Arabesque 2 – Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia


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Fall is here. The days are getting shorter, the wind is cold and the temperature is getting frosty. Just perfect to stay home, cuddle up on the sofa and grab a good book to read. Here’s my recommendation: Arabesque 2. It was published this year in September by Die Gestalten. The two editors Ben Wittner and Sascha Thoma take you to the arabic and persian world. Impressively they show us how cultural and modern influences mix into its own new style.

Die Gestalten Verlag: “Arabesque 2 is a collection of recent cutting-edge work by young designers and activists from the Arab world and Iran. The examples of typography, graphic design, logos, editorial design, and illustration presented here chart a compelling course between local visual convention and a modern international style that is emblematic of the increasing cultural emancipation of the entire Middle East. The book’s rich selection of groundbreaking visuals is supplemented by texts and interviews that describe the environments in which the featured designers and artists work. Arabesque 2 also includes a preface by John Martin, co-founder of Art Dubai, and a CD-ROM with 4 typefaces related to its themes.”

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InspireD – Campbell’s


And we end the day with an InspireD-Photo shot by Omitsu Issey from Barcelona, Spain (also take a look at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – Vasarely Go Home by Omitsu Issey). Thank you for that amazing photo.

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Abstract Sunday – Live-illustrating the New York City Marathon


Christoph Niemann, an illustrator, designer and author of Abstract Sunday, a column for the New York Times Magazine ran the New York City Marathon last sunday. Niemann “live-illustrated” that event. Thank you for such a funny sunday in 46 sketches. You can see the entire marathon at Abstract Sunday or at the  Twitter-Account of Christoph Niemanns. Very recommandable. Here are some extracts:

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InspireD – Architecture


Today’s photo was shot by Jean Francois Porchez from Clamart, France. It shows architecture from an even more beautiful perspective. Thank you for that fantastic photo.

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InspireD – Berlin sunset


Today’s InspireD-Photo comes from Berlin, Germany. It was shot by Jörg Nicht, who’s amazing photos have a rapidly growing internet fan base. Thank you for this athmospheric snapshot.

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InspireD – Nice to have you on board Indonesia


Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to post a picture this weekend. But there’s good news: the weekend is over and I am back at my beloved Desk. Today’s picture is from Fretty Aulia from Jakarte, Indonesia. Thank you for this nice picture. Fretty makes really nice photos and you will definitely see more of her.

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Comedy Carpet – A remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh


A few days ago I stumbled across the website of the visual artist Gordon Young, where I found his current project, the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool. I don’t want you to miss out on this impressive art work: The Comedy Carpet is located at the foot of Blackpool Tower. It expands over an area of “2.200 square metre artwork made up of jokes, songs, and catchphrases from comedians and writers of British comedy“. You will find of over 1.000 quotations written with more then 160.000 granite letters “embedded into concrete”.
This project was developed by Gordon Young (design) in collaboration with Why Not Associates (design) and PACE (project management). On its official website the Comedy Carpet is described as “a remarkable homage to those who have made the nation laugh, it’s also a stage for popular entertainment that celebrates entertainment itself . The letters vary in size from a few centimeters to over a meter. Because the requirements for the project where so specific, the Comedy Carpet team had to take care of the production and purchase of many elements themselves. “After several months of research, with input from chemists and engineers, the Comedy Carpet team evolved new techniques and recipes for production including a special white face mix and the perfect blue that wouldn’t fade. They searched far and wide to find materials of the exact quality and consistency; from India, they sourced black and red granite; from China, stainless steel. Although constructed on an industrial scale and making use of new technology, the work also required craft skills of a very high standard. The process of making each of the 320 slabs involved many complex stages from cutting, sorting, fettling and laying out each of the letters to a three-stage casting process, curing, trimming, grinding and polishing.” Here are some more visual impressions:

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InspireD – Made in Paris


Today’s InspireD-Photo comes from Paris, France. Rodrigo Lavalle sent me this nice street art photo. Très bien! Hopefully we will see more of you.

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InspireD – New category


It’s time for a new category: InspireD! Your daily inspiration-quickie. Everyday you will find a new photo here: typographic, creative, simple, beautiful themes…. It just has to be inspiring! You are welcome to send or recommend photos. We will start with Omitsu Issey from Barcelona, Spain. The photo was shot at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, at the exhibition Vasarely Go Home. Thank you Omitsu fo that impressive photo!

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RE:DESIGN – Creative Director Conference


In a few days, the RE:DESIGN Creative Director Conference will take place in Palm Springs, California. Here the press release to get the “When”, “Who” and “What”:

RE:DESIGN is a series of conferences focused on creatives and the design world. The conferences, with a focus on small scale discussions eschews the typical panel format. The result is an atmosphere where attendees can interact, network, and learn from each other. RE:DESIGN/Creative Directors will bring together leading creative directors from traditional design firms, interactive agencies, in-house groups, ad and branding agencies. Sponsors include Getty Images and the DesignScene App.

RE:DESIGN/Creative Directors Conference takes place November 7 & 8 in Palm Springs, California, and features a keynote with Paula Scher of Pentagram.

Paula Scher began her graphic design career as a record cover art director at both Atlantic and CBS Records in the 1970s and in 1991 she joined Pentagram as a partner. She has developed identity and branding systems, promotional materials, environmental graphics, packaging and publication designs for a wide range of clients including, among others, Bloomberg, The Museum of Modern Art, The Public Theater, and the New York City Ballet. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums around the world.

RE:DESIGN Conference focuses on discussions rather than panels. Session leaders for the event are:

Additional information as well as registration information can be found at www.redesignconference.com

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