Category Archives: Art

A Minimalist’s Approach

Michal Krasnopolski  took a basic graphic template to create this set of revisioned minimalist classic movie posters.  The designs rigorously adhere to the same mold: a circle overlaid by two diagonals, all inscribed in a square.  I think the approach is very clever and modern.  Click to see the slideshow.


10 New CD Covers

I always enjoy seeing what’s being used for cover art on CDs.  Here’s a sampling of some new releases that caught my eye.  (click for a slideshow)

Post-Computer Age Typefaces

In this age of branding some companies are letting their logos become distorted.  It seems counter-productive when style guides are the bible for brands to follow.  So why the change? Brands know their followers love to make it their own in this DIY age and they are loosening up to allow a new generation to become emotionally connected with them.  Here are some examples of this as seen on and some new trends happening with type.

Los Logos 6, Gestalten’s latest catalog of brand marks, compiles some of the best offerings from a global roster of type designers.

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The firm Edenspiekermann, created this new logo and typographic concept for the musuem with letterforms that look like they’re folding out right from surface they’re printed on.

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The typography reflects Kröller-Müller’s indoor-outdoor offerings. It’s not a typical museum, where the art hangs flat against the walls, Kröller-Müller’s installations are more varied.

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Things can be looked at inside and out, on two-dimensional canvasses, and in the round. The new logo’s 3-D type captures the feel of this in a stunning visual all its own.



The artists Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug with their creation.

Dutch artists Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug combined all 1,400 perfumes introduced in 2012 together to create their signature scent, Everything.   They premiered the scent at Colette during Paris fashion week.  “We did some research and found out the industry pumps out a staggering 1,400 fragrances annually” the pair tell Co.Design. “The idea soon popped up to put them all together and claim our own. We like the irony of having a slight critique of that gigantic outcome by adding another.”  The handmade, hand-screened 1.5-liter bottle was displayed on a pedestal alongside a stack of extra-large sample papers printed with the names of each and every individual “ingredient”.  “We envisioned it would end up odorless–everything put together ending in nothing,” they say. “Tragically, it’s an arresting smell that could easily be synthesized and be sold under the name: l’average.”

The bottle's design is reflective of the 1,400 test bottles used to create Everything.

The bottle’s design is reflective of the 1,400 test bottles used to create Everything.


Extra-large sample papers were printed out with the names of each and every individual “ingredient”–all 1,400 different component parts.


Marie Claire/Project Runway’s Nina Garcia gets a wiff.

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Comme des Garçon

The Art of the Tailor: Women’s Fall 2013 RTW

Rei Kawakubo is a designer whose process seems more closely related to art.  While she works with textiles to create clothing, she amazes me with her ability to infuse her pieces with a sculptural quality.  Her shapes, patterns, styling, and palates take time to digest but she has been an influence to many other designers and the stylists.

Here are some details of her collection from the women’s fall 2013 ready-to wear show.

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