Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Eva Zeisel, 1906-2011

December 31, 2011

Eva Zeisel by Mark Heithoff

I came late to the design of Eva Zeisel but I have been happily drinking tea out of one of her elegant teapots each morning for a few months now.

Zeisel was quite an inspiration, 105 years old and kept working until about the very end.

Read the full obituary here as well as an article from 2007 about her from New York Magazine.


March 31, 2011

from Parallelograms

From the great minds (Leah Beeferman and Matthew Harvey) behind Tessellations, comes Parallelograms, another collaborative web project.

From the site:

“Parallelograms is an online publication and multi-artist project exploring the relationship between images and interpretation. Each week, we provide an artist, writer, designer, or collaborative team with an image found online. We then ask them to create a unique web project in response to this image. New projects are published at the beginning of the week and past projects are archived chronologically.”

Some past contributors include Pierre Le Hors and Lucas Blalock, among others.

This week brings a response from Yoonjai Choi and Ken Meier, the dynamic duo behind Common Name, who have also been instrumentally contributing to the design of my photographic book series.

Each week’s post of Parallelograms is dramatically different so make sure to look through the archives.

The Typography of Jean-Luc Godard

December 16, 2010

Titles for Une Femme Est Une Femme by Jean-Luc Godard

The Movie Title Stills Collection just dropped the mother load of all blog posts with an amazing entry on the films of Jean-Luc Godard and his creative use of typography.

For all you typography maniacs out there, this is an incredible resource. I particularly love the use of typography in Une Femme Est Une Femme from 1961, Pierrot Le Fou from 1965 and Masculin FĂ©minin from 1966.

Click on each film title to see the beautiful images and a wider selection of stills.

The Archigram Archival Project

April 25, 2010

Enviro-Pill Poster by Archigram

Speculative proposal for a pill for inducing architecture or virtual and imaginary environments in the mind.

Archigram were way ahead of their time back in the 1960’s but are still ahead of the curve judging by the incredible and overwhelming Archigram Archival Project, an in depth database of their collective works and proposals now online.

Give yourself a lot of time and get ready to get lost.


Movie Title Stills Collection

February 6, 2010

Erich von Stroheim’s Greed from 1924

Speaking of fonts, The Movie Title Stills Collection is a great resource.

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr from 1931

Looking at the titles cards of films decade by decade, it’s quite amazing to see how the use and style of type has evolved.

Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard from 1950

Know Your Type

February 4, 2010

For me the use of type is becoming more and more important and learning about them even more essential.

Luckily, there is a great series of posts about some classic Fonts over at idsgn, covering the history and use of each typeface.

So far, you can learn about Cheltenham, Gill Sans, Clarendon, Gotham, Futura, Verlag and Din.