First of all, what the heck is a GIF? In a nutshell, a GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) is a file format that allows for a series of photos or images to be strung together and cycled through on a set time frame (not unlike a slide show). Generally, they are found running in an endless-loop. They used to be seen most commonly as those horrid smiley faces and words and angels and signs that jumped and waved and tried to get your attention on early websites. Or they were used to bling-up pre-teen MySpace pages. (not that I would know anything about that…)
I am extremely impressed by those who now make gorgeous, artistic GIFS out of a series of photos. They are simply stunning. And the main names associated with creating wonderfully artistic and beautiful gifs? That would undoubtedly be:
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg
They coined the term “cinemagraph” to describe these types of photo GIFs. Take a look and be amazed. Then, go check out Jamie’s tumblr (From Me To You) and their cinemagraph site for more!
Have you ever made a GIF? I did for a class but I’m to embarrassed to put it up with these outstanding ones. But if you have any of your own, or want to share any others not done by Jame and Kevin please leave a comment!
Plus tell me which is your favorite! Either on from here or from their site or Jamie’s tumblr.
Sometimes posters – for movies, events, or anything really – are just too cluttered. And I often feel like there is some abuse of photography. Too many poster designs hanging up just throw up a picture and call it good. Movie posters in particular do this. It obviously works considering the amount of posters that are bought, but I wouldn’t call it great design. Great design should capture the essence of its subject by using only what is necessary. Great design, is simple. I’m happy to see a recent trend among designers leaning toward simplicity in design, particularly movie posters. (Apparently I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the current movie poster designs). I’ve collected a few simple poster designs below, movies are the prevailing genre that use posters, but I’ve included a other examples as well.
I love that all the words are connected and that the lines don't "stop" but appear to keep going beyond the paper. Found originally here.
There are a lot of simple Inception posters out there, which is interesting as the idea is considered complex, but this is by far my favorite. The simple showing of three levels with the last falling apart. Simplicity at it's finest. Designed by Christopher Conner
Each designer was asked to represent a musical genre using one element and one typeface, this is my favorite of the bunch. From edits by edits, found here.
A great minimalist depiction of Scott Pilgrim vs the world by Blake Jones.
About a year ago I did a post about creatively designed tea infusers. People do a lot of awesome design work with tea pots, infusers, coffee mugs, coffee pots, and a whole mess of over beverage related items. Most recently on my radar are wonderfully and uniquely designed tea bags. If you haven’t seen any, be prepared to be blown away. I think anyone would drink more tea if they had these, sadly I believe all of these are only design concepts and not available for purchase.
Soothing origami with soothing tea. A perfect combination from Russian designer Natalia Ponomareva.
A tea bag that folds out to an origami boat and floats on top of your tea. Adorable. (Found on Swiss Miss)
The Tbag uses the pronunciation of tea quite literally.
This is one of my all time favorites. I found it a long time ago and find it incredibly clever. Designed by Soon Mo Kang
I think making your workspace inspiring is important, and your computer is often a big part of that. Having a bland and basic desktop background does not equal inspiring space in the least. And if you are me, you no longer have time to make your own desktops like I used to (that was actually how I first started learning to use Photoshop, hurray for being self-taught!) Fortunately there are a great many fantastic and free downloadable desktop wallpapers around the webisphere. I have collected some here. Hopefully they can contribute to your inspirational work spaces:
Fossil often comes out with fantastic wallpapers and this one of their best
Lucian Marin is gracious enough to offer up fantastic wallpapers on his website. This one is superb for designers.
Smashing Magazine always collects fantastic wallpapers every month from various artists. This one is nice and simple and lovely.
This was originally from 55 Hi's but appears the original file is gone. I found it on Chic-Type.
I am constantly finding new and fabulous prints that I want to hang everywhere, especially around my computer where I tend to do most of my creative work. Since I find them so inspiring I thought I’d share a few and perhaps inspire some of you (did you catch the rhyme?)
If someone insists I must, I must.
Perfect for the days when you are so frustrated you might cry. (we’ve all been there)
This one doesn’t require any additional comment.
Just for fun. I have yet to find this actual print, if anyone knows where I can get it or one like it PLEASE let me know. I would love to have it.
That phrase alone is enough to peak my curiosity. Thanks to the site craftgawker I came across a short post the All Things Paper blog and was, much to my delight, introduced to the work of Bianca Chang. What she does with paper takes extreme patience, but her results are beautiful.
She’s managed to put typography into a sculptured form. The only issue I have is that I can’t see all of the alphabet. I hope she is working on letting the world see that as well as what she has showcased on her website. A few examples:
She posted a video to accompany this letter. View it here.