The illustrated work of Niki Fisher

Thursday, 23 July, 2015

Illustration by Niki Fisher

The more you look at the work of Melbourne based designer and illustrator Niki Fisher, the more you see to like.

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The world’s smallest portfolio, also the world’s most eye-catching

Tuesday, 21 July, 2015

World's Smallest Portfolio by Michael Lester

What do they say? Less is more? Certainly that’s the case for the World’s Smallest Portfolio, by London based designer and illustrator Michael Lester. Now who would ignore that?

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A logo that is barely a logo, something for brands to aspire to?

Friday, 17 July, 2015

Coca-Cola no logo can

While you’ll only see them in Middle Eastern countries during the month of Ramadan, I wouldn’t be surprised if Coca-Cola’s limited edition cans, that bear only a ribbon style logo, sans the customary presence of the soft drink’s name, don’t become more widely used, given the minimal styling that some brands have been adopting in recent times.

Corporate logos are evolving to become simpler and flatter, and doing it faster. Consider Twitter: the site once used a fully fledged cartoon as its mascot. Today, it’s a flat white bird with very little plumage. Facebook, too, just unveiled a vanilla update to its logomark.

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Stanley Kubrick posters remixed by Tomer Hanuka

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

Kubrick is the name of a new series of works in progress, by New York City based comic artist and illustrator Tomer Hanuka, that are based, as the name would suggest, on films made by Stanley Kubrick. Thought provoking, no?

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Deceptively fascinating, cut away images of day to day objects

Thursday, 9 July, 2015

Cut away mechanical calculator

Bowling balls (you’ll never guess what lies within), petrol stations, radial engines, electric motorcycles, and Apollo spacesuits, are among thirty-one objects that are dissected, or cut in half, to reveal something of their inner workings.

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Colouring books, a new, yet old, tonic for today’s stressed adults?

Tuesday, 7 July, 2015

Here’s an emerging trend that I’ve somehow only just found out about… colouring books for adults. Colouring books as in the colouring books you may have had as a child. And there should be no shame in returning to an activity that you may have once enjoyed as a youngster, they’re ideal, it seems, for helping people relax and alleviate stress:

There seems to have been, before now, some embarrassment attached to the notion that an adult might enjoy an activity as childish as coloring. Publishers behind these books have skirted that by marketing these books with health-based justifications and scientific evidence about the benefits of coloring. “Selling the anti-stress angle gave people permission to enjoy something they might have felt was quite childish,” one publisher’s spokeswoman told the Guardian in April.

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Fractured landscape photos that are a reflection of themselves

Thursday, 2 July, 2015

Photo by Victoria Siemer

The landscape photography of New York City based graphic designer Victoria Siemer fractures elements of the original image back upon itself, and the results, among other thoughts I have in response, remind me of some scenes from Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception.

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Now you see it, now you don’t, Borgloon’s transparent church

Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

Transparent church, Borgloon, Belgium

Here’s an intriguing structure… a church in the Belgium town of Borgloon, that almost becomes transparent, depending on the angle from which it is being viewed.

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Travelbox, take home with you when you’re away from home

Friday, 19 June, 2015

Travellers, or I’m thinking more like minimalists, will appreciate Travelbox, a trunk that includes a fold-out table, chair, and bed, plus a bicycle, to furnish their home, as designed by Stefan Juust, an Austrian architect.

At a little over two metres in length, by a bit more than one metre high, and weighing in at some sixty kilograms, it just might be a little too hefty to hit the road with though. The truck’s frame can also be used as a small wardrobe unit, and a bookcase.

As I say, ideal for the minimalists among us.

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The opening titles for this year’s Semi-Permanent conferences

Thursday, 11 June, 2015

For those who came in late, Semi-Permanent is a global design conference that takes its roots in Sydney, and was founded in 2003 by Andrew Johnstone of Design is Kinky, a design portal – that’s what it was referred to back in the day – that he launched in 1998.

But check out the opening titles for this year’s series of conferences. Stellar, no pun intended, or what? I think the Semi-Permanent crew will have a tough job topping that next year.

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