You! Be Inspired! #0002

Inspiration April 25, 2012

We’ve had quite a lively and green weekend – we’ve got the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival closing out, and on the same day we had Earth Day. Well, if you’re going to count the Friday before the weekend, it’s more a lot more greener than we thought.
 
Talking about the recent Coachella Festival, we have a feature interview with gig poster maker and ad man extraordinaire, JP Cuison! He’s made unique poster designs featuring some of our beloved cartoon characters. Aside from an interview, we’ll be talking about industrial designer, Dieter Rams’ 10 Principles of Good Design and how you can use it as your graphic design inspiration.
 
So after a short break we are back to being awesome and we’ve got a few interesting things for this week’s edition of You! Be Inspired!

 


 

A few things the team talked about the past week is food and web design. I know there’s nothing much in common between them except the design/presentation side of it. But lo and behold we stumbled upon a tasty website that caters to delicious food reviews and practices Apple’s design philosophy in their web design. Check out Pepper for some quirky solutions to your food cravings.

 

Web Design
 

What we love about creatives is their auteur tendencies. One fella we found online is Kyle Steed. His works covers typography, icon design, photography, and rebranding. His simple hand-drawn sketches provide a unique character to his different projects. If you’re the sketch first, render later type of graphic designer, you should check out Kyle Steed’s portfolio.

 

Graphic Designer
 

We’ve been taking inspiration from tumblr lately, taking advantage of their interesting “Spotlight” section where they feature interesting blogs. These blogs are categorized based on interest, and the categories are wide-ranging – from typography to young adult literature. Here are some tumblrs that tickled our interest:

Typostrate: typography focused tumblr with samples on how you can use type in different ways.

 

Typography and Graphic Design

 

Typography and Graphic Design

 

Typography and Graphic Design

 

Visual Poetry: A poetry-cum-typography tumblr. The site’s owner, Anatol Knotek, features images that inspire his work and as well as his original artwork.

 

Typography and Graphic Design
 

Typography and Graphic Design
 

Typography and Graphic Design
 

The Impossible Cool: A tumblr that features vintage, sometimes never-before-seen, photographs of well-known artists and performers.

 

Vintage Photography
 

Vintage Photography
 

Vintage Photography
 

Our team here at You The Designer are a bunch of nostalgic bunnies. We talk about the nineties and the things we did as kids, and just enjoy the memories. It’s an endless conversation about time and existentialism – anyway, Dear Photograph’s one of the few sites that actually lets you feel that deep nostalgia just by looking at pictures with old photos placed in its modern backdrop.

 

 

Vintage Photography
 

Vintage Photography
 

Vintage Photography
 

Another nostalgia-infused photo gallery is Sergey Larenkov’s rephotography of images from the Second World War. (the link goes to a Russian language site)

Rephotography
 

Rephotography
 

Rephotography
 

Something related to photography, here’s an interesting theme on tumblr that utilizes HD photographs. The theme, aptly called Maximalist, gives photojournalists and photographers the advantage of using their HD photographs, and post them online. If you’re both and a tumblr user, this theme will suit you well.

 

Web Design and Themes

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It may sound a little bit off or awkward, but artists have to dress up, too. Dear Designer is another tumblog that not only caters to design and fashion, but also provides ample advice to designers who are troubled by their trousers.

 

Graphic Design and Fashion

Print design may sound so 20th century to some, but it won’t be going anywhere. If you appreciate books and the design on its covers, Book by its Cover features quirky book cover designs and their designers.

 

Graphic Design in Print
 

Graphic Design in Print
 

Graphic Design in Print
There you have it, this week’s edition of You! Be Inspired! Hope you liked it, and share it with your friends or subscribe to our RSS feed.

If you want us to feature your work or a designer that inspires you most, let us know. Just hit us up via Facebook or Twitter! Make sure to watch out for this week’s You! Be Informed! and other articles that we’ll be featuring.

 

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 Cadence Wu

Cadence is You The Designer's senior blogger, and the most jack-of-all-trades of the staff. She's always trying out something different every day, some of which fuels her posts here on the blog. Let her know if you want us to post more about your favorite topic - she might know more than a thing or two about it!

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