Grunge design isn’t dead, is in zombie mode

Sometime between the morning coffee and the “get mail” button stomp with a good article about grunge design, decosntruction and what has been of it in the past decade. The author list examples of agencies and designers keeping the movement alive and responsible for the evolution and possible decay of it.

They say David Carson is the “father of grunge” because he rejected typical type layouts and played with non-mainstream techniques to achieve different results. He surrounded himself in the Southern California surf/skate culture in the late 80s and early 90s where he began to make his mark. This went on to help define the visual aesthetic for surf/skate culture as fans began to identify with it.

The post was written by Jeff Finley , one of the owners of Go Media and admin of the GoMediaZine. You can check the complete article at the site here.

30 clean logos

Logos are everywhere, and every one of them is a visual element that serves basic functions :

Identification

A logo identifies your company, represents you to the outside world. Often it’s the first thing a potential customer sees.

Distinction

Your logo will distinguish you from your competition providing a way for customers to recognize and select you amidst others.

Communication

It communicates something direct, and sometimes subtle about your company. What does your logo say about your company? Classy? Trustworthy? Serious? or Unprofessional? Sloppy? Outdated?

Most logos accomplish the 3 functions with varying degrees of effectiveness. How does yours measure up?

Analize the 30 logos presented here about how they represent the brand through color, shapes, and typography. GET INSPIRED and don’t forget to post your thoughts ! 🙂

Diamond Bookstore by Malik Joanna

Diamond Bookstore

– Killed Productions by ethereal

Killed Productions

– Lochness by Navy Blue Design

Lochness

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Can good design save the newspaper?

What would you tell me if after a redesign, your  old-classy-boring newspaper got an award as The World’s Best Designed Newspaper ?

Would you read it more often? would it increase their sales? well, you can find those answers in this short talk [only 6 minutes!] by designer Jacek Utko, an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%.

Jacek Utko designs to save newspapers

If you have trouble viewing the video try viewing it here:
http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/jacek_utko_asks_can_design_save_the_newspaper.html

[TIP] SO YOU NEED A TYPEFACE

Have you ever been in that spot of the project where the brainstorming has ended and now you are about to choose the right type for it? Well, stress no more friend! use this fun font-chooser advisor !

Designer Julian Hansen offers a clever and helpful flowchart that helps both typography nerds and neophytes find the right font.

by Julian
It’s fun to follow around the thoughts and threads of Hansen’s flowchart. Start with the big button in the middle, choose your project, and fly around the chart, arriving eventually at a font that’s either inspired or the perfect choice for your tired tastes, depending on your answers. Those with an eye for kerning and the like may just get a laugh or two from the picks, but for those of us who have no idea what we’re seeing in lettering most of the time, there’s some real value in being asked “How do the (words) Semi-Sans, Semi-Serif sound?” The English translation’s a bit stilted at times, but you’ll get the joke, or advice, in most cases.

See more by Julian on his website: http://julianhansen.com/