My new job is to design digital menus for various restaurants. It’s nice because it combines two of my favorite things, design and food. I always see amazing looking print menus and am wistful to be working in that medium. Though I am not a print designer, I can be inspired by all of the lovely print menu work out there.
I’m a sucker for anything Michigan or Great Lakes themed. So I fell in love with this kickstarter project for posters of all of the Great Lakes states. Meng Yang, the Chicago based graphic designer behind the project, has until March 20 to raise enough money to produce the posters.
I’m always on the lookout for cool laser cut or etched projects, so when I found these great wooden maps of U.S. lakes from Below the Boat, I was blown away. They’re made to be bathymetric charts (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), so each layer is laser cut as its own piece and then glued.
Of course the Great Lakes maps are the best looking, but maybe I’m biased?
I may have found my dream home. We are going to have a look at it on Saturday and I’m already decorating it in my head.
I’ve always coveted the Penguin Hardcover Classics. I love the idea of a bookshelf lined with their perfect spines. I think it may be our generation’s version of having a set of the Great Books of the Western World — asort of bourgeois display of my pseudo-intellectual leanings. But I don’t care. They’re pretty.
But wait. It gets harder There are also Penguin Drop Caps. With covers designed by Jessica Hische. Damn you, Penguin. I need all the books.
While ESP has been mostly working to create prints specifically for clients, they did come out with some of their own original designs this winter that are awesome enough I wanted to give them a second post to feature them here.
I spent some of yesterday working, but at least got out early enough to enjoy a BBQ and Blimes while the weather was still nice. An insane thunder/hail storm that made me think the world was going to end eventually sent me indoors for snacks and DIY Blimes. When I returned home, the storm had passed and I was still able to catch a few fireworks in my neighborhood.
Also, there’s this rad guy and an American flag. Happy 4th of July!
I’m probably late to the game, but I just found out about the Green Garage in Midtown in Detroit and was really impressed by the architectural design of the building. It’s a former Model-T factory turned office space and is owned by Tom and Peggy Brennan. I love everything from the chairs and tables they used to the rustic, wooden rafters adorning the ceiling. And the “green” in Green Garage is there for a reason as the building “used mostly reclaimed materials, generated just one-and-a-half Dumpsters’ worth of waste, and used passive means – a white roof, triple-glazed windows and extra-thick insulation – to cut the building’s energy demand by 90 percent.”
Here’s a few pictures of the Green Garage, or if you really want to nerd-out you can view a Powerpoint presentation of before and after pictures here.
As we’re in the midst of the NBA playoffs, I thought it was a good time to post these NBA logo redesigns by Michael Weinstein. I found them a little while back and loved the idea of a league with consistent, well-designed logos. Maybe some day.
While looking for the logos this morning, I also started reading through his actual site, full of historical detail on each team he’s redesigned and images of their old logos. For example, did you know this was the original Detroit Piston’s logo when they were located in Fort Wayne, Indiana?
I sure didn’t. Well without further ado, here’s a few of my favorite NBA logo redesigns by Michael Weinstein, and be sure to check out all of his logos, along with the different team’s past and actual current logos here.
My brother, Logan Walters, has been working on a “3DS Recovered” project, where he’s redesigning every Nintendo 3DS game he acquires. Here’s a few of my favorites, and you can see all the ones he’s done so far on his blog.