New books…. Llustre & Fab.com

I came across a site called Llustre a few weeks back which is a site where people can sell their wares and promote their design skills. You get discounted ‘short time offers’ on certain things and when they are gone they are gone (I assume).

I bought two books which arrived last week and are lovely. A bargain at under a tenner each for the well designed books they are and the content. Really chuffed with them.

Found out in the last week that Llustre was a startup company that began in Nov 2011 and has already been snapped up by its US equivalent… Fab.com for quite a few ‘bucks’. Well done and every success to you all…

TYPE MATTERS

AN ALPHABET OF LONDON

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Modern Gig posters

I don’t go to gigs these days… I wish I could but I don’t seem to find the time. That said I am now working in an office where they all do and they’ve inspired me to listen to some new tunes and discover a few bands I wouldn’t have normally listened to… M83, LCD Soundsystem, Bonobo, Frightened Rabbit, Two Door Cinema Club to name a few. Oh yeah I’m ‘down with it’ these days! 🙂

I came across this today via Abduzeedo. It’s a collection of modern day gig posters, some of which are stunning. A work colleague buys artwork like this at events. The last time I bought a gig poster was probably The Levellers circa 1990-ish! I wonder if any of these are available to buy online or is it not considered ‘cool’ to have a reproduction of an original print.

These are some of my favourites… You can find the whole Top 100 Gig posters at GoMediazine

LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem

Flaming Lips

FLAMING LIPS SHOW INFOGRAPHIC
FLAMING LIPS SHOW INFOGRAPHIC

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids

Amazing explosion of colour at this art installation experiment in Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

A blank canvas of an everyday living space was built and painted white. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of colour.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/01/yayoi-kusama-obiliteration-room/

Blank canvas
Blank canvas
Colour explosion
Colour explosion
Obliteration
Obliteration

Digital Bokeh Effect in Photoshop

Found this tutorial on Abduzeedo… Had a go myself & though mine wasn’t quite as nice, it’s still a good tutorial to play around with. Bear in mind if you are using Photoshop higher that CS3, there are minute differences in the Brush settings as the parameter areas are named differently, however the parameters are all there. Have fun!

Bokeh effect in Photoshop
Bokeh effect in Photoshop

This was my effort… not quite as polished but at least I tried!

Bokeh_tutorial
Bokeh_tutorial

The Do’s and Don’ts of Infographic Design

Interesting article courtesy of Smashing Magazine…

Since the dawn of the Internet, the demand for good design has continued to skyrocket. From Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and beyond, designers have remained on their toes as they define the trends and expectations of our online universe. The Internet is a great designer’s playground, and online businesses are growing more and more appreciative of what can be gained from a bit of well-executed eye candy. Over the past two years, this fact has become the backbone of a growing trend in online marketing: the infographic.

Click here to read the full article…

The Do's & Don'ts of Infographic Design
The Do's & Don'ts of Infographic Design