24 February 2011

Felton 2010 Annual Report

Nicholas Felton has posted his 2010 Annual Report. The 2010 Annual Report is an encapsulation of my father's life, as communicated by the calendars, slides and other artifacts in my possession.

Nicholas is the expert when it comes to showing data in a way that allows us to understand and also keeping track of everything in his life.

23 February 2011

State Motto Project

The State Motto Project is an interesting and surprising collection of illustrations, type and good design. The project by the collective 50 and 50 invited 50 designers to represent their state's motto as an illustration. The illustrations that have been posted thus far are a tribute to design and all things retro. New illustrations are posted often and show the range and depth of design from across our great country. Enjoy this site showcasing our history, strengths, design and the crazy mottos of the states.

17 February 2011

How It's Made: Blow Molding

Everyday we use items that designers spend substantial time creating. One such item of design is the plastic bottle. The video above demonstrates how a blow mold process is used to create a plastic bottle. Hopefully soon, chemistry will enable a complete use of bioplastics in the forming of bottles to help make it truly sustainable design.

15 February 2011

Thinking for a Living

The Thinking for a Living website is a mash up of ideas and information related to design. The site has several levels to explore including Features, Curated, Digest, and Shelf. The site is well organized and sure to give you inspiration as a designer. Go explore and continue to "think for a living".

08 February 2011

Pantone 2011 Color of the Year

If you missed the announcement and have been wondering if life would look better wearing Pink lens sunglasses, the answer is PMS Honeysuckle 18-2120. Pantone has declared the Color of the Year for 2011 to be Honeysuckle. I have always said the "Pink is Powerful". Read the post at the Pantone site about this years color and download color swatches for your Adobe programs.

07 February 2011


I wish my "twin" brother with whom I share a birthday a fabulous day. Happy Birthday Will.

06 February 2011

Inspiration or Motivation? Carin Goldberg

I was cumming the waters of the world wide web looking for great design stuff and came upon a gem of a section at the AIGA site. The presentations from the 2009 Make/Think Design Conference are in video form on the site. I was especially taken by the wonderful presentation by Carin Goldberg, Inspiration or Motivation? The site describes Carin Goldberg's presentation as:
Inspiration. It looks good, tastes good and feels good. We are hooked on its revelatory highs and illuminating epiphanies, but inspiration is fleeting and ephemeral, always leaving us wanting. Motivation. Whether we are driven by money, neurosis, love, fame or revenge, our motivation is never as sweet as inspiration, but it does get us out of bed in the morning. Carin Goldberg shares what has inspired her work and what has motivated her to work over the last 30 years.
Goldberg describes our continuous search for great inspiration as "crack for a designer". The presentation is thoughtful and inspiring. Watch the video at this link and see additional videos from the Make/Think Conference that are also available to review in this section of the AIGA site. Enjoy and see what makes the AIGA conferences so good.