Monday, September 28, 2009

Forkbomb Studios

Forkbomb Studios is a web design studio that "delivers work that is not only visually pleasing, but extraordinarily functional, accessible, and most importantly, intuitive." I really love how the site transitions into new pages. Instead of just changing abruptly to the new page, the site functions as a whole, where the browser window serves as the frame only displaying the page selected. When a new link is clicked the whole "site" slides so that the new page is showing through the frame. The concept for this site's design fits with the studio's emphasis on functionality. The studio stresses the importance of a site being visually appealing, while still remaining functional. The studio believes that many sites get too cluttered up with aesthetically pleasing elements which can, in return, take away from the message.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Shynola Coldplay video

If you haven't seen Coldplay's "Strawberry Swing" music video (done by Shynola), CHECK IT OUT! This video is incredible. The entire video is composed of animated chalk drawings, all done by hand. Not only is the feat of hand drawing the entire animation beyond impressive, the imagery really creates such a story.

I read an interview with Chris Harding of Shynola and after being asked if he had the idea of the video before he heard the song, or if the song inspired him, he answered that he is always inspired by the music first. I think this is so important. It is always good to keep inspirational imagery, sketches, textures, and so on, but it is so important be inspired by each new project. From my own experience, I have noticed that I come up with much better concepts when I am starting fresh with each new project rather than pulling from a database of concepts.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Yanko Design Team

Yanko Design Team has an online magazine about form beyond function. The magazine showcases the worlds best designs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, environmental design, etc. Yanko Design is all about merging the modern with the classic to create unique objects that introduce new technology or simply improve on existing technologies. Most of the pieces being shown in the magazine are conceptual pieces that really get the reader to think.

One of the more recent posts I found interesting in the magazine is the "Seeds in the Bottle" water bottle. This product is promoting the idea recycling water bottles in a new way. 77% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills and this product aims at creating a secondary use for the bottle. After it is used, there is a pocket that contains plant seeds, which are released into the bottle after use. When potting soil is added to the inverted bottle, it becomes a planter.

I think that this is a really cool idea. I personally try not to even buy plastic water bottles, but when I do, I always make sure to recycle them. If nothing else the article at least gets me to think about my own usage of plastic water bottles.