The Design Life
This fantastic new book by Jens Müller; 'Logo Modernism', recently caught my eye and is now at the top of my Christmas list!
Published by Taschen the book features approximately 6000 trademarks/logo's, focusing on the forty-year period between 1940 to 1980.
Wine Label Design Awards
Created to help promote excellence within the field of wine label package design, its hoped that the awards will raise the standards of what wine producers demand and designers supply...
Learn To Unlearn
I recently became a dad to a wonderful, amazing little boy. Watching him observe and learn has made me see things with a whole new perspective...
Why This Designer writes
If you’re a regular reader of this blog then y
ou'll know that I'm a designer w
ho also like’s to write.
Creativity has always been a part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of drawing and mark making and it's been a life long passion that ultimately turned into my profession as a designer. The recent addition of writing about all things creative has been a natural and organic extension of my love for what I do.
My New Design Life
If your a reader of this blog, then you will know that I'm both a dad to a one year old and also the creative director of a design studio. As you can imagine, I don't get too much downtime and only get to write in a very small window, often late at night and on the weekend.
My family, then my commercial design work always take priority in my life and it's become more evident to me that I'm getting less time for my hobbies such as writing my blog. I'm cool with it! I love being a family man and I'm passionate about my work.
Bass - Trademark No 1
In my Classic Brands series, I am going to feature interesting facts and a brief history to some of the worlds most iconic branding and packaging designs. I couldn't think of a better place to begin the series than with the worlds very first registered Trade Mark, the instantly identifiable red-triangle of the Bass Pale Ale logo. It's such a significant brand icon that it features within a number of the worlds best known works of art and novels...
My Copy Of Graphis Diagrams
In 1974 Walter Herdeg edited issue 165 of Graphis Diagrams, a square hardback book showing the scientific side of graphic design. It contains beautifully illustrated, full colour diagrams of abstract data and there's also some lovely multi layered maps that use transparent papers. The cover is a fantastic example of the modernist Swiss style of type and design. It really is a thing of beauty, an iconic classic and I once had a copy, or should I say, I may still have a copy...'
Coca Cola's Innovation In Design
Back in 2011 I attended a presentation by David Butler, Coca-Cola's VP of innovation and he outlined how the company were using revolutionary systems to operate on a global scale.
A little earlier this year Coke announced that they had created the world's first plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based material.
Back To The Future... 30 Years On
The 3rd of July 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the original 'Back to the Future' movie. It features the fantastic quote: "Roads! Where were going we don't need roads." So what of the predictions in the movie franchise. How many actually became a reality?
Packaging Rebrand For Burger King & The Story Of Hungry Jacks
Burger King as a brand has long interested me. Ive spent time in Australia where the franchise is instead known as Hungry Jacks. In 1971 the company wanted to make a move into Australia with it's first franchise in Perth but was unable to use the Burger King name as it was already trademarked by an Adelaide based Food Shop...
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