I’ve always enjoyed looking at cutaway drawings and plans, as they offer an insight into objects such as buildings, ships, cars, and aircraft, that otherwise may go unseen. If cutaways are your thing as well, here’s a collection put together by Tony Dilworth.
The current flag of the United States of America, that features fifty stars, one for each member state of the union, flew for the first time on Independence Day, 4 July 1960. During the 1950s however, much thought had been given to how the flag should look once Alaska and Hawaii became fully fledged states, which they did in 1959.
This prompted US citizens to send their – often unsolicited – design ideas to the President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Of the three thousand submissions, one by then high school student Robert G. Heft, was chosen. And the rest is history, as they say. But now, a selection of ideas that were rejected, have been published in a book, Old Glory.
There were certainly some interesting proposals put forward, that’s for sure.
London based illustrator and graphic designer Rocco Dipoppa certainly knows how to make an impression on clients, he presents them with a vinyl record, one that plays, that comes in a hexagonal shaped sleeve.
It’s just one part of his adept identity branding, that also includes business cards, letterhead, and project agreement forms.
I don’t read books, I only look at the design of their covers. That’s not quite correct, but sometimes it can be hard to go passed a good book cover. Anyway, here’s a selection of book covers from titles that have been published in the last month or so.
It seems to me that wedding cake design is timeless, or wedding cake design of the last one hundred years, anyway. None of the styles seen here could be said to be inextricably bound to a particular time period, or would look otherwise out of place, whatever the year was. Except perhaps the 1986 and 2016 designs.
Mind bending is probably the best way to describe the work of Honolulu-based graphic designer and photographer, Pete Ulatan, who takes photos of well known cities and locations, and folds the images over at ninety degree angles.
Think of the scene in Paris, from the film Inception, and you’ll be with me. If you don’t mind your perceptions of reality being teased, you can see more of Ulatan’s work on his Instagram page.
One day, perhaps in the not too distant future, we may be able to control our smartphones remotely, by way of a temporary tattoo that acts as a touchpad. I could think of other devices that I’d rather control in this fashion, since I almost feel as if my smartphone is attached to me anyway, but the concept has promise.
A good tattoo artist could probably devise some more personalised designs, giving the idea further appeal. If nothing else, the notion beats chip-implants, or brain caps. More information about the technology that makes these touchpad tattoos work, can be found here.