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New York Public Library Images 180,000 Free for download

By Gareth Coxon, January 14, 2016

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A great resource has just opened up over at the New York Public Library. They have just digitised over 180,000 of their photos, illustrations, maps and you can download these for free to use as you may as most are no longer under copyright.

“Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain?
That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.

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3D Printed Inception Table

By Gareth Coxon, January 13, 2016

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From one of the more memorable dream scenes from Director Christoper Nolan’s film ‘Inception’ this table recreates the bending of a city block. Completely bonkers concept and fully realised via the medium of 3D printing. I wouldn’t like to be the one who has to dust or clean this but a fantastic piece all the same.

Inspired by the movie Inception by Christopher Nolan, Cyprus designer Stelios Mousarris is the author of the Wave Coffee Table : a wooden table that features an incurved skyline of buildings and skyscrapers upside-down. Designed thanks to the 3D printing technology, this object refers to the famous scene of […]

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“Designers are a nightmare to survey”

By Gareth Coxon, January 12, 2016

Graphic Designers Surveyed – the findings

Interesting book published on the findings of a survey into Graphic Designers and what it’s like to work in the design industry today.
Some of this made me smile, particularly this quote from the findings…

“Designers are a nightmare to survey. They frequently disregard instructions and give answers that can best be described, fittingly, as creative. Male designers tend to be both creative and grouchy. And almost everyone has a bone to pick with clients.”

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Best logo redesigns of 2015

By Gareth Coxon,

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As high-profile logo and identity design goes, 2015 was a mixed year. There were some big successes with a further increase in ‘flat’ and simplified  logos such like Google and Netflix leading the pack. The minimalist stripped down look is definitely here to stay with no doubt more appearing over the coming year. (more…)

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Historic fine art + corporate logo design mashup

By Gareth Coxon, January 11, 2016

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What happens when you mashup some of the classics of the fine art world and the well-known corporate logos of our time?
Some might say you’d have some of the fine art masters turning in their graves, others that the juxtaposition brings about some interesting outcomes. I’d say the latter, there’s some striking end results here, that make me wonder if classical art still influences contemporary designers, even if on an unconscious level.

Anyway, here’s the some of the outcomes…
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The Future of Stained Glass – Installation

By Gareth Coxon,

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Produced by SoftLab this futuristic stained-glass installation really lifted my spirits. An array of colours are used but unlike a traditional stationed glass window this is a fluid form and really gives a wow factor to the offices of Behance in New York.

 

Well-known for producing creative projects, interactive sculptures and installations to interactive designs to immersive digital video installations. his vibrant and creative installations, studio SOFTlab was asked to imagine an installation for Behance offices in New-York.  

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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow – Gumtree rebrand

By Gareth Coxon, January 10, 2016

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Initially on seeing this new identity and rebrand for Gumtree it felt very much like an Estate Agents or Forestry Commission. Upon looking through the application of the identity across over media and seeing it ‘grow’ so to speak it really does come into it’s own.

It feels both like it belongs online and also would translate very well in print. I’m not sure it fully reflects the ‘community feel’ it’s looking to but overall it a big success and I look forward to seeing it rolled out fully. (more…)

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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Logo Design

By Gareth Coxon,

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This work by Bond caught my eye over at logodesignlove a very simple but effective piece of design. Usually alot of detail in a logo design is a big ‘no no’ but here there are several versions the logo. The main one incorporates the names of those in the orchestra and another uses simple lines, such as in the business card design below.

“Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra wanted to reposition its brand in order to strengthen the brand image and overall experience. In a series of workshops the new positioning and identity was crystallised; the power and energy of the music is the orchestra’s driving force. The new visual identity brings alive Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s core, all 102 musicians, in both logo and photographic concept.”

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What typeface is best for me? Infographic

By Gareth Coxon, January 8, 2016

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A rather excellent infographic which offers a very simple basic guide to what the best ‘font’ or indeed typeface is depending on usage.

Looking at a very brief history of typefaces, difference between sans serif and serif as well as typefaces for the web and print.
Sponsored by Cartridge Discount, the infographic gives a decent overview to a complete novice. (more…)

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Logo Design Process – PIE WordPress Development

By Gareth Coxon,

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Back in 2015 we had the pleasure of working with PIE WordPress Development on a new logo and branding project. They were interested in a textured Americana look, inspired in part by Coen Brothers film ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?‘. Based on this and further discussion Dot Design looked at moodboards around that style of typography and overall look and feel. This helped establish a direction and style area to focus on.

PIE WordPress Development was born out of the original company Freelance Developer Neil Pie so it was decided we would retain the yellow from previous company identity (seen below). Reason being this was a distinctive colour for this sector and closely associated with the previous Neil Pie branding. Previous design can be seen below and the process for this logo design can be seen at this blog post here (more…)

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