Monday, 24 November 2008

quote of the day

"beauty without depth is just decoration."

another rainbow

roy oppenheim shot these cool rainbow doors at ghent. i love the contrast between the optimistic vertical graphic stripes and the strict horizontal bricks layout.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

quote of the day

"in design sometimes one plus one equals three."
[josef albers german-born american artist, mathematician and educator]

rainbow yarmulke

this rainbow yarmulke was created by ron from a design student in shenkar college. the unique yarmulke was knitted as an answer to a design brief in a visual communication studio that i teach in the industrial design department for the last five years.
the brief asked the students to integrate a found graphic symbol (icon, logo, pictogram etc.) with a found object or environment in order to give both a new meaning (political, ironic, personal, humorist). in this case, the synthesis of the rainbow flag as a graphic symbol, and the jewish yarmulke as a found object, drew attention to the tension between sexual identity and conservative judaism.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

quote of the day

"i don't think that design needs theory, but i think designers need theory."
[johanna drucker designer and theorist]

tokyo zoo

this is a great sign from tokyo zoo that kindly asks the visitors to refrain from feeding the animals. the busy and expressive illustration explains that the monkeys can get a severe stomach ache if they consume the visitors' food. the picture was sent to me by na'ama hofman, a young graduate from the industrial design department in shenkar. na'ama is
now in tokyo studying japanese, and i'm looking forward for more samples of local infographics, signs and pictograms.