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.

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Uncial Script – the need for speed

As typography developed the need for Unicial Script arose as the letters were always changed and improved, and it was necessary for a script to be written faster. Uncial Script The solution was an Uncial script that saw the first lower case (small letters) appear. The writing surface also improved, as the type designers of … Continue reading Uncial Script – the need for speed

Uppercase versus lowercase letters for branding

The letter case is a subtle change to a brand name, i.e. whether a brand name appears in all lowercase or uppercase letters. Research published in the Journal of Retailing suggests whether a designer chooses uppercase or lowercase letters significantly impacts a customers response to a brand. However, the impact that branding has depends upon … Continue reading Uppercase versus lowercase letters for branding

7 great articles about photography tips

  How to take better photos with your smartphone Mobile phone cameras are now capable of producing shots which even the most critical photographer will say are decent and well worth displaying in portfolios. Modern smartphones have had a major impact on the photography market as a lot are now capable of producing images just … Continue reading 7 great articles about photography tips

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, 1920

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

What is Brutalism?

The Oxford Dictionary describes Brutalism as a style of architecture characterised by a deliberate plainness that was popular in public buildings constructed in the 1950's through 1970's.  It has an austere style using materials such as undressed concrete and unconcealed service pipes.

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Advice – What type of furniture is best used for a narrow balcony or deck?

If you live in a small apartment have you considered what type of furniture is best used for a narrow patio or balcony? Think of it as a room - albeit outside - and think about what you would like to do in that room? Sometimes it is a simple as a comfortable chair and … Continue reading Advice – What type of furniture is best used for a narrow balcony or deck?

Jules Cheret – The Father of Modern Poster Art

Jules Cheret was a French painter and lithographer who became a master of Belle Époque poster art. He has been called the father of the modern poster.