Archive | January, 2008

April Germain

11 Jan

Her work evolved from her graduate education at Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. As a student of Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart in the early 1970s, Greiman was not only influenced by the International Style, but also by Weingart’s introduction to the style later to become known as New Wave, an aesthetic less reliant on the Modernist heritage. Greiman is credited, along with early collaborator Jamie Odgers as establishing the New Wave design style to the US during the late 70s and early 80s.Prior to the mid-80s, designers shunned computers, viewing them as challenges to the crispness of the International style. However, Greiman did not feel that this should be a limitation, and embracing the physicality of digital work in terms of pixelation, “errors” in digitization, etc.In 1986, she used Macintosh computers to create a noted issue of Design Quarterly, edited by Mildred Friedman and published by the Walker Art Center, entitled Does it make sense?Among many other accolades, Greiman is a recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal for lifetime achievement.


Johnathan Barnbrook

11 Jan

Since 1990, London-based Barnbrook Design has been producing innovative work that combines a mixture of typographic structure, politics and irony. The studio, which chooses to remain small, and works on projects without worrying about “bringing in the money,” has created such fonts as Mason and Exocet for Emigre, plus others released through Barnbrook’s own font foundry, Virus.
Barnbrook has collaborated with contemporary artists, including the much-acclaimed Damien Hirst on the monograph I want to spend the rest of my life everywhere with everyone, one to one always, forever now. Currently the studio is preoccupied with work that questions the critical role of graphic design in society, including work with Adbusters and specially commissioned pieces of graphic authorship.

Yugo Nakamura

10 Jan

Regarded as one of the world’s most innovative web designers, Yugo Nakamura is renowned for the wit and complexity of the interactive animations. An important influence of his was John Maeda. Born in Nara, the ancient capital of Japan in 1970, he originally studied civil engineering and landscape architecture at Tokyo University. After graduation, Nakamura spent four years working on bridge building projects.

His website is so interactive there is a section where there is lines of colour and you move the cursor over them they move with the cursor and in a different section there is geometric shapes that you can play around with.

I really like this image, I love how the words are creating the leaves.

These images manipulations of the Mona Lisa gave me a few laughs.

Susan Kare

10 Jan

Susan Kare, born 1954 in Ithaca, New York, is the original designer of many of the interface elements for the original Apple Macintosh. She joined Apple Computer in 1983.

Kare is the designer of many typefaces, icons, and original marketing material for the Macintosh OS.

Descendants of her groundbreaking work can still be seen in many computer graphics tools and accessories, especially icons such as the Lasso, the Grabber, and the Paint Bucket.

Her most recognizable works from her time with Apple are the Chicago typeface , the Geneva typeface, the Happy Mac (the smiling computer that welcomed Mac users on starting their machines, until Mac OS X 10.2 replaced it with a grey Apple logo), and the symbol on the Command key on Apple keyboards also known as the Apple key.

Since 1988, she has been a successful independent graphic designer working with clients such as Microsoft and IBM. Her projects for Microsoft included the card deck for Windows 3.0’s solitaire game, as well as numerous icons and design elements for Windows 3.0. Many of her icons, such as those for Notepad and various Control Panel applications, remained essentially unchanged by Microsoft until Windows XP.

Danny Brown

10 Jan

Multimedia Designer
Born in Liverpool in 1977, Brown grew up among computers, both by playing video games and watching his father at work as a pioneer of computer graphics. After his father left Liverpool, a family friend the late Roy Stringer, who worked in the Learning Methods Unit at the city’s John Moores University, allowed Brown to use the computers there.


10 Jan
Multimedia design studio Hi-Res! was founded in 1999 by dynamic duo Florian Schmitt and Alexandra Jugovic who met at art college in 1993.

Alexandra’s background is in fine art and graphic design, whilst Florian’s is film and music. They worked for various clients in the design, music and post-production industry where they refined their skills and artistic approach. And due to their fascination with different fields such as film, music and traditional art, they thought they could combine these interests into creative commercial and personal projects. As a result, that is what they did: The year is 1999, Florian and Alexandra make the crucial decision to move from Germany to London to launch their company Hi-ReS!, and they begin working on a personal site called, although they state that at the time they didn’t know that much about the web at that time, but realized Flash would be a great platform for them to pool their varied interests and skills.The project is associated with an exhibition of art-banners entitled “clickhere!”, a sardonic twist, delivering adverts but no products. Beyond their expectations, the site received immediate widespread among the media, culminating in a prominent feature in The New York Times. From this point on, they were approached for work with Mitsubishi, Lexus and NTT Data. They were invited by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky to create a site for his film “Requiem for a Dream” (2000), and they went on to completing other movie sites like “Donnie Darko” (2001), The Lexux’s “Minority Report” Experience (2002), and “The Punisher” (2004). In addition, Hi-Res! created for Sony’s PlayStation 2, and the amazing site for Massive Attack’s album “100th Window.”The sites of hi-res! are truly multisensory explorations, immersing you somewhere between experimental web art and a fantastic dream. The rich worlds they create encourage both personal interaction and unique interpretation. In a an interview for Shift they can be quoted “The common denominator in our process is that we try to aproach a project from a conceptual and not necessarily an aesthetic angle to begin with; we need to be sure of what we wnat to say before we think of how we want to say it”. This has resulted in stunning and original sites over the last seven years that have more than stood the test of time.

Spike Jonze

10 Jan

Jonze was born 22nd of October 1969, in Rockville, Maryland, USA to the name Adam Spiegel.

Spike Jonze made up one-third, along with Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman, of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine. Jonze also shot skate-videos. Most notable among these is Blind’s 1991 magnum opus “Video Days”. and is also co-owner of the Girl skateboard company.

His videos for for the Beastie Boys Starsky and Hutch inspired “Sabotage”, Bjorks Busby Berkeley style “It’s Oh So Quiet”, Weezer’s amazing ‘Happy Days’ styled “Buddy Holly”, Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” and Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” featuring Jonze as Richard Koufey with the fictional Torraine Community Dance Group all won numerous awards and are some of the most succesful music videos ever made.
Spike Jonzes’ first feature film “Being John Malkovich”, a surreal comedy which sees John Cusacks’s character Craig Schwartz discovering a passage into the mind of John Malkovich.