the main point perfectly. Also, you can get a print and download via iTunes on their website;   http://virtualwater.eu/

Adi Dassler, together with his brother Rudolf Dassler, created the Adidas logo, aiming to provide the athletes with the finest possible gear. For years the only symbol associated with Adidas was the trefoil (flower) logo design. The 3 leaves symbolize the Olympic spirit, linked to the three continental plates as well as the heritage and history of the brand. The “Trefoil” was adopted as the corporate logo design in 1972. I think the logo of Adidas uses positive and negative space very well. The three parallel strips are typically featured on the company’s clothing and shoe logo designs, so people easily recognize their products based on this really famous logo.

In January 1996, the Three-Stripe brand mark became the worldwide Adidas corporate logo. This logo represents performance and the future of the Adidas branding identity.

http://www.logoorange.com/logodesign-A.php