For all you grid obsessed designers out there we’ve got the perfect grid based homescreen backgrounds for iOS devices.
You can also still download the original iPhone 3GS / 4 / 4s backgrounds for free here.
The ideal candidate by Represent is a series of interviews with some of the industry’s leading studios on what they look for in a prospective employee. Find out what makes them tick, and what you can do to make sure that you’re their ideal candidate.
The first in the series is from Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister Inc.
The guys at Nirvana have just launched their new site and it’s rather nice. Ed and the guys produce some beautiful pieces of print and packaging amongst other things, so check them out to see more of their work.
Open Studio Club went live last Friday. It’s a website that lets creative people swap or rent studio spaces around the world. It’s a bit like couch surfing for creative studios.
So, if you’re thinking of working for a bit in Berlin or New York next year, Open Studio Club can help find a space.
We need your support to get it going. Please upload a studio, or if you know of anyone who might be interested please pass it on.
Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking podcast which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators. Its a podcast i’ve recommended before, but listening to Jessica Hische and Michael Arad while ironing the other night it really struck me again how powerful the spoken word is and how fascinating it can be to hear the people who’s work we often see. There’s too many great episodes to recommend any specifically, but if you have time on your hands give some a listen.
In a similar vein to Designspiration & Dropular, new service Pintrest is an excellent searchable resource for collating and sourcing creative imagery and titbits. Acting as a digital pinboard, finds can be separated into various categories (or boards), tidily keeping all your newfound gems in their rightful place. A great resource for creating moodboards. Highly recommended.
No doubt a many of you will be familiar with Dave Egger’s Super Hero Supplies store in NYC and similarly his Pirate Store in San Fransico. Following on from their successes state-side, Egger along with a number of other talent dedicated individuals, encouraged by many well known writers have brought the concept to the UK opening Monster Supply Store late last year in Hoxton Street, London.
Essentially created as a space to educate and inspire children to get lost in their imagination and discover the writing in all forms, the front of the store is stocked with all kinds of monster curios to excite even little ones and allow us older ones to rekindle with our inner child.
Branding and packaging design has been beautifully crafted by We Made This all chocked full of witty bits of copy that will have you leaving the store a little lighter in the pocket but with a gleaming wild smile from the innocence of childhood.
Just don’t make the mistake that we did and turn up during the week as they’re only open Saturday and Sunday 11am—5pm.
Will and the team at It’s Nice That have just unveiled some huge and very exciting changes to their site, which now includes even more useful (and enviable) stuff. Rad work guys! *they’re also hiring.
We’ve got a treat for you all this morning. An fantastic – free – resource of infographics. The Noun Project’s mission is to share, celebrate, and enhance the world’s visual language. Their goal is to collect and organize all the symbols that form our language into one easy-to-use online library that can be accessed by anyone. All the symbols on their site are completely free to download, and can be used for design projects, architecture presentations, art pieces – just about anything. They think a visual language that can be understood by all cultures and people is a pretty amazing thing.
The guys from Smile have been in touch to let us know about The High Definition Grid System – created to help when designing for high definition displays. If you have knowledge (or an opinion) on such things why not leave them some feedback?
Leftfield, but indulge me. Spotted this gem on SwissMiss and after trying it out I can imagine it may prove handy for some of you. Vendr is a very unobtrusive and straightforward store that pop’s up over your content and is integrated with Paypal and Google checkout – perfect for selling your prints and crafts through via your blog etc.. Go here to find out more.
D&AD have recently launched a YouTube channel. Still early days, but could become a great resource.