Back in January I noticed Mike Migurski had started using a tag on delicious called everyoneiknowisdoingawesomeshit.
Mike works for, IMHO, the best design company in the world right now, Stamen. Based in San Francisco they do all the work you all talk about in meetings. So it's it's interesting to see what Mike bookmarks. To save you the trouble of going to delicious, here's a list of his everyoneiknowisdoingawesomeshit bookmarks for 09.
Often, more design gets in the way. Often, more design doesn't help, it merely adds more problems. The trouble with this philosophy in a job where you get paid to design is that people think you're shirking the working. Or that you're trying to get away with doing very little.
This isn't the case.
As Rory Sutherland (again more eloquently than I) points out, "the
arising from excessive intervention – because “we must be seen to do
outweigh the benefits." In July he wrote a brilliant article about the
perils of intervening because you have to justify your existence. And
in the way only Rory Sutherland can he cited the examples of the many
people with personal physicians who die young.
"I can imagine what it must be like to be a personal
physician. Every day you must feel you have to do something to justify your
existence. Yet, in truth, most of the time people are better off being medically left
alone most of the time. And most illnesses may be best treated with rest and a
To further elaborate on my point eloquently read this article by Michael Bierut. As I pointed out earlier in the year he lists several pointers to being a successful designer. Here are the first three.
1. Keep it simple. 2. Don’t reinvent the wheel [Part 1]. 3. Don’t reinvent the wheel [Part 2].
Can you see a pattern building?
Good design is as little design as possible. The
arising from excessive intervention outweigh the benefits. Keep it simple. Don’t reinvent the wheel
Another example of 'how to do branding' from a designer at the top of his game. I could easily have mentioned The Oak Room or continued work for MAD.
London went a bit logo mad including the dreadful experience of trying to create a Brand for London. When will they learn, the city doesn't want or need a logo. Michael Johnson has a good round up here.
Of much more importance to London, the Olympic icons were launched. Just as I really like the 2012 logo (sorry David) I really like these icons. Actually, I don't really like the black and white ones, but I love the colour ones and I really like the way it links in with the tube lines thing. Colourful, interesting, different. Exciting. Well done Someone.
Stephen Fry gave a speech at Lords and demonstrates how to be brilliant, funny, warm and touching about nothing much. Brilliant and hilarious.
“Now, many of you will be wondering by what right I presume to stand and
speak in front of this assembly of all that is high and fine and grand
and noble and talented in the world of cricket, and to speak too in
this very temple of all that is historic, majestic and ever so slightly
preposterous and silly in that world? I certainly can’t lay claim to
any great cricketing achievements. I can’t bat, I can’t field, I bowl
off the wrong foot. That sounds like a euphemism for something else,
doesn’t it? “They say he bowls off the wrong foot, know what I mean? He
enters stage left. Let me put it this way, he poles from the Cambridge end of the punt.”
On Wednesday there will be twelve working days left until Christmas Day. Therefore, without any regard for tradition, the Noisy Decent Graphics editorial team have put together a little blog series called 12 Posts of Christmas. There will be reviews of work from 2009, personal highlights, the best links, quotes, funny bits, free mince pies, Last Christmas on repeat and maybe a whole section on Rory Sutherland.
12 Posts of Christmas - starts Wednesday, finishes Christmas Eve.