A23D: A 3D-Printed Letterpress Font

This video starts out with a nicely filmed and narrated overview on the history and process of letterpress printing. Then we see the development of a custom letterpress font from initial design concepts to 3D printing and then ultimately being a working font in regular use on their presses.

—Thanks to Derek Rosenstrauch


How We Created Color Scales

Image by datavisualization.ch

Image by datavisualization.ch

An in-depth look behind the process of determining color schemes for datavisualization.ch’s charts and graphs, addressing issues such as color blindness and semantic meaning of colors.

—Thanks to Jerehmie Cannon


What to Steal From Destiny’s UI

Image by Bungie

Image by Bungie

Who says designers can’t learn from games? Lots of great little tidbits for UI designers to pick up from the massively hyped next-gen game Destiny.

—Thanks to Chris Williams


5 Timeless Marketing Lessons for Today’s Brands From Visionary Designer Paul Rand

Photo from Paul Rand Foundation via FastCo.Create

Photo from Paul Rand Foundation via FastCo.Create

Paul Rand’s approach to brand design, founded on simplicity and attention to form, remains profoundly influential today. With the reprint of his book Thoughts on Design, Michael Beirut lists five design principles that today’s brands can strive to follow.

—Thanks to Chip Wilson


How To Kern Type Perfectly

Image by Rob Sutton

Image by Rob Sutton

A simple trick to bring a more discerning eye to your type kerning.

—Thanks to Alan Koda


13 Ways Designers Screw Up Client Presentations

Image by Havoc

Image by Havoc

The first time I presented design to a client I absolutely choked. I put the work in front of them and stood there like an idiot. It was humiliating. The next time was a little easier. And the time after that, well, you get the idea. I have done every one of the things on this list. I’m sharing them with you in the hopes that they’ll spare you a humiliating experience or two. It’ll take time.

—Thanks to Jared Christensen


The Boring Designer

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Whenever I’m looking at a product designer’s work, I find myself continuously asking the same question: which solution is the boring one? Maybe it’s born out of seeing apps choose flash over function, or trying to understand just one too many indecipherable icons-as-buttons. Whatever the case, here’s an ode to the boring designers among us. The designers who choose obvious over clever every time.

—Thanks to Jared Christensen