Interactive Design

Graphic Design Today from Gestalten

coverHaving spent more than half of my life working in the graphic design and communications business I have seen many design trends come and go. One thing that is certain, is the state of graphic design is in constant flux. This is reflected in “Graphic Design Today” an in-depth survey on progressive contemporary graphic design from Gestalten. In recent years, graphic designs relationship with adjoining disciplines such as illustration, three-dimensional installation art, industrial design, interactive design, UI/UX design has pushed the further development of the discipline. And this in turn is  raising the bar for graphic designers.

 

This book from Gestalten examines and documents the current state of graphic design, identifying some of the most visionary young designers at the top of their game with examples of their progressive design aesthetics in the printed form. The book features a wide range of graphic design samples ranging from poster design, book, and magazine editorial design as well as typography. Most of the work is print oriented and shows a trend that I find interesting, a desconstructavist approach to visual design that blends elements of the 1980’s 90’s and early 2000’s into a unique style that intentionally manipulates and distorts traditional rules and ideas with a playful and experimental verve.

Graphic Design Today features  design trends from Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, France, Great Britain and the USA. Through abundant visuals and illuminating texts accompanying each featured project, and a foreword by François Rappo, renowned typographer, and teacher at ECAL Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, this expansive volume provides an in-depth look at the state-of-the-art of contemporary graphic design and is going in my design library.

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So, were you Naughty, or Nice this year?

Christmas might be over, but you  can still find out if you are naughty or nice thanks to Wieden + Kennedy London. Using the store front window from their London based offices, WK built an eight bit retro inspired Naughty or Nice o Meter and used it to grab passers by for a bit of Christmas fun. The video below shows how the set up worked, including a manual override function. At the end they give some stats about how many people participated and the end results. If you are in London you can still stop by and check it out, if not they have an online version here that you can use.

The Fiat Parking Assistant Billboard.

After living downtown and watching people try to parallel park their cars for a year, I think this billboard from Fiat needs to be everywhere. Why? Because most people simply can’t parallel park. Beyond that this is a real nice piece of ambient marketing that uses slick in house developed technology to pull it off. Designed by Leo Burnett in Germany, the Parking Billboard uses ultrasonic sensors tied to pre-recorded videos to help guide drivers as they park. Leo Burnett has created a fun, memorable piece to promote their small city cars and extend the brand to non Fiat drivers as well. Nice stuff guys.