Many books have been written based on blogs, but few actually receive my respect. Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design is the result of many writings by Michael Beirut at the outstanding blog Design Observer, with 272 pages discussing design with no pictures at all (only 79 different typefaces).
Michael made an interesting point on why to write (a book or a blog) :
“I’ve found that writing is a way to slow things down again, to question my own premises, to force myself to pay attention to things I might otherwise file away after the quick glance. (…) I discovered that putting the words on paper changes the claim those words make on your attention. Is it better? Is it worse? The answer may be different for every reader. As a designer, I am very grateful I’ve been given the opportunity to let you see for yourself.
Guillaume Reymond is a Swiss artist (working at NotSoNoisy) responsible for a series of animation movies that bring back the retro look of vintage video games.
Some of you have probably seen Space Invaders, so if you were fun of it you can find the latest short movie at the Game Over Project.
Link to Pole Position: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywqu_8RIDvU
I’ve read the book, but to find most of the content on Slideshare is really a sign of the times.
The Brand Gap is a essential reading for brand managers, designers and marketing professionals, where Martin Neumeier presents his unified theory of branding in a very compelling (and visual) way, bridging strategy and design perspectives.
This year we celebrate the most universal typeface ever, created by Max Miedinger in 1957. Initially developed in an attempt to replace Akzidenz Grotesk, it became the typeface of choice for many companies, and is widely used by any graphic designer (altough some of them don’t seem to be very fun of it).
From packaging to the new iPhone, it was renamed Helvetica in 1961, and since then it has been copied extensively, most notably by Arial, a cheap ripoff on Windows.
As i’m picking up my old drawing passion, i’ve found some brilliant people out there, sharing their love for illustration and drawing. The amount of dedication and work you see on some sites is amazing, and i’m not mentioning the major community sites like CGsociety or deviantart, but some smaller stars like Dani.
An illustrator working in the childrens market, besides her portfolio site, she has a blog with several inspiring videos on the art of drawing and illustration, available on YouTube, where we get to see a in-depth look into the magical world of an skilled artist.
In one more episode of shameless promotion i’m featuring the work of Carlos Quitério, a portuguese artist that just launched Fitacola.com (translated as tape glue), a site/blog with collages from him and his wife Graça.
His personal website is Kodap.com with great drawings, illustrations and other mixed media.
Being itself a former student from ESTGAD University, at Caldas da Rainha, he does regular collaborations with other portuguese artists (such as Adriana de Barros or MusaCollective), altough his work has a worlwide reach.
“sometimes a title sequence is able to capture the essence of whole film, and is in itself a short movie”.
This great resource features the work of great animators and motion designers. Maybe if the big studios weren’t so righteous about their copyrights we could watch the works of historics such as Kyle Cooper or Saul Bass.