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Overcomplicating Logos

Overcomplicating Logos

Over the years, brands have made their logos so simplified that they are beginning to lose their sense of identity. But is going in the opposite direction any better? Amateur designer DVNTY took it upon himself to overcomplicate the logos for Pringles, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple with highly questionable results.

The Fascinating History of Fonts

The Fascinating History of Fonts

After looking at the variety of fonts on his computer, vlogger and documentarian struthless wanted to know more about their origins. But as he started to pull at that thread, he learned so much more – about the history of written language, design, pop culture, and communication.

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Logo Beginnings

Logo Beginnings
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This 432-page hardcover book from Taschen explores the origins and evolution of iconic corporate logos. Graphic designers and history buffs will love exploring the more than 6000 logo designs from the 1800s to the 1940s, some of which are still in use today. It’s a great source of creative inspiration too.

Why Cooper Black Is Everywhere

Why Cooper Black Is Everywhere

The font Cooper Black dates all the way back to 1922, and over its century in use has appeared everywhere from David Bowie albums to ramen noodles, to signs for neighborhood businesses. Vox digs into the history of this playful, yet legible serif typeface, and why it became so popular.

NHK Inside

NHK Inside

Artist and animator Daihei Shibata has a little fun in this series of playful vignettes for Japan’s NHK broadcast network. Each of the 30-second spots fools around with NHK’s typographic logo and incorporates an adorable anthropomorphic television.

Retro Cartoon Mascot Toolkit

Retro Cartoon Mascot Toolkit
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Love the look of old-school advertising mascots? This collection of digital assets from Brian Ritter Design makes it easy to incorporate these whimsical characters into your designs. The set includes five ink brushes and 250 stamp brushes for use in Procreate, along with Adobe Illustrator AI, PNG, and Affinity Designer asset files.

Huion Kamvas 24 Pen Displays

Huion Kamvas 24 Pen Displays
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Huion’s displays are created for artists and designers, with built-in pen support for drawing and painting on screen. The 24″ displays come in QHD (2560 x 1440) and 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolutions, and are Windows/MacOS compatible. Their battery-free pens have a 5080 LPI resolution, 8192-level pressure and 60º tilt sensitivity.

300 Years Before Color

300 Years Before Color

Three centuries before Pantone colors, artist A. Boogert meticulously cataloged hundreds of paint pigments. The Galobart Books is offering a limited run of this fascinating piece of design history. Each book comes in a slipcase with a numbered certificate, 10 frameable prints, and a study guide. View the original book here.

Cairo Throw

Cairo Throw
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Artist Susan Kare is known for her design of the system icons used on the original Apple Macintosh. In addition, she created the Cairo “dingbats” typeface, which can now be enjoyed on one of Areaware’s woven 50″ x 70″ blankets, crafted from 100% organic cotton. Available in black/white, green/pink, or grey/yellow.

Vintage Logo Design Inspiration Compendium

Vintage Logo Design Inspiration Compendium
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Designers and artists looking for a source of inspiration would do well to add Vault Editions‘ idea books to their library. This two-volume series features nearly 1000 engravings, etchings, and woodblock prints from the 17th through 19th centuries. It’s loaded with skulls, animals, and vintage objects and includes high-res downloads.

The Rise and Fall of Swoosh Logos

The Rise and Fall of Swoosh Logos

From Nike to Intel to Amazon, swooshes have been part of major corporate logos since the 1970s. Designer and logo expert Linus Boman looks at the history of swooshes in logo design, its explosive overuse in the 1990s, and its gradual descent out of favor.

Nature of Form

Nature of Form
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This hardcover art book catalogs hundreds of forms, patterns, textures, and colors extracted from natural things like fruits, veggies, insects, fish, and more. It’s a great addition to any artist’s or designer’s reference library, providing a fresh source of creative inspiration.

Machined NASA Worm Logo

Machined NASA Worm Logo

The classic NASA “worm” logo is back, and now you can own a memento of this iconic work of graphic design thanks to Register Seven. The company will produce a sweet CNC-machined version of the logo milled from 6061-T6 aluminum, then anodized in NASA red, black, or grey. Measures 7.5″ w x 2″ h x 1″ d.

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Every Adobe App Explained

Every Adobe App Explained

Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, xD, Premiere… these are just a few of the Adobe apps we use on a regular basis. But as Humtog points out, there are over 50 different programs that Adobe makes, some that overlap with others. His 10-minute video does a great job explaining what purposes each one is best suited to.

Layout Song

Layout Song

This short video proves just how universal the language of design is. Despite being entirely in Japanese, motion designer Ritsuko Nomura’s clip demonstrates the importance of using layouts, scale, and color to bring structure and legibility to information, regardless of language. From the NHK educational TV show Design Ah!

Scopio Stock Photography

Scopio Stock Photography
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Could you use more photos to choose from for your design projects? Sign up for Scopio, and get unlimited access to a huge library of royalty-free images for use in digital medial like presentations, websites, and social media. This lifetime subscription deal is available for a limited time from The Awesomer Shop.

Youzign: Design Made Easy

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Youzign offers a fast and easy way to create professional looking visuals, regardless of your graphic design experience. Their web-based app offers over 2,000 templates and over 1.7 million images, along with tools for producing just about any kind of graphic. Grab a great deal on a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

2D Game Design Bundle

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Learn to build visuals for your own video games with this series of six intro-level courses, which cover the creation of game assets using free and open source tools like Inkscape and DragonBones. You’ll learn to make 2D characters and backgrounds, animate their movements, and design UIs and game branding and logos.

Pantone The Game

Pantone The Game
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This colorful card game is the perfect gift for graphic designers and other visual artists. The game challenges players to use creativity to assemble abstract images of characters using 15 official Pantone colors. Opponents earn points guessing the images with as few clues as possible.

VHS Tape Covers Animated

VHS Tape Covers Animated

It’s been a very long time since we saved anything to a VHS tape, but this animation from 4096 reminds us that regardless of what random junk we recorded on them, the box covers of the blank tapes were actually kind of cool. The track is Before the Night by HOME.

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Emotional Street Signs

Emotional Street Signs

April Soetarman’s work went viral when she anonymously installed what looked like a street sign, but actually said “Attention: You Are Wonderful And Deserve Every Happiness.” You can now get that sign as well as others she made by helping her raise funds.

The Look of Jazz Albums

The Look of Jazz Albums

Vox video producer Estell Caswell digs into the design language of album art from Blue Note Records, and how one graphic designer, Reid Miles, working with the photography of Francis Wolff – was responsible for many of the most iconic jazz album covers of all time.

SNL: Papyrus

SNL: Papyrus

Ryan Gosling stars in a hilarious sketch that will be most appreciated by graphic designers, as he portrays a man who just can’t seem to get over the fact that James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar used the Papyrus font for its subtitles and logo.

Graphic Means (Trailer)

Graphic Means (Trailer)

Briar Levit’s Graphic Means is an upcoming documentary that will explore the history of graphic design production and desktop publishing, starting from the meticulous analog processes of the ’50s to the instant gratification and one man operations we have today.

Graphic Design Before Photoshop

Graphic Design Before Photoshop

With the increasingly digital world of image creation, Sean Adams of Lynda.com revisits just what it took to create layouts before tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quark Express existed. Who remembers Letraset rub-ons?

IKEA Men

IKEA Men

Designer Sedki Alimam took the iconic IKEA assembly manual guy and transformed him into various pop culture characters. We like the idea of an army of IKEA minions to help assemble our furniture. Show your appreciation on Behance.

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