Great work and experiments from Petra Cortright.
I have been watching this really strange and sometimes amazing Flickr account by the name of Bustbright. They typically post rare and unknown designs from the past, but also designs by big names like Rand and Beall. Most the posts are very dry, but there are some gems here and there. But even the dry work seems to contain some certain sense of interestingness that continues drawing me back for more.
Our hot font release of 2009, Agostina, recently made an appearance in this years hollywood action film Crank: High Voltage. Used during two different sequences in the film, Agostina puts on its dancing shoes and shines. Much thanks to the designers who used our font for this project, and great execution with the sequences! Thanks to Mark Stuckert for the heads up.
Right now (could get pulled) there is a sample from Gary Hustwit’s documentary Objectified where they talked with Jonathan Ive about the design of Apple products. I have yet to see the film but this clip was very interesting and reminds me why we do what we do…
Studio Von Birken updates with some new work and a new site. I am not feeling the new site design too much, but the work is always enjoyed…
I picked up (itunes) the latest Flaming Lips album and have been really digging it. Their last album I listened to it so much, I now despise it (in a good way though). This latest album (Embryonic) is really nice because its much more dark and overall just odd, good for my soul right now it seems. So I went looking for any videos released for the new album and came across this one. Not the most amazing video, but its fun for a short break this morning. It will be interesting to see what other videos they release for this album…
We have been having a great month for fonts, with many new designers joining the team and designing many new handsets and opentype collections. One of our latest designers to join the team is Ashkahn. We though we would take this quick moment to tell you you really should check out their work. Lots of great type, patterns and album work going on in the portfolio. Also, check out their first addition to the YouWorkForThem collection, Anything.
Here is a nice little Vimeo vid we were told to checkout this week. It features one of our favorites, Milton Glaser, doing a sketch and chatting away. A great break for your daily wonderings.
Really enjoying some of the type work by Richard Sarson, very clean, simple and smooth.
CNN just posted a iphone app on itunes, and its getting quite the stir of attention right now. They really revamped the idea of a news app for the iphone, with saving articles, live video* and the iReport features built into the app. I think the price is fairly nice, $2 for such a large amount of app development work and a nice app is a pretty good deal. BUT….it has ads, and when you read the reviews on itunes, its like a wild witch hunt right now. CNN, people do not like paying for an app, then getting ads. I know where you are coming from with this, cough cough business model. CNN, ads in a pay app is a no-no, and you just pissed off thousands of people in the first week of launch.
Second, what in the world is with the news articles being white text on a black background? Its bad, backwards and hard to read. Next update, give me articles on a white background or at least the option. I posted a quick mockup (invert) of the way the article SHOULD be read, black text on white. For the love of god, fix this, right now I don’t even want to read the articles. This is a news app, not a twitter app.