Archive for the ‘Recommended’ Category

Ukraine’s got talent

In Recommended on September 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Kseniya Simonova is the winner of the TV show Ukraine’s got talent 2009. Her talent is truly unique and amazing – she tells beautiful stories through sand images.


Stefan Sagmeister

In Graphic Design, Recommended on January 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

‘Yes, design can make you happy.’

Sagmeister Inc.Adobe Design Achievement Awards Poster (This poster depicts a designer creating an award-winning work out of paper cup (2.500) – running on pure caffeine as many students do.)


Stefan SagmeisterWorldchanging Book (Through the die-cut holes of the slipcase the paper on the book cover yellows over time, allowing the sun to imprint the book cover itself.)


Stefan Sagmeister (born in Bregenz, Austria) is a graphic designer and typographer. His design studio Sagmeister Inc. is based in New York.

What I do like about Sagmeister is his creativity. He’ll always surprise you with his ‘out of the box’ thinking, working with different styles and media creating amazing and well designed pieces you will not see anywhere else.

In his book ‘Made you look’ he not only shows his successful designs but also the rejected once.

Julien Vallée

In Graphic Design, Paper Engineering, Recommended on January 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm

MTV - Julien Vallee

Julien Vallée is a Canadian graphic designer working on projects including motion graphic, print design, art installation and video and design for the music industry. 

Have a look at his carefully put together work creating a bridge between manual and virtual art.

Globo Logos


The Summit Book

In Books and Magazines, Graphic Design, Illustration, Recommended on January 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

The Summit Book


Three years ago a graphic designer (thanks Sonja!) gave me a diary from the German Paperfabrik Scheufelen. Every year the company created a PhoeniXmotion Diary (and even won some prizes with it) for their clients, showing in a very original and useful way all their different print techniques (like embossing, lasercut, colour gold, machine varnish, fragrant varnish, perforation, hot foil…). My book is from 2005 and is all about climbing to the top and includes stickers, nice illustration, games… I love it!

Because the company was taken over in 2009 by the Finnish company Powerflute the last ever published PhoeniXmotion Diary is this year also available for purchase.


Colour magic – Ed Fella

In Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Recommended, Typography on January 11, 2009 at 12:32 am

Ed Fella

Ed Fella and his colourful type illustration are simply gorgeous. He is a master in the use of colours to create harmonic letters.


We love GRAFIK design!

In Books and Magazines, Graphic Design, Recommended, X-Magazine on January 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Grafik Magazine

Grafik Magazine is an essential reading for every graphic designer. Intresting articles, critical essays, book reviews everything you need to be up to date as well as clever layouts.

By the way… the Grafik magazine has the best magazine logo I’ve ever seen.


Yann Arthus Bertrand

In Books and Magazines, Photography, Recommended on January 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus Bertrand is a French photographer born in 1964. He discovered the beauty of the world seen from above when he became a hot air balloon pilot and began experimenting aerial photography. In the 90s, under the patronage of UNESCO, he embarked upon his most ambitious project: creating an image bank of the earth seen from above. Yann’s aim was to create a record of the world’s environment for present and future generations. He wants to tell facts through images rather than words. In 1999, his work was published and The Earth from Above, translated in 24 languages, became one of the best selling illustrated books with more than three million copies sold worldwide.

‘The Earth from Above’ is absolutely stunning and made me a big fan of his work. It shows us how beautiful and versatile our world is.

For more information click here.


Logo – Michael Evamy

In Books and Magazines, Recommended on January 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm



If you are looking for a good book about identity design I strongly recommend ‘Logo’ by Michael Evamy. With more than 1300 logo examples it calls itself the logo bible. The logos are manly black and white and grouped into three main section (Logotypes and letters, Symbols, Families ans sequences). The cover folds out to a poster.

Bought mine for £11, which is a good price for a 350 page book.


Ettore Sottsass

In Architects, Recommended on January 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) was an Austrian/Italian architect and designer. In 1939 he graduated in architecture from the Turin polytechnic. Sottsass was an influential, highly original and occasionally despised Italian designer and architect who was a leading member of the group which established postwar Italy’s reputation for design. 

He founded the architect studio ‘Sottsass Associati’ in 1980. He designed some nice, colourful houses and is therefore one of my favourite architects. Who wouldn’t like to live in one of these houses.

Ettore Sottsass



In Recommended, Website on January 1, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Newsmap Screenshot

Getting the news you are interested in is sometimes harder then it seems. Nowadays we have lots of newspaper, online newspaper, TV to inform ourselves. This project by Marcos Weskamp and Dan Albritton makes it a lot more easier to find the news you are really interested in. Newsmap collects the headlines from various online newspapers and displays them on the site. Each colour represents another category (like Sport, World, Nation, Entertainment…). By removing the tick from the categories you are not interested in you remove the headlines from the main screen. If you click on a headline the main article appears. 

It’s an easy and quick way to inform yourself about whats happening in the world.