Author: Design Guru

In the studio with the Design Museum's Designers in Residence

Words by Francesca Perry 2017 is the 10th year of the Design Museum’s Annual Designers in Residence programme, which gives selected emerging designers the space, support, funds and platform to develop their work over a period of seven months. This year, the designers get the use of their own residency studio in the new Design Museum in west London, which will showcase the culmination of their work at the end of the programme. The theme for this year’s programme is ‘support’: we met the four designers responding to it.   Chris Hildrey Trained as an architect, Chris Hildrey is...

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Designing A Realistic Chronograph Watch In Sketch

If you’re into wristwatches, like me1, and are also a fan of the Sketch app2 (or just want to get better at it), then this is the tutorial for you. In it, you will learn how to create a very realistic and detailed vector illustration of a watch using basic shapes, layer styles and cool Sketch functions such as “Rotate Copies” and “Make Grid.” You’ll learn how to apply multiple shadows and how to use gradients, and you will see how objects can be rotated and duplicated in special ways. No bitmap images will be used, which means you will be able to easily adapt the final image to different sizes and resolutions. While Sketch is undoubtedly an excellent UI design tool3, it can be used as a powerful illustration tool4 as well. So, in this tutorial, we’ll be walking through the process of creating the iconic Heuer Autavia5 wrist chronograph, all in vectors. Taking A Closer Look At Sketch Link What really sets Sketch apart from the rest? If you’re a UI designer, you’ll want to take a closer look at its well-rounded set of features that cater to your requirements. Read more →6 Heuer Autavia Link The name “Autavia” comes from a combination of the watch’s target markets (automotive and aviation), and it was unveiled way back in 1962. 7An old advertisement (1962) for the Heuer Autavia...

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Inside the new Directors Club at Aston Villa

Aston Villa is upping its game on and off the pitch. Branding and strategy specialists, Forward Associates, have teamed up with architects Nick Leith-Smith to transform the hospitality offered at the club. Together, with the help of hospitality specialists Levy Restaurants and contractors Benchmark, they have created an exclusive fine dining experience in the form of the Directors Club. Designed to offer an unparalleled game experience, the Director’s Club delivers fans the best seat in the house alongside a delicious menu. The club offers panoramic views of the pitch, providing its guests with a VIP experience. Nick...

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Brand on a mission: IKEA team up with NASA to imagine homes on Mars

Letter from Älmhult: Cate St Hill visits IKEA’s ‘House of Curiosity’ in the remote Swedish village where the brand began, to talk about upcoming designs and collaborations — including their expansion into space Words by Cate St Hill No doubt we all own something from IKEA, but now the Swedish furniture giant is taking its manifesto of making good design available to the many even further afield, with new collections that will see its products pushed across every corner of the world – and even into space. At this year’s Democratic Design Day 2017 (7–8 June) — IKEA’s annual global...

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Profile – Julian Maynard

From early on, industrial designer Julian Maynard has always had social design to the fore, driven by a desire to influence human behaviour for the good through design Words by Emily Martin Industrial designer Julian Maynard, of Maynard Design, talks of a childhood filled with making things. The now international practice delivers on huge-scale public realm projects, ranging from wayfinding, street furniture, competitions and massive infrastructure projects such as new railways. It’s unlikely that you’ll see a kettle or toaster in his portfolio – perhaps something his former tutors at the RCA wished they’d known about – as...

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