The artwork for Simon Jobling’s One Phat DJ August 2008 podcast: Colourful Crescendo. It’s a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop work misuse of filmgrain filters.
Bye bye liquid layouts!
Yes, I am predicting the death of liquid layout of web pages. Not all mind you, some web apps will still be liquid, but for the rest of the web: liquid is dead. This is a natural next step after declaring elastic layouts dead, so no surprises here.
Px vs Em: Is it still relevant?
You used to have to choose. Choose between an easy, but inflexible, px-based layout or a hard to control, but flexible, em-based layout.
Smoke, in pubs, restaurants & clubs is absolutely awful. However as a designer it may be necessary at times to recreate it. And lucky me, Joen of Noscope has just the way to do so in a very fun way!
There’s a bunch of mock-ups going around the web (inspired by “photos”) of wide iPod nanos. I don’t think that form factor is appealing, and I’m sure plenty people at Apple don’t think that too.
London 2012 branding
Respected designers Armin from Speak Up and Bryan from Coudal actually defend the London Olympic 2012 branding. They list a number of reasons, but they all boil down to one thing: The world hates it, but at least it’s original! Thing is, not only is the logo horrible and the branding just plain wrong for the games, it’s not even close to being original.
Here’s a fantastic cityscape by Craig Mullins. I love the mixture of Ancient Greek, “Gotham” and “Roaring Twenties” style. The mood, the angle (even if the perspective of the street is a little bit off), the superb lighting and details in the architecture really make this piece amazing to behold.
What’s mundane anyway? A tabletop can look like the following picture – mine does, although I always thought it to be mundane and normal. But with a camera in my hands I got a view of something quite extraordinary.
Noscope redesigned: Pangea launched!
Joen, my Danish friend who runs a journal and graphical instalment outlet, has just launched the new design of his site. (You heard it here first kids!) And what a design it is! As I said on Joen’s site itself:
Sobre negro by Mónica Calvo
Sobre Negro is a beautiful drawing by Mónica Calvo, (previously at Eendar on Blogspot) an illustrator from Madrid. It’s a beautiful piece, part of a series of “experiments on black”. You’ve just got to love the subtlety of her drawing. The colours, forms and composition really make her work overflow with emotion. It’s safe to say that I really like it.