eco-friendly

Paper green alternatives

Yanko Design has a couple of terrific green alternatives to some common stationery items. The first item is Stapleless Paper developed by Sherwood Forlee. This simple solution to staple waste works for up to 20 sheets of paper and is self-explanatory - just follow the pictures! You can check out this Yanko Design veteran's portfolio for more ideas & concepts. slotted_sheet_2.jpgslotted_sheet_3.jpg slotted_sheet_4.jpgslotted_sheet_6.jpg slotted_sheet_7.jpgslotted_sheet_8.jpg

The next item is developed by Korean designers Wonjae Lee, Sunkyu Kim & Sangjun Hahn. Their Paper Wrap concept is an eco-friendly substitute for the strangely addictive, yet equally annoying product - Bubble Wrap. The package protection comes flat with corrugated holes which are punched through to create shock absorbers. I'm not sure how much more effective this is than regular bubble wrap, but credit is due to the design team for thinking "inside-the-box".

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Behind the Scenes

Before your favorite celebrities are shot on film, there is a whole team of artists who create the concept art and storyboards for these blockbuster flicks. Adam Brockbank is one of these minds and his work is gorgeous. He's done character and setting visualizations for movies like Spiderman 2, Tomb Raider, Troy, Xmen, The Harry Potter series, and the list goes on. Picture_3.jpg Picture_4.jpg Picture_2.jpg

Check out his website for more awesomeness.

Neue Haas Grotesk

helvetica.jpg During a random excursion to HMV in Central on Sunday, I was pleasantly surprised to find the Helvetica film, an indie documentary by Gary Hustwit.

The film explores the history of the typeface, the visions of the designers, and interviews several rockstar designers on their thoughts of the saturated yet personable typeface. Giving both positive and negative outlooks on 'Neue Haas Grotesk', the film is a definite must-see for any designer, and awesome for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Check it out if you can!

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a little whitespace

Our studio is named Whitespace for a very good reason but often people ask us or wonder what 'white space' really is. We've taken a moment here to highlight a few articles and visuals that hopefully shed some light on an often overlooked but vital element of graphic design. white.jpg

A List Apart writes that “Whitespace,” or “negative space” is the space between elements in a composition. More specifically, the space between major elements in a composition is “macro whitespace.” Micro whitespace, is—yes, you’ve guessed it—the space between smaller elements: between list items, between a caption and an image, or between words and letters. The itty-bitty stuff."

On his site, Sherif Tariq writes, "So why is white space so important? Part of the reason is pshychological, and part of it is physical: the text needs room to breathe. When text crowds all the way to the edge, it leaves us feeling crowded and cramped. Long passages of text, written edge to edge can actually tire the eyes".

White space was well understood and defined by former Harper's Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch and more currently, Fabien Baron. His own layouts for the same magazine in the Nineties was filled with whitespace or 'negative' space in photo shoots and typography.

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Even Fabian Baron's house, built by minimalist architect John Pawson, is a lesson in the beauty and serenity of whitespace. (by way of Materialicio.us)

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The use of white space signifies simplicity and no one understands this better than John Maeda. "It is our culture’s tendency to want to fill in the very white space that designers understand to be a critical aspect of the design experience – nothing is as important as something and “when there is less, we appreciate everything much more.”

Whitespace to us is not only a design element but also a philosophy — connected to the way we see the world around us, and express our own studio objectives as well as those of our partners and clients. White space is simplicity and clarity, focus and restraint. White space is inspiration and freedom to think and create.