Best of Est 2018: Top Ten International Designers

Without further ado, we introduce our top ten international designers for the year, that starred on est and excelled in 2018. Great design graces our screen daily here at est – so you can imagine how hard it was to refine our top ten international designers for 2018. Source: Best of Est 2018: Top Ten … Continue reading Best of Est 2018: Top Ten International Designers

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11 life lessons from influential product designer Dieter Rams.

  Less, but better. An illustration of Dieter Rams Dieter Rams is one of the most influential designers alive today. He spent most of his career as head of design at Braun, where he worked for 40 years. His name has become synonymous with modern product design. Source: 11 life lessons from influential product designer … Continue reading 11 life lessons from influential product designer Dieter Rams.

Josef Albers and the modernist maestro’s musical influences

Painter, furniture designer, colour theorist, glassmaker, writer, educator: Josef Albers was a man for all seasons. More surprising still, he also had a knack for designing album covers. A new exhibition, ‘Sonic Albers’, opening at David Zwirner ’s 537 West 20th Street gallery sheds light on the artist’s lesser-known relationship to music and sonic phenomena … Continue reading Josef Albers and the modernist maestro’s musical influences

Saul Bass opening and closing titles.

Saul Bass Born May 8, 1920 Known for Graphic Design, title designer, film director Awards Academy Award, Best Documentary   When the Frank Sinatra film on drug addiction "The Man With The Golden Arm" opened, a Saul Bass poster dominated the cinema billboards. No words, only artwork- a jagged arm.  Saul Bass produced designs which were … Continue reading Saul Bass opening and closing titles.

4 Pieces of Advice from Design’s Wisest Educators

Through our ongoing Design + Education coverage this year, we had the privilege of talking to educators from around the world about some of the biggest issues facing design schools and continued education today. Teachers through and through, they usually couldn’t help but dole out some choice advice mid-interview. Source: 4 Pieces of Advice from … Continue reading 4 Pieces of Advice from Design’s Wisest Educators

The great influencers who shaped the designers of our time

  Christmas is a time for reflection, storytelling and gratitude. So this week, I spoke to five top designers about the industry figures that have inspired them the most; the designers’ designers, if you will. So, do read on to hear how the greats have influenced the greats in the unwaveringly supportive and appreciative design community. … Continue reading The great influencers who shaped the designers of our time

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Frida Kahlo – Symbolism and Metaphor

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist that lived most of her life and physical pain, yet she continued to paint until her death, her artwork records her suffering and experiences as a woman. She was born to a Mexican mother and a German father.

Where I Work: Thomas Lykke of OEO Studio

Thomas Lykke is a founding partner, creative director, and head of design at the multidisciplinary OEO Studio which launched in Copenhagen in 2003. His award-winning Danish firm, which also includes Lykke’s managing partner Anne-Marie Buemann, is best known for their branding, product design, architecture, and interiors projects, two of which have been featured on Design … Continue reading Where I Work: Thomas Lykke of OEO Studio

The Saul Bass Archive looks back on the trailblazer’s rare poster design

There are few graphic designers who are as influential as Saul Bass. A newly compiled collection of his work, the Saul Bass Archive, proves this in particular, consisting of a multitude of rarities from the designer’s personal collection; from original silkscreen posters to less well-known, non-film posters. Source: The Saul Bass Archive looks back on … Continue reading The Saul Bass Archive looks back on the trailblazer’s rare poster design

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Famous graphic designers whose work you should know

Do you know the famous graphic designers who contributed to the field of graphic design? Would you like to understand how the design world has shaped and evolved as well as the top designers who created these changes? By exploring the work of famous designers we can understand new trends. Source: Famous graphic designers whose … Continue reading Famous graphic designers whose work you should know

The most influential designer of the twentieth century is finally getting his due

Dieter Rams may not be a household name, but the appliances and devices he helped design during his time at Braun — blenders, radios, wall clocks, alarms, chairs and calculators — were ubiquitous across middle-class homes in the Western world. Source: The most influential designer of the twentieth century is finally getting his due

How I became a book cover designer: Chip Kidd

This interview with legendary designer Chip Kidd is annoyingly locked behind a google survey which is a drag - but its worth the 2 minutes of admin to learn more about Chip’s process, career highlights, favourite radio station and more! Source: How I became a book cover designer: Chip Kidd

The London Underground Map – Design Icon

The London Underground is the world’s oldest subway, most people know it colloquially as the Tube. An engineering marvel and just as almost as famous is the map. The Tube map is instantly recognisable all over the world. It is a simple and elegant diagram of the 400-kilometre subway network. It is considered by many as one of the great images of the 20th century.

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Walter Gropius is the history of modern architecture

  Walter Gropius was an architect born in Germany in the early twentieth century who contributed to the founding of the Bauhaus School. He lived in the United States after 1937 and taught at Harvard University, where he continued to defend the principles of Bauhaus, especially the use of functional materials and clean geometric designs. … Continue reading Walter Gropius is the history of modern architecture

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Faience Manufacturing Company – the heart of American ceramics

The Faience Manufacturing Company was an American manufacturing company that operated between 1880 - 1892 in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, New York. There is little evidence of the remains of the Company as it failed in 1892. It manufactured earthenware vases, jardiniéres, and baskets at first. British émigré, Edward Lycett was the artistic director … Continue reading Faience Manufacturing Company – the heart of American ceramics

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Coco Chanel: A Classic of the 20th Century

From gold buttons to comfortable tailored trousers and comfortable cardigan sweaters, there is no more significant influence on clothes than Coco Chanel. Born in Saumur, France in 1883 this outspoken independent woman remains the most influential fashion designer of the 20th century. She alone is responsible for the then revolutionary notion that women's clothes should … Continue reading Coco Chanel: A Classic of the 20th Century

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Womb chair – Eero Saarinen 1946

Its name expresses its purpose: "It was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never felt secure and comfortable since they have left the womb."

The brains and Braun of designer Dieter Rams

The way Dieter Rams tell it good design boils down to something as simple durability. Okay, not durability alone. A Well-designed piece is so self-explanatory that figuring out how to use it as simple as looking at it. And a design develops from the inside out because it involves not only aesthetics but also function. … Continue reading The brains and Braun of designer Dieter Rams

Lena Meyer-Bergner, design drawing, 1936. Via Galerie Ulrich…

Lena Meyer-Bergner, design drawing, 1936. Via Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Berlin Bergner (1906-1981) was one of the outstanding textile designers at the Bauhaus. After some years in the Soviet Union she married Hannes Meyer in 1937, who had been the second director of the design school, and went with him to Mexico to work there for ten … Continue reading Lena Meyer-Bergner, design drawing, 1936. Via Galerie Ulrich…

Behind the Scenes of RAMS, as Told by Director Gary Hustwit and Mark Adams of Vitsœ

If you work in design, study design, or even if industrial design is on your radar in any capacity, you are likely familiar with the work of Dieter Rams. Known for his time designing iconic products for Braun and later Vitsœ, Rams' 10 Principles of Design have garnered him a top spot on the list … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of RAMS, as Told by Director Gary Hustwit and Mark Adams of Vitsœ