Author: Design Guru

Design Seminar – A plan for the planet

Toby Maxwell reports from the latest FX Design Seminar, hosted by BDP and sponsored by Universal Fibers, in which experts discussed how far sustainability has penetrated the agenda of the contract design sector. Taking part were Theresa Dowling (chair), editorial director, FX magazine; Alistair Barr, chairman, Barr Gazetas; Philip Gray, Head of sustainability, BDP; Craig Jones, architectural director, Boon Brown Architects; Alex Michaelis, partner, Michaelis Boyd; Joe Parry, director of global marketing, Universal Fibers; Sue Riddlestone, co-founder and CEO, Bioregional; Nigel White, managing director, JDP; Simon Wyatt Associate Director, Cundall The impact on the environment of materials and...

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Conservatorium: Inside the best hotel in Amsterdam

The Conservatorium hotel is based on the concept ‘old meets new.’ This theme can be seen in every corner of the hotel, not only in the spectacular renovation executed by Italian architect designer Piero Lissoni, but also in the artwork displayed on the walls, the entertainment provided by the hotel and its stylish interior. The hotel is a nod to the past with a contemporary finish. In order to fully appreciate the Conservatorium, which opened its doors in 2011, it is important to step back in time to 1899. Back then, the neo-gothic building Designed by D.E.C. Knuttel...

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Amazing A' Social Design Award Designs

The A’Design Awards are back and seeking submissions. As the world’s leading international juried competition for design, the awards are regarded as one of the highest accolades in the creative industry. Split into a variety of categories, the awards aim to highlight the best in design across all disciplines including product design, interior, exterior and architecture. Entries are judged anonymously by an impressive panel of experienced academics, prominent press members and established professionals. Winners will receive the coveted ‘A’ Design Prize’ which includes huge amounts of publicity and credibility, alongside international press coverage, exhibitions and an invite to the glitzy and exclusive gala-night in Italy. Wireframe by Ben Koros Every year entrants can choose the category that is the best fit for their design these include: Industrial Design Award, Architecture Design Award, Product Design Award, Communication Design Award, Service Design Award, Fashion Design Award and many more. The A’Design Awards has a particular focus on innovation. Entrants are encouraged to think outside the box in order to improve society by pushing the frontiers of science, design, creativity and technology. Oversafe by Giorgio Gaudio One category that goes above and beyond these requirements is the A’ Social Design Award. This category is a freestyle design competition that welcomes conceptual work as well as realised projects. To qualify for this category, designs must have the intention of improving the world,...

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Moonpig ditches the space pig after 17 years

Personalised greetings card retailer Moonpig was launched in 2000 by Nick Jenkins, who sold the company in 2011 for £120 million. The space pig mascot had been in place since the beginning, but it’s now been replaced by a more contemporary wordmark, and a fresh new identity. Moonpig logo, before and after. There’s a lot that’s great about the rebrand — from the bespoke type family and tone of voice, right down to the snout icon and having fun with the logo launch. “For FAQ’s sake #97 ‘My 6 year old could have done a better job of your...

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Building A Large-Scale Design System: How We Created A Design System For The U.S. Government (Case Study)

Editor’s Note: We’ve been closely working with Maya on this article, and we’re happy to see the final result now being published on 18F1. We highly encourage more teams to share the lessons they learned when building a design system or a pattern library, and we’re always happy to support them in writing, editing and shaping that article. This post is a re-post of Maya’s final article. Today, there are nearly 30,000 U.S. federal websites2 with almost no consistency between them. Between the hundreds of thousands of government employees working in technology, there’s nothing in common with how these websites are built or maintained. As a result, the government is spending considerable resources on services that aren’t meeting the needs of their users3. Federal websites are the front door to government services: it’s the first thing someone encounters when interacting with the government. According to research from the Federal Front Door4 initiative, as government interfaces erode, so does the public’s trust in those services. I was part of a team of designers and developers who unified a complex system with numerous rules to serve users from all corners of the country. I’ll shed some light on how we built tools to leverage industry-standard best practices and produce a design system with reusable components. You’ll also see how our system is helping agency teams in the federal government create simple,...

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