The Bauhaus Style

BAUHAUS celebrating 90th anniversary - "Kreisrot" is an architectural projection at Bauhaus Prellerhaus-facade in Dessau, Germany. It was performed on the 5th of september 2009 in context with the "12th Farbfest Rot". By Urbanscreen http://www.urbanscreen.com/usc/323 

"Ninety years ago, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in Weimar. It existed for only 14 years, but it became the most important school of modernity. With Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Marcks, Adolf Meyer, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Hinnerk Scheper, Oskar Schlemmer, Joost Schmidt, Lothar Schreyer and Gunta Stölzl, a faculty with an international reputation worked under the direction of Walter Gropius (1919-1928), Hannes Meyer (1928-1930) and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1930-1933) at the Bauhaus.  The Bauhaus is Germany’s most successful contribution to international art and culture of modernity in the early 20th century. More than 75 years after it was closed in Berlin, the reputation of this inter-disciplinary school for architecture, design, visual and performing arts that moved to Dessau in 1925 continues to be as internationally significant as ever. The vibrancy and impact of the Bauhaus during its existence and after its dissolution in 1933 demonstrate that although the Bauhaus, as a laboratory and workshop of modernity, was destroyed by a deliberate political act, it was exactly that circumstance that enabled it to unfurl its global influence – history’s irony." http://facesofdesign.com/event/bauhaus-conceptual-model

Good F***ing Design Advice

Good Fucking Design Advice
I laughed out loud almost every time - http://www.goodfuckingdesignadvice.com/

"Good Fucking Design Advice aims to serve the needs of the greater design community for the common good.  Whether you’re a student unable to receive a timely response from a professor, a designer eagerly awaiting feedback from a vacationing art director, or a sheltered freelancer lonely toiling away in her studio apartment, Good Fucking Design Advice will provide you with immediate unbiased assistance 24/7."

Eno's 'Oblique Strategy' cards
While we're on the subject of design advice I've always found Brian Eno's 'Oblique Strategy' cards rather good, they also have less swear words in them! Created with artist Peter Schmidt, Eno's deck of creative suggestions has been inspiring mind blocks since 1975.

Online versions here: http://stoney.sb.org/eno/oblique.html and here http://www.joshharrison.net/oblique-strategies/
More info here: http://www.rtqe.net/ObliqueStrategies/ and buy them for the Eno store here: http://www.enoshop.co.uk/
Image from this article, where the author tells how you can use the cards to get you out of a culinary rut http://www.gourmet.com/food/2009/06/brian-eno-oblique-strategies-recipes

Also see my post on Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, another great inspiration - Top of the 'Incomplete Manifesto' Pops | Bruce Mau http://kathykavan.com/top-of-the-incomplete-manifesto-pops-bruce-ma

Vintage SwissAir Posters

I love retro travel posters, will keep on adding as I find - also see my post on Pan-Am's collection here: http://kathykavan.posterous.com/pan-ams-flight-cool-a-vintage-brand-archive-p

Update: A friend just pointed out the North American image's portentous connection (5th image in) - oops...

Ref: http://www.internationalposter.com | http://www.posterteam.com/| http://everywheremag.com/ | http://www.gal-123.com/en/catalog.html?go=1&ar=0&top=48&c=1&kw=&cy=0&pr=&ref= | http://grainedit.com/tag/swissair/ | http://www.travelpostersonline.com/switzerland-travel-posters-36-c.asp | http://www.burningsettlerscabin.com/?tag=swissair | http://designersgotoheaven.com/post/734184491/siegfried-odermatt-swissair-198... | http://www.amazon.com/Georg-Gerster-Swissair-Posters/dp/3829602294/ref=sr_1_2...

PAC-MAN: Original development sketches

Toru Iwatani http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tōru_Iwatani   shows original PAC-MAN sketches whilst on a bus near the Netherlands Festival of Games - http://www.festivalofgames.nl/site/

Via @Rich_Oglesby and @GammaCounter from original articles here: http://control-online.nl/gamesindustrie/2010/06/22/iwatani-toont-gamesgeschie... and here: http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post/729023756/original-sketches-made-d...

Swatch MTV Playground Competition

"Use a classic Swatch as a canvas for your creativity. Our online design tool will help you bring to life your very own Swatch-shaped masterpiece." It's a pretty good design tool to use, & fun to do if (like me) you've ever wondered what it would be like to design a Swatch watch...info: http://www.swatchmtvplayground.com/tv/competition

Behance Submission Gallery: http://www.behance.net/Competitions/Swatch-MTV-Creative-Competition/1244577  -  My Entry (on Behance): http://www.behance.net/gallery/Squares-Swatch-MTV-Playground/537654

Dollar ReDe$ign Project

 

Dollar ReDe$ign Project blog - http://richardsmith.posterous.com/

A really interesting open project to rebrand the US Dollar, organised by Richard Smith ( http://www.thinkcreatebelieve.com/about-approach.htm ) -"The Dollar ReDe$ign Project hopes to bring about change for everyone. We want to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy." 

I didn't realise how much of a preconceived idea about the design of money I had in my head until I saw this project. So many questions dart through my mind on looking at the various designs, some so sub-conscious that I almost disregard most designs on first glance. Currency design is more than just do I like how it looks, it has to answer questions like...
> Is it secure?
> Do I trust it?
> Does it give the right gravitas to that country?
> What does that country want to tell me through it's currency design?
> How progressive does the country appear through the design of it's currency?
> Can I read the note quickly?
> Does the valuation of notes get confused?
> Is it effectively colour coded?   
> Does the imagery resonate with me or teach me anything of importance about that country?
> Is the design of money important anymore with the advent of global currencies such as PayPal?

A lot of these designs would never work for real, but it's fun to see how people approach this most difficult of design projects.

Links:
Dollar ReDe$ign Project Flickr -
One Hundred Dollars - great article about designing bank notes by http://ministryoftype.co.uk/words/article/one_hundred_dollars/

Eclectic 'Effenaar' venue branding

 

Really love the eclectic branding of the Effenaar Venue in Eindhoven by Dutch agency Fabrique (designers now at JongeMeesters). They've created a slice of controlled chaos that's really fresh with a heads up to the 80's. The edgy graphic compositions and bold typographic assortments allow every performance's promotional matter to feel individual but part of something bigger. Really fun, perfect for a young crowd and I bet the designers had a riot doing the designs.