Domestika: This Digital Archive Is a Treasure Chest of Typography and Design

Domestika: This Digital Archive Is a Treasure Chest of Typography and Design. “The TM Research Archive is a website created by a Swiss student, called Louise Paradis, as her final project for her master’s degree. It compiles information about and images from Typographische Monatsblätter, dating between the 1970s and 1990s. It is a treasure chest filled to the brim with dozens of covers, indexes from different issues, and detailed biographies of its most prominent designers and typographers.”

Hyperallergic: Guerrilla Girls and Julie Mehretu Among 60+ Artists Helping You “Plan Your Vote”

Hyperallergic: Guerrilla Girls and Julie Mehretu Among 60+ Artists Helping You “Plan Your Vote”. “A new, nonpartisan initiative launched by the nonprofit Vote.org seeks to channel the power of art to encourage voter participation. Along with links to register to vote, check absentee status, and set voting reminders, among other crucial resources, the ‘Plan Your Vote’ website offers a digital library of voting advocacy visuals that are free for anyone to download and circulate.”

Oil Paintings To Vectors: The Archive Finding The History Of Arabic Book Cover Design (Scene Arabia)

I found a more recent story about this Instagram archive, but it’s not a patch on this July article from Scene Arabia: Oil Paintings To Vectors: The Archive Finding The History Of Arabic Book Cover Design. “Throughout the Arab world, there is one artist whose work can be found in every home, whether or not we know it. ‘There is not one household that doesn’t have my paintings,’ the late Egyptian painter Gamal Kotb once said of his ubiquitous work that needed no canvas, no heavy frames, and no galleries to exhibit. Throughout much of the 20th century, Kotb made a name for himself creating the covers for bestselling novels by the biggest names in publishing, including Naguib Mahfouz, Ihsan Abdel Quddous, and Yusuf Idris. The artist became one of Egypt and the Arab world’s most celebrated artists, albeit in a medium that remains wildly underrated today.”

Bloomberg CityLab: Get Lost in 70 Years of Old IKEA Catalogs

Bloomberg CityLab: Get Lost in 70 Years of Old IKEA Catalogs. “As millions of people around the world become intimately familiar with their home decor, the Swedish furniture giant IKEA is offering an online resource to fuel your redecoration reveries: In honor of the the 70th anniversary of the company’s first catalog, IKEA just dropped digital versions of every catalog on its museum website. If your idea of a good time is wandering the labyrinth of your local IKEA showroom, trying out sectionals in a pretend living room, this digital trove of modular furniture makes an excellent and Covid-safe alternative distraction — and a fascinating time capsule of Scandinavian design trends.”

Graphic Design in the Friendly Skies: Seatback Safety

Spotted via Reddit: Seatback Safety. From the Why Page: “As a professional designer, it can be valuable to contemplate how practitioners solved the same problem over time with different fashions and different tools. Seatback Safety cards have been used since the dawn of commercial flight. While their pamphlet form has remained largely the same for a century, they have significantly evolved in ways that reflected broader social and technological trends.”

New York Times: Swipe-Through Activist Guides Are the New Zines

New York Times: Swipe-Through Activist Guides Are the New Zines. “The Yellow Pages stopped printing. Libraries are largely closed. And fliers, well designed as they may be, don’t always meet people where they are. So in this time of grief, isolation and information overload, some are taking a creative approach to resource sharing. Artists, activists and academics are publishing mini-guides on Instagram — swipe-through galleries of text and visuals that help people find local businesses to support and fund community fridges; learn about mutual aid efforts in their neighborhood and the global effects of climate change; locate Black healers and wellness spaces; and nourish themselves, among other things.”

New York Times: The Strange Lives of Objects in the Coronavirus Era

New York Times: The Strange Lives of Objects in the Coronavirus Era. “A set of new objects has emerged in the last few months to address the new reality of illness, lockdown, social distancing and social protest. Some of these objects are wacky and unrealized — speculative concepts that may never see the light of day. Others, like cocktails-in-a-bag, thermometers and all manner of partitions, are already circulating widely. And some aren’t new at all: familiar household items like bottles of Lysol and rolls of toilet paper, which have taken on new meaning and importance because of scarcity or sudden unusual needs.”

The Next Web: How an AI graphic designer convinced clients it was human

The Next Web: How an AI graphic designer convinced clients it was human. “Nikolay Ironov had been working as a graphic designer for more than a year before he revealed his secret. As an employee of Art. Lebedev Studio — Russia’s largest design company — Ironov had already worked on more than 20 commercial projects, creating everything from beer bottle labels to startup logos. But Ironov was not the person he claimed to be. In fact, the designer was not a person at all.”

InPark Magazine: New website offers tool for attraction designers based on work of industry legend Harrison ‘Buzz’ Price

A little outside my usual, but I like it; this site reminds me of some of the “expert in a box” systems you’d hear about from Tom Peters. InPark Magazine: New website offers tool for attraction designers based on work of industry legend Harrison ‘Buzz’ Price. “The site is essentially a question and answer session with Buzz Price. First, he asks visitors to the web site a few questions about their potential project, such as desired attendance, seasonality, attraction mix, etc. Then, after sharing calculations on peak month, peak week and design day attendance, people can ask Buzz Price questions…”

Lifehacker: Download Pantone’s Free New App to Create Perfect Color Palettes

Lifehacker: Download Pantone’s Free New App to Create Perfect Color Palettes. “Are you someone who appreciates the subtle difference between two similar shades of red? Do you anxiously await the announcement of Pantone’s color of the year? Are you constantly making mental plans to redo various rooms in your home, despite not actually having the time, money or energy to do it? If so, you’ll probably enjoy a free new app from Pantone that lets you quickly and easily put together color palettes. Here’s what it does and how to download it.”

Hongkiat: 100 Free Fonts for Commercial and Personal Use

Hongkiat: 100 Free Fonts for Commercial and Personal Use. “Each time a designer starts work on a new design, there is always a big problem: a lack of high-quality materials, such as fonts, icons, images etc. Of course, you can create a font that will properly fit the design you created, but it’s not a good idea since font creation takes a lot of time, which is never enough when you have to work within a deadline. The solution is simple: you can use ready-made free fonts. There are tons of them all over the web, and we have but collected a small group of 100 free fronts you can download here.”

The Conversation: Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar

The Conversation: Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar. “Over the past few years, articles and blog posts have started to ask some version of the same question: ‘Why are all websites starting to look the same?’ These posts usually point out some common design elements, from large images with superimposed text, to hamburger menus, which are those three horizontal lines that, when clicked, reveal a list of page options to choose from. My colleagues Bardia Doosti, David Crandall, Norman Su and I were studying the history of the web when we started to notice these posts cropping up. None of the authors had done any sort of empirical study, though. It was more of a hunch they had.”

Wallpaper: 3D renders bring this New York digital design fair to life

Wallpaper: 3D renders bring this New York digital design fair to life. “New York City’s annual design festival, NYCxDesign may officially be postponed until October, but for the online design magazine Sight Unseen, which has championed emerging design since it was established in 2009, the underlying uncertainty of present times propelled founders Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov to press on with organising their annual showcase Sight Unseen Offsite, at its regularly scheduled time. Launching this week, Sight Unseen Offsite’s very first digital design fair, which the duo have christened Offsite Online, showcases a varied selection of 60 designers and brands bringing new furniture and objects to the web-based exhibition.”

British Library: Zuan-cho – Japanese design albums in the late Meiji Period

British Library: Zuan-cho – Japanese design albums in the late Meiji Period. “The Japanese Collection of the British Library includes around 50 Japanese pattern and design books. Thanks to a grant from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Library is digitising many of these and making them available online. For a list of what is currently available see Japanese manuscripts and woodblock-printed books relating to design arranged by theme. This series of blog posts features some of the items in the collection, the artists who created them and the publishers who produced them.”

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games. “Video game box illustration is a bit of a lost art. Years ago, the physical retail package that a game came in was arguably just as important as the title itself. Quality box art could help a game stand out among the sea of otherwise mundane choices and even influence purchasing or rental decisions on the spot….With that in mind, we have to give a huge nod to the curator over at Big Box Collection. A lifelong gamer, Benjamin Wimmer has set about collecting all of the big box PC games he has enjoyed since the late 80s, scanning them into a 3D database and sharing them with the Internet at large. The result is a digital collection of more than 600 titles for your perusing.”