Inspirational collection of designer dummies

Artistic people have restless hands. Give us a pen and paper and we scribble away. We are constantly figuring out how curtain shapes work, how lighting is supposed to fall upon an object and what different textures are supposed to look like. Don’t forget it is a fast and easy way to work out your ideas. It makes us think about elements we can not (easily) erase like we can on our computer screens. It forces us to start over: the ditch and redo method. We can see the process we have made over time. It is very educational and the result can be incredibly stunning.

Tauriel by eDufRancisco
Tauriel by eDufRancisco
Landscape by Jared Muralt
Landscape by Jared Muralt
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Coffee & Sketch by Kaan Demircelik
Sketch Blackbook 2014 by Fernando Forero
Sketch Blackbook 2014 by Fernando Forero
Moleskine 3 sketch by Sabinerich
Moleskine 3 sketch by Sabinerich
Sketch journaling by Beejaedee
Sketch journaling by Beejaedee
On the road sketchbook by Thomas Cian
On the road sketchbook by Thomas Cian
Sketching in Capitol Hill, Denver by Paul Heaston
Sketching in Capitol Hill, Denver by Paul Heaston
Some work by Brian Jarrell
Some work by Brian Jarrell
A peek at Chris Riddell's sketchbook
A peek at Chris Riddell’s sketchbook
Faces by Ian McQue
Faces by Ian McQue
2.2 Sketchbook 2014 by Jared Muralt
2.2 Sketchbook 2014 by Jared Muralt
Sketchbook Pt.II by Mustafa Kural
Sketchbook Pt.II by Mustafa Kural
Sketchbook by Wesley Burt
Sketchbook by Wesley Burt

Do you use a dummy to work out your ideas? Do you have the feeling you need to draw when there is pen and paper near? Tell me in the comments down below.

Some incredibly nice jars in package design

Your grandmother may remember the time when they potted their food. They had potted ham and potted… well, anything really. They used to slay an animal and put the meat in a glass preservation jar along with a lot of salt so it wouldn’t rot. Back then, they used pottery in the form of earthenware or stoneware or simply glass jars. Not many people still do this, since going to the store and buy fresh food is much easier and arguably much tastier. I did manage to find some very nice looking jars that reminded me of our neighbor in France: a 86-year old woman, who brings us pâté in a preservation jar when her son has shot some wild animal. It makes me hungry already. Enjoy!

March Pantry's Kosher Salt

Wild Birds Unlimited.

Jack’s Raw Honey Packaging

Waitrose High fruit jams

hokka Petit Pots.

Wooden Cap Bottles by Sue Bee

The Salad Jar.

Son Brusque villa in Sencelles, Majorca

Fruita Blanch identity

Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face

HUMMM... by Christopher Chefel

Selfridges Sweets

Earl's Best Pickled Onions by David Cran

Hexagonal Honey Bottle Packaging Concept by Maksim Arbuzov

Almost edible mobile app icons on Dribbble

The last couple of months designers have been really busy with flat design, which is being called one of the design trends of 2014. But it has come to my attention that among these flat icon designs still are some very handsome designs that are Skeuomorphic. I’ve found some very life-like food related designs that make you hungry by just looking at them. Enjoy and bon appétit!

Bacon by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Bacon by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Chuck by Marc Clancy
Chuck by Marc Clancy
Cinnamon Roll App Icon by Creativedash
Cinnamon Roll App Icon by Creativedash
Oreo iOS Icon by Román Jusdado
Oreo iOS Icon by Román Jusdado
Pancakes App Icon by Creativedash
Pancakes App Icon by Creativedash
Salmon Icon by xiaoxian
Salmon Icon by xiaoxian
Steak by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Steak by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Steak iPhone icon by Mike Warner
Steak iPhone icon by Mike Warner
The Bun by Creativedash
The Bun by Creativedash
Waffle iphone icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy
Waffle iphone icon by Eddie Lobanovskiy

Graphic Designer Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson is a very talented designer from Brooklyn, America. She is very crafty with paper. She not only pushes the boundaries with designing, she also tries to fully explore every aspect involved. In this incredible TEDxPhoenix talk, she talks about the ‘disruptive wonder’, a mechanism for revealing the extraordinary talents of ordinary things.

Paris for pleasure seekers

Her latest project is a map of Paris, in collaboration with Herb Lester. With great use of texture, the illustrations are very well made. With 30 locations highlighted on this map, it covers everything that Paris is known and loved for.

Spread On Desk

Paris Map With Cover

Paris Map Back

Paris Map Front Cover

The record player wedding invitation

Another great project of hers, is the wedding invitation she did for her friends Mike and Karen. This wedding invitation is a record player, which plays an exclusive song, made by the bride and groom. The record player is made entirely out of plastic, paper and a metal needle.

As They Play Music

Needle on the Record

Invitation

What I really appreciate in Kelli is that she values the craftsmanship of design. She has a letterpress in her home, which she uses for various projects. She is very curious and is willing to give everything for her projects.

Reference

For more work by Kelli Anderson:

‘My design is’ by Sérgio Almeida

Sérgio Almeida is a designer from Aveiro, Portugal, who is focussing on animation, illustration and design. As a promotion to the d&da students awards 2012, he made the ‘My Design Is’-project. For this project he made illustration cards, which describe his designs. Along with the cards he made a video where you can see him making the illustration poster. The illustration is a self-portrait and every part of it portrays a visual description of what design is to him. In the end the illustration reads:

“Everything is about having good ideas.”

Reference

Sérgio on the web:

Created a new blog

It took me some time, but it is finally here. When I started blogging a couple of years ago over at the CRD website, I mainly made inspiration galleries, like most blogs do nowadays. But I soon realized that that wasn’t enough. I wanted to meet new people and ask them about their experiences. So I’ve interviewed a couple of designers and developers and they told me their insights. Due to some site difficulties I stopped writing over at the CRD website, but I did wanted to keep on blogging, only this time on my personal website. So that is when I developed this site.

Currently I’m working on a book and a documentary for my graduation project. I’ve interviewed a couple of people from the Netherlands and from England and I have to say that it is tremendously interesting to hear different opinions on design. The book I’m writing is about the perfect portfolio for freelance graphic designers and will have chapters on design for screen and print, marketing, communication and social media, technology and applications and of course content. The documentary is an addition to the book and shows different people from different fields in the design business.

More news is that I’ve also been offered to write for Other Focus, which I gladly except. The articles there will show some overlap with this blog, but I will keep this place for my personal posts. There will always be topics that just don’t fit on Other Focus, so that is why I have this place.