Gorgeous Game: The Unfinished Swan

Posted by Marie on January 4, 2013 | 13 Comments

So, I just found out about this game that was released on late October of 2011. It’s called The Unfinished Swan (even the name is artsy-pants!) You get to explore an all-white kingdom and discover it by throwing paint on it to reveal objects and surfaces. I think it is an absolutely brilliant idea. Eventually you move into areas that are visible- but even those are stunning. This is one of those examples that really makes a great argument for the statement “games are art”.

Be sure to go check out a video of the gameplay by GameTrailers over on youtube to get a better idea of how it works and see the game in action.

Creative Concepts: Sarah Illenberger

Posted by Marie on January 2, 2013 | No Comments

Happy New Year!

Conceptual artist and designer Sarah Illenburger creates her fantastic work without using computer graphic generation. I always think that photos of real objects looks so much better than anything artificially generated on a computer, so I really appreciate her work. Below are some images from an ongoing project called “Strange Fruits“. Be sure to go check out the rest of the Strange Fruits she’s created and all her other works over at her site and have yourself a Happy 2013!

Praiseworthy Personal Project: Ty Mattson

Posted by Marie on December 21, 2012 | No Comments

This personal project by  Ty Mattson to create vintage style record covers based on the TV show Homeland is one of the coolest things I’ve seen lately.  Convincingly executed – he created 12 covers total, and they’re all great. Go check the whole set out.

Profound Porcelain Plates: Jason Miller

Posted by Marie on November 30, 2011 | 17 Comments

These plates designed by Jason Miller are smart and beautiful. I love how they make you think about design, patterns and customs, while remaining simply lovely.

Check out the sets at Areaware. There’s also a teacup set.

Beautiful Typographic Illustrations: Rae Ann Spitzenberger

Posted by Marie on November 10, 2011 | 3 Comments

I saw these typographic illustrations over on Behance and had to share them because they’re so fantastic and have such great energy. They were created by the very talented designer and illustrator  Rae Ann Spitzenberger.

Go check out the rest of her work now!

Jaw-Dropping Dream Book: Maria Fischer

Posted by Marie on February 21, 2011 | 7 Comments

A friend linked to this on Facebook and I nearly fell over. This “conception and design of a book on the topic of ‘dream’”, which was for a university project, is just absolutely amazing to me. It was conceived of and designed by the obviously brilliant Maria Fischer. Here are only a few images below, but you really must go to her site to see more of the book and the full explanation behind it. It’s extremely poetic and intelligent and not to be missed.

I can’t imagine the work that must have gone into this. I’d love to see it in person.

And now YOU go look at it HERE.

Type Inspiration: Keetra Dean Dixon

Posted by Marie on February 9, 2011 | 14 Comments

Keetra is a designer with a bunch of fun projects on her site you can go poke around and look at. I really think she’s more of an artsy-fartsy conceptual artist than just a pure designer (that’s meant to be a compliment). I’m just posting bits from some of her Typography projects below here for you to see, but you really should go to her site to learn more about these Type projects and look around at all the other kinds of work she’s done.

Deconstructed Logos: Unevolved Brands

Posted by Marie on January 11, 2011 | 10 Comments

Unevolved Brands is an interesting project by Graham Smith. Graham asks the question “How many Brands can you recognize after they have been Unevolved to just circles”.

The best visual brand identities are the ones people recognize with the least amount of information. Like when you watch a Target commercial and know it’s for Target before their name is even mentioned. I was stunned over the holidays by a Best Buy commercial that I thought was a spot for Walmart until the very, very end when they said Best Buy’s name. I consider that a massive brand disaster.

Anyway, here are some of his deconstructed logos…

Go check out the Unevolved Brands site and see how many you can recognize.

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Love This: Nesting Doll Cell Phones

Posted by Marie on July 27, 2010 | 10 Comments

I love matryoshka dolls and always love seeing interesting designs people have for them. This is such a brilliant idea – evolution of the cell phone matryoshka titled “Mobile Evolution”!
It’s designed by Brighton based designer Kyle Bean and you should check out his portfolio to see all of his awesome work.

matryoshka cell

Love This Logo: Okapi

Posted by Marie on July 13, 2010 | 53 Comments

I saw this over at Logopond and I love it so much. It’s just so elegant and emotional. Usually making a logo font text heavy and/or standout is  a major goal, but this is definitely a logo that doesn’t need it. I like that the text is subdued – you really couldn’t have it any other way!

Okapi Logo

Just so well done! This logo is the work of QueenCityStudio

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