Category Archives for Inspiration
Have you ever read a book, or saw a book cover and wanted to redesign it into something completely different? The below designers did just that with their favorite books. As soon as I am done with the quote project (in 24 weeks) I might re-design some covers as one of the few projects I have planned for next year. Check out the quick snapshots below, and make sure to visit the designer’s project pages for the fantastic closeups of each book.
Anna Kovecses, came up with a fantastic experimental identity for American Airlines. She covered all aspects of the redesign, from the logo to the boarding pass, the plane signage, website, iPhone app, and more! The redesign definitely gives the bankrupt airline a much-needed facelift. Thoughts?
The Daily Typographic Quote was created by Dimitris Kanellopoulos and Yiorgos Yiacos, as a week-long experimental project in which they created a typographic quotation poster (quoster) for every day of the week— incorporating that day’s name into each saying. Check out their awesome work below and visit their Behance pages for more great pieces.
As a young child, I was taught the inevitable cliché all parents teach their children—never judge a book by its cover. But as a graphic designer, that has proved to be one of the hardest things to do! I am also an avid reader, and I own the Kindle (first generation). As it is black and white and only shows the cover of a book for a nano second, I can get passed reading books with unappealing sleeves and lackluster type; however, that also means that I get to miss out on all of the fantastic covers that would usually draw me in, and make me pick up a book I might not have otherwise thought of perusing.
As Chip Kidd said in his recent TED talk (if you haven’t seen it—it’s a must), “Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness — a little bit of humanity.” I couldn’t agree more. So this weekend, I decided to take a trip to my local Barnes and Nobles (RIP Borders), and walked the aisles for a few hours in a state of nostalgia. Below are just twenty of the covers that I have been missing out on with my handy-dandy digital reader.…
Nick Misani, a recent graduate of the Pratt Institute, created this fun 5 Year Bucket List poster for one of his classes at Pratt—his first experimentation with hand lettering. For inspiration, he looked at old maps, which he explains used very ornate, typographic clusters for the name of the location they represented. When I asked Nick about which things he’s knocked off his bucket list, he says “I just got my MFA. I’m in the process of looking for number two, and I’m lucky enough to have number three pretty much covered!” Kudos :)
Check out the poster below, and go to Nick’s portfolio to see some of this other awesome pieces.
Brent Couchman created this amazing print, Good Work Takes Hard Work, as his contribution to Friends of Type (an awesome website that features new and original typographic design and lettering every day). As for his inspiration for the piece, Brent says that it’s “something I try to keep in mind when the solutions just don’t seem to be coming.” As we all know, not all ideas come easy!
Check out the print below, and purchase your own copy ($40) in his online store. Also, Brent just announced on Twitter that he is doing a special giveaway this week—if you purchase any print off his site, you are entered for a chance to win one copy of every item in his shop!
Inksurge, a design studio in the Philippines, created a series of 18″ x 24″ silk-screened typography posters as part of their design talk at the Ayala Museum. The posters contain their favorite quotes, which serve as their daily inspiration in the design process. Check out the awesome prints below, and check out the Inksurge Behance page to view the rest of their amazing work!
Evajuliet (Eva – a graphic designer, and Juliet – an antique tabletop letterpress) designed a series of inspirational vintage typography prints to brighten up your day and decor! The prints are available in a few sizes in the Evajuliet Etsy Store and are a fabulous reminder that everything is going to be alright and the best is yet to come :)
As I was browsing through Behance, I stumbled upon these motivational posters designed by Morgan Jones, and they instantly appealed to me! There is something totally calming yet compelling about them, so I decided to share :) I would love these to hang up in my cubicle!
The High Intelligence Office (HIO) is a mysterious agency that releases revelatory files for the good of humanity. These files consist of powerful statements and concise design on eco-friendly handmade printed t-shirts and posters. The office idea is tongue-in-cheek while the statements and products are real.
The HIO is in the process of raising funds to get the project lifted off the ground through Kickstarter, and although they’ve already reached their goal of $5000, you can still check out the efforts and get more details on their plan of action! Check out the posters below and hurry, pledging ends on June 23!
01 | EGO OFF
The ego is a ring of defense around nothing.
02 | DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK
You’ve been programmed. Wake up, we miss you.
03 | LIFE IS RELATIONSHIP
Connection is the fabric of life. Life is relationship.
04 | NOW
Time is in your head. You are always here & now.
05 | UNKNOWN
Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.
06 | WE ARE ONE
We just have the same feelings at different times.