Kickstarting Classics: Reissuing the Standards Manual

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 29, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Information Design, Typography
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We probably all think of kickstarter as an outlet for wacky new inventions. Luckily some design nerds (no offense to Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth) saw an opportunity to share a piece of design legend with the world. They’ve rebuilt Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda's signage and way finding system, the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. 364 pages of perfectly crafted letterforms and information design. So if you’re an admirer of Vignelli and you’ve got some money lying around—hurry up and back it.

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Moniker Designs Herman Miller's Illustrative Advocacy Report

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 16, 2014
Categories: Book & Magazine Design, Illustration, Information Design, Typography
Tags: branding, illustration
San Francisco studio Moniker, which is run by one of my favorite designers and illustrators, Brent Couchman, recently designed Herman Miller's report on environmental advocacy, inclusiveness and diversity. 
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A Charming Animated Video to Teach Design's Impact to Kids

Curator: Sue Murphy
date: September 10, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Film, Information Design
Tags: animation, educational, social design

Shape from Johnny Kelly on Vimeo.

"If, for one day, you had the power to make your world better, what would you change?"

I wish I'd been asked that as a kid. Pivot Dublin commissioned Scott Burnett and Johnny Kelly to create a film to promote the value of design to children in schools in Ireland.
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Medium.com: Cure the for the Common Internet

Curator: Rodrigo Corral
date: September 1, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: editorial, web design
It’s worth acknowledging when design is so functional you barely notice it.

Medium, created by the original Twitter folk, is a great example of this and gives me some hope for the mainstream Internet. Business objectives seem to compromise even the most well intended digital interfaces, and we're basically punished for reading online by top ten lists, banner ads and tricky text links.  Medium comes through with a refreshing design experience that not only allows all users to have a voice, but inspires them to respect imagery in combination with the written word. I hope it lasts.  
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Noisli: Background Noise and Color Generator for Working and Relaxing

Curator: Wade Jeffree
date: August 12, 2014
Categories: Design in Music, Experience Design, Information Design, Product Design
Tags: apps, productivity, user experience

Noisli is an app and browser-based background-noise generator as well as an ambient color background creator that “brings you the healthy benefits of the chromotherapy.” It allows you to mix and match different kinds of background noise at once. You can listen to rain, wind, water streams, a camp fire and thunder storms, and you can even make it as if you're traveling on a train to a remote client meeting.


The design is as beautifully simple as the concept: to increase productivity and relieve the anxiety of a tight deadline. It's used by coders, programmers, bloggers and writers I know and work with, and they all vouch for its efficacy.


I also use it everyday, especially in those "get shit done"moments. Coupled with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, I find myself instantly more productive. It's also useful when delving into a new book or going to sleep, although I don't use it for this purpose as often as I'd like. The timer is also quite handy, allowing you to set a time to fade out the audio.


Simple concept, executed with the user in mind. Brilliant.

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