I’ve fallen in love with the illustration of Tokyo based Ryo Takemasa.
London based StudioSmall are firm believers of less is more, and it shows in their slick new site — featuring beautifully clean work for Dunhill, Fred Perry, Londonewcastle, Modus and Margaret Howell, who they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary with.
StudioSmall. Because you don’t have to be big to be clever.
As most leagues across Europe are moving into the business end of the season, Rick Banks (Bolton) and Dan Greene (Arsenal) have launched their new blog The Modern Game, which aims to celebrate feats of creativity that make the game beautiful.
Many readers will already be familiar with Rick’s passion for the sport, following the hugely successful release of his book Football Type, which celebrated typography in football, and by all accounts Dan – Design director Wolff Olins – is an equally ardent fan.
The blog is already packed full of football and design related loveliness, throw in rumours of some exciting new partnerships in the works and it’s a must visit for fans off football and design. To show your support, visit The Modern Game and follow them on Twitter.
Estudio Yeye is a graphic design studio based in Chihuahua, México. In this interview, founder Orlando Portillo talks about the studio, their background and philosophy.
1. First of all, can you tell us about the studio and the team behind Yeye?
Yeye is a small design studio located in the city of Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. The team is made up by designers of different disciplines. Our first intention was just to offer graphic design services, but we have had the opportunity to go further.
Find the lost sloth in Animade’s fun little game of hide & seek. Scan your cursor across the facade to find out where our hairy friend is hiding – and what on earth she’s up to. You might just spot some familiar characters lurking inside too.
Jamie Clarke is a designer and illustrator of type & lettering, having retrained in type design after a successful stint as Creative Director of his own digital agency. You can see more of his work on his site, or keep up to date with what he finds interesting on the Type Worship blog which he co-edits alongside Elliot Jay Stocks, and follow him on twitter.
Are you a freelancer in London? Or are you an agency looking for a freelancer in London? If the answer is ‘yes’ to either of these questions then have a look at this.
The Roster is a private network connecting top agencies directly to the best freelancers in London.
Founded by designers, The Roster allows agencies to search and review freelancers based on the type of project they’re working on and contact them directly without paying a commission on bookings. Freelancers have their own profile page and can decide which type of searches they show up in, based on the types of projects they are interested in working on.
The network is primarily based on recommendations and began as a group of freelancers who would often work together and refer one another, but they do also consider direct applicants.
They’re still quite new, but they’ve been getting some good feedback and they already have a nice mix of agencies using the site; from some of the most awarded independent studios to the biggest global branding agencies.
In Pieces is a interactive exhibition of 30 of the world’s most unique but unfortunately endangered species.
To communicate the fragmented survival of these species, designer Bryan James illustrated all 30 species from 30 morphing shards. Each animal is represented by one numbered ‘piece’, the set uniting together to form each other to highlight their common struggle and explaining in detail what threatens their existence.
Bryan has made some nifty use of CSS using the clip-path polygon property, relying on no WebGL or other external tech. The circular species navigation is also a very nice touch.
How time files. It’s been almost three years since we last featured the stunning work of illustrator and typographer Steven Bonner. In that time the Scottish designer left his native Stirling and headed to San Francisco, working for renowned agencies Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Stranger and Stranger.
After a year spent across the pond working with clients such as the NBA, Ebay and creating the ‘Talk, Read, Sing’ campaign for Bay Area Council, Steven has been tempted back to Scotland by D8, where – starting today – he’s taken up the role of Design Director for the Glasgow agency.
We’re sure Steven will be a big success at D8 and look forward to seeing the work he produces during this next stage of his career.
Ever wondered what sort of music your favourite studios listen to while working? Yes? Us too! So we thought we’d start a new monthly(ish) feature series ingeniously called “Studio Playlists” which does just that — giving us a quick eves-dropping of various studios’ working-music.
That’s my morning’s music sorted! Thanks MB x
As if we needed any excuses to revisit the iconic work of Vince Frost, but the the new responsive website is a treat!
The new Fuzzco site has been open in my tabs for a while. Always a good test for a site to be featured on FFF. Some standout projects for me are the Mailchimp Playing cards set and the Candlefish identity. Make sure you try out their Self Assembler!
Laurence King have reissued of compact version of Michael Evamy’s ‘Logo: The Reference Guide to Symbols and Logotypes‘. The smaller logo collection (7¾ x 6″) still packs 352 pages filled with 1300 symbols & logotypes from around the globe.
“The next time you are tempted to design a logo, take a look at this book. Chances are, it has already been done. By raising the bar, this wonderful resource will make better designers of all of us.” – Michael Bierut
Together with Laurence King with are giving away 5 copies of this complete guide to the history, development and style of identity design, signed by the author Michael Evamy. All you have to do is take a photo of your favourite logo, tell us why you love it and tag it on Twitter or Instagram with #FFFLogo. Easy!
We’ll select the winners by next Monday 9th March. So get snapping and good luck!
Anyone else sick of spending countless hours comping your designs “in situ” for client presentations and portfolio purposes? Thought so. We chatted to Unsigned Integer* about Scenery, a Mac app that showcases your designs with premium mockup templates, no Photoshop required!
Scenery was developed because of a personal need,
“We always wanted a fast mockup tool with quality photography in our lives, but none of the existing ones did the job for us. So we made our own.”
Back by popular demand, the lovely people at MultiAdaptor are rounding up some of the best designers and illustrators in the industry to create 100 logos for the public and raise money for Comic Relief.
“At Red Logo Associates we change lives. Literally. This February will see the greatest design team ever assembled creating logos for the great (celebrities) and the good (you). Submit a brief, donate to Comic Relief and see your own logo exhibited alongside living breathing icons at The Proud Archivist, London on Red Nose Day 2015.”
The event will be elevated with an additional 30 celebrity logos (published on the website throughout February) to celebrate the 30 year landmark of the iconic fundraiser. The idea is based around a fictional, hyper-egotistical Mad Men inspired agency called Red Logo Associates. ‘Clients’ submit a creative brief and donation online in return for a single logo that represents “their very essence” to help them succeed in life. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, but also surprisingly in-tune with the self-branding obsession in social media today.