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This Pizza Box Turns into Plates and a Storage Container

They call it green, but I call it smart. Win win.

Dollar ReDe$ign Project

A refreshing look at money. I really think the U.S. Mint needs to do something radical and these designs are beautiful

A Fluid Sculpture

Completely mesmerizing.

US Gov is Taking Down a Beautiful Sign at a Border Crossing

"'The sign could be a huge target and attract undue attention,' a spokeswoman for the Customs and Border Protection Agency told the Times. 'Anything that would place our officers at risk we need to avoid.'" Um, that's unbelievable. Are they going to start shape-shifting the White House because people can recognize it?

The Cleveland Indians Alternate Home Jersey is Beautiful

Posted June 15, 2009

Indians Jersey 1

Indians Jersey 2

This is the second season they're wearing them, but I'm just noticing them now. Baseball uniforms are usually pretty classy, but these fauxbacks are really nice. In fact, I'm tempted to buy one of those hats, just because they look great. The only downside is the continued use of Chief Wahoo. Racism isn't cool.

If you want to see some more views, you can see the official announcement. And while they didn't really cover this explicitly, Uni Watch should satisfy any uniform curiosity you've got.

Al Shaw Talks About the Redesign of TPM's Homepage

The site is much cleaner, but I'm really impressed by the CMS tool he created. It allows editors to try out different homepages without ever messing with templates or code. Good job, Al.

Photos of Jake Nickell's New House

This house looks really well put together. I love the bright, but not overwhelming colors.

SND's Top 5 Newspaper Designs of 2008

My favorite by a good margin was the last in the slideshow, Welt am Sonntag. [via Khoi]

NBA Basketball Team Heat Maps

The maps graph wins over losses, as well as the strength of the win or loss, over 5 years. At the bottom of each season it shows the team's most used players. [via infosthetics]

Things Our Friends Have Written on the Internet

Two guys, Ben and Russell, printed their favorite blog posts from 2008 on broadsheet newsprint. You can request a copy here.

Redesigning Monopoly's Packaging

Andy Mangold, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, created a classy rebranding of the Monopoly Box. It's sexy, but I'd love to see what he would have done with the board itself.

Daniel Libeskind's New York Tower

A refined take on a building that shows its skeleton. I'm excited to see this come to fruition.

Seeing Eye Calendar

I already have enough 2009 calendars, so putting this here will have to do.

News Designer Rounds Up Reactions to the Tribune Redesign

It's a huge departure and the screens in this post show it. As Chitown is my hometown, I'm going to pick up a copy and whip together a post of my own on this.

Beautiful Line Motif in Luke Hayman's Vibe Redesign

Damn, I love this design element. Here's his full write-up on the Pentagram blog.

The Awesome Three-Piece Book Jacket for Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends

Yes, this was everywhere a month or so ago, but I'm in clear-all-tabs mode.

25 Resources for Ornaments, Fleurons and Frilly Bits

It pains me to link to "X Ways to Y" lists, but I always have a tough time finding good frilly bits when designing a site.

Four Stories, Eight Feet Wide, One Home

Some remnant space between two bigger buildings was used for a home. The images really show the ingenuity and thought that went into this project. [via coudal]

Free Design Plans for a Green Home

"David Wax and his team at Free Green turn the home design business model on its head. They are charging exactly what most people are willing to pay for design: Nothing." They make their money from partnerships with vendors they include in the design plans.

What's the Problem?

Posted April 21, 2008

Wednesday of last week I went to see three partners from Pentagram — Paula Scher, Michael Bierut and Michael Gericke — present "Designing New York’s Visual Identity" at the Museum of the City of New York. Most of the pieces weren't new to me, but the discussion portion got my mind stirring.

One of the Michaels, I believe it was Bierut, mentioned his preference for redesigns over creating new branding. Responding to a question about how to deal with poorly received design, Scher explained that this is actually a failure in understanding the client's needs. Together, these points got me thinking about the anxiety that comes with new design projects.

I enjoy design work, but I often get frustrated when there isn't a clearly defined set of problems. Redesigns tend to be easier because the questions are clearer. Not only do you have an existing model for reference, but the client has a better sense of what's missing in the current setup.

The key to keeping frustrations at bay is defining as many questions and answers as possible before putting pen to paper. If you don't have all the questions, go back to the client. If you don't have all the answers, go to your coworkers or peers. It sounds simple, but it's something I rarely remember to do when I'm feeling stressed.

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