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It’s a Book, by Lane Smith

November 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

This is a wonderful new children’s book by Lane Smith (but really, it seems like it’s directed more at parents). We picked up a copy over the weekend. From a design point of view, I think the above video – while a great tool for helping get the word out -  impacts the first impression […]

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Tags: Books · Culture · Education · Film & Video · Technology · You Tube

The Art of McSweeney’s

June 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

Order here.

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Tags: Books · Culture · Design · Graphic Design · Inspiration · You Tube

IdN 15th Anniversary Book

March 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

I’ve always loved IdN. Beautifully-produced, eclectic subject matter and paired with a DVD of moving goodies, I treat myself to one or two issues per year. Turns out they have recently published a book commemorating 15 years of publishing. Lots to see here. Click on “View Fullscreen” in the area above to see all the […]

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Tags: Books · Branding · Culture · Design · Graphic Design · Inspiration · Interactive · Magazines · Technology · Typography

Remember Büro Destruct?

March 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments

The original Büro Destruct book came out while I was attending Emily Carr.  It made an impression on our class, capturing some of the design trends occurring at that moment in time. Post-graduation, I’d kept up with their work only loosely. Turns out they’ve been very busy. The video above is a teaser for their […]

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Tags: Books · Culture · Design · Film & Video · Graphic Design · Interactive · Typography

A T-bone steak, three double scotches and a pack of Chesterfields.

February 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

Douglas Coupland handed me my degree at the convocation for the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (as it was called back then) Class of 2000. He, along with Lynn Johnston and Japanese-Canadian artist Takao Tanabe, were honorary graduates (pretty great, no?). Whenever I feel homesick for my five years spent in Vancouver, I […]

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Tags: Books · Canada · Culture · Heroes · Inspiration · Writing

Tokyo Cube — Shopping Japanese Style…

May 22nd, 2009 · Comments Off

Fun, fun, fun Japanese goods shop… sections include Art, Fashion, Interior & Toys. “Tokyocube was founded in 2005, initially with the launch of the Tokyocube Magazine, which was designed to provide people throughout the world with a place to find features, articles and reviews on all the latest to come out of Japan, as well […]

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Tags: Art · Books · Business · Culture · Design · Fashion · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration · Japan · Magazines · Retail · Technology

M.S. Corley Book Covers

May 19th, 2009 · Comments Off

Designer M.S. Corley is seeing a fair amount of success with his ongoing process of re-designing book covers in unexpected and fresh ways. Lots of great stuff to see here.

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Tags: Art · Books · Branding · Culture · Design · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Typography

Penguin, Bond, Typography

June 5th, 2008 · Comments Off

I was reading NiceF**kingGraphics this afternoon and came across a link to a new series of James Bond novels to be released very soon in the UK, and illustrated by Michael Gillete (buy prints here). I started poking around the Penguin site a bit more and encountered their blog, filled with interesting posts from a […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Blogs · Books · Culture · Design · Graphic Design · Typography

Casa Brutus

August 30th, 2007 · Comments Off

While browsing the Caina website (what a discovery!) this morning, I came across a very cool magazine, Casa Brutus. This month’s issue features “The Grand Tour with Tadao Ando.” Looks great! You can buy back issues here.

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books · Culture · Graphic Design · Industrial Design · Inspiration · Japan · Magazines

Do good.

June 19th, 2007 · Comments Off

I came across two unrelated pieces of media today that share a common story: the unsettling activities occurring in the Sudan. The first is the Amnesty International / Yoko Ono project entitled “Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur,” a collection of John Lennon covers by contemporary artists, including REM, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lenny Kravitz […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books · Culture · Inspiration · Music

The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club by Jessica Raya

May 29th, 2007 · Comments Off

A friend just IM’d me about the success of a former co-worker, Jessica Raya, who is celebrating the launch of her first novel, “The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club.” Jessica taught me alot about the agency game and was always a very positive personality in the office. She deserves all of her success. Go Jess! […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books · Culture · Friends

A Graphic History of Emigre Magazine Compiled and Designed by Idea.

October 24th, 2006 · 1 Comment

File under: one-good-reason-for-being-up-hours-before-the-sun. I was up checking my email very early this morning (gotta get a head start on the girls) and noticed a message from Emigre. Wha–what’s this? IDEA magazine? Emigre retrospective? Slip case? Limited to 50 numbered copies? I grabbed my credit card and hoped I would be quick enough… I was! It’s […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books · Design · Graphic Design · Inspiration · Magazines · Surprising · Typography

Leo Lionni – Hero

October 18th, 2006 · Comments Off

I have a dog-eared, yellowing, frayed-edged copy of “Family of Man,” given to me as a gift from an old friend. Lionni was only responsible for the cover design and accompanying posters, but his art direction on the cover sets the tone for a beautiful photo essay, produced at a time when much of the […]

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books · Culture · Design · Heroes · Inspiration

Notable Links

July 6th, 2006 · Comments Off

Philips’ focus on design & simplicity in its branding efforts is highly visible on their site. They have a large area devoted to talking about their “Sense and Simplicity” brand promise, including the announcement of their formation of a “Simplicity Advisory Board,” made up of professionals from around the world, including my hero John Maeda. […]

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Tags: Advertising · Archived from Blogger · Books · Canada · Culture · Design · GDC · Heroes · Inspiration

“Do not covet your ideas. Give away everything you know, and more will come back to you.”

August 2nd, 2005 · 2 Comments

If there’s an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, this is an angel. A short, easy read, but full of good reminders of how to do things the right way. Paul Arden is a seasoned Saatchi & Saatchi vet, and shares his wisdom with a confident, funny, inspiring delivery. A great […]

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Tags: Advertising · Archived from Blogger · Books · Branding · Funny · Ideas · Inspiration


July 26th, 2005 · Comments Off

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes (Hardcover) by Bill Watterson

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books

Read these, get MBA

July 25th, 2005 · Comments Off

I’ll race you to the end of the list! (“Yeah, right”, you’re thinking, “I know YOUR reading history, dude.”)

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Tags: Archived from Blogger · Books · Business · Ideas

"Oh yeah, I’m reading that…"

May 4th, 2005 · Comments Off

I’m one of those readers – someone who likes to talk about reading, but never actually manages to get any done. Except for the crack-cocaine-internet-brand of reading. But that’s lame. I buy new books, buy new books, buy new books – I’m not a library guy – always hoping to find a few moments to […]

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