New Stuff and Inspiration
I’ve been reading Anni Albers’ writing on design lately. In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, she wrote about the excessive clutter we bring into our lives by owning too many things. She felt that many objects were over designed so that everything in a person’s home would be screaming “look at me!” She used the designer ashtray as an example of this problem — not quite functional, not quite art either, but in a confused nether land in between the two. (Remember ashtrays in the 60’s?!) She encouraged designers to seek what will endure, and avoid the temporary that we will tire of too soon. Her advice seems so idealistic today where our efforts are often short term, (just get them to hit the like button) and we feel anxious, or left out, when there are no distractions at hand.
What it feels like to be a freelancer
This video is funny, and maybe a little too close to home for creatives everywhere. It’s from the social experiment Don’t Get Screwed Over, where people are shown what it feels like to be a freelancer.
If I didn’t already own too many T’s, I’d buy this Hare Style shirt from Threadless.
Always the lovers-o-letterforms, we were happy to stumble across Type Worship (the official site of 8 Faces magazine). It is laden with great letters, designers and information pertaining to the world of type.
Each year, Goodwill Industries of Denver helps improve the lives of more than 18,000 at-risk youth, struggling adults and people with disabilities in our community, and we wanted to tell people this story. We wanted to show Denver how their donations directly result in helping people get back on their feet, so we took the silhouettes of actual folks Goodwill has helped and made them into glowing monoliths. We put their stories on each statue, with a QR code link to a short video about their story on youtube. We’re hoping these pieces serve as beacons of hope for those needing help, and as educators for those who can give back to the community by donating to Goodwill. That’s the Goodwill effect.
Giving back to Greece
As the Olympics wind down, creative juggernaut Mother has decided to launch a campaign of goodwill, attempting to shift the nation’s Olympic excitement towards the situation in Greece. It is, after all, where the Olympics were born. The campaign called F**k This I’m Off to Greece is trying to get Brits to buy (funny) shirts and donate to ailing country through the dedicated facebook page. With so many people hurting there during their economic havoc, it seems like a great thing to do.
While we always support doing a good thing to help people out, we just really thought this stuff was pretty funny.
We like beer. And good design
Lately we’ve tried a few of the Uinta Brewing beers, and we’ve been pleased with them. But we were drawn to them by the label design (of course). It’s great seeing better and better labels behind the glass in the beer cooler these days.
They’ve also got a nifty website as well: