Great typography work by Belgian designer Rizon Parein.
the facility pays homage to traditional concepts of islamic architecture with courtyards, arcades, and gardens.
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There’s been a time or two that blowup furniture has hit the market with a bang but for the most part, you were hovering so close to the ground while you were sitting that it was impossible to get up. Now there’s Anda, a chair that takes inflatable furniture to the next level by actually being something you and your guests would want to sit on. Designed by Tehila Guy, Anda was inspired by the idea of flat-packed furniture and its convenience but looking at it in a whole new way.
Instead of using the same material and assembly methods, this armchair goes out on a limb by using an inflatable seat and round, wooden rods for the base. To reduce the amount of space in the shipping package, Guy decided against traditional upholstery and went with transparent plastic for the seat. The clear material lets the wooden part show through in the design.
Despite the chairs unusual choice of materials, the design’s goal was to create a comfortable place to sit that actually looked good.
Typography is all about delivering art and information in a beautiful medium. Designing typographic posters is no easy task, and arranging and modifying each individual component is a skilled task. Not only that, special care has to be taken when it comes to the legibility and aesthetics of the fonts being used in the poster, choosing type that works well together, and conveys the right impression.
To pay our tribute to all the experienced typographic artists in today’s post, as well as inspire you to try your own hand at this type of art, we have come up with a grand compilation of a hundred typographic posters from around the web. Read on to browse through some delightful inspiration, and beautiful art.
A team from Copenhagenize Design Company recently returned from Bangkok where we had the pleasure of working on an exciting project. It is fantastic to be surprised. Thailand’s second largest bank, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), have constructed a 23.5 km long cycle track around Bangkok International Airport – Suvarnabhumi. The beginning of one of the most impressive CSR projects we’ve ever seen and we are excited to be a part of it. It’s not every day projects on this scale see the light of day and we had a fantastic site visit with our partners from SCB, King Power and Superjeew Event.
Copenhagenize Design Company have been hired to take the basic idea and simply make it World-Class. It’s a brilliant combination of placemaking, infrastructure, planning and communication for a destination for cyclists and Citizen Cyclists alike. Basically developing what could be one of the most interesting bicycle destinations in the world.
Bascially, SCB, together with Airports of Thailand (AOT) who own the land, took an access road along the perimeter of the airport and resurfaced it in a bright, green colour – 4 m wide – to create a one-way cycle track for recreational/sport cycling. The road is inside the airport’s moat designed for flood protection and outside of the fence leading to the runways and airport’s operational area.
At the moment, the airport cycle track is in a basic form. The cycle track loops around the airport but there are no facilities. It is open from 06:00-18:00 each day. On the Sunday morning that we visited for our site visit, we arrived at 07:30. The security team at the entrance informed us that 6000 people had already entered the track. Six thousand! An astonishing number. On average, there are 3000 people a day on a weekday using it – primarily in the morning and afternoon before and after work but also because the temperature is cooler.
Riding along the 23.5 km length, we never really felt that it was crowded with 6000 cyclists. They all spread out nicely along the track, what with differing speeds.
There was a great variety of cyclists on the track. The vast majority were kitted out in cyclist clothes and riding racing bikes in a wide spectrum of skill levels. There were groups of riders muscling past at speed and there were couples, friends and individuals enjoying some exercise.
There were a few kids out on the track, too. Copenhagenize rocked the track on three Bromptons provided by our hosts.
At this stage, Copenhagenize Design Company is in the midst of the consultation process so we’ll have to wait with writing about our catalogue of ideas for how to take this fantastic facility and make it truly world-class.
Until then we are amazed that it even exists.
Bangkok is not exactly known for being a bicycle-friendly city. While Copenhagenize Design Company primarily works with cities on transport infrastructure, this project is too amazing to resist for us. We are convinced that making it into a world-class destination will have a powerful knock-on effect for improving conditions for cyclists in the city itself, where bicycle advocates are fighting an inspired fight.
Like getting this separated bicycle facility put into place on one street in Bangkok.
The airport cycle track may be a roundabout way of doing it, but the local advocates are doing great work so it will all go hand in hand. The Prime Minister of Thailand helped us all out by announcing, on the day before we arrived in Thailand, that he wants Thai cities to focus on bicycles as transport in Thai cities. So thanks, Mr Prayuth Chan-ocha, for that.
Michael Russem is a Cambridge, MA-based publisher and designer of books and more who runs Kat Ran Press. Over the past few years he has been publishing festschrifts devoted to designer-designed postage stamps and currency. The most recent is Why Stamps? by Ivan Chermayeff, in which postage and letters are part and parcel of his abstract collages. I asked Michael to tells us about the interest in these perforated little graphic gems.
The Chermayeff addition to your Philatelic series is Why Stamps? It begs the question, why are you so stuck on stamps?
I’m actually not the least bit interested in stamps. These things only interest me as overlooked examples of work by type designers and notable graphic designers. We tend to study and obsess over the work of many of these designers, and postage stamps exist in this unsexy area of design that’s been largely ignored by the design community. Imagine Bob Dylan wrote a jingle for a used car dealer in Hibbing, MN: We’d want to hear that just to know how he tackled the seemingly insignificant form—and to wonder why he thought it worthy of his time. Stamps only interest me in that they help me to understand the larger stories of these designers. If I’d found that type designers were designing thousands of cereal boxes that nobody knew about, I would have started collecting those instead. Fortunately, I’ve not found that to be the case.
How did this book come about?
When I published Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists, I sent copies to the living Medalists featured in the book. Not long after, Ivan sent a letter of thanks. He wrote that he’d been making collages with stamps for 50 years and asked if I’d like to publish a book about them. The end. It couldn’t have been easier—and I could not be more grateful to Ivan for taking an interest and a chance on me. Now, I had a few books about Ivan’s collages already, but I had no memory of stamps and mail playing such a prominent role in them—and I’m obviously someone who’s more aware of stamps than most. It struck me that the whole is greater than the parts in Ivan’s work—and that’s not an easy thing to pull off in collage. And this begged the question, Why stamps?
What is your plan for the series into the future?
I’m always surprised that designers have written passionately and eloquently about stamps and mail. Of all the things going on in the world, it amazes me that they care. So, that’s one thing I want these books to point out: These designers cared about something so small—and no matter what they’ve written, it’s always related to larger design principles.
I’ve had stamp-related essays by Piet Zwart and Gerrit Noordzij translated into English. Leonard Baskin (a voracious philatelist) and Antonio Frasconi both wrote funny and angry observations about stamps. The very next book, though, is a new edition of Towards a Reform of the Paper Currency by Dwiggins with an introduction by Bruce Kennett. It’s a funny and lively little rant with lots of good design ideas—not just for the improvement of the design of money, but for the design of anything.
Have you identified a loyal following?
Sure. Lots of type and design obsessives, of course. And this loyal following is often letting me know about designers or new stamps I might have missed. This really is a collection built by the village.
A few years ago I implemented a sponsorship program so people can sponsor pages with stamps by their favorite designers. This certainly hasn’t brought in anything significant, but it does help me to keep on top of things as I feel I have 45 small clients who want to see this progress and evolve.
Already there is the ability to customize and personalize postage. Do you see the “Istamp” as canceling out the official stamp?
Man, I wish it would. Think of how much real work I could get done if I wasn’t so distracted by this stuff!
Logo Design and Branding: Expert Guide
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Friday evening, September 19th. We are in Barcelona at the annual ATypI conference. The last session of the day is winding down – Building the perfect what?, an excellent panel discussion moderated by industry veteran and award-winning typeface developer David Berlow. For the past 45 minutes a cross section of type specialists have expounded on […]
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