Archive for the ‘design’ Category

“Perfect Slice of Summer”

image via TheDieline.com

image via TheDieline.com

These are amazing. I love that the team has taken a new approach to the standard square/rectangle tissue box. (Though I suppose the shape may limited shelf space, a worthwhile trade-off in my opinion.) The illustrations are delicious, and immediately convey “summer.”

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Uncommon Knowledge

Design Combinations

via Ace Jet 170: Uncommon Knowledge in reference to James Webb-Young’s great book, A Technique for Producing Ideas

About as great a definition as I can imagine. (via Heed to Design weblog)

Pop-up Business Cards

I love the way these business cards put a face to a name. The pop-up feature is just icing. There is still something so vital and interesting about a printed card. (via swissmiss)

Design Critique

First, and most important, can we do something to make the logo BIGGER and more prominent? I’ve done a quick sketch using the circumference of my coffee cup as a reference guide (attached) and I’m sure you’ll see the the new eagle is much easier to see at about three times the current size (I’m not sure what that is in computer picas). Everyone agrees that the new eagle logo my daughter drew is GORGEOUS, so I really want those feathers to stand out over the “Stool” info scrolling through the eagle’s mouth (beak? bill? not important).

BUT, on that same subject, Sandra, what can you do to really make the new design “POP”? I want it to really POP off the page. People get many letters every year, and I want ours to be the ones that never get thrown away — just because the POP is literally almost audible. Even in a desk drawer. I want our letters on bulletins boards because of all the POP.

Just a selection from a(n) hysterical Merlin Mann post.

Boy, I’m sure glad that this kind of memo would never happen in real life. {sigh}

Redux Rant

This was originally posted on my Tumblr site, on second thought it seems more appropriate for this weblog:

Andy Rutledge is a talented and insightful designer and opinionated critic. I consistently enjoy his work at the Design View weblog, particularly the long-running “Redux” series ( where Andy provides a step-by-step analysis of a well-known website as well as his version of a redesigned user experience).

Sadly, his latest redux leaves much to be desired. Andy turns his attention to the US government’s information portal USA.gov which he describes as “poorly designed and often confusing.” Unlike his previous redux articles, Andy brings his political views to bear on this redesign.

It’s unfortunate that Andy decided to politicize this site design. It’s also surprising, given that Andy called out popular design blog Design Observer for using their site to further a political agenda.

Andy could have provided a serious look at usa.gov (a site in desparate need of attention) instead he went for a cheap shot at the Democratic presidential candidate.