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February 27 2014

22:19

Pinpoint Your Travels on the Cork Globe

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Pinpoint Your Travels on the Cork Globe travel maps globes cork

A perfect mix of both functional cork board and world globe, the Cork Globe is a snazzy desktop object for any world traveler. Designed by Chiaki Kawakami for Suck UK. (via The Awesomer)

21:50

Paper Dresses by 4-Year Old Girl

Quatre ans seulement et incroyablement douée pour la mode. La petite Mayhem conçoit des robes avec sa maman à l’aide d’un seul matériau : le papier. L’artiste désigne ses robes avec sa maman et a déjà son site dédié à ces créations. Un reportage photo attendrissant d’un petite fille plein d’avenir a découvrir ci-dessous.

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20:10

Tiny Characters in Everyday Life

Le photographe argentin Manuel Archain met en scène des personnes rétrécies dans des situations du quotidien mais de manière originale. Ainsi, une femme dort dans une assiette, des personnes vont à la piscine dans un récipient chaud et un homme lit en se tenant debout sur son livre.

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19:57

45 Creative Gig Poster Designs

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If you didn’t know by now, gig poster collecting started out in the 60′s and the tradition is still going strong today. In fact, the community is bigger that ever. Indie music fanatics around the world have turned into collectors. This isn’t some small fad or trend, there are entire online communities/marketplaces solely dedicated to buying and selling custom gig posters.

Designers and enthusiasts collect gig posters and treat them as artwork, just like people treat famous paintings. The average Joe might think that posters are pointless to collect or hang on your wall, but they couldn’t be more wrong. A great gig poster will make you kick yourself for not coming up with that idea first, push the boundaries of your imagination, and inspire you.

Gig posters tend to be limited and sell out quickly. I believe this is one of the main reasons the gig poster community is so vibrant. Knowing you’re one of only a handfull of people who own that specific poster is pretty special. This reminds me of Pokemon cards. (Yes, I’m not ashamed to say it. I used to be in them. I think I might have a few holographic cards laying around somewhere.)

What makes a great poster?

Well, let’s start off with the most obvious reason. A poster or a flyer is a basic form of advertisement for an upcoming event, tour, album, etc. But why can’t it be more than an ad?

It can!

Not only does a great poster convey the message clearly, but it can also provide a visual feast. That’s the entire purpose of this article. I want to inspire you to create a poster that will make people feel ashamed for even thinking about throwing it in the trash.

Today we have a tremendous collection of well designed gig posters and flyers. You might not like every single poster you’ll see today, however I can almost guaranteed you will see at least one that will blow your socks off. Enjoy!

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Check out more designs here!


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19:30

Science Says Open Offices Might Make Us Sick

Another reason to loathe the open office.

There are plenty of reasons to hate the open office plan. Open offices are loud. They make it hard to focus. And, according to new research, they might make us sick.

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19:05

Feelings and thoughts

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Feelings and thoughts are new series of graphic design and typography posters by Adi Dizdarevic.
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18:42

Creative Paintings Manipulations

Détourner des œuvres et peintures classiques pour s’amuser à leur apposer des codes actuels tels que divers éléments de Photoshop, c’est l’initiative de l’artiste Nicholas Mottla Jacobsen. Des séries appelées « Save as a dream, Save as a love » ou « Pixelisation » à découvrir dans la suite, jouant sur la réinterprétation d’œuvres.

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17:50

Opificio Lamantini Anonimi – Terracotta

Terracotta is an italian beer brand who decided to switch its packaging for a wonderful minimal style. With the help of the designer Opificio Lamantini Anonimi, Terracotta wants to educate and guide the consumer through the ways to tasting and drinking all different kinds of beer. Check out the other projects of Opificio at opificiolamantinianonimi.com.

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17:37

Dos Pavos salvadanaio

Loro li abbiamo già incontrati con il TODAY Calendar 2014. Parlo dei ragazzi di Mr Simon che con Dos Pavos propongono un restyling del classico salvadanaio. Man mano che si introducono monete da 2 euro infatti, la parte superiore in ceramica sale in altezza rivelando la parte sottostante in legno opportunamente segnata con il valore raggiunto di risparmio in tempo reale.

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16:49

Designs proposed for union jack flag without Scotland

Alternative designs proposed for the union jack flag without Scotland

News: alternatives to the current United Kingdom flag presented by a national flag charity have provoked a debate about whether a new design should be commissioned if Scotland chooses independence in its upcoming referendum. (more...)

16:00

“Love From Hawaii”

One of the many reasons I fell in love with Hawaii when I first visited a few years ago, was the Aloha spirit that is in the air. Beyond a greeting, as most people on the mainland are familiar, Aloha refers to a spirit, attitude and way of life embraced by the Hawaiian people. There are lots of interpretations and teachings, but a common definition of its deeper meaning is: “the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo).”

So because of my affinity for all things Hawaii, I was immediately drawn to Love From Hawaii, a recent project by Jeff Hamada of BOOOOOOOM. As part of this year’s Pow! Wow! Hawaii, which took place earlier this month, Jeff launched a free encouragement project. BOOOOOOOM readers were instructed to ask for encouragement in the comments of his original post. Then during the week, he approached people while walking around Hawaii and asked them to write words of encouragement on a postcard in response. Some of the results, along with the writers, were captured on Instagram, and then each reader received kind words in the mail shortly thereafter. Below are a few of my favorite messages, but be sure to check out BOOOOOOM’s Instagram for more.

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15:55

Revisited Wes Anderson’s Movie Posters

Dans le cadre d’un concours sur Fubiz et de la sortie du film The Grand Budapest Hotel, nous vous proposons une compilation des meilleures affiches alternatives des films de Wes Anderson. Des illustrateurs et designers se sont amusés à remanier les affiches de Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr Fox, Rushmore, et bien d’autres encore.

Détails ci-dessous pour gagner l’un des 5 livres de The Wes Anderson Collection.

Moonrise Kingdom by Sam Larson.

The Royal Tenenbaums by Conception Studios.

Moonrise Kingdom by Brandon Schaefer.

Moonrise Kingdom by Forest Knauff.

Moonrise Kingdom by Forest Knauff.

Rushmore by Andres Lozano.

Fantastic Mr Fox by Andres Lozano.

The Life Aquatic by Andres Lozano.

Moonrise Kingdom by Authorial Minimalist Posters.

The Darjeeling Limited by British Indie.

Moonrise Kingdom by British Indie.

Fantastic Mr Fox by British Indie.

Rushmore by Christopher DeLorenzo.

The Life Aquatic by Ojasvi Mohanty.

The Grand Budapest Hotel by Peter Strain.

Moonrise Kingdom by Ibraheem Youssef.

Fantastic Mr Fox by LCArts Film Lounge.

Moonrise Kingdom by Matt Needle.

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// Détails du concours Fubiz avec Wes Anderson

Pour gagner et recevoir l’un des 5 livres de « The Wes Anderson Collection » par Matt Zoller Seitz (valeur unitaire : 40 euros) dont l’un est dédicacé par Wes Anderson lui-même, il vous suffit de suivre et de RT l’article sur le Twitter Fubiz et rejoindre la page Facebook Fubiz en laissant un commentaire sur cet article.

Date limite : jusqu’au 2 mars 2014 à minuit. Les gagnants seront tirés au sort parmi les participants.

15:45

Nutrition Labels Getting A Much Needed Redesign

Nutrition Label Redesign

CNN reported yesterday that here in the U.S. the FDA is proposing a change to nutritional labels, the first since their inception over 20 years ago. The new design would focus on highlighting the number of calories, adjusting serving sizes to more accurately represent how people eat, as well as the daily values for certain nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D.

From a design perspective it’s nice to see a hierarchy introduced, putting calories and serving size front and center. The delineation between sections is also well done, though I think it’s weird to have the percentage of daily values first before you know what it’s a percentage of. Shouldn’t that be flipped back? Either way it’s good to see the government making strides to educate people on what they’re putting in their body. Hopefully this trend continues.

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13:00

Maserati in the Raw

L’idée de voir un jour une Maserati LaMaserati a jailli quasi instantanément quand Ferrari présenté LaFerrari. Et si rien n’indique que le projet verra le jour, Mark Hostler l’a imaginé.

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12:29

Does A Designer’s Opinion Mean More Than The User’s?


Okay. I’m going to come out and say it. Designers are often way too territorial about their designs. It’s only natural, of course. You spend years and years developing your design skills, you create the ideal process for your ideal user to follow so that (you’re certain) they will get the best experience possible.

But here’s the thing: users may not stick to your original vision of how your design “should” be used. The truth is, they don’t have to, and, if your views on their user experience are off the mark, they shouldn’t.

We’re going to look at some ways in which users often give designers a run for their money when it comes to the ideal user experience, and explore whether a designer’s opinion means more than the user’s.

Technicality Versus Practicality

Sometimes, there is a clear battle between the designer’s creative vision and what the user really wants. This can be seen in major corporate projects as well as individual website designs for a single client. Designers, by virtue of being creative professionals, often let their ego get in the way of creating a truly functional product. Some of this is justified. After all, you want to maintain your reputation for quality, both functionally and visually.

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But, as the saying goes, form follows function. You don’t want to get so caught up in maintaining your design’s visual appeal that you lose sight of what’s best for the user. The best way to avoid this pitfall is to regularly interact with your target audience. Talk to people who interact with your website, app, or other designs. Ask them questions about their experience – what they feel could be improved, how your design is helping them achieve solutions to their problems, et cetera. This knowledge will be invaluable not just to your users and your clients, but also for expanding your career as a designer who really “gets” the ideal user experience.

Co-Opting Your Environment

Users, by definition, use things. Sounds obvious, I know, but many designers forget this simple fact, or think it only applies to a narrow set of rules. But people who use things are amazingly adaptable. They use the world around them to create their own design solutions, if the ones provided aren’t satisfactory. All users have this ability – including you.

Co-Opting Your Environment Designer's Opinion

Yes, you routinely violate many designers’ perfect visions for how you should be using their products. Ever scribbled a phone number or email address on the back of someone’s business card? You rebellious user, you. From holding a supposedly “ergonomic” pen or tool in a way that’s unconventional, but more comfortable for you, to breaking out the sugru and physically altering a product to fit your individual needs, we all take advantage of what I call the user’s authority.

Following Leaders And Precedents

Once a design leaves your studio, it officially belongs to the user, and they will adapt it however they see fit. People use design to communicate with one another out in the world, often in ways that the designer never intended or even expected. Your design may end up serving a completely different purpose than what it was originally created for.

Following Leaders And Precedents Designer's Opinion

Think about the last time you gave directions to a tourist or someone in your town who was lost. You probably told them something closer to “head left at the intersection with the weird billboard,” rather than rattled off a dry list of street names. Design infiltrates our daily lives, and we use it as placeholders, markers, and guides every day.

Does The Design Slow Down Progress?

The most important thing to consider in any design is whether the user can solve the problem they have with the maximum amount of efficiency. If your design is impeding them from doing this, then it’s a failure as a design. Again, talking to your target users will yield a wealth of information that can help you avoid this common crisis. I’m not talking about formal “focus group” style research either. Even something as simple as a 5 question email survey can help tremendously in the design process.

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For example, if you don’t know that the majority of your users are skipping the calls to action that you’ve added to your website, pretty much the only way you can find this out is by interacting with them. It’s unlikely that they’re going to tell you on their own, and, quite honestly, it’s not their responsibility to do so. You’re the designer – it’s your job to make sure that your designs are providing maximum efficiency for your users.

Building Up Trust

Well designed websites instill a sense of trust in the user. When you see a crappy looking website, your first instinct is that it’s probably a bit shady, or even an outright scam. Why? Well, because a legitimate business will usually at least make an attempt to have a professional looking front.

What Do You Think?

How do you think designers can adapt to their user’s needs and demands without sacrificing their creative ideals for their design projects?

Image Source: Communication & Media Icons Set via Shutterstock.

The post Does A Designer’s Opinion Mean More Than The User’s? appeared first on Speckyboy Design Magazine.

12:00

Didier Faustino – Casa Faustino

Didier Faustino is a spanish architect who just created a surprising Big Bang inspired house in Matarrana, Spain. The Casa Faustino indeed looks like it is exploding so it is a little hard to imagine how someone can actually lives in it. The interior has almost no walls and the natural light goes everywhere thanks to the giant windows. Check out the other projects of Didier Faustino at didierfaustino.com.

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11:01

Hans J. Wegner's CH88 chair put into production by Carl Hansen & Son

A wood and steel chair created by Danish Modernist designer Hans J. Wegner in 1955 has been put into production for the first time by furniture brand Carl Hansen & Son. (more...)

10:22

Spielen zahlt sich aus – TocaMe, München am 22.02.2014

Bericht von Lea Klemens und Jana Durchleuchter
Die TocaMe trumpfte letztes Wochenende mit inspirierenden Vorträgen internationaler Designgrößen in der Kongresshalle München auf. Eingeladen waren Eike König aus Berlin, Jessica ...

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