There's a new site in town. It's called FFFFOUND! and it's lovely. Really I have no idea what it's about, who it's by etc, but I love it.
You sign up (obviously) and then every time you see a nice image on the web you bookmark it to your FFFFOUND! Very quickly you build up a huge collection of really gorgeous images. A long list of visual inspiration. There isn't some big scheme behind it, it's just a really nice collection of great images.
It also recommends images for you which in a nice, unobtrusive way. All the images in this post I've found through FFFFOUND! Gorgeous aren't they?
The lovely thing above constructed by Cookie.
One thing is I hate about web designs is that generally, they all look like web designs. In the same way I was disappointed all Matthew Williamson's inspiration appears to come from fashion, it often seems as though all web designers inspiration comes from web designs.
Poke are one company that tend to avoid this and their latest site Get On Board is a shining example of beautiful craft that happens to be on a website. Sure it's a brilliant idea and a great cause, but the craft that's gone into little things like buttons is lovely. And it's managed to look nice and good and hand made without looking twee and shit and like it was done by Swampy.
Just look at the picture / illustration / graphic above. Gorgeous isn't it? And that's what this week is all about.
That was pretty good, wasn't it?
I'd like to say a really big thank you to Henrietta, you guys seem to agree that she did a grand job.
Personally it was weird and exciting to log on every day and see someone else writing on here. As an experiment I think it worked well. It gave you all a rest from me and it added a slightly different flavour to the blog. Hits went up (not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing) and I noticed a few different faces around the place.
I really liked the 7 Rules of Showcasing Architecture in Print post, I'm in love with the Magnum book (more on that soon) and I'm really glad she saved me the trouble of posting about the Matthew Williamson exhibition. (There are a few more pictures of that on Flickr and the picture above is also from the show, well worth a visit.) The death of Barcelona street art post has been linked to all over the place. Let me know in the comments what you thought.
And now back to normal.
Well not quite. Speaking in the broadest sense possible most designers fall into two camps; Form or Function. Hopefully you've already noticed, but I'm very firmly in the Function camp. It's quite not as simple as that of course, as Michael Bierut is often pointing out.
There's a lot of Function on this blog and (maybe) not enough Form. So welcome to Beauty Week. A whole week of stuff that, well, stuff that just looks beautiful. No big theory, no grand ideas, just great looking stuff.
But before that, last night was the final episode of the amazing, Shakespearian, Sopranos. It was stunning. And that's as good a reason as any to direct you to Michael Bierut's Everything I Know About Design I Learned from The Sopranos.