16.12.14 by Jeff

Free Learning of the Day: Watch Aaron Draplin Design A Logo in 15 Minutes

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Here’s a good one for all you graphic designers out there. Watch everyone’s favourite logo designer, Aaron Draplin, design a logo in 15 minutes. This is the sort of content that I was dying for around the time I was in school. Actually, watching this is exactly how I felt when I first started as a co-op in the concept art department at Electronic Arts. All these seasoned illustrators and designers were making stuff all around me, and I was just sitting there, watching every thing they did, soaking it all up.

Watch the video below.

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15.12.14 by Jeff

Bold & Fearless Poster Design with James Victore

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Heads up all you aspiring designers out there! Renowned designer James Victore is running a FREE (yes, free) class called “Bold & Fearless Poster Design” presented LIVE online January 12th and 13th. The online audience will be able to send in work for critique, as well as ask questions!

This is a fantastic opportunity learn from a guy whose posters are in MoMa’s collection. If you’ve watched any of his Burning Questions videos you know how valuable his insights are. More details here.

Watch the video below!

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10.12.14 by Jeff

Studio FNT (Form & Thought)

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Graphic work by Seoul, Korea-based Studio FNT (Form & Thought). More image below.

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05.12.14 by Jeff

Bookshelf: 2014 It’s Nice That Annual

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The folks over at It’s Nice That have just released their annual round up of the best art and design from the past year. The book features over 300 pages of artwork, interviews, graduates, and exhibitions. Oh, and it even comes with a postcard signed by one of the featured artists. Have a look inside the 2014 It’s Nice That Annual, below.

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04.12.14 by Jeff

Emer Tumilty

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Poster designs by Glasgow-based Emer Tumilty. More below.

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28.11.14 by Jeff

How Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Meals

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I hope all of you in the US enjoyed a great thanksgiving! San Francisco-based illustrator Hannah Rothstein imagines how famous artists would have plated their thanksgiving meals. These are really great! See images from the series below.

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03.11.14 by Jeff

Famous Album Covers Zoomed Out To Reveal Unexpected Surroundings

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Digital Agency Aptitude had fun with this series extending the artwork of iconic album covers beyond their original borders to reveal what may have been cropped out. The Justin Bieber one is a little harsh (maybe not). Have a look at more from the series below.

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09.10.14 by Jeff

Norway’s Beautiful New Kroner Banknotes Designed by Architecture Firm Snøhetta

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Norway’s currency just got a beautiful makeover courtesy of Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and Norwegian graphic design firm The Metric System. The images you see here are Snøhetta’s designs but the final banknotes feature The Metric System’s designs on the reverse side. Norges Bank asked several firms to submit designs, all of which you can see here.

*Edit – Thanks to Helene Brox for the heads up about all the different designs (the version with the kids’ drawings is her favourite and maybe mine too now).

Snøhetta is the architecture firm currently working on the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion, and the designs they submitted are images of Norway’s coast pixelated according to the Beaufort wind scale.

See more of Snøhetta’s designs as well as the final design below.

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