At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.
And then you realize, if you tried that, you've ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it's impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet...
Unless, of course, you know what you're doing.
Valentine's Day is a curious holiday. On the one hand, you don't wanna fall into feeling obligated to go for lots of red and lace and candy and baby's breath (unless your partner says you should feel obligated, in which case you most certainly should), but you don't wanna just ignore the holiday altogether. So this year, send something thats full of stuff that you're into...like good design.
Pop Chart Labs unveils their latest project, the Constitutions of Classic Cocktails, exploring the relationships and makeups of proven successful mixed drinks. The beautiful arrangement and layout draws colorful connections between spirits, glassware, mixers, and garnishes.
Artist, designer, and educator Tom Davies loves to play with letters - often evoking self-refrencing typographic terminology and history to create humorous, beautifully designed posters.
British designer and artist Stephen Wildish has created these great and challenging movie alphabets, organized by decade. You'll certainly recognize some, but the task is surprisingly hard.
How many can you guess?
"Swissted" is NY-based designer's Mike Joyce ode to two of his most beloved passions: punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements, he notes, "that have absolutely nothing to do with one another."
Mike redesigned vintage flyers from actual punk rock, hardco
re, and indie rock concerts
Even though the winter weather might make two-wheels the last place you want to be, bicycles are, without a doubt, a win-win-win-win-win situation. They're healthier for the rider, healthier for the environment, cost less to own and operate than cars, and most importantly, they're fun to ride.
Fast Co. has created an excellent infographic exploring how riding bicycles can address some of the biggest problems in the US - economic struggles, health care, obesity,
The College for Creative Studies has released this amazing series of ads that show parents the dangers of letting your kids experiment with art.
All politics aside, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies are the epitome of "guy flicks". And what Arnold movie doesn't come with a handful of classic one-liners? Kyle Kargov took some of the best quotes and spiced them up with some whimsical typography.
The Art Directors Club recently released this humorous and true campaign that encourages creative types around the world to "Keep fighting the good fight" despite obstacles to creating great work.
French artist and illustrator Grégoire Guillemin created these incredible "retro modern" superhero posters, taking clear influence from Bauhaus and Art Deco movements and 1930s advertising. He says, "As the name suggests, this is an "exercise in style" or rather a confrontation between two cultures: a personal culture forged during my childhood through comics books (among others things) and a professional culture nourished with the beginning of advertising."
Whenever I'm aiming tocreate an illustration or a graphic, I go straight to Adobe Illustrator. It is, hands down, my favorite program to design in. The only problem with Illustrator, however, is that the vector graphics you create sometimes look too clean and flat. Personally, I like a little bit of texture in my designs. Computers are great, but there's no reason no to mimic the amazing feel and appeal of paper or fabric.
So today I'll be showing you some basic tips on how to add textures to vector graphics or text using Photoshop. The thing about Photoshop, as you may know, is that there are 100 different ways to achieve the same effect. Some people may use completely different techniques to create textures, and that's just fine. My process isn't necessarily the best, but it's what I like to do.
Fast Company recently published an excerpt from Simon Garfield's Just My Type on the eight worst fonts in the world. The piece is notable not only for the actual list, but its very interesting research, and pretty hilarious commentary, such as this concerning Souvenir,
Pop Chart Labs, the great design firm/culture scholars that brought us The Many Varieties of Beer and The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools, have released their latest intensely researched poster - The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters.
Every summer, Michael Bay makes a new incredibly expensive movie, full of fire and always terribly reviewed. And yet, the studios still let the guy keep making them, 'cause apparently folks still go see 'em, and their, despite their $200,000,000 budgets (yes, that's two hundred million dollars), they still make money. Lots of money.
And, interestingly enough, it seems that their profit continues to be related to, well, how many explosions there are.