This is a great Creative Mornings talk in Portland by Aaron Draplin from last year . Aaron explains his point of view on life as a graphic designer in a very unique way: ’a 50 point plan ruin yer career’. In case you offend easily there is quite a bit of swearing.
There’s also a good interview by Debbie Millman on the Design Matters Podcast:
Aaron Draplin is the force powering Draplin Design Compay in Portland, Oregon. Having made a name for himself with stand-out work for snowboarding companies and their like, he’s now courting more mainstream clients including Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline,Chunklet, Red Wing, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Megafaun, Ford Motor Co., Hughes Entertainment, Chuck Prophet, and even the Obama Administration. Born in the Midwest, and a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art, Draplin has become an important voice in the world of graphic design while maintaining a sense of humor.
This week we took part in the South East Design Forum design exhibition called Better Business by Design. The exhibition was all about highlighting the benefits that busiensses can take advantage of from employing good design throughout their business. Our submission was a case study showing the branding, print and web design carried out for Locutio Voice Technologies. The exhibition was attended by over 80 people on the opening night and on the whole was a great success.
Research shows that fewer than half of businesses in the South East believe design is integral to giving their business a competitive edge, yet at the same time three quarters of design-led business say they’ve gained a commercial advantage as a direct result of design. So where does your business fit? Progressing around the showcase you will be challenged to consider many areas of your business against showcased work; do you consider this within your business; could it be advantageous; where’s the benefit; could you pull in local colleagues to help discuss the issues and benefits?
Photography by: http://www.focard.co.uk/
Phil Noto’s fine art prints and comic book illustrations have a very nice aesthetic reflecting his past experience at Walt Disney Animation. His sexy vintage spy girls can be bought as prints on his website or you can try to pickup his out of print book ‘Jet Seven’.
“While attending the Ringling School of Design, Phil Noto began his career as an intern at Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida. After two more years of illustration study, he returned to Disney Animation as a clean-up artist. His credits there include The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Lilo and Stitch.”
Another year has shot past, there have been a lot of great projects completed and new friends made. We’re really happy with how business has developed over the past 12 months and the growth we’ve made. We wish all our clients, friends and colleagues a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! Roll on 2009!
Here’s wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2007 has been a brilliant year, we’ve achieved much more than we expected, worked with a lot of great friends and new clients. We’re looking forward to 2008 and the opportunities it will bring. ITV got it right today with one of the very best Christmas films ever!
“Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse!” Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989).
This new legislation seems to have gone unnoticed by most businesses so I thought I’d give it a quick mention.
The Companies Act of 1985 already requires that a company’s name should appear clearly in all its business letters, cheques and other documents. But from 1 January 2007, a company’s name should also appear clearly on all its websites. Also, the company’s business letters, order forms and websites have to include fuller particulars, namely:
- the company’s place of registration and registered number
- the address of its registered office
- in the case of an investment company, the fact that it is such a company
- in the case of a limited company exempt from the obligation to use the word “limited” in its name, the fact that it is a limited company
All these requirements apply whether the document is in hard copy or electronic or any other form.
You can read more here: Companies House & Business Link
The XHTML CSS based website with Flash Video features for InvisibleCities has just launched. InvisibleCities creates high quality, high fidelity 3D visualizations of interior and exterior architecture. They work with Interior Designers and Book Publishers as a well established specialist team dedicated to creating bespoke one-off 3D visualisations to the highest standards.
It’s turning out to be one hell of a long hot summer here in Hampshire. There are lots of fans churning in the studio and a number of different projects going on: Chris Such Images cd packaging, 24 hour affair T-shirt and poster artwork, Nervous Energy+ cd cover designs, logo concepts for Minimize skateboards and development of a website for Shirrell Heath Methodist Church has just started.
Happy New Year! Here’s wishing everybody a very happy 2006 and a prosperous future! Roll on the endless summer.