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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Steven M. Johnson’s Bizarre Invention #204: New Baseball Field Designs

Steven Johnson Sideline business as cartoonist specializing in quirky invention ideas since 1966. Author of 7 books: What the World Needs Now; Public Therapy Buses (two editions); Have Fun Inventing; Patent Depending: Vehicles;Patent Depending: Armbrella; Patent Depending: The Early Years; and Patent Depending: A Collection. Source: Steven M. Johnson's Bizarre Invention #204: New Baseball Field … Continue reading Steven M. Johnson’s Bizarre Invention #204: New Baseball Field Designs

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Material Design Bootstrap 4 UI Kit

This is a bootstrap 4 UI kit and website template inspired by Google's material design. It is best suited for a business, agency, corporate, startup and portfolio websites. It is also easy to customize and comes with Sass files and organized code which makes it developer friendly. Source: Material Design Bootstrap 4 UI Kit

Branding Design ? What You Need to Know Before Creating a Brand Identity

What is a brand identity? How do you create one? Why is it important? These are some topics we will be exploring in this article. Let us begin by finding out what a brand identity system is and how branding design can be used to influence and shape the perception of a user. Brand identity … Continue reading Branding Design ? What You Need to Know Before Creating a Brand Identity

Cute and Colorful Characters by Jigé

Julien Gaquère, alias Jigé , is a self-taught artist who works at the Jouret workshop in Roubaix. His drawings in multiple shapes and colors are sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, where characters and strange animals intertwine. Source: Cute and Colorful Characters by Jigé

Why herringbone is hot in home design | The News

It’s a pattern that dates back to the Roman Empire and Ancient Egypt. Yet it never seems to go out of style. We’re talking about herringbone — a design aesthetic that the experts say is trending higher lately in home design and which can instantly add an upscale look and chic to your interiors. Source: … Continue reading Why herringbone is hot in home design | The News

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.

Bezier curve the maths of the “Pen Tool”

The Bezier Curve is the mathematics behind the "Pen Tool" a graphic designer's primary drawing tool. A Bezier Curve is a curved line in which its shape is defined by a mathematical equation.  They are used in vector applications such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as well as InDesign and Quark Express. It consists of two anchor points and levers that control the angle at which the curves leaves the end points.  Without Bezier curves it would be almost impossible to produce the multitude of unique and beautiful designs.

Melancholic Illustrations That Show Complex Human Emotions by Virginia Mori

Melancholic Illustrations That Show Complex Human Emotions by Virginia Mori (freeyork)

Illustrations by Fazila Synowska 595 Views Using simple line drawings and pared down graphics, Virginia Mori captures complex human emotions. Although many of Mori's illustrations lean toward the melancholy with themes of isolation and anxiety, moments of levity and escapism are available, especially in her works that feature books.

Isol on Experimental Picture Books, Visual Literacy and The Infinitely Yielding Picture

Isol on Experimental Picture Books, Visual Literacy and The Infinitely Yielding Picture (printmag.com)

From where does visual literacy first spring? Picture books. A child splayed comfortably on a parent's lap, is exquisitely attuned to "reading" every element of design: typography, line, shape, colour. Heard aloud, the spare text of a picture book hangs over the scene, casting it in amber.

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Bailey Street Design visual design excellence

Visual design is at work everywhere around us.  It gives shapes and form to the books we read, the posters we see and the road signs that we pass on the streets.

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Visual design tip – line containers used to highlight and contain text

I maintain a digital visual diary in which most days I try to spend some time looking a visual design technique used in all types of medium.  I have a subscription to Press Reader which allows me to access hundreds of magazines from around the world.  Any design elements that I like I take screenshots and snippets from magazines or websites that I visit.