I love these new ads for Faber-Castell which is one of the largest manufacturers of pens and pencils. What I like about these ads is the fact that they are so simple but yet so powerful. Simplicity is key when creating ads because you only have seconds to catch someones attention. Bravo to Serviceplan. I bet we will see these ads in the Advertising Communication Arts Annual.
Since the now fiancee proposed, I have been in full wedding planning mode and looking forward to designing a bunch of fun stuff for our wedding. This past weekend, I was looking for nice calligraphy fonts that won’t cost a fortune for my (or maybe I should say “our”) save the date envelopes. Enjoy!
I really wish I could draw. It comes so easily for some people and for others, well, it’s pretty much impossible. I’ve taken some drawing classes and I just need to admit that I wasn’t born with that part of my brain.
I saw this paintings from this Canadian-born artist called Ben Tour and they are amazing. I love the use of colors and the fact that there is a lot of white space. Enjoy more of his work here: http://www.thetourshow.com
A lot of people always ask me where do I look for inspiration. The simple answer to that question is that I mostly find it online. Every time I have a small break (which unfortunately is very rarely) I surf the internet for new work and see what other people are doing. I use this great social bookmarking service called delicious to organize all of the things I find that I like. That way, when I get an assignment, I can go and look at these sites for inspiration and thought starters.
Sometimes the sites that I go to depend on the kind of work that I am working on. I have some specific websites that I go for website inspiration, others for logo inspiration, print ad inspiration…you get the picture.
Today, I will show some of the sites that I use for site inspiration.
This holiday season, Samsung and Intel have joined forces to provide customers with a very unique treat: wrapping paper that showcases your tweets. When the promotion launched, they gave the first 3,000 people a free printed roll with free shipping. But, I just went to their site and it looks like they gave out the 3,000 rolls already (that was fast!). Thankfully, I ordered mine a couple of days ago :)
I think that this is a very smart promotion for the new BOOSTED — Samsung’s new RF510 laptop with Intel Core i5 processor. All the rolls are 19” x 76” and if you upload a picture of a present wrapped with this Tweet Wrap, you will be entered to win a new Samsung laptop. Totally doing it.
I really love when companies think of new ways to incorporate social media into their promotional campaigns. I have never seen this done before and I give them a big gold star for thinking of it. The site is also very well designed. It is very festive and current. I love the happy colors that they are using as well as the use of typography.
Minga (a creative studio in Argentina) created these series of hilarious promotional posters that are properly titled: WTF? What I love about these posters is that they kept them simple by using few colors and silhouettes. I also like the fact that they don’t need an explanation. You get exactly what they mean by looking at the situation and at the WTF? That is what I call a very successful design.
Don’t you think these will make great Tshirts or/and iPhone cases?
Now you can. I found this site (http://www.vanitybarcodes.com) a couple of months ago that will transform your barcode into a shape, animal, cracker, person… you name it! How cool is that? For us designers it just opens a whole world full of possibilities when it comes to designing the area where the barcode goes in.
I have a folder in my desktop called “Logos” where I save all of the cool and clever logos that I find when I am looking for inspiration. Every time I have to design a logo, I get very excited. They take way more time than people think, but it is so rewarding when you are done and the client falls in love with one of your designs.
Here are 15 logos that I think are very well designed. Enjoy!
In the name of Thanksgiving week, I want to showcase 4 of my favorite food blogs. Not only are they very nicely designed, their photography is amazing. Every time I go to one of these blogs, my mouth starts to water and I get hungry. It just makes you want to get into that kitchen and cook!
If you are a designer, you know the deal. You have to show your work in order to get an interview. The way you showcase your work could definitely make someone intrigued to see more or ticked off and loose interest. Here are some examples of portfolios that I think are beautiful and effective.
I’m one of those people that stares at packages longer than usual. Not because I am debating if I should purchase it, but because I am mesmerized by the design. Packaging is so important, especially if it is a luxury item. But lately I’ve noticed that even consumer package goods are looking better than ever. Companies are finally understanding that the way your product looks could mean that it will succeed or burn in flames.
Here are some great examples. Aren’t they brilliant?
Typography is one of those things that can make or break your design. The font could be amazing and very well design, but if you don’t know how to use it, you will end up with a poorly designed piece of work.
This week, this new font called Despeinada made it to my inbox through the MyFonts.com newsletter (I highly recommend you signing up for it if you like to keep up with the latest type trends). This font was designed by Argentinean-born Ricardo Rousselot and it was love at first site. The font name means “uncombed” in Spanish which pretty much represents the personality of this typeface. This typeface will give your designs an informality and upbeat feel.
To learn more about this font and to purchase it go here.
North Kingdom has done it again. They brought to live another amazing online board game for Disney called: The Great Piggy Bank Adventure. The goal of this game is for kids to have fun and at the same time learn about finance.
The attention to detail of this site is like no other. The worlds that they created feel so real and exciting. I bet kids are going to love this game. Check out the behind the scenes work here.
If you work in advertising, you must have seen or heard of another online board game called: “Get the Glass”. It is another great game that North Kingdom created with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for their Got Milk client. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out: www.gettheglass.com
I think that Frog Studios did an amazing job with the launch of the new Office for Mac 2011. The new icons for Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook are young and fresh. The design has many legs and I can see all the different kinds of animations that they could do thanks to the “ribbon” look.
The packaging is also very appealing. I’m one of those designers that likes open and airy designs. Less is sometimes better. I also like the yellow and the gray. It’s very contemporary.
The site is also very well designed. It looks like they followed the apple.com wireframe and design elements. If it works, why change it, right?