Art Directed post

Recently On My Radar, PT.2

May 30 2012

This post fol­lows on (sort of) from a post I made last year, basi­cally high­light­ing and shar­ing a ran­dom fac­tor bunch of stuff from the inter­webs that as a designer I’ve found inter­est­ing. So here goes:

Print is dead — an out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of book cov­ers, many of them design related.

Wey­land Indus­tries — pro­mo­tional web­site for the upcom­ing Prometheus movie (the Alien pre­quel), I don’t nor­mally go in for this kind of thing as I find most con­tem­po­rary sci-fi graph­ics hideous, but this is really well done, fan­tas­tic atten­tion to detail.

Just My Type — a col­lec­tion of nice font stacks from typekit.

Retina.js — no-one’s found the holy grail for responsive/retina images yet, but this handy plu­gin has helped me out on a cou­ple of occasions.

Spell­tower — a beau­ti­fully designed site for an ios app word game. Par­al­lax scrolling effects have been done to death of late, some do it well (with restraint and com­mon sense) some don’t, this site does it well.

Sta­men maps — I really like these alter­na­tives to google maps, avail­able in toner, water­color and ter­rain styles.

Swis­sted Shop — punk rock meets Swiss mod­ernism, and why not?


Swis­sted is an ongo­ing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce, owner of Stereo­type Design in New York City. Draw­ing from his love of punk rock and Swiss Mod­ernism, two move­ments that have (almost) noth­ing to do with one another, Mike has redesigned vin­tage punk, hard­core, and indie rock show fly­ers into Inter­na­tional Typo­graphic Style posters.

The story of send — Take a jour­ney through Google’s data cen­ters by fol­low­ing an email along its path.

Brack­ets — An open source code edi­tor for HTML, CSS and JavaScript that’s built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Still in it’s infancy and not ready for gen­eral use yet, but looks quite interesting.

Leap Motion — If it works like it does in the promo video we’re in for some fun (and maybe sore arms)

Leap rep­re­sents an entirely new way to inter­act with your com­put­ers. It’s more accu­rate than a mouse, as reli­able as a key­board and more sen­si­tive than a touch­screen. For the first time, you can con­trol a com­puter in three dimen­sions with your nat­ural hand and fin­ger movements.

Bar­iol free type­face — a new rounded sans-serif, that comes in 4 weights, reg­u­lar is free, thin, light and bold are pay-what-you-want.

FF Chartwell — ever wanted to make sim­ple charts using a font? well now you can, amazingly.

Designed by Travis Kochel, FF Chartwell is a fan­tas­tic type­face for cre­at­ing sim­ple graphs. Dri­ven by the frus­tra­tion of cre­at­ing graphs within design appli­ca­tions and inspired by type­faces such as FF Beowolf and ­­FF PicLig, Travis saw an oppor­tu­nity to take advan­tage of Open­Type tech­nol­ogy to sim­plify the process.

The Forty Story — The story of a boy born on the day Pen­ta­gram opened and how his life has been tracked (and kerned) by forty years of Pen­ta­gram design.

Fig­ure for iPhone — I’ve had a lot of fun play­ing with this music app on my iphone, but not only is it fun to play with, it’s a refresh­ing alter­na­tive (in purely aes­thetic terms) to all the gra­di­ented, brushed metal, drop shad­owed, wood back­ground, shiny logo, faux leather style apps out there.