MIT Media Lab Identity

A nice example of a flexible branding system and a video that clearly expresses this.

The new visual identity of the MIT Media Lab is inspired by the community it comprises: Highly creative people from all kinds of backgrounds come together, inspire each other and collaboratively develop a vision of the future.

What is graphic design

OK, time to remind myself about what I do!

What is graphic design … what a graphic designer does from Design Council on Vimeo.

Australian legend: Bruce Weatherhead

Australia has several legends of Graphic Design and we appear to be reaching that time when most are passing on to design heaven leaving us with the memories of their inspirational work. Bruce Weatherhead is one such designer who passed away at the beginning of this year. 2 months earlier he recorded this interview with AGDA.

See examples of Bruce’s work here

From AGDA’s website:

In November 2010 when he was interviewed for the Conversations with Designers short film series, Bruce Weatherhead said “Graphic design should be all about ideas and joy…it’s provided me with an absolutely beautiful life.”

Known as one of the fathers of modern Australian graphic design, Bruce’s fearless and idiosyncratic style helped define a new Australian visual language. Although he was recognised by the AGDA Spicers Paperpoint Hall of Fame in 2002, Bruce’s work has not been widely known in the internet age and few digital records have previously been available.

Bruce Weatherhead sadly passed away on 1.1.11. Although semi reclusive and unwell for some time, his passion for life and sharp intellect were undimmed to the end. We were fortunate to have captured some of his thoughts about design on film.

Vintage US ABC logo

Vintage ABC Television Logo Treatments from Musk Ox on Vimeo.

From an old 8.5 by 11 Kodak box in a storage room near the art department at ABC Television in New York.

The art of print

Continuing the insight into the mechanics of print and behind the scenes – Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop gives us an insight into the hands on approach to creative letterpress print.

Foil stamping Moleskin

Another doco on print

A nice insight into offset printing and traditional printing and binding processes

Wings: Making the Field Notes 2010 Fall Edition from Coudal Partners on Vimeo.

Linotype: The Film Trailer

My passion for time past has not waned – when design and print was tactile, hands on – when you could touch, smell and physically engage with the process – so it’s a delight to see more documentaries being made that celebrate these times and the skills lost to technology. Linotype: The Film is about the revolutionary, for its time, Linotype typesetting machine and the people who keep it alive today. the film is still in production – follow their progress on Twitter @linotypefilm

Linotype: The Film Trailer from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

10 principles of good design – Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams’ Principles of Good Design from Cool Hunting on Vimeo.

Think ink, making ink

Here’s an insight into the making of printing ink from The Printing Ink Company