Travis showed me this trick the other day on how to make a quick grid in AI. I always make my own grids but this is a great way to crank out something good and fast when you don’t have the time to obsess.
First thing is to create your page margin that your information will be inside, then draw a big box. Select the box, go to Object>Path>Split into Grid… you will have your settings there to make how many columns etc you need… DONE.
As was twittered last week, we got in a few new IDEA Magazines and they are (per usual from IDEA) all amazing. Page by page of the kind of stuff you’ll drool over, shake your head, and say “WOOOOOOOOOWW.” I mean, Emil Ruder? Herb Lubalin? C’mon! Go pick them up.
Hard to believe the world is in global economic turmoil when you have people like Merijin Hos aka Bfree around. All kinds of lovely work over at his website such as drawings, installations, childrens books and even a video spot for YO GABBA GABBA. Dreamy!
The Narrows is a contemporary art space hosting local, national and international artists located in Melbourne. They have a poster available on their site for download for every exhibition. Some lovely work you should go and check out.
Our very own blog-author and all-over nice guy, Josh Boston, has a completely new site with work never seen by the bloggosphere. This is just a taste of more to come, he has to shoot a lot of his work but this is a wonderful start and great work!
I love posting this application, just after my Google cannot design rant. It makes me love, really love when designers ‘design’ applications, and not engineers and programmers. In this case it was created and designed by mega agency Fallon.
This little beauty called Skimmer is an application to help you manage all your time wasting community sites that you love to post on. It runs on Adobe Air, which I haven’t got too much into, but this app has struck a new interest in it. I have to say, this application is very nice and is very well designed. The code gets a little flaky for me sometimes with a black overlay screen hanging on me sometimes, but a quit restart solves that. I assume in due time it will be even smoother, but for a free app this is the hotness!
I have said it before and will say it again, Google cannot ‘visually’ design a damn thing. Android is ugly as all hell. The Gmail skins make me want to vomit. The Google front page is still circa 1996, hell even the browser favicon symbol is dog butt ugly. Don’t even get me started on that damn logo. I am not stating anything here that any Graphic Designer doesn’t already know, so I will save the rant.
But today, a friend sent me a nice article today that gives good insight into how the code trolls run the design show at Google (which I very well suspected). Douglas Bowman (a former Wired designer) writes all about his struggle as Google’s former Visual Design Leader.
It will never cease to amaze me how Google, will all this dreamland-dot-com style money still cannot get together design wise. They might be onto something here, but I am not buying it…