Addicted to Design

Ashwamedha Posters

I’ve been terrible lazy at updating this blog. It’s mostly been due to a whole lot of work for Ahvan. For the uninitiated Ahvan is the management fest of IIM Indore. You might know about it by its previous name Iris. This year it is going to be held from November 19th to 21st. Ashwamedha is an event that occurs as part of Ahvan. It’s been the flagship event of this fest with participation reaching 1500+ last year. As part of the team developing Ashwamedha, I’ve been taking care of developing the creative content. The first two posters for this year’s Ashwa are put up below. To know more about us, follow us on Twitter.

Poster 1

This one was the teaser poster. It was launched internally in the institute to generate a buzz about Ashwa. We’re planning to send this out to other B-Schools at a later date. This one was made up pretty much in one sitting with Nachiket & Srinath coming up with the excuses and me putting it in as fast as possible. There are a few not-so-subtle references to folks around the campus. The response for this poster in the college was fabulous and I am thinking of putting out a different variant of this same poster after a few weeks.

Poster 2

This one is more of a recruitment poster for the Junior team selection. The people talked about in this poster are members of the previous Ashwa team who passed out of the college. The ideation for the lines to put in this poster took a phenomenally long amount of time. Various suggestions were thrown around before we came up with this comments. Some of them are inside jokes of sorts so we are expecting a few blank stares!


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I Heart Helvetica

I Heart Helvetica

We’ve been thinking of designing a shirt for a while now, and after throwing around a lot of ideas, we decided to make one on Helvetica. This is the draft that I came up with. I’ve  tried to keep it simple but still showcase the beauty of this font. We are thinking of changing this around. Some suggestions are to drop the ‘I Heart’ and just keep ‘Helvetica’. Also we’re thinking of adding some history to make it more interesting.

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Noisy Alphabet

Stumbled across this gem on Flickr by Tom Gauld. I’m particularly in love with “Bzzt”!

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Open Video Conference: NYC

Mark Surman gives a quick roundup of the Open Video Conference that was held last week in New York. It’s exciting to see how much buzz they have been generating about Open Video. He also takes up the issue of what has been holding up the acceptance of Open Video. The prime factor would be the lack of simple tools to implement this technology. The lack of tools means that even enthusiasts of Open Video are unable to adopt it. Given that even the video feeds from OVC were in the Flash format it is pretty clear that there is a long way to go before Open Video technology can start making a real difference to the web. The support from Mozilla would definitely speed up the spread of this technology and hopefully this would be backed up by developments to make Open Video easier to implement.

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Will Kern For Food

I had talked about Collapse Design and their exciting work especially the wonderful badge designs. Borrowing some ideas from them, I have tried my hand at a poster design to showcase Helvetica Bold. This is a first draft and some more tweaks are required before it looks any good! Eventually, I hope to expand this into a series of posters, each showcasing a particular typeface. Comments and criticism are, as always, welcome!

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Monopoly + Helvetica


A beautiful redesign of Monopoly by the French designer Florent Guerlain. I’ve been addicted to Monopoly for as long as I can remember and I can’t begin to think how much more awesome it would be in Helvetica!

(via AisleOne)

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Static : Pulse

Came across this stunning video on Vimeo. It’s shot in Tokyo by Samuel Cockedey with Canon 350D and 5D DSLRs. Watch out for the excellent interplay between the music and images at 1:54 and the amazing sky transitions around 2:40. For more experiments with live light see Remanence : Variance also by Samuel Cockedey.

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What’s New in Firefox 3.5?

Mike Beltzner gives a quick preview of what’s new and exciting in Firefox 3.5. I’m personally super excited about the Open Video support and blazing fast TraceMonkey engine. Open Video is definitely a big step forward in making videos on the web more democratized. To find out why Open Video is so important see this post by Christopher Blizzard and this one by Mike Shaver. Also, with CSS improvements and support for downloadble fonts this browser is definitely going to make the web a better place. The Release Candidate has been creating quite a buzz and if you are interested you can get it here.

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Post-It Animation

Came across this amazing motion animation done with Post-It notes alone. This project called Deadline is the work of Bang-​yao Liu, stu­dent at Savan­nah Col­lege of Art and Design. More than 6,000 Post-​It notes in all kinds of dif­fer­ent colors were used to pro­duce a life-​size pixel ani­ma­tion on the wall. The inspiration for this project?

Where my idea comes from is that every time when I am busy, I feel that I am not fighting with my works, I am fighting with those post-it notes and deadline.

For those of you really keen on knowing how this superb work was done, Bang-​yao Liu has posted a making of video too which explains just how much effort it took to achieve these results. The project took over 3 months of planning and was shot over 4 days.The patterns and graphics were originally created in Adobe Illustrator and then imported in Flash where the pre-animation was done. This was then simulated with Animatics to ensure interaction with live actor.

During filming the animatics were projected on to the wall to paste the Post-It’s at exact positions and then while shooting the image the projector was covered. This proces was repeated again and again and again till this super awesome video resulted!

(via The Font Feed)

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Sex, Drugs, Helvetica Bold

Found this brilliant shirt via Flickr and Tcritic. Great work by Collapse Design. Also worth a peek are their badge designs. I particularly love “Will Kern for Food”! Check out their work here and here.

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