The Forty Story
Pentagram constructed a narrative based around a boy born on the day Pentagram opened, and how his life has paralleled forty years of Pentagram design. It’s a really engaging way to showcase an amazing portfolio.
Painting Coconuts: The Quattro Experience
The Audi quattro Experience is a one-of-a-kind interactive installation that features a 20-foot by 7-foot, handcrafted raceway built by custom slot track builder David Beattie of Slot Mods USA. The scale model Audi A4 slot cars were made from scratch with in-car cameras that allow racers a first-person look as they zip around the track, through the world’s first iPad-enabled controllers. Here’s a behind-the-wheel look at how David and his team raced to get this project finished.
Maybe I’m a little biased as an Audi owner, but this is really awesome.
The Market Wants Apple to Unveil a Time Machine
Dan Pelotta at the Harvard Business Review:
The critics that are screaming right now are intellectually lazy. They’re throwing temper tantrums instead of looking at the big picture. Like two-year-olds, they don’t really know what they want. And they’re not happy when they get it, anyway. Apple could unveil a new car and they’d say Apple’s days are over because it’s just bet its future on an industry it knows nothing about. Not unlike, say, Apple’s entrance into the mobile phone industry. I bet that if Apple did unveil a time machine, they’d claim it wasn’t fast enough.
This spot-on 1984 cover is a part of a recent series of George Orwell’s books being republished by Penguin. Designed by David Pearson. See other covers in the series.
Instagram Update: 2012 Wrap-up Edition
Seriously slacking on the updates, so here are some of my favorites from the end of 2012.
100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design
From Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne, a book about 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design. Maria Popova has a preview at The Atlantic.
From how rub-on lettering democratized design by fueling the DIY movement and engaging people who knew nothing about typography to how the concept of the “teenager” was invented after World War II as a new market for advertisers, many of the ideas are mother-of-invention parables. Together, they converge into a cohesive meditation on the fundamental mechanism of graphic design — to draw a narrative with a point of view, and then construct that narrative through the design process and experience.
DerbySF: Product Page
Getting closer to a final design for the upcoming DerbySF site. See previous sneak peek.
Just stumbled upon this gem: Hemingway’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. You can easily replace “writing” with whatever creative task you do.
Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.
For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.
How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.
Instagram Update: May 2012
My cousin climbing trees Hunger Games style, the best mocha I’ve had in years, water ballons, a tuna melt, my wife’s eyeball, and my nephew. (Click to enlarge.)
What I’m Working On: Derby SF
A peek at a project I’m working on right now. The legendary derby jacket is making a comeback.
Typophile 5 Opening Credits
A “visual typographic feast” indeed. The handcrafted opening titles to the 5th Typophile Film Festival.
Promotional pieces for a documentary film about Herb Lubalin’s typeface Avant Garde. (Click to enlarge.)