At Design Indaba, these five pioneering projects show how design can tackle real social issues.
Every year, Design Indaba takes over Cape Town with an explosion of energy that transcends disciplines, borders and cultures, delivering thought-provoking, change-making insights that spur the enraptured audience to action.
MCd as ever by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and friends, the three-day conference delivers a fascinating blend of speakers representing the worlds of graphic design, architecture, fashion, fine art, furniture and more.
One key theme stood out for us: the power of design not only to draw attention to, but help enact positive change in response to social issues around the world. And that ethos was encapsulated in the following five projects…
Replace pharmaceuticals with music
Former head of design at Nokia, Marko Ahtisaari co-founded the Sync Project: an exciting startup dedicated to exploring the physiological effects of music.
According to Ahtisaari, music can affect the brain in a similar way to certain pharmaceuticals, stimulating emotion, arousal and social affiliation, as well as having an impact on sleep patterns, relaxation and even pain control.
At Indaba, in the context of a talk that focused on the value of music as a ‘precision medicine’, he launched an ambitious experiment called Unwind – which aims to deliver bespoke relaxation techniques tailored to your needs.
His ambition for the next decade? To prove, in the face of a global stronghold by pharmaceutical companies, and a cultural dependence on medication, the value of “non-drug modalities with drug-like effects”, such as music.
Fight for disabled people’s rights
RCA graduate Arjun Harrison-Mann now runs Studio Hyte, and dedicated his inspiring Design Indaba talk to what he calls ‘dialogical design’: using creativity to engage in debate, raise awareness and stimulate change.
For Harrison-Mann, the UK government’s ongoing cuts to disabled benefits – condemned by the UN – spurred him to confront the issue through this method. His #RightsNotGames project is an online tool that makes protesting accessible to all, giving everyone a voice in the debate.
Meanwhile, his @DearDecisionMkr project exposes the compassion-free disability benefit process by which Personal Independence Payments (or PIPs) are allocated, using a faceless algorithm.
In his talk, Harrison-Mann emphasised the three key components of a successful dialogical campaign: establishing the right context, achieving a meaningful human impression, and finally facilitating real-time interaction.
Give anyone in the world a fixed address
Anyone who follows the D&AD Awards will no-doubt be familiar with what3words, the innovative Black Pencil-winning project that splits the entire globe into a grid of over 50 trillion three-metre squares, each with their own unique three-word identifier.
What founder Chris Sheldrick revealed in more detail during his Design Indaba talk was the broader social impact of the project. Over and above helping post find its intended recipient in hard-to-locate places, what3words can facilitate anything that requires a pinpoint-accurate, easy-to-remember location, such as administering emergency medical treatment.
As Sheldrick points out: “0 per cent of people can remember a GPS coordinate. 100 per cent of people can remember three words.”
Empower disabled people through fashion
Picking up a different angle on social issues faced by disabled people, Parsons School of Design graduate Grace Jun spoke about how her company Open Style Lab develops “accessible clothing” to improve quality of life for disabled people, or those recovering from surgery or illness.
By teaming a designer, an engineer and an occupational therapist with an individual over an assessment period, Open Style Lab innovates in the fields of textiles and garment engineering to enable greater flexibility and freedom of movement.
Examples have included garments for those recovering from breast cancer operations, based data gathered by Bluetooth about individuals’ range of movement and interaction with items of clothing. The results included wider arm holes, optional fastening hooks on sleeves, and magnetic fastenings.
Bring solar power into off-grid homes
Launched four years ago by internationally-acclaimed artist and innovator Olafur Eliasson, Little Sun is a beautifully simple, and beautifully designed solar-powered light.
Designed primarily for off-grid homes in less developed countries, Little Sun has so far sold over 200,000 units in Africa. Although considered on a continental scale, Eliasson acknowledges this as a humble start, but it has nonetheless (by his calculations), saved an oil tanker’s worth of fossil fuel by replacing petroleum lamps with renewable energy.
Due to launch later in 2017, the Little Sun Diamond is the next stage in innovation for the company. This product uses a more advanced LED to produce a more intense light from the same base power, as well as cheaper manufacturing and shipping methods.
Little Sun is not a charity, and true scaleability in the future will likely depend on buy-in from major retailers. But the project is a sterling example of what Eliasson calls a “pebble on the beach” phenomenon, solving small local problems in off-grid homes, but potentially making a significant impact on fossil fuel usage in the long term through smart, problem-solving design.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression — that’s why your homepage is undoubtedly one of the most important web pages on your website.
For any given company, the homepage is its virtual front door. If a new visitor doesn’t like what they see, their knee-jerk reaction is to hit the “back” button.
That’s right — unfortunately, a lot of people still judge a book by its cover.
What makes a website’s homepage design brilliant instead of blah? Well, it takes more than looks alone — it also has to work well. That’s why the most brilliant homepages on this list don’t just score high in beauty, but also in brains.
But before we dive into the examples, let’s dissect some of the best practices of homepage design.
What Makes a Good Website Homepage Design
All of the homepage designs shown here utilize a combination of the following elements. Not every page is perfect, but the best homepage designs get many of these right:
1) The design clearly answers “Who I am,” “What I do,” and/or “What can you (the visitor) do here.”
If you’re a well-known brand or company (i.e., Coca-Cola) you may be able to get away with not having to describe who you are and what you do; but the reality is, most businesses still need to answer these questions so that each visitor knows they are in the “right place.”
Steven Krugg sums it up best in his best-selling book, Don’t Make Me Think: If visitors can’t identify what it is you do within seconds, they won’t stick around long.
2) The design resonates with the target audience.
A homepage needs to be narrowly focused — speaking to the right people in their language. The best homepages avoid “corporate gobbledygook,” and eliminate the fluff.
3) The design communicates a compelling value proposition.
When a visitor arrives on your homepage, it needs to compel them to stick around. The homepage is the best place to nail your value proposition so that prospects choose to stay on your website and not navigate to your competitors’.
4) The design is optimized for multiple devices.
All the homepages listed here are highly usable, meaning they are easy to navigate and there aren’t “flashy” objects that get in the way of browsing, such as flash banners, animations, pop-ups, or overly-complicated and unnecessary elements. Many are also mobile-optimized, which is an incredibly important must-have in today’s mobile world.
5) The design includes calls-to-action (CTAs).
Every homepage listed here effectively uses primary and secondary calls-to-action to direct visitors to the next logical step. Examples include “Free Trial,” “Schedule a Demo,” “Buy Now,” or “Learn More.”
Remember, the goal of the homepage is to compel visitors to dig deeper into your website and move them further down the funnel. CTAs tell them what to do next so they don’t get overwhelmed or lost. More importantly, CTAs turn your homepage into a sales or lead-generation engine, and not just brochure-wear.
6) The design is always changing.
The best homepages aren’t always static. Some of them are constantly changing to reflect the needs, problems, and questions of their visitors. Some homepages also change from A/B testing or dynamic content.
7) The design is effective.
A well-designed page is important to building trust, communicating value, and navigating visitors to the next step. As such, these homepages effectively use layout, CTA placement, whitespace, colors, fonts, and other supporting elements.
Now, get ready to learn about excellent homepage design through the following 16 real-life examples.
Website Design Inspiration: 20 of the Best Homepage Designs
It’s easy to consume. There is much debate on whether short or long homepages work better. If you choose to do the latter, you need to make it easy to scroll and read — and that’s exactly what this site does. It almost acts like a story.
There’s great use of contrast and positioning with the primary calls-to-action — it’s clear what the company wants you to convert on when you arrive.
The copy used in the calls-to-action “Get Started for Free” is very compelling.
FreshBooks uses customer testimonials on the homepage to tell real-world stories of why to use the product.
The sub-headline is also great: “Join over 10 million small business owners using FreshBooks.” FreshBooks expertly employs social proof — 10 million is a big number — to compel its target audience to join their peers and try the tool.
It includes the destination and date search form that most visitors come looking for, right up front, guiding visitors to the logical next step.
The search form is “smart,” meaning it’ll auto-fill the user’s last search if they’re logged in.
The primary call-to-action (“Search”) contrasts with the background and stands out; but the secondary call-to-action for hosts is visible above the fold, too.
It offers suggestions for excursions and getaways Airbnb users can book on the same site as their lodgings to get visitors more excited about booking their trip on the site. It also shows which of these offerings are most popular among other users.
Drool. That’s what I think when I arrive at the website for 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Combined with great photography, the headline “Brisket. 18 years to master. Yours to savor.” sounds like an experience worth trying.
The parallax scrolling guides you on a tour through the services, menu, and people having a great time — a great use of this popular design trend.
The only negative? I don’t live close enough to this place. Boo.
The headline and sub-headline appeal to the visitors’ emotional side: “Work With a Company That Gets It”; “Trust us. We’ve been there too! We’ll find jobs where you can thrive.” That value proposition is unique and compelling.
It’s hard to tell from the screenshot above, but the headline is on a rotating carousel that caters to specific personas, from job applicants to people searching for a therapist for their schools.
There are several pathways visitors can take when they arrive on the page, but the calls-to-action are positioned well, worded simply, and contrast with the rest of the page.
Over the years, Evernote has turned from a simple note-saving app into a suite of business products. This isn’t always easy to convey on a homepage, but Evernote does a nice job packaging many potential messages into a few key benefits.
This homepage uses a combination of rich, muted colors in the video and its signature bright green and white highlights to make conversion paths stand out.
Following a simple headline (“Remember Everything”), the eye path then leads you to its call-to-action, “Sign Up For Free.”
Evernote also offers a one-click signup process through Google to help visitors save even more time.
“Stuffy enterprise” isn’t the feeling you get when you arrive at Telerik’s website. For a company that offers many technology products, its bold colors, fun designs, and videography give off a Google-like vibe. Just one important aspect to making visitors feel welcome and letting them know they’re dealing with real people.
I love the simple, high-level overview of its six product offers. It’s very clear way of communicating what the company does and how people can learn more.
The copy is lightweight and easy to read. It speaks the language of its customers.
For those love birds planning their big day, eWedding is a great destination to building a custom wedding website. The homepage isn’t cluttered and only includes the necessary elements to get people to starting building their websites.
The sub-headline “Over 800,000 wedding websites built!” is great social proof.
It’s included excellent product visuals, a great headline, and a call-to-action that reduces friction with the copy, “Start website.”
The homepage is a great example of agility and constant change. Chipotle’s current homepage is all about the forthcoming holiday, which it uses as a unique value proposition to get you to start clicking through your site. When I think Chipotle, I don’t necessarily think about catering, but the site is a great reminder to consider different uses for the burritos you already know and love.
The food photography is detailed and beautiful, and it actually makes me hungry looking at it. Now that’s an effective use of visuals.
This is perhaps one of the best uses of whitespace I’ve seen. It allows Medium’s app tagline and photo to take center stage while still drawing your eye to the darker section titles on the site.
Medium makes it easy to sign up — on the site, or with a simple text message to your mobile phone. I’m much more responsive to a text than an email, so this is a great strategy to keep people engaged in the signup process.
The homepage uses social proof to get visitors to start clicking around: The “Popular on Medium” and “Staff Picks” sections let me know where to find high-quality content.
Unlike other online news publications that inundate homepages with as many headlines and images as possible, Digiday’s first section showcases just one article. Its featured image (in this case, a scary one) is eye-catching, and the headline is just asking to be clicked now that the visitor has an idea of what they’re going to read.
The top of the homepage, where websites normally showcase a ton of different sections and options to click through, only has one icon to click — which leads you to a subscription page.
The film company’s homepage is made up of only trailers for its new films. We know video content is format audiences want to see more of, and this is a great strategy to showcase A24’s work in a highly engaging way.
At the top of the homepage, A24 immediately offers a myriad of ways to get in touch via social media and email — something I appreciate as a visitor when so many other sites bury contact information at the bottom of the page.
“Invest Like a Woman: Because money is power.” These headlines are powerful and make me want to learn more about the product — both as a woman, and as someone interested in making smart financial choices.
The images show, rather than tell, one of the company’s value propositions: a desktop site and mobile app that move with you.
“Get Started” is a great CTA — in fact, we use it ourselves here at HubSpot. When clicked, it takes visitors through a few simple steps to set up a profile and start investing.
Making design choices for your website can be a daunting task. Sometimes, you’re not sure what’s going on, or what direction to take your web design. Well, that’s where Betterment comes in. We don’t want you to get overwhelmed (or be without inspiration), so for this post.
But what makes bold and clean so special, you might ask?
The interwebs are a big place, and it can be easy for your site to blend in and get lost, unless you’ve purposefully designed it to stand out. Bold, clean designs draw attention and make browsing easy for users. Bold makes a statement, while cluttered, mundane websites make users bounce before you’ve even had the chance to tell them what you’re all about. Clean design also helps the right things stand out (like your CTA) and minimizes distractions. Check out the picks below, and let me know what you think.
Here are 30 bold and clean web designs for your inspiration.
30 Sites to Inspire You
With a “back to basics” theme, Everlane (or, as I’d call it, Everlasting Awesomeness) is cutting out the fluff with a clean design and bold font.
This site features a big photograph of a pretty suave-looking cat wearing a cat scarf (yeah, you read that right — cat scarves for sale). We see the über chic name of the featured scarf and a perfectly placed CTA just below. What do users do? They shop. When do they shop? RIGHT MEOW!
Like Catscarf, THISISPAPER also features a great full-size image that draws your eye right to the CTA. Buy a copy? Don’t mind if I do!
A carousel of color-rich, full-page images with a clean, simple, sans serif font welcomes you on the homepage and implores you to stay.
Check out the Brave People page, and you’re greeted with brave design. Bold, big photography and parallax design are complemented nicely by the mouseover effect on the photos of the team.
Intersection’s site puts you on the street of a big city, looking up at a skyscraper — and directly at the site menu.
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With another carousel, Harry’s cycles through high quality images with sans serif fonts. Each slide bears a smart description of their razors and accessories.
GC Watches is presenting you with a timeless design: clear copy next to bold images.
Interactive graphics? Yes, please! Squarespace takes the bold image up a notch with animation.
This design company knows what they’re doing. A neutral, gray background lets the product images take center stage.
One word: grayscale. This site shows just how bold black-and-white can be.
Red is a power color, and Escape Committee boldly embraces it as their accent color.
Opposites attract for Wondersauce, a digital development company that uses a clean, white font on a natural woodgrain background.
Nixon splits its site with bilateral symmetry, with one side for each sex. Grayscale photos of a man and a woman facing the simple, three-option menu directs users right where they need to go.
IWC Schaffhausen offers visitors a window into nature from the computer to introduce visitors to the aquatimer collection; it’s an unexpected and refreshingly clean design for a watch manufacturer.
Doug Aitken: The Source
A brief intro flashes photographs across the screen with soft, pulsating music. After the intro, video interviews continue with each creative individual in his project. A bold choice; as we recently discussed, video can be tricky.
Scroll beyond the hook & promise, and you’ll hit a design explosion. Big, high definition photographs dominate the page, which is complete with parallax scrolling and a clear CTA.
It’s Britney, bitch. But in all seriousness, the design team nails it with a high quality image and just Britney’s name. Because she needs no introduction.
The Google Glass rolls through striking full-page images of different people wearing Google Glass in different situations for a simple-yet-bold design choice.
Whiteboard packs a punch with their single-page design, bold contrasts, and mouseover effects.
Liberio declares simplicity with flat design. The site delivers with inviting graphics on a muted gold background. The warm, happy graphics of people, representative of three potential groups of product users, blink and smile at you, which is a nice touch.
Sometimes less is more. Dropbox makes a clean entrance on their homepage with a white background and blue illustration.
Hey, his page title says it, and I agree: smashing design. Marcarino uses bold colors with a minimalist honeycomb design combined with a striking mouseover effect.
Healthcare providers rarely have websites with nice design, but Cambridge does. The vital info is showcased within a monochromatic blue color scheme.
With the home page horizontally divided by color and content, Pulse provides bold contrast with simple, clean graphics.
Warm, bright, exciting colors make the hero area of this single-page design really pop. Further down the page, the bright colors are contrasted with a simple, white background.
So, what’s going on?
You may have noticed a commonality among many of the designs — high quality images, along with white, non-serif font on a color background. While that design trend demands attention, those aren’t the only design routes you can take. Bold, clean and visually exciting web design can come in many formats from videos to static graphics, grayscale to bold color, and full-page photo backgrounds to sliders. Bold comes in a variety of flavors, and it’s up to you to pick the bold flavor that works for your project.
Hopefully, you’ve got a lot of inspiration and have an idea of how you’ll embolden your next site design. Let me know what you thought of these choices — and what you think about bold, clean design. We love your feedback!
30 Bold and Clean Web Designs for Inspiration August 9th, 2017Georgii Lisovoi
All designers have different interpretations of what minimal web design truly is, but most would agree that the purpose of an effective minimally designed web page is to layout the content in such a way that no single element distracts attention from the visual hierarchy. And the key to achieving minimal distraction is to initially have a well-structured backbone focused on the comparative space relation between the fundamental elements of the web page.
Although, minimal design does seem to have evolved ever so slightly over the last few years, especially within web design. Trends, techniques, and user expectations have changed and quite remarkably this has resulted in alterations to the look and feel of what we would typically define as a minimal site.
Those boundaries that had previously existed between all mainstream web design trends have become blurry, resulting in a blend of styles, where only the best parts of each have been wisely selected to create a whole new minimal style. This is the modern web.
This gallery features 50 minimally designed sites that have not only stripped away all non-essential elements, but have also successfully absorbed other popular modern design trends, like over-sized typography and large imagery, simple yet effective navigation systems, long scrolling, carefully selected interactive elements, flat design, and all use the latest responsive techniques.
And, as you would expect from minimal web design, focus is firmly put on the content.
Every once in a while, I’ll come across a site that really makes me stop and think. A site that pushes the boundaries of what is known to be possible on the web. Whether it be the design aesthetic, usability, interactivity, sound design, or value that the site provides, we all know what it’s like to stumble across a masterpiece.
Not only is Feed an interesting concept, but it also has a stunning execution that challenges our understanding of what is possible on the web. Through a creative blend of animation and video, the site immerses the user into a very engaging experience. As an atypical site, it contains several unique usability elements as well, including a navigation that doubles as a scroll progress bar.
ETQ takes a very minimalistic approach to ecommerce with their stripped-down site with big, compelling visuals of their product. Simple, flat, color-based backgrounds accompanied by strong typography help to keep the focus on exactly what the user came there to see: shoes.
Mikiya is a Product Designer with a minimalistic portfolio that showcases his work through strong photography and subtle animations. His full site was originally created in Japanese and then translated into English, helping demonstrate the international scalability of his design.
Follow the footsteps of Luc Jacquet as Wild-Touch takes you along this visual and educational journey about the history of global climate change. A mixture of historical media and unique animations help tell the story.
In a world where airline websites are known to be riddled with major usability issues, Virgin America has one of the best websites that pushes usability, accessibility, and responsive design forward. In fact, it’s been named as the first truly responsive airline website, a new precedent in the industry.
Another airline?! What is happening?! Yep, SWISS airlines built an incredibly immersive site that tells their story and describes what it’s like to fly with them — and they simply did too great of a job to be ignored. Strong visuals and animations introduce the user to different sections of the site that are packed with information beyond the usual sales and marketing pitch that is so common today.
While news sites aren’t exactly known for having the nicest designs or being the easiest to use, the Los Angeles Times site has been updated with a simple, newspaper-like design that’s easy to read and navigate.
Minimums takes a very bold approach to the way that they display their content, leveraging a grid-based website design, big typography, and full-width, high-quality images. Their site serves as a really nice example for how to properly execute a grid structure while still maintaining a nice visual hierarchy in the design.
As a Photographer in Montreal, Guillaume Tomasi has built a portfolio that’s truly fit to house his unique and awe-inspiring photography. His surreal photo style is juxtaposed by his simple, flat, empty, and minimalistic portfolio design that places all of the focus on the work itself. His unique series navigation coupled with art-gallery-inspired work introductions and perfect scrolling interactions yield an experience reminiscent of that of a real gallery.
Tons of media outlets covered the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, but because of its website design, National Geographic was able to stand out. Using parallax scrolling to display a blend of video, audio, and historical facts, the user is immersed in the story and duality of John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald’s lives.
Despite being a relatively large company, Big Cartel creates a very simple, straightforward, and compelling experience by leading with a creative headline, a video, and … pretty much nothing else. Simple navigation and nice examples of sites created with their platform helps to serve as supporting content that tells the rest of the story.
Beagle does an exceptional job of visually and progressively telling the story of their product in a simple and easy-to-digest way. This is a major challenge for many startups, especially when they’re introducing new concepts to existing markets. People want to know, “What is your product? How does it work? Why do I care?” Beagle answers all those questions while simultaneously showing off their product and compelling the user to purchase. Plus, they’re one of few sites that actually implemented “scroll hijacking” correctly.
Woven is an online publication that celebrates artists, craftsmen, and makers alike. To me, they represent a confirmation that publications can (and should) have beautiful, engaging sites with easy-to-read content. Free of distractions like pop-ups and obtrusive ads, this site all about the experience of the content itself.
Google knocked it out of the park with this highly interactive site, which allows users to step into the Abbey Road Studios. Brilliant sound design, navigation mechanics, and visuals mixed with the usual “Google flair” all help draw visitors in to this well-made site.
The website for JOHO’s Bean has incredible imagery, interactivity, story telling, visual design, and most of all, sound engineering. These all come together to create a compelling, emotional, and engaging site that tells the story of a coffee bean’s journey.
A portfolio website is an ideal way to get your name out there, show people your work and get feedback on your designs. It’s a virtual necessity if you’re looking for a job, seeking freelance work or hunting for creative collaborators.
The world’s most famous designers aren’t usually seeking any of these things, so it’s perhaps surprising that so many of them continue to maintain an online portfolio. But many still do, and there’s a lot they can teach us.
In this post we’ve gathered together the portfolios of 10 of our favourite famous designers living today. But if there’s a famous designer’s portfolio you feel we should have included, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter.
Peter Saville is an English art director and graphic designer best known for the many record sleeves he designed for Factory Records, while serving as its art director in the 1980s. In 2004 he consulted as creative director of the City of Manchester, and in 2010 designed the home shirt for English football team.
His portfolio site includes carefully catalogued representations of his works for sleeves, covers or packages, stretching from 1978 to 2016. Influenced by neo-classicism and architectural post-modernism, his work has been described by The Guardian as combining “an unerring elegance with a remarkable ability to identify images that epitomise the moment”.
In a digital age, when the physical album cover barely exists any more, Saville’s extensive portfolio shines a light on a time when design, art and music were intertwined, and each discipline was truly pushing boundaries. Anyone who wants to rise above dull competency as a designer and create something truly groundbreaking would do well to check it out.
Even if you haven’t heard of Susan Kare (and if you haven’t, maybe you should read our post), you’ve probably spend a lot of your life staring at her work. That’s because she created many of the iconic interface elements for the Apple Macintosh in the 1980s, including the Trash Can, the Lasso and the Happy and Sad Macs. She’s also the creator of font families such as Chicago, Monaco and Geneva, and has designed thousands of icons for a range of global brands.
It’s unusual to see a portfolio so dedicated to the creation of icons, so it’s a great resource for designers looking for inspiration. Careful examination of the designs on display – including work for Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Paypal – will help you get your head exactly what makes a world class icon.
Kare believes good icons should be as efficient and easily comprehended as a road sign, free of any extraneous details that could confuse users. Her portfolio helps to show you just what that looks like in practice.
One of the first designers to embrace computer technology, Greiman is widely credited, along with early collaborator Jayme Odgers, with establishing the ‘New Wave’ design style in the US during the 1970s and 1980s. The recipient of a Gold Medal for lifetime achievement from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, nowadays Greiman heads up LA design consultancy Made in Space and continues to craft exciting, original art.
Greiman’s transmedia projects have been lovingly photographed and showcased on her arresting portfolio site, which itself boasts an innovative, eye-catching look. A lot of this is pretty ‘out there’, and light years from the day-to-day work of most designers. But that’s kind of the point; reminding us just how boundless and imaginative art and design is, and inspiring us to open up our imagination to new possibilities.
Chip Kidd is an American graphic designer who’s best known for his innovative book jacket designs. His own first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a bestseller and his most recent book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, is the first book to teach graphic design to children. He’s also the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, and his TED Talk has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.
Kidd’s portfolio brings together more than 300 of his best cover designs in an easy-to-access format. Combining inventive use of typography with evocative imagery in a way that feels instantly contemporary, each works brilliantly in encouraging readers to reach for the shelves and get nose-deep into a novel. Whether you’re designing a book cover, or any kind of design that aims to grab attention, there’s a lot you can learn by examining this master’s work.
Award-winning illustrator, art director, and designer Kate Moross is known for her love for colourful and energetic squiggles. Since 2008 she’s applied her unique style her to music videos, textiles, identities, murals, fashion and magazine covers. Most recently her company, Studio Moross, created the visuals for the boyband One Direction’s tour.
Moross’s portfolio site features a generous selection of her bright and colourful work, divided into the following categories: Typography, Geometric, Moving Image, Editorial Products, Collaborations, Posters and Flyers Advertising. While her style has been much copied (and nobody will thank you for thoughtlessly aping it), there’s a lot you can learn here about use of colour, taking an imaginative approach to lettering, and adding a sense of vibrancy to your designs. Just be aware you may need sunglasses…
James Victore is an Brooklyn-based art director, designer, and author whose work has twice been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art. Describing himself as “a designer for brave clients”, he runs an independent design studio, is an author and filmmaker, and shares his love of design through lectures, workshops, and writings.
Victore has chosen a Behance page rather than a bespoke website to showcase his designs, but who cares? It’s the work that counts, and there’s a great selection of it here, including editorial designs, lettering, illustration and more.
Our chief takeaway from these projects: how a sense of irrelevance and rule-breaking, when used thoughtfully and intuitively, can help your work stand out and make the world beat a path to your door. Or, to put it more simply, you need to understand the rules to break them.
Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. Having worked with more than 200 of the world’s largest brands, she’s also a frequent speaker on design and branding, and President Emeritus of AIGA.
All of these various roles and others are serviced by her website, which includes a portfolio element featuring examples of her lettering and illustration work. This is fairly minimal and only features small grabs; clicking them doesn’t produce larger versions but instead transfers you to the publication itself. But we still thought it worth including on this list, because even a tiny selection of Millman’s work will evoke more creative inspiration and ideas than most designers’ more extensive portfolios.
English graphic designer, artist and writer Stanley Donwood is best known for designing Radiohead’s album cover art and posters since 1994. In 2002, he won a Grammy for Best Recording Package, for his work on the special edition of Radiohead’s album Amnesiac.
The ‘Selected Works’ section of his website may only include 12 examples of his work, but they’re all completely stunning, and give an instant idea of what Donwood is about. In doing so, they provide an important lesson to the designer trying to pack too many pieces into their own portfolio: how less can very much be more.
British-born, New York-based graphic designer and artist Jon Burgerman is famed for his doodle art style and fusion of fine art, pop culture and street art. Having collaborated with many big brands (even creating a special sick bag for Virgin Atlantic), his award-winning work is included in the public collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and Science Museum.
While Burgerman’s site is more like a Tumblr-style blog than an organised portfolio, it does provide an easy way for visitors to filter entries and find what they’re looking for, via the categories Events, Video, Commercial, Misc, Interactive, Press and Artwork. And the wide range of work on offer conveys an important lesson in how to keep your style your own, across a range of media, while still serving the client and making each piece distinctive and unique.
An American designer, illustrator, and typographer living and working in Brooklyn, Jessica Hische is known for her personal projects, such as Daily Drop Cap, as well as client work for big brands such as AIGA, American Express, Penguin, Victoria’s Secret and Wired. She’s also produced a number of commercial and proprietary typefaces.
Gorgeously art-directed, with (no surprise) a sophisticated use of typography and an elegant layout, Hische’s online portfolio divides her work neatly into different categories: advertising, books and film, editorial, identity and miscellany. With books and prints to sell on her site too, she’s put maximum effort into presenting her work in the most beautiful light, and it stands as an inspiration for anyone wishing to do the same.
The world’s cleverest designers, said Dr. Polak, a former psychiatrist who now runs an organization helping poor farmers become entrepreneurs, cater to the globe’s richest 10 percent, creating items like wine labels, couture and Maseratis.
“We need a revolution to reverse that silly ratio,” he said.
To that end, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, which is housed in Andrew Carnegie’s 64-room mansion on Fifth Avenue and offers a $250 red chrome piggy bank in its gift shop, is honoring inventors dedicated to “the other 90 percent,” particularly the billions of people living on less than $2 a day.
Their creations, on display in the museum garden until Sept. 23, have a sort of forehead-thumping “Why didn’t someone think of that before?” quality.
For example, one of the simplest and yet most elegant designs tackles a job that millions of women and girls spend many hours doing each year — fetching water. Balancing heavy jerry cans on the head may lead to elegant posture, but it is backbreaking work and sometimes causes crippling injuries. The Q-Drum, a circular jerry can, holds 20 gallons, and it rolls smoothly enough for a child to tow it on a rope.
Interestingly, most of the designers who spoke at the opening of the exhibition spurned the idea of charity.
“The No. 1 need that poor people have is a way to make more cash,” said Martin Fisher, an engineer who founded KickStart, an organization that says it has helped 230,000 people escape poverty. It sells human-powered pumps costing $35 to $95.
Pumping water can help a farmer grow grain in the dry season, when it fetches triple the normal price. Dr. Fisher described customers who had skipped meals for weeks to buy a pump and then earned $1,000 the next year selling vegetables.
“Most of the world’s poor are subsistence farmers, so they need a business model that lets them make money in three to six months, which is one growing season,” he said. KickStart accepts grants to support its advertising and find networks of sellers supplied with spare parts, for example. His prospective customers, Dr. Fisher explained, “don’t do market research.”
“Many of them have never left their villages,” he said
The following videos, website and articles are offered for people to read, understand and share with friends who either back Hillary Rodham #CorporateClinton or are undecided about whom to support during the primaries in 2016. While Senator Sanders refuses to attack his opponents, Bernie has never stated nor implied that his supporters should refrain from taking brass knuckle shots at the neo-liberal hawk leading in the polls by less every week. In other words, “Bernie’s revolution must treat his candidacy as a hostile coup against Hillary and the corporatist party leadership. Clearly a job for Bernie’s revolution and not his campaign, since his campaign must…diplomatically avoid cracking the same eggshell of legitimacy his revolution needs to smash.”
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“WATCH: Clinton Throws Out Black Lives Matter Activists During Speech On Race,” Amanda Cirard, U.S. Uncut, 10/30/2015. “Clinton’s removal of Black Lives Matter protesters who interrupted her speech is a far cry from Bernie Sanders’ reaction to a Black Lives Matter interruption. When Sanders was interrupted during a speech in Seattle, Sanders gave the mic to the protesters and allowed them to air the grievances, even as the mostly-white crowd in attendance booed the speakers.”
“A.B. Stoddard: Caught in her own web,”of lies by A.B. Stoddard, The Hill, 11/04/2015. “Clinton said she was transparent, yet her emails were under congressional subpoena for years while she kept her private server a secret. Clinton said she used one device at State for convenience, but she in fact used several. She said her email server was destroyed, but it was not. She said she handed over all work emails to the State Department, but then congressional investigators turned up others. She said she responded to a routine records request from the State Department and turned over her emails when several other secretaries of State did, but State officials were asking for her emails in response to Freedom of Information Act requests and congressional investigations months before that.”
“Why Are Bernie Sanders Fans So Angry?” by Michael Blecher, OpEdNews, 11/05/2015. Brilliant, must-read summary of the ways Democratic Party system is rigged toward Hillary Clinton; it also asks questions like “What about our take on the fact the Clinton camp is calling out Bernie Sanders for being sexist? Should we not only overlook the fact that these claims lack any merit but also ignore the fact the Clintons have yet to take any responsibility for the racist undertones that her campaign displayed when she ran against Obama in 2008?” Blecher presents much more on the sleazy tactics the Clinton camp is undertaking.
“Hillary Clinton Is a Garbage Rich Person,” by Matt Bruenig, Matt Bruenig Politics, 11/08/2015. “…building an unimaginable fortune that you then shield from tax so that your rich nepotist kid can be even richer is grounds for legitimate disgust.”
“Hillary’s Happy Holidays,” by Paul Street, Reader Supported News, 1/03/2016. “Mrs. Clinton…remains an abject, Wall Street-sponsored corporatist beneath carefully constructed fake-progressive rhetoric. She’s still the same old ‘new Democrat’ – a dismal, dollar-drenched servant to concentrated wealth and power – beneath deceptive, populist-mimicking oratory and branding.”
“Hillary Clinton Is Botching Her Best Chance To Win,” by Jason Linkins and Zach Carter, Huffington Post, 1/15/2016. “Clinton’s gone all the way ’round the bend and has decided to ramp up unnecessary fearmongering, dispatching her daughter to New Hampshire to darkly warn that Sanders is gonna take everyone’s health care away.”
“Hillary Clinton and the Northern Strategy,” by Steve Hendricks, Counterpunch, 1/22/2016. “She bills herself a champion of Main Street over Wall Street, but she has been a lackey of Wall Street her entire political life.”
KATHMANDU, June 23, 2015—The World Bank Group today said it would provide up to half-a-billion dollars to finance the reconstruction of Nepal after devastating earthquakes in April and May killed almost 9,000 people and left many mountain districts of the country in ruins.
Subject to the approval of the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, the financing will consist of $200 million for housing reconstruction in poor rural areas and another $100 million for the government’s budget and for strengthening the banking system, which has suffered with the economy. An additional $100 to $200 million will be redirected from existing World Bank projects in Nepal and invested in reconstruction efforts. Any reallocated money will be replaced with additional funds.
“The World Bank Group stands with the people of Nepal in their time of need,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “We are working with the Government of Nepal and its international partners to help the country get the resources it needs to build back better. We will do everything possible to help people who suffered from the earthquake, especially the poor, rebuild their homes and livelihoods.”
A Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) released last week said Nepal’s recovery needs were $ 6.7 billion, roughly a third of the economy. Early estimates suggest that an additional 3 percent of the population has been pushed into poverty as a direct result of the earthquakes. This translates into as many as a million more poor people.
The PDNA will be discussed at a donor conference in Kathmandu on Thursday, June 25 to help donors decide how much support they can give to Nepal. In addition to its financing, the Bank is also planning to set up a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) that will help Nepal’s partners coordinate their financing in the reconstruction effort.
“Our financial support targets areas that are critical for the people of Nepal,” said Annette Dixon, World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region of the World Bank.“Housing was heavily damaged by the earthquakes and we need to get people as quickly as possible out of temporary shelters and into more permanent buildings that can withstand Nepal’s weather conditions. Our budget support will help to get the government more rapidly back on its feet.”
IFC, the World Bank Group’s private sector arm, is making a $50 to 70 million liquidity facility available to commercial bank clients in Nepal so they can support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and boost trade lines. IFC is also trying to accelerate agreements with market leaders to increase production of galvanized corrugated iron (CGI) sheets, the largest single need for new housing in the reconstruction phase.
After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley region on Saturday, it’s hard to assess the true damage and number of casualties, according to The New York Times. Avalanches were reported across the Himalayas, including Mount Everest. Many villages that were hardest hit are the hardest to reach as well. The death toll is currently estimated to be over 3,800 people with more than 7,100 injured. Unfortunately, these numbers keep going up.According to the Red Cross, “many are feared trapped under rubble and the number of casualties is expected to rise. At least 15 aftershocks, ranging from magnitude 5 to 6.6, caused further damage to buildings and increased the risk of collapse.”
The survivors of the earthquake are in urgent need of basics like food, water, shelter and clothing. Many from our Architects of Change community here at MariaShriver.com have been asking what they can do to help. Here are 7 organizations that are already on the ground. They need support through monetary donations that can help them mobilize teams and supplies.
Save the Children: has worked in Nepal since 1976 and already have extensive programs throughout the country. They have launched a disaster response on the ground and need your generous gifts to support their efforts. They fear that nearly 2 million children have been affected by the earthquake. “As the sheer devastation of the recent earthquake becomes clearer, we know that children have been the most affected by this disaster,” says Roger Hodgson, Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in Nepal. They have already begun distributing tarpaulins and baby packs (which include children’s clothing, blankets and soap).Click here to support these efforts through a donation.
Catholic Relief Services: had prepositioned emergency aid in nearby Bihar, India since this region is known for earthquakes. Supplies, including temporary shelter kits (tarpaulins, mats, rope), water purification kits and hygiene kits for 2,000 families are being moved to Nepal for distribution. CRS emergency personnel are already on the ground, with more on the way, working with Caritas Nepal, hoping to reach 10,000 families with more emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits. Click here for more information and to make a donation.
Doctors Without Borders: is sending 8 teams to the region, including a surgical team with skilled doctors. They will set up a surgical unit and run mobile clinics to assist those affected by the earthquake. Learn more and contribute here.
Red Cross: has extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and is already providing first aid, search and rescue and blood to medical facilities in the capital and support to first responders. They have 19,000 non-food relief kits available in Nepal–which include clothing, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets and personal hygiene items– to distribute to families. More than 6 million people live within sixty miles of the epicenter. Click here for more important facts and figures from the Red Cross and to make a donation to support their efforts.
The Salvation Army: already has 75 offices throughout Nepal. They are mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies to provide basic, urgent needs for shelter, food and water. A specific fund has been set up for donations, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. Visit salar.my/Nepalor call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
The Himalayan Cataract Project: reports that thousands will be left homeless. “Everything is going at a warpath and the country is in state of emergency and all efforts have been put to save and retrieve people from the wreckages hoping they will live and be given medical treatment,” shares Co-Founder Dr. Sanduk Ruit from Kathmandu, Nepal. To make a donation visit donate.cureblindness.org and select “Nepal Relief Efforts” in the designation field.
International Medical Corps: Another great and straightforward way to contribute is through your own Facebook page. You’ll notice a message at the top of your News Feed that asks you to donate. Facebook will match donations, up to a total of $2 million, to contribute to local relief organizations. 100% of donations will go to International Medical Corps and their work in response to the Nepal earthquake. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/nepalearthquakesupport.
#SupportNepal: Raising awareness about the need for funds and spreading the message is also important. Share this information with others by posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all your social media platforms using the #SupportNepal hashtag to encourage others to donate as well. As Architects of Change, we need to do what we can to support those currently on the ground in Nepal