A well-crafted sequence visualizing German designer Dieter Rams’ guiding principles for good product design. This clip, produced by Trollback & Co., is from the documentary Rams by Gary Hustwit. Although I’m not a fan of idolizing designers (the idea of “legendary” designers often leaves out minority groups), I thought this documentary was interesting from a non-product designer’s perspective.
Lovely animated holiday ad by Apple. Read more and see behind-the-scenes on Adweek.
This sneak peek of Photoshop’s revamped Content-Aware Fill tool looks very impressive. Content-Aware Fill is one of those tools I rarely get to use, but when I do it can be a fantastic time-saver.
I really admire the work of UK-based animator Hannah Jacobs. Her films always capture a sense of raw, human emotion and feel very personal and intimate. Before first seeing her work through The School of Life, I never imagined illustration could be brought to life in such a way. Above is her showreel of selected work.
Netflix just released Abstract: The Art of Design, and it looks very inspiring! The first episode features Berlin-based illustrator Christoph Niemann. I can’t wait to watch the entire season!
Alex Trochut is a designer I recently discovered on Instagram. I love his latest experimentations with animated patterns, especially the one you can see above. The colors and mood are incredibly beautiful. The Spanish designer (now Brooklyn-based) also does amazing work with typography and design. Check out his website here.
AIGA Eye on Design, one of my current favorite online resources, just launched a new video series called Where Designers Work. These first two videos are very cool—I can’t wait to see more designers and their workspaces!
Edward Hopper is absolutely in my top 3 greatest inspirations. I love this short yet inspiring video on his creative process, from The Walker Art Center.
The Art Assignment has a wonderful video on the abundant public art in and around NYC. If you aren’t subscribed to them on YouTube, check out their channel for more weekly videos on the topic of art.
Francesco Franchi is an award-winning art director and editorial designer based in Italy. I first discovered his work in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and was struck by the level of detail and quality of his imagery. His infographics are a real testament to the fact that often, the role of the graphic designer is to be an interpreter between the content and the reader. In Franchi’s words, “Infographics help us understand, create and experience our reality. They reveal the hidden, explain the complex and illuminate the obscure.” Infographics not only must be well-designed and meaningful, but they have to tell a story or narrative.
Look at more of Francesco Franchi’s infographics here, and watch a short video below.