As a new resident of Lexington, Kentucky, it feels good to be part of a team. Great photos, I know, but it is really the experience I meant to capture. This was the end of the indoor soccer summer session with next season right around the corner. We won 5-3 and came in first for the season!
Compared to my other posts, this one is more about myself rather than what is going on in the world of design. I was recently "drafted" to be a player on dribbble.com (a site where designers share their current works with other designers) by the generous french designer, Florian Casanova. You can check his work out on dribble and soon on his portfolio site that is currently in the makings. My first post on dribbble was a design which was meant to commemorate Florian for inviting, or drafting, me to this exclusive group of online designers. The message was simple. "Here's a drink (A couple of Mai Tais to be precise) to say thank you". Check out the "Shot", as the posts are called, here.
Eddie Opara and team at Pentagram were responsible for the Identity, Web Application & Visualization Design of this neat project. The Installation was a dance carried out by the combination of robotic arms, beautiful artwork displaying on the screens in the background, and the interaction of thirsty fingers on a very well designed smartphone app. The project was exhibited as a prototype at Milan Design week early this spring before its premiere at Google's I/O conference. Certainly worth taking a look.
Checkout the new wayfinding system which is the first phase in a city wide project to better NYC's navigation and signage. Pentagram helped create the visuals for the maps, working on the project as part of PentaCityGroup, an elite team of designers that also includes wayfinding specialists CityID, industrial designers Billings Jackson Design, engineers and urban planners RBA Group, and cartographers and geographic information specialists T-Kartor. The team worked closely with DOT and the city’s local Business Improvement Districts (BID) and others to develop the system.
Pentagram previously worked with the DOT on the redesign of the city’s parking signs and the LOOK! traffic safety campaign as well as new signage for New York City's beaches.
HOW Magazine hosts an annual logo design competition open to anyone with a sense of design and a dash of competitiveness. This will be the Magazine's fifth running of the competition and, notably so, has gained much attention in the world of design. Unfortunately, this year's entry deadline just passed ( 11:59pm July 1st) and the judging will soon commence. The winners should be announced by early October. I decided to enter the competition myself, hoping for some online publicity and a chance to be published in the well-known magazine. Wish me luck! For those who missed this year's deadline, this might be a bummer but, just think, there is always next year. Also, here are the winners from last year's competition to cheer you up.