For those who don’t know, I am doing a series on different forms of type – whether handmade or made on the computer that I find really beautiful and well-designed that I stumble upon in my daily life. I realize that it would probably be very easy to find stuff on the Internet and post it, but I thought this would be more fun for myself to look for and find and share 🙂 Some of these are so much more prettier in person, but nevertheless here they are!
Design has always been something that I have been interested in – a bit of graphic design, a bit of art, typography, etc. So, today I wanted to share some of my favorite inspirational design websites currently! 🙂 [not in any order]
- CollateCollate is a tumblr-esque website with minimalist display broadcasting some of the most beautiful designs currently in existence. The two defining factors that distinguish Collate from other websites for me is the display and the content displayed (which I guess means everything lol). The display is really nice in the fact that it shows multiple shifting images within the same space on the website – thus showing several different aspects of the company, artist, etc. being represented. And in terms of that being represented, Collate does a really good job of really displaying a variety of different types of content – videos, magazines, artists, companies, restaurants, anything!.
- Design of the WorldAs one of the first design websites that captured my eye, it will be the one that always has a special place in my heart. Design of the World is laid out in a different way than Collate but also it focuses less on art and aesthetic design, but more on utilitarian design – how can we use design in a way to benefit the world? How can we create something beautiful that can also be used? Geek out over the Makoko Floating School or gush over the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, the world truly has a lot to offer and a lot of talented people out there.
- Mr-Cup – Graphic Exchange I just discovered Mr-Cup, a new favorite of mine because letterpress! Mr-Cup or Graphic Exchange or Mr. Cup, whichever you prefer, is actually a shop website, selling graphic designer Fabien Barral’s letterpress calendars, coasters, etc. On his blog, he also attracts a variety of different graphic designers, typographists looking for inspiration. He features his own work with letters, but also the work of others, all displaying the art of letters, penmanship, and expressive ideas. Barral also recently expanded on his blog with the start of his own design magazine – Walter Magazine. For more information, just check out the various links in the header of his website that I have linked.
And yet another segment of random pins on Pinterest. I haven’t been going on Pinterest lately – mainly only when I’m bored – but I still have a couple more random posts that I still really like and want to share with you all!
1. Decorated bottles
I think this is just simply really beautiful. I love the look of the clear glasses and the white flower designs on it. I also think that it is something that you could easily do yourself – just purchase glass bottles and white paint and just do your own thing and any way you do it, it would probably turn out amazing. Also, it probably has tons of uses – putting plants, flowers, etc. or just plain using them for decoration. I’m definitely adding this to my to-do list!
I love this image. And I think that’s why I’m so obsessed with design – the way they manage to smoothly incorporate such powerful ideas through just a simple manipulation – that’s art at it’s finest. I thought this one was particularly interesting for a telling message about obesity in America and the current issue about the guidelines towards purchasing soda drinks.
This is such a clever idea – use hangers to hang up your magazines rather than your clothes. This is such an industrial design maneuver… it’s fantastic. I think it would definitely make reading and organizing magazines more easier – I just need to actually have some magazines at my house to actually do this haha