Stately Sandwiches

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.

Check out the full list of sandwiches at statelysandwiches.com and her website over here.

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iOS 7 Icon Set Redesign

July 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

A set of icons for iOS7 on iPhone

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Finally found some time this weekend to put my own take of iOS7 into pixels. See the full project right here!

Quick thoughts: It is worth saying that whatever the reaction to the icon designs for iOS7, the UX will as ever be perfect, Apple needed a big modern update, and the general public will not care. I personally like the more minimal, flat, vibrant approach for iOS7. My issue is that a lot of the icons look very lazy to me, especially the Newsstand, Calendar, and Weather apps. For my own take I tried to maintain a similar colour palette, although less vibrant, reduced the icon corner radius and made the inner guides more central. You can see my icon template here and my colour palette right here.

The redesign and original icons for comparison

Comparison view

Colour palette, icon template and icons

iOS7 elements, colour palette and icon template guide

Apple iPhone 5 render with the redesigned icons

iOS7 iPhone device render

 

Special Mentions to:
Brilliant Safari icon from Frank Rodriquez.
Game Centre icon motivated by Joseph Wachira.

Disney Characters Re-Imagined as Hipster College Students

June 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Hercules

Disney characters re-imagined as hipster college students by Spanish artist Rubén aka Hyung86. More of his Disney work on his Deviant Art page here.

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Prince Adam

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Mulan

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Aladdin

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Alice

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Peter Pan

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Tinkerbell

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Tarzan

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Aurora

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Belle

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Cinderella

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Jasmine

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Eric

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Snow White

Jony Ive Redesigns Things

June 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Jony Ive redesigns his only t-shirt

The recent big reveal of Apple’s iOS 7 has been a huge talking point over the past couple of days. Graphic designers from around the world were comfortably prepared for a large-scale shift from past skeuomorphic design principles to a modern flat approach that has been successfully implemented by Google and Microsoft, but were not prepared for many of the design choices shown in the keynote. In particular, the over-flat approach renders many interactive elements unclear to the user, visual hierarchy is lost, the incredibly saturated colour palette is painful and certain icon designs such as the Newsstand icon are very poor. Having spent many hours digesting various opinions and redesigns for iOS7, I feel my own views are very eloquently explained by graphic designer Bill Labus (@labusdesign) who commented:

”I was initially extremely disappointed in not just the overall style, but the actual execution of that style. I realize Apple is keen to update the visual style of the OS after so many years, but in attempting to differentiate from all previous versions, I believe they pushed a bit too far in the opposite direction (note that all of this is referring to the visual/UI design- everything I’ve seen/used with regards to the UX/interaction design is top-notch, as always).

I’m starting to warm up to the general ‘lightening’ of the UI, as it lends a clean, airy feel (not that the current OS suffers from the opposite, but the new aesthetic is indeed refreshing, so I think they succeeded there). Having said that, I think the core issues revolve around the execution of that aesthetic. The UI has indeed been ‘flattened’, but when combined with the overall lighter color scheme, it seems to lose a sense of visual order and hierarchy, with many of the apps suffering from their content blending in with controls and making it difficult to distinguish exactly what is interactive (borderless textual buttons, lack of gradients and drop shadows to separate nav bars/toolbars from view content,…)

I’m convinced that the sweet spot lies between the two extremes, and I think the UI could benefit from taking the best of both styles to create something new and refreshing, but still discoverable and intuitive.”

In typical Internet fashion, a hilarious Tumblr site mocking iOS7 was launched immediately. You can see more things ‘Jony Ive has redesigned’ right here,  Enjoy!

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Jony Ive redesigns Mac OS X

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Jony Ive redesigns the battery icon

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Jony Ive redesigns Windows Phone

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Jony Ive redesigns Garage Band

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Jony Ive redesigns Microsoft

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Jony Ive redesigns Adobe Creative Cloud

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Jony Ive reveals the inspiration behind iOS7

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Jony Ive redesigns Pinterest – I actually like this one

A Subterranean Supermarket With A Flourishing Roof-Top Garden

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I’m always intrigued by architecture that makes use of rooftop space, which is what interests me about the Sanya Lake Park supermarket concept in China. Often the potential of this part of a building is neglected. The Dutch firm, NL Architects, have developed a design that makes use of large commercial structure’s ceiling ‘real estate’ by planting a giant stepped garden.

The structure is partially sunken beneath ground-level to lessen the impact of the building and to allow greater access to the terraced area and cafe pavilion that sites in the centre. A large car park is also placed underground, shielded from view. The roof garden not only creates a much more attractive looking roof for neighbouring housing but also adds to the healthy and green connotations of the supermarket. Overall I think this is a great use of a tricky triangular space in a city context – more information here!

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Beautiful Legend Of Zelda Graphic Posters

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Six Of The Best Creative Advertising This Friday

May 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Enjoy more of my favourite adverts from my Great Advertising Pinterest board.