Posts tagged ‘identity’

The blogs (and sites) we spend the most time with.

In honor of this special Leap Day, I’ve taken a close look at the blogroll and updated it based on Daily Design Idea’s ever evolving focus.

A big welcome to our newbies:
The 99 Percent
The Designers Accord
Public Interest Design

Hope you enjoy!

February 29’s daily design idea is many people have spoken and written on the fact that people tend to be a mix of the individuals they spend the majority of their time with. In the internet age, the same could probably be said for the websites you visit. On which sites do you spend most of your time?


February 29, 2012 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Fantastic photographic reenactments (1 of 2).

Buenos Aires-based photographer Irinia Werning started an ongoing project in 2010 where she invites people to reenact photographed moments from their childhood. The project is (fittingly) called Back To The Future, and has some really great pieces in it. Below are three of my favorites:

MECHI in 1990 & 2010, Buenos Aires

TOMMY in 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires

FLOR, MALE, SIL in 1983 & 2010

I know that every blogger and their mothers have been posting about this super fun and intriguing project (The Donut Project, Laughing Squid, Gawker, Flavorwire, and Juxtapoz, to name only a few)… but I first discovered this on Designboom.

February 25’s daily design idea is what photo would you recreate?

February 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

3×3 with Ground Up Designers LLC.

Ground Up Designers is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Brooklyn, New York, founded by Lana Zellner [Architectural Designer], Kristen Svorka [Interior Designer], and Tayef Farrar [Multimedia-Graphic Designer] that offers design solutions incorporating architectural, interior and product design, in addition to print, web and multimedia graphics.

A screen shot from the Ground Up Designers website.

What do you design?
The name Ground Up Designers comes from our interest in working with small business owners looking for design consultation on everything “from the ground up”. Focusing on all aspects that go into designing a successful business, we provide clients with attractive, unique and fully functional spaces, as well as one-of-a-kind, comprehensive brand identities.  Being a small yet versatile design studio, the independent business owner is our ideal client; someone looking to open a retail store, café, or restaurant who wants one cohesive design package.

We also just completed and published a book titled Built & Branded, which focuses on two main categories of design: architectural/ interior design (the design of the built environment) and graphics/ print / web design (the design of the brand identity) and highlights some of our favorite Brooklyn-based businesses on their success in establishing a strong visual identity through the design of their space, a clever branding strategy, or both.

Built & Branded on display with other Ground Up merchandise at a recent Brooklyn event.

How do you design?
The three of us really enjoy and benefit from working together, so much of the design process is done as a joint collaboration.  Whereas most studios split projects between team members, we prefer to work as a group as much as possible.  Having trained in a variety of backgrounds allows each of us to bring new and different insight to a project, which we believe makes our work more well-rounded and successful than it would be otherwise.

Mix Match Lamp, one item in the upcoming Ground Up product line.

Why do you design?
We started Ground Up Designers because we realized the need for a design studio that can provide companies with full and comprehensive brand identities. When starting a business, most owners hire multiple professionals (an interior designer for the design of their space, a graphic designer for their logo and a web designer for their website) and this often results in lots of logistical headaches and a disjointed and unclear brand identity. Hiring one company to handle all aspects of the design ensures that the client will receive a complete and cohesive package. It also results in a fully satisfying design process for us, since we enjoy working on the entire scope of a project rather than just a small part. We’re control freaks. We can’t help it.

December 20’s daily design idea is be more like the G’s: identify ideal clients, find great collaborators, and rock your niche.

You can find, contact, and follow Ground Up Designers online!

December 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Telling it like it is.

I’m a big fan of efficiency in the design process, but straight-shooting creative geniuses seem to be few and far between. To honor the ones that do exist, here are some fun examples of to-the-point creativity and design:

1. State of the Obvious (S/O/T/O)
State of the Obvious is a collection of apparel and products is by Mash Creative, a British branding and design studio. The line’s visual identity is based on extraordinarily direct communication, a rather underrepresented approach in most consumer markets right now. Pieces from the S/O/T/O collection are available to buy from:,, and

2. Bad British Architecture
Here on Daily Design Idea, I like to share and celebrate successes in the design world (as well as information and ideas that could lead to more successes!), but I would be lying if I said that I didn’t get a kick out of Bad British Architecture, written (semi-)anonymously by a blogger who proclaims “I hate how noone ever talks about how bad British architecture really is. I hate the bastards who make these buildings. So here I am, taking the piss out of them.” I don’t always agree with BBA, but the writing is pretty hysterical. The most recent project featured (which, from the pictures, does seem rather bad) is The Blade by Sheppard Robson.

image via Flickr user kpmarek

3. Good Fucking Design Advice
The site’s motto is “Because sometimes, being your own worst critic is not enough.” It’s literally just pages of tough love and funny-cause-it’s-true advice. And if all the f-bombs feel a bit intense, you could always try switching to “Family Fucking Friendly” mode.

December 17’s daily design idea is don’t let your work get over-designed or overly complicated. Check Occam’s razor for more along those lines.

December 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Materializing the digital world.

After a little more research, it turns out that German artist Aram Bartholl (of the Dead Drops project) has done several interesting interventions in physical space involving the critique/exploration/confrontation of virtual space. I think Jonas has some 3D competition…

Map, public installation, 2006-10. In cities such as Szczecin, Poland (pictured above) Bartholl installed his project “at the exact spot where Google Maps assumes to be the city center of the city. Transferred to physical space the map marker questions the relation of the digital information space to every day life public city space.”

WoW, workshop/public intervention, 2006-9. “The WoW project takes this mode of publicizing players’ names that’s typical of online 3D worlds and transfers it into the physical domain of everyday life…. What happens when a person’s customary anonymity in the public sphere is obliterated by the principles operative in virtual worlds online?”

TV-Filter, light installation, 2005. Similar to Jason Eppink’s Pixelator, “TV-Filter allows [you] to downsample an ongoing tv-show to 6 by 8 pixels in realtime…. The different color information of each tv line get mixed to an average color value on each 4 by 4 cm pixel. In this way it is thinkable to reduce every high definition screen to a pleasant information density.”

December 2’s daily design idea is what aspect of your virtual life could use a little physical intervention?

December 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Color. Color Space City.

Re-blogged from anArchitecture.
Written by Christoph Wassmann.
Originally posted October 25, 2010.

Epochenfächer – by Haus der Farben

“The Swiss “Haus der Farbe” developed, in 2005, the color atlas “Farbraum Stadt” of Zurich (color-space-city), a research project supported by the Minister of Regional Planning. It is a comprehensive compendium and analysis of urban color spaces of Zurich. The work consists of a map with 96 color portraits, the book, and the epoch color-guide (Epochenfächer). It guides the reader through the color history of Zurich from 1900 to 2010 – it is the color portrait of Zurich. Shouldn’t every city have a color-guide?”

color portrait of Augustinergasse, Zurich

>> October 26’s daily design idea is forget vodka, how would you represent your city through color?

October 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

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