Lovely animated holiday ad by Apple. Read more and see behind-the-scenes on Adweek.
Last semester I discovered a visual organization platform called Dropmark. Created by Oak, an independent design-led product studio in Brooklyn, New York, Dropmark is my go-to way to collect images and inspiration for my projects at school. Similar to Pinterest, you can create collections, but it goes even further because you can store links and files, too, with source information and even stacks within collections.
There are also features for searching, tagging, and adding directly from your browser or Mac menubar. The product is clean, functional, and incredibly useful for designers of all types. If you have a minute, check out their website and see for yourself how you can integrate it into your workflow.
This interview with designer Susan Kare is fascinating! Kare designed icons and fonts for Apple in the 80s and helped create the graphical user interface for the original Mac.
I love Kare’s approach to creating icons that goes beyond the obvious concepts and is even sometimes humorous. She describes icon design as “like solving a puzzle, trying to marry an image and idea that, ideally, will be easy for people to understand and remember.”