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Qs / Vol. 7 / July.2 - July.8

The top 15 out of a 40-quip week.

A = Authors | C = Community

A / No. 10 / Armin / Winners, mostly first-prizers, of the D&AD student competition.

A / No. 2 / Bryony / Browse fictitious posters designed for Design Matters, by Kenneth Fitzgerald’s students at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

A / No. 11 / Armin / Hi + Low, by designer Abby Low. Rolls nicely off your tongue, doesn’t it?

A / No. 3 / Armin / The Italic Poster. (Did you think I would not italicize that?). [Via NOTCOT]

A / No. 9 / Armin / A small, but graphically deadly, collection of underground newspapers. [Via Boing Boing]

A / No. 13 / Armin / An interesting resource about productivity, ideas and other things, Behance.

C / No. 12 / Joe Moran / Looks like Captain America was actually hung. [Via Neatorama.]

A / No. 1 / Bryony / Bored with your sausages? Learn to be creative, and have fun with the elongated shapes, following step by step directions.

A / No. 16 / Armin / An assessment of the Alvin and the Chipmunks feature film poster — words I never thought I would be typing.

A / No. 12 / Armin / With names like “Skullfucked” and “Bangover” you would not expect quilts, but these are evil rock quilts, so it’s okay. [Via BuzzFeed]

C / No. 1 / Joe Moran / From the Holy Grail department: Ask.com Takes Lead In Designing Display Of Search Results.

A / No. 5 / Armin / An interesting study about the people — divided by, among other things, “Creators,” “Spectators” and “Inactives” — that use Macs and those (others) that use Dell.

A / No. 17 / Armin / A selection of photographs of multitudes in different shapes, for different purposes and at different scales, dating back to the 1910s.

A / No. 15 / Armin / Yet more RatatouilleCassandre-inspired concept posters. [Via NOTCOT]

A / No. 6 / Armin / Are you young? An AIGA member? Willing to put your design skills up for public scrutiny in front of thousands of your peers? Then Command X may be for you.


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PUBLISHED ON Jul.09.2007 BY Speak Up
Eric’s comment is:

As a a freshly finished design student, I don't quite understand the inclusion of the Design Matters posters. I guess my education has taught me to be critical, and that is why I am even writing this. I just didn't happen to see any evidence of critical thinking in those posters. They were cliché, void of any developed idea, and full of meaningless decoration.

Students should be learning about process. Process isn't only the development of visuals, but more importantly the development of ideas. School especially is the environment for experiment, and the evolution of ideas, forms of media, and the use of new ways of thinking about culture. Visual culture.

Not developing an idea lends itself to cliché boring work. Previously the Urban Forest Project was presented and there you also saw a lack of idea development. 4-6 designers all came up with an air freshener related idea. Because they never went beyond their first ideas. Cliché, boring, and repetitive.

On Jul.12.2007 at 04:20 PM
Armin’s comment is:

> As a a freshly finished design student, I don't quite understand the inclusion of the Design Matters posters.

Eric, in terms of "inclusion", we just point to things that we think are worth seeing for various different reasons – not because they are the best of any given category. As you have proven, it's up to everyone to decide whether they are good, bad or ugly.

On Jul.15.2007 at 12:15 PM