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Qs / Vol. 14 / February 18 - February 24

The top 15 out of a 32-quip week.

A = Authors | C = Community

A / No. 47 / Armin / So you know: How to explain graphic design to 10-year-olds.

A / No. 48 / Armin / Tired of Helvetica? How about if it were rendered in toothpaste, ketchup and gel? [Via TypeNeu]

A / No. 60 / Armin / Miss Alphabet: A creepily Photoshopped A to Z. [Via It’s Nice That]

A / No. 50 / Armin / If you have five minutes to spare, you can flip through twenty beautiful books by Dutch designer Irma Boom.

C / No. 33 / S. Harley-Mills / Cardiff, the welsh capital, has a new identity

A / No. 45 / Randy J. Hunt / I’m still not sure what to think of it, but the punny nature of Kenneth Cole abounds at the recently launched: AWEARNESS blog.

A / No. 58 / Joe Marianek / An application that renders image as type. [Thanks to Max Millington]

A / No. 40 / Armin / Who knew? Only 0.7% of graphic design is tracking — here is how the rest of the 99.3% shapes out. [Via Nice Fucking Graphics]

A / No. 57 / Armin / Pretty hilarious new t-shirt shop targeted at venture capitalists…And the site is itself can be bought out for just $100,000! [Via Tcritic]

C / No. 35 / UnusVox / Well, here’s an new one on me… Lickable Ads

C / No. 34 / Ricardo Cordoba / Lowly semicolon surfaces underground; gets some respect.

C / No. 36 / Plamen / Everything you wanted to know (and much, much more) about the German letter β.

A / No. 59 / Armin / A world map rendered as notes on a music sheet. The best part? It actually makes music! [Update: Apparently, the music does not match the notes on the map; too good to be true I guess]

A / No. 54 / Armin / And the nominees for the non-existing category in the Oscars for Best Film Titles are… [Via Unbeige]

A / No. 51 / Armin / “How can the design community be so insular? Something has definitely changed here, and the design community is missing it. Too bad.”: Paula Scher on the rise of advertising’s design quality since 9/11.


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PUBLISHED ON Feb.25.2008 BY Armin
Jamsta’s comment is:

Armin, I just love quip-week. It's always a joy to click through all the links your team provide.

I must say thet Michael Johnson's article on "how to teach GD to 10 year olds" was a typical naive approach from a designer that can't seem to relate the simplicity of design to an age group that is a lot more aware then we give them credit for. He was thinking too deep, as a lot of us do to justify the "deepness" of our thinking, but trying to baffle our clients with this unknown "knowledge" we pretend we use when designing something.

I have a 10 year old, and she seems to grasp design and advertising better than some adults.

He never mentioned the types of things 10 yr olds are intersted in. What about CD covers? Movie posters and titles? Fashion brands; NIKE, RipCurl etc? Band logos? Skateboard brands? Sports brands? and the like...

I guess my little rant is that it's upto us as designers to pull our heads out of our bums and realise it's just about drawing stuff that other people get to see in an everyday world - simple stuff really.

Like I mentioned, I love quip-week. Keep it up & Thanks!

On Feb.25.2008 at 11:59 PM
JonSel’s comment is:

I tried to explain design to my 11-year-old cousin years ago and after going into detail about concepts and communication, he looked at me and said, "So you're, like, an idea guy?" Exactly.

On Feb.28.2008 at 12:10 AM