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Handy bookmarks on UX design

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

People, or clients if I may, ask me a lot about how to look at UX for their input, mostly content.
Here are a few links to very good UX common knowledge on how a webdesign is perceived by visitors:

 

1. Smashing article on 10 useful usability findings and guidelines

 

2 Understanding the Z-layout
The Z layout gives you a great way to address your content and guide visitors to your call to action

 

3 Understanding the F-layout The F-layout is very useful for sites that will go in depth later on a page. Like newspapers or magazines

 

 

Top #3 best logo designs

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A few years ago, a friend, who also worked at an advertising agency, asked me, rather out of the blue: ‘As a designer, what do you think is the best logo you know?’ Well, I was surprised. Not only anyone had ever asked me this, but more surprising to myself, it never had come to my mind or even think about this. Though I was in design for 10 years at that time.

 

I didn’t wait to long to answer: ‘Coca Cola’. He reacted surprised on my answer. He told me that no one, as up yet, had said Coca Cola. It was more commonly to get Pepsi as answer. I was the first to answer one of the most classic brands instead of a more modern design logo, like Pepsi.

 

That got me started thinking over the years. From time to time that question popped into my mind, and I tried to answer as quick as possible to maintain the most objective as I could be. I off course  wanted to know if my taste would change. Well, in my opinion the Coca Cola logo is one of the best logo’s ever designed. But there are more. And so I came up to make a list of my own Top 3!

 

First we need to have a set of rules first to judge it by.
I think a logo should measure to these 4 values:

 

A. Aesthetic

 

B. Balance

 

C. Branding

 

D. Coolness

 

Let’s begin. The first runner up.. drum roll ……..

 

#3 PS2 logo

 

play-station-2-logo

 

This is a very beautiful example of modern lined logo, I very much like the simplicity and elegance of this logo and it’s functional as well. On the branding side the design is very recognizable and met the industrial design of the player.

 

#2 Coca Cola logo

The Coca Cola logo is one of my old time favorites. It’s famous it’s elegant and it’s authentic. I love calligraphy and
logo’s that don’t change over time, because they are such a timeless image. The Coca Cola logo, has all of that and everybody knows this brand by just seeing the shapes of the logo. Very cool!

 

#1 Agip logo

And the #1 logo is the Agip logo. It’s because it’s beauty, it’s insanity, but above all it’s world-famous and how did they ever come up with this!? The logo, well you can see it, consists of a dog with 6 legs spitting fire backwards. Besides this, the text is written in an Helvetica op outline, typographically a no go. And still all these ludicrous elements added up, make this beautiful logo.
Yes it is, according to me, the most beautiful logo. It is aesthetic, in balance, a brand on it’s own and because of all the not done elements added up super cool!

 

Don’t you think so?
Let me know your own Top #3!

Nice, a very different look on car design

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Concept on BMW’s Mini.

Thx DDW DutchDesignWeek!

And the result.. Yomar Augusto workshop

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Last month I visited the Typography festival ‘Now we are talking’ at the F.A.S.T. Surf village in The Hague. It was an inspiring visit. At the fesitival I joined the workshop of Yomar Augusto to enhance my calligraphy and handwriting for the coming years. Our hometown is celebrating 500 years Jheronimus Bosch and I thought it would be nice to develop a type for this occassion.
This is one of the designs:

To be continued…

Now We Are Talking Festival

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Really looking forward to Friday the 2nd of September, than I’ll be visiting the Now we are talking Festival. Together with one of my best friends also typo addict Zwaan en Vos we’ll be attending and joining up for a workshop.

Now we are talking Festival

Great new tool by Wacom: Inkling

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Thx Marck!

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

Beautiful! THX WrapMyRideTV

Putting back the face in typography

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Erik Spiekermann – Putting Back the Face into Typography from Gestalten on Vimeo.

Thx! Ogilvy

New free font STOP POLICE

Monday, October 4th, 2010

typo-stoppolice

This font I designed for the purpose of, well the name sais it all, a STOP POLICE sign I needed in my design:

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To get this job done quickly, easy and neat, I used my favorite quick fontbuilding web app www.fontstruct.com.

The font is free for download from my website: GHDesigns – Typography. (Yes, it’s in Dutch, use Google to translate, there will be an EN version soon)

Spoor 38, specially for Yvestown visitors

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

logo-spoor38
Visitors from Yvestown will love this, I wanted to post this for a long time for you guys.

Spoor 38 is from a client of mine which I met 10 years ago. Over the years we also became friends. At the time he was working as a sales manager, but his one only dream was to have his own shop in vintage furniture and that dream became Spoor 38.

I helped him designing the logo originating from the old Art Deco logo of the former factories function a creambutter factory. I think it’s really beautiful just like the store. It offers a lot of really antique quite rare vintage collectors items like Jielde lamps, Singer chairs, Louis XVI closets and cabinets, chesterfields, industrial design lamps (the taste the good architect) and many many more.

So I would say take a look around, maybe and if you’re in Holland, visit the store, it’s really worth the trip!

Vistit the website overhere: www.spoor38.nl

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