Ok, so I know I often spout useless facts. (Ok, so that’s an understatement, but at least I’m not an axe murderer. I mean, geez. Don’t be so hard on me.) but seriously, The Oatmeal is simply full of useless facts! (YAY!) So here is a fun, informational design with [useless] facts about the male angler fish. (Though I suppose these might be useful to a marine biologist or something. Maybe.)

This is worth your time because:
1. It’s well layed-out.
2. It shows that informational design guidelines can be entertaining!
3. This is a borderline-comic with subliminal learning experiences. And comics are fun. Everyone loves comics. If you make them, everyone will love you! Hooray!

There is nothing better than a well-designed information design or flow chart for very obvious information. I like this one because it makes a pop-culture reference (Which is amusing) and uses color coding effectively (Useful! Well, not really – but these colors would be useful if this were real). I like the simple font as well (It’s Future! Well, not really. But it looks good, eh?)

Let’s review!  This piece is worth analyzing as an informational design because:
1.  It uses coloration effectively.
2. It has a simple and gridded design.
3. It’s humorous. What’s better than a funny, pop-culture reference? Um, nothing.

THIS IS RAMI NIEMI. This person is quite nifty. Their site appeals to me because the design of the site matches the artwork: clean, simplistic, highly legible text with some comic personality to match the artwork and saturated swatches (or none at all). This site seems like it’s under renovation, but I especially like the contact bubble at the top right. It gives it personality and also conveys a conversational-vibe while meshing well with the rest of the site’s personality. I think many artists treat their website’s design differently than their overall works’ vibes, so I especially like that everything matches on this site. Well done.

This is a really exceptional self-promotional piece by Nicholas Wilson. It incorporates many mediums which have a really organic appeal. It’s very organized, original, and distinctively recycled looking. What I like most is how empty space is treated. The business cards container literally devotes an entire casing to one little pile of business cards (with two distinctive rounded edges alternating with square-cut edges). There are many boxes and compartments within the overall packaged design which from an pictured experience might seem convoluted, but I imagine when one actually handles this promotional grouping, it might be a lot like unwrapping a very beautiful gift. I especially like the wooden cover of the portfolio book. It just seems very sophisticated and yet approachable. I love this thing.

The Oatmeal was created by Matthew Inman, who essentially makes brief comics or commentary with clean forms of design. Sometimes, his sarcasm forces him to jokingly use informational designs to emphasize how stupid some serious issues are. Other times he will make the absurd seem intelligent. Regardless, his use of informational design is clever. To the left is one of his earlier designs. Organized and interesting… and pretty much useless. Hooray!

Shark Week.

March 29, 2011

Anyone who knows me moderately well is probably aware that I think sharks are the coolest thing since sliced bread. (However, since sharks are prehistoric creatures – therefore existing before bread ever existed – I think we really ought to be saying that sliced bread is the best thing since sharks.) When Shark Week is on the Discovery Channel during the summer, I am glued to the television. I put everything on hold (ie: the gym, work, family, eating, etc.) and I watch as much Shark Week as I can. I digress. Point being, how sweet is this logo? (And I’m not just being biased here because I happen to think sharks are beautiful). It’s straight-forward, the negative space conveys the dorsal fin without making the text confusing, and it looks nifty as an animation, which shark week used as a screen-corner “bug” to promote shark week (in the animation, the negative space of the shark literally swims through the text.)

Designed by: Kristian Mercado

You Tube

March 29, 2011

I admire the design of the YouTube logo. It is a simple design, which is easily read and recognized. It evokes the form of a television or video, which reveals what their service is: Video sharing. I think this is a great identity design because it uses simple colors and it’s similar the the TV GUIDE logo, which has a similar concept behind it, although it is a written publication. I cannot find the original logo’s designer, however, the original YouTube website was original created by Steve ChenChad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. YouTube is one of my favorite websites of all time and I think its logo really represents what it stands for: a simple way to share your video experiences.