Posts Tagged ‘Design’

USPS Eames Stamps (Door 16)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

[Editor’s note: My local post office seems to be out of these awesome stamps celebrating Charles and Ray Eames. I also include here the video they produced called “Powers of 10“. This is a must see film explaining the concept of scale in visual terms, starting with a couple picnicking on the Chicago lakeshore, zooming out progressively to the starts (10 to the positive exponent), and then in to the subatomic level (10 to the negative exponent).]

Republished from Door Sixteen. ( 1 | 2 )

These stamps were designed by the remarkable Derry Noyes, who design many of the stamps for the US Post Office. The first inklings of this possibility were 10 or 12 years ago when we (I am wearing my Eames Office hat here) first answered a request for research images.

There is a wonderful familial connection there, as Derry is the daughter of Eli Noyes, who was an extremely close friend of Charles and Ray’s and the director of design at IBM.

Slowly over this time period it blossomed to a full on set of 16 stamps to celebrate the richness of Charles and Ray’s work. We see the Eames House, La Chaise, the Lounge Chair, Crosspatch, House of Cards, the film Tops and more.

Just think: How many Toys are on stamps? How many short films? This is just a great thing.

Breathtaking Typographic Posters (Smashing Magazine)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

can’t design without type

Reprinted from Smashing Magazine. Original post on February 25th, 2008. Thanks Sebastian! 

You can’t design without type. However, yon can use only type (or mostly only type) to create breath-taking designs. In fact, many graphic designers and artists take exactly this route to communicate their ideas through their works. The results are sometimes crazy, sometimes artsy, sometimes beautiful, but often just different from things we’re used to. Thus designers explore new horizons and we explore new viewing perspectives which is what inspiration is all about.

This post showcases over 50 breathtaking typographic posters designed by artists across the globe. We feature Oriental, Iranian, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese and Russian typographic posters as well as a number of further references. This isn’t a “best of”, there is no ranking and the collection isn’t supposed to be complete; it’s rather subjective and quite random. All screenshots are clickable; however, links not always lead directly to the corresponding image (e.g. it’s impossible in Flash-based sites) — sometimes you’ll need to search for it.

You may also want to take a look at the article Typography In Motion we’ve published few months ago.

So what can be achieved out of simple letters and symbols? Please be patient, some screenshots are huge. 

Continue reading to see posters . . . 

Allowing non-linear access into a narrative

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

One of the regular features of my childhood were my grandmother’s slide shows. She retired in the 1970s and started traveling around the globe, often sending me postcards along the way and keepsake Christmas ornaments on the holiday. When family gathered at her house in Santa Cruz, California we would be treated to a meal featuring traditional dishes of, say, Morocco and then sit back and hear her narrate slides, Kodak projector fan whirring in the background.

Slide shows are something most of us are familiar with and the organizing metaphor translates well onto the computer. Maybe too well.

Nora Paul and Laura Ruel published an article titled “Navigating slide shows: What do people choose when every choice is possible?” in June’s issue of the Online Journalism Review (Annenberg School of Journalism, University of Southern California).

The two authors conducted a eye-tracking study to determine how 34 people viewed an online, interactive slide show produced by

Cuba Slideshow

The Cuba by Korda slide show interface is quite complicated yet retaining a certain simplicity. There are Next and Previous buttons, an autoplay option, and methods to both skip ahead to Slide X by a numerical listing at the bottom of the slide show and a link to View Thumb(nails) as a contact sheet.

It turns out the majority of readers, even when given all these options, still view the slide show in it’s original narrative form by repeatedly pressing the Next button.

Those same people viewed twice as many of the slides before bailing-out than those using the numbers to jump around (the time spent was equivalent). Perhaps random access by number is good for people who have scare time, especially since they end up getting sucked in to the slides that matter more to them?

But that brings up an interesting subthread: fully 1/3rd of all viewers switched back and forth between the several interface modes. They might have started pressing Next, and kept proceeding that way, but at some part started jumping around via the slide numbers. Or I can imagine someone sharing the show with a friend over email with a note to check out Slide 8 (and skip the rest).

Having the numerical slide listing facilitates access into that linear timeline.

But most of us just want to click Next.