Archive for January, 2010

Yevgeny Khaldei’s Shell Shocked Reindeer

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Iconic Photos is a great photography website which displays and comments on historical/iconic photographs. While browsing the site I found this image below which really caught my eye, by the famous Russian photo journalist Yevgeny Khaldei of a shell shocked reindeer looking on as World War II planes drop bombs. This powerful photo shows a scene of man made destruction that is totally at odds with nature which reduces a once majestic and powerful animal to a daze of confusion.

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Recycling Old Vinyl Records

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Cat Davidson latest collections of recycled vinyl records is an excellent example of sustainable design. Cat recycled old vinyl records into her unique and distinctive designs, to produce the Heat the Beat and Record Bowls collections. You can purchase her creations below on her website.

Heat the Beat - Dinosaur Collection

Heat the Beat - Dinosaur Collection

Heat the Beat - Underwater Collection

Heat the Beat - Underwater Collection

Record Bowls

Record Bowls

Krupskaya Chocolate Rebrand

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Interesting article by John Crace in The Guardian this morning which detailed a rebrand by Russian chocolate makers Krupskaya. The people at Krupskaya felt it was time for a rebrand to fend off competition from local and western competitors like Kraft, Mars and Nestlé.

Krupskaya chocolate was named after Lenin’s widow after her death in 1939 and for the past 70 years it has been a national favourite, mainly due to the fact during the 900 day siege of Leningrad it never seized production. The rebrand by Coley Porter Bell although very modern – it still has a very strong and unique Soviet iconic look, which successfully maintains the strong link Krupskaya has to the Soviet era.

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Monogram Design

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Monogram design is not that evident in Ireland which is a pity because we feel it can create striking results that are timeless. A monogram is two or more letters that overlap to form a symbol. The end design depends on the letters available and the creativity of the designer but a monogram can lead to some really interesting results, especially for logos. Probably the most famous monogram is the New York Yankees symbol. Below are some examples of monograms we photographed as part of our research for a recent job.

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New York Subway Signage

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The previous post about Valencia train station signage got me thinking about the 28th Street subway station New York. It too had cool old mosaic signage which was nicely complemented by the modern signage below in Helvetica. Mosaic designs really seem to produce interesting and charming typography.

28th Street Subway Station mosaic sign

28th Street Subway Station mosaic sign

The mosaic signage on the other side of the tracks

The mosaic signage on the other side of the tracks

28th Street Subway Station modern sign in helvetica

28th Street Subway Station modern sign in helvetica

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