November 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s been over a year since now I posted an article about the Rio 2016 Olympics logo. There are still two years to go till the world focuses on Brazil, but we are starting to see the rest of the graphic identity for the 2016 games come together.
Last October, the London and Brazil-based design house Dalton Maag revealed the new typeface. Following on from Tatíl’s flowing and emphatic logo, the curvy and fluid typeface references Rio’s famous Carnival culture, Oscar Niemeyer’s architectural impressions and the energetic festival tones of Rio de Janeiro.
Maag’s typeface is fortunate to follow the highly-criticised London 2012s Olympic offering – described by Simon Garfield as ‘surely the worst new public typeface of the last 100 years’ in his interview with Fast Co. Design. Olympic branding is also very prominent at the moment within graphic design communities as Jony Ive acknowledged that the recent iOS 7 renovation was heavily inspired by Otl Aicher and his 1972 Munich Olympic artwork.
The last piece of the Olympic graphic identity puzzle was unveiled just a few days ago, the individual pictograms for each of the Olympic and Paralympic sports. As you’d expect, the images complement the existing flowing and energetic typography and logo designs.
“For the first time, all Olympic and Paralympic sports are individually represented. This is one of our unique contributions to the history of the Games. I congratulate the creative team for their dedication and hard work together with diverse groups who contributed to this launch.” – Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman.
I’m a big fan of the entire 2016 creative work so far! I think the designers have done a really great job of capturing the spirit of Rio de Janeiro and converting it into an Olympic identity. I do think the marketing team behind the 2016 Olympic branding have tried, needlessly, to demonstrate how deep and detailed the origins of their design inspiration has been. For example, the ‘T’ from the ‘Christ the Redeemer Statue’ or the ‘f’ in the above image of the footballer. I’m pretty sure I could find a photograph of a footballer rolling around on the floor and extrapolate any letter or shape I want…
November 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Truth Coffee are an artisan roasting coffee shop in Cape Town, South Africa. Their amazing steampunk themed flagship store is filled with neo-Victorian industrial ingredients, copper piping, vintage typewriters, sculpted platinum bar taps, plush-buttoned leather seating and other exposed gadgets and gizmos. Even the bar staff wear leather aprons, top-hats and goggles.
The designer for this space was Haldane Martin, an avid sci-fi reader, and the one to suggest the concept of taking the romantic steam-powered history of the coffee industry and combining it with the steampunk genre:
”Both parties felt that it was an appropriate conceptual reference, as both coffee roasters and espresso machines display elements of romantic, steam-powered technology. Steampunk’s obsession with detail and sensual aesthetics also captured the essence of Truth Coffee’s product philosophy – ‘We roast coffee. Properly.’ ”
The real magic though is at the back of the store, the huge vintage coffee roasting probat nicknamed ‘Collosus’. The 1940s cast iron drum used to roast the coffee beans has been kitted out with a combination of Steampunk elements and also modern eletrickery that compelled Tom Midlane, MSN Travel contributor, to declare Truth Coffee ‘the best coffee shop in the world’.
October 28, 2013 § Leave a comment
I started seeing these amazing-looking sandwiches pop up over social media last week and eventually got round to hunting where they were from this morning. Stately sandwiches, is a personal project by Kelly Pratt in which she constructs a sandwich for each US state.
I do my best to properly represent each state with research on the Internet, by calling local sandwich shops, and checking out a few books. Each sandwich is photographed and a final print, along with a story and process photos, is added to the site.
May 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
Data visualisation genius Nicholas Felton, a man who is likely best known for his work designing the Facebook Timeline, recently announced that he was leaving Team Zuckerberg. Rather than revere over the timeline however – something conceptually brilliant but executed averagely in my mind – i’d like to introduce Felton’s annual reports; an amazing infographic representation of a person’s life and a real insight into the future of measured social metrics. Take a look at some of these beautiful HQ images!
Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that weave numerous measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics that reflect the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, and currently a member of the product design team at Facebook. His work has been profiled in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Good Magazine and has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company.
I find social metrics a really interesting aspect of the future. Take your smartphone; when you’re not using the device it just sits in your pocket. But think about all the information it could be recording: your location, time and day, speed, temperature, height, who you’re with, who’s contacting you, the event you’re going to… Now imagine a future where all devices are connected to the internet and talking to each other. Add to that list, your heart rate, what you’re eating and drinking, what you’re watching, what you’re wearing, your purchases, your photos, sleep patterns… literally everything! The idea of so much recorded information will scare a lot of people, but to me it’s exciting. Shoes that tell you when you need to buy new ones, a shirt that lets you know when more exercise would be a good idea, a fridge that suggests more water and less pizza…
Felton tracked the crazy amount of data using a custom iPhone app, which you can download and use yourselves, either by searching ‘daytum’ in the app store or at daytum.com – learn more about it from this slightly awkward web chat here. I have been using the app myself for the past month with the aim of using the data for a new infographic cv design.
March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
There’s something romantic about the rooftops of New York City and I keep thinking about it since the Disney Paperman short film. A series of photographs by Navid Baraty aims to escape the horns, sirens and clamour, and show a different way to look at the city:
Anyone who’s walked around a city looking up at the grandeur of the towering buildings knows how small you can feel amid such giants. I wanted to instead look down from those dizzying heights and capture a surreal and altered perspective on the familiar chaotic but rhythmic life below. While there’s undeniable beauty in abstracting architecture into angles and reflections, I was attracted even more by the unique character of each city that could still be perceived from far above.