Monday, 21 June 2010

More on e-book design

I can't get enough of the heavy debate about e-book design, shifting focus from print to web and what's been said and predicted in the past. Wholesome, informative, educational. It's all very new to me and I though I'd share.


Article: Electro Library Dreams


Article: Designing for iPad: Reality Check

Article: WIRED on iPad: Just Like a Paper Tiger...


Article: This Way To The Web, Print Designers!

Article: Dear Designer: You Suck

Central Saint Martins BA (Honours) Graphic Design Degree show 2010

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

L'iPad & Digital Magazines

Apple, you got me. I seriously want an iPad. For a long time I considered the iPad to be a large iPod Touch, which I own and am actually very happy with. So why do I want one now? Well obviously not because I want to spend long hours typing up emails and documents in iWorks on it. It's not a computer and I don't intend to use it like one. From what I've heard and have experienced so far, movies and photographs look pretty amazing on it but most of all it makes me read magazines the way I wanted to read magazines 10 years ago. These are simply things you can't really do well on an iPod Touch. I've found quite a few iPad apps for magazines that interest me so far, and they're really not as expensive as I though they would be, major plus. I can't wait to see what Conde Nast will come up with and what other, more niche and underground focussed magazines will do. Will I buy one now? I'm super tempted but I think I'm going to wait for the 2nd generation iPad. I don't really care about the highly anticipated camera everyone's banging on about, but I do want to be able to multitask and run flash on it. Also spending £429 on a mere 16 GB and NO 3G just isn't worth it.... or is it? Hmmm... Anyway, as for digital publications, digital magazine design is a whole different ballgame as opposed to printed magazine design. Typography, meta-data, photography, interactive elements; pretty much the whole lay-out needs to be reconsidered, it's simply a completely different way of story telling and I've recently come to the conclusion that digital magazine design&publication are fields I wouldn't mind working in either. In fact every time I find a new magazine/newsfeed related app my enthusiasm grows and makes me want to read more and more and more and etc. Am I turning my back on the good old running-to-the-bookshop-to-pick-up-THE-new-issue? Hell no, digital & print aren't comparing, in my opinion. But I'm a n00b and I only just jumped on the iPad fangirl bandwagon. I don't have the (technical) knowledge on it's possibilities, bugs and where this device fails to deliver (yet) and if there possibly is a product on the market that does a much better job but I'm learning and it's all very exciting. I've fallen in love. If you're interested in digital magazines (on/and) the iPad but can't be bothered to spend hours geeking out online doing research, then these clips might be of use to you: x    

Pentagram: 5 Ways the iPad Will Change Magazine Design

"This conceptual video is a corporate collaborative research project initiated by Bonnier R&D into the experience of reading magazines on handheld digital devices. It illustrates one possible vision for digital magazines in the near future, presented by our design partners at BERG (London)."

iPad magazine artdirection.

Digital magazine creation with Woodwing software.

The Guardian's Eyewitnessapp does a lovely job showing daily news photography. (And it's free.)

The Guardian's Eyewitnessapp explained.

Wired Magazine for iPad. I kinda fell in love with the iPad when I read this magazine on it.

Wired Magazine for iPad. Official trailer. Yumyum

iPad App Review - Zinio - Magazine reader

Time magazine for iPad.

Interview Magazine for iPad. Yay! Big fan of the printed version.

Letter to Jane Magazine for iPad. Hadn't heard of this magazine before, but it's looking sexy.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

World Cup 2010: Ghana wins over Serbia 1-0 & Brixton goes mad.

As Australia is supposed to play against Germany tonight, I thought it was either Germans or, - more likely - Australians who were making all that cheerful preparatory noise around the corner. (There's loads of them living in Brixton and this all happened literally around the corner form my crib) So I got a bit curious and went out with my camera to see if I could take some scandalous photos of drunken Ozzies. Turned out Ghana had won their match against Serbia; which apparently was reason enough to have a party in the middle of the road next to Tesco's haha. Cars, busses, cyclists; everyone got stopped in the middle of the road by Ghanaian football fans. This was an amazing Brixton impromptu; London I heart you! x

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Some more American graphic design love

Louis "Lou" Dorfsman (1918 – 2008) was a graphic designer who oversaw almost every aspect of the advertising and corporate identity for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in his forty years with the network. There are 2 books that I've been wanting to buy for while. Dorfsman & CBS and Herb Lubalin: Art Director, Graphic Designer and Typographer. But I can't really justify spending £200 on the latter right now, so Dorfsman's book is at the top of my to-get list. And for now I'll have to do with a couple of scanned images and spreads.