cozy corner: coldplay’s jonny buckland home
My Toy Plane
Macau-based web designer and developer Varun Thota (@vnthota) has an Instagram feed of his series “My Toy Plane”. The imaginative photos show a hand guiding a toy airplane overhead in various locations.
Pantone, the worldwide color authority, invites you on a rich visual tour of 100 transformative years. From the Pale Gold (15-0927 TPX) and Almost Mauve (12-2103 TPX) of the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris to the Rust (18-1248 TPX) and Midnight Navy (19-4110 TPX) of the countdown to the Millennium, the 20th century brimmed with color. Longtime Pantone collaborators and color gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, d cor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE color palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues. This vibrant volume takes the social temperature of our recent history with the panache that is uniquely Pantone.
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Collection of hand-drawn lettering & typography designs made in 2013 and beginning of 2014 by Polish designer Mateusz Witczak.
Musically Inspired Album Covers de Simon C. Page.
I wish I knew how people came up with such amazing designs. These album covers are just patterns but they are incredible explosions of colour and balance and I just don’t know how people even come up with the concept! I love these, and I’m inspired by the creativity and simplicity and the colours. Instead of being so literal in my designing, I need to take time to explore being abstract and random and see what becomes of it.
Soviet Bus Stops
Some of these are just absolutely gorgeous, others are just weird, but they’re all amazing designs.
I really want to check out the full book!
So y’all don’t know this but I work at Bath & Body Works (yay for always smelling awesome). It’s tough sometimes working for companies who aren’t design agencies because, well, some designs suck. (Especially when it comes to hair and beauty stuff.) But I gotta say that I really am digging BBW’s design work (and it gets better every day).
One thing that’s great about BBW is their advertising. It’s always full of bright, punchy colours and they aren’t afraid to go crazy with diecuts or patterns.
Since our products are always changing, so are our designs. Before Christmas BBW changed their lotion formula and designed a new, more rectangular bottle to showcase.
Recently we changed our soap bottles and designs so naturally customers were annoyed. Personally, I like the new bottle shapes. There is more design consistency and the clear, simple designs lend you to the beautiful soap colours.
My favourite thing has to be the new scents coming in every couple months. I’m always excited to see how their marketed and how the bottles are designed. This past month we went to France with the new “Provence Countryside” where we marketed four new scents and a dozen new home fragrances. When I saw the French Lavender and Honey (pictured above) I actually picked it up and said “wow, this is beautiful!” The text within the banner encompasses France and the minimal flowers help make it beautiful. I also really love how they have a pink background that only spreads through 3/4 of the scrub’s bottle. It’s clever and stunning and made me pick it up instantly.
Maybe one day I can help design these pretty bottles but in the meantime I am going to gaze. Can’t wait to see what they do for the “World” Fragrances next month!
According to Shutterstock the biggest graphic design trends of 2014 are: flat design, filtered photography and authentic/candid photography. While I see the increase in Instagram and the filtered life I don’t know if I necessarily see these as the big “design” trends.
Undoubtedly flat design has become widely popular and I am guilty of it, too. While some people argue that flat design looks cheap, I’d have to say that I think it’s functional. It’s simple and effective, especially with little icons and whatnot; everything is to the point.
Following flat design I’d have to say is information graphics (or infographics if you prefer). I see them everywhere now which is fantastic! In a world where you have no time to slow down and read something fully an infographic can provide the needed information quickly and beautifully. Now that’s effective design!
Finally, I’d have to say that I think parallax web scrolling is becoming increasingly popular. While I admit that I had no idea what it was before last semester (thanks, blaird!), I have since seen them everywhere on the internet. Side parallax here, vertical parallax there. (It’s even on our Design Candy website!) I do like parallax in minimal quantities but now people are just going crazy with it!
What do you think the design trends of 2014 are? Do you like them? Why or why not?
At Loyalist College us second year graphic designers have been working hard to bring you our first exhibition: Design Candy. The concept was created by my classmate Travis (and he designed the beautiful poster as well).
We are going to be the first graduating class of our program at Loyalist College (yay us!) so we are still working out the kinks. However, I am so proud of my classmates and myself! Our designs are fabulous and they look great, too! Since we got to pick our favourite designs from the past two years, everyone’s looks a bit different, but it’s great because we have a wide range of designs to look at. From editorial branding, logo and identity designs, packaging, interactive and web designs and more, there’s something for everyone’s tastebuds!
Our exhibit is closed for this weekend but starts back up on the 21st! You can find us on facebook (where you can read Chelsea’s amazing puns), twitter and at our website for more information.
You can also read an article about the show here.