Whoa… you damn well can’t do that anymore!
This is what graphic design looks like
Dyslexie, A Different Kind of Beauty
Well, if it isn't the old typeface bait-and-switch
Seeking a full-time position in hurricane logo design
Today I am a Red Sox fan (did I just say that?!)

Category Archives: design

Basket Tree In Nantes, France (my son is going to want one of these!)

Via: Designboom:

A/LTA architects members jean-luc le trionnaire, alain tassot, maxime le trionnaire, gwénaël le chapelain have designed ‘arbre à basket’, a basketball court in the form of a tree that has been positioned in front of the maison des hommes et des techniques in Nantes, France.

The artistic installation offers a new way of interacting with sport venues, appealing to a larger demographic so many people can play simultaneously. the hoops branch at different heights allowing play for multiple teams and different age groups.

Perhaps the only thing “new” is the level of desperation

From the New York Times, December 3, 2011

Selling Books by Their Gilded Covers

Even as more readers switch to the convenience of e-books, publishers are giving old-fashioned print books a makeover.

Many new releases have design elements usually reserved for special occasions — deckle edges, colored endpapers, high-quality paper and exquisite jackets that push the creative boundaries of bookmaking. If e-books are about ease and expedience, the publishers reason, then print books need to be about physical beauty and the pleasures of owning, not just reading. (more)

A Different Kind of Beauty

From fastcodesign.com:

Dyslexie, A Typeface Designed To Help Dyslexics Read

Reading printed text is so fluid and transparent for most people that it’s hard to imagine it feeling any other way. Maybe that’s why it took a dyslexic designer to create a typeface that optimizes the reading experience for people who suffer from that condition. Christian Boer’s “Dyslexie” doesn’t exactly make the letterforms look conventionally beautiful, but since when is that a prerequisite for well-designed? If it works, it works. And according to an independent study by the University of Twente in Boer’s native Netherlands, it does work. (more…)

Well, if it isn’t the old typographic bait-and-switch…

Have a look at the lettering of the words “Yankee Stadium” as originally proposed in a June, 2005 press conference (above left) and then as it actually appears in the New Yankee Stadium (above right).

As I recall, when every single New Yorker happily agreed to replace one of their greatest landmarks with a $2.3 billion facimile (which they would no longer be able to afford to attend), it was with the clear understanding that we were going with the sans-serif.

Go fix it… we’ll wait.

Alternatively, you can just take a wrecking ball the the whole damn thing and simply bring back the real Yankee Stadium. Oh, and if you feel that you must do something new to it – consider a statue of Roy White out front.

Understanding How We See

From Wired.com

What Caricatures Can Teach Us About Facial Recognition

Our brains are incredibly agile machines, and it’s hard to think of anything they do more efficiently than recognize faces. Just hours after birth, the eyes of newborns are drawn to facelike patterns. An adult brain knows it’s seeing a face within 100 milliseconds, and it takes just over a second to realize that two different pictures of a face, even if they’re lit or rotated in very different ways, belong to the same person. Neuroscientists now believe that there may be a specific region of the brain, on the fusiform gyrus of the temporal lobe, dedicated to facial recognition.

Perhaps the most vivid illustration of our gift for recognition is the magic of caricature—the fact that the sparest cartoon of a familiar face, even a single line dashed off in two seconds, can be identified by our brains in an instant. It’s often said that a good caricature looks more like a person than the person himself. As it happens, this notion, counterintuitive though it may sound, is actually supported by research. In the field of vision science, there’s even a term for this seeming paradox—the caricature effect—a phrase that hints at how our brains misperceive faces as much as perceive them. (more)

Music (once again) Inspires Great Design

From Core 77:

Peter Saville On How “Autobahn” Changed His Life

As I mentioned in yesterday’s recap of the “Avant/Garde Diaries” launch event, Peter Saville related that the album art for Kraftwerk’s 1974 LP Autobahn was the singular inspiration for his decision to pursue graphic design… (more)