Archive for December, 2009

Real Life Tetris: Sculptures by Michael Johansson

December 17, 2009

I’ve just come across some recent hype on Michael Johansson and his interesting sculptures.


Helvetica and the NYC Subway System

December 17, 2009

When I worked at Swipe Books, I tried my hardest to collect every book covering Helvetica and every book on subway maps. I have always been captivated by Vignelli’s creation of the brilliant NYC subway map and wondered how no one has made an in depth book covering it. Well, “type nut” Paul Shaw just released “Helvetica and the NYC Subway System”, a 144 page book that does just that and some.

“While the 273 illustrations in the book are bound to please the typical type-gazer, the publication also serves as much more than a fluffed up piece of eye candy. The level of detail in research for such an obscure topic is staggering.

Read the full new article at MyFonts and purchase the book here.

Designers and Clients

December 17, 2009

I came across this. Pretty funny! “How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell.” Read the whole thing at The Oatmeal.

Made me think of this – which I’m sure most graphic designers have seen already.

Shoulda, coulda, didn’t: 001

December 15, 2009

I know this article has been done and seen by everyone but I love the project and want to review it again. I looked into it many years ago and wanted about it then but I had no blog. I have one now so.. although it is old news – it is still a very fresh idea.

“One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. But New York City’s garbage, well, that’s art.” says Justin Gignac on his website NYC Garbage. in 2001 Justin started New York City Garbage as an experiment in the importance of packaging. Justin has special edition version of NYC Garbage including New Years Eve at Times Square, Opening Day at Yankee Stadium and many others. Over 8 years, Justin has sold over 1200 cubes of New York trash globally. He continues to sell original cubes for $50 a pop while special editions will run you $100. I would honestly love to receive one as a present and wouldn’t at all feel ripped off. Buy one here.

While I’m on topic:

Created by New York couple, Justin (talked about above) and Christine, the site is called Wants For Sale and the idea is that they paint the items they want and sell the art for the exact price of what they want. Looking over the site, they seem to have had great success. Not only have they received press from sources like the New York Times Magazine, but most of their paintings have actually been sold.

“Cooking Lessons” priced at $220.00 (Couples class at I.C.E.)

Chia Pet (Pig) prices at $23.70

Quick Link: ISO50 Interview on GrainEdit

December 15, 2009

When the two greatest weblogs meet: Check it out.

Illustrator Spotlight: Robert Samuel Hanson

December 15, 2009

I have been a longtime reader of Monocle Magazine for many reasons. Aside from the interesting articles and the great layouts, I most of all admire the illustration that resides the written content. Somehow, I have never been motivated to look in to the name behind the work but GrainEdit recently posted a great article on the man himself. His name is Robert Samuel Hanson and this is his work:

To see Robert’s portfolio: Click click.

Rétrofuturs (Hulk4598) / Stéphane Massa-Bidal

December 14, 2009

The concept and execution of this work is brilliant. I had to post a few examples. To see more of their great work:

“Pantone Declares Turquoise Color of 2010”

December 13, 2009

What better way to kick off the blog. Pantone announced that turquoise is next years colour. It has been showing up more and more since I finished design school. I originally used a tone of it throughout my original concepts of Healthy Design. It survived the redesign and this helps explain why. “Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing,” says Pantone.

View the original article.

This is where it starts.

December 13, 2009

So the “team” at Healthy Design Labs, aka Topher Edwards, is starting up this blog here. It will contain daily short-but-sweet, posts on fellow designers who inspire us here. Looking forward to what comes next. Visit our new site at for more information on our small studio.