Designer Crush: Mike Perry.

Mike Perry is a jack of all trades when it comes to design. Art direction, illustrations, typography, web? Check, check, check and check. I’ve mentioned his book – Hand Job: A Catalogue of Type – before and it’s been hanging out on my Wish List for a few months. Thanks to a Barnes & Noble gift card that won’t be the case for much longer. Hand Job is only one of his projects, just take a look at his site to see the lengthy list of accomplishments Perry has under his belt. In his spare time he runs a small design studio in Brooklyn. I’m 99% positive the man has no time for sleep.


How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul.

How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy has been on my book wish list for awhile now.

Designers are quick to tell us about their sources of inspiration, but they are much less willing to reveal such critical matters as how to find work, how much they charge, and what to do when a client rejects three weeks of work and refuses to pay the bill. How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul addresses the concerns of young designers who want to earn a living by doing expressive and meaningful work, and who want to avoid becoming hired drones working on soulless projects.


Make My Logo Larger Cream.

This is ridiculously funny and had me cracking up and wide awake first thing this morning. The worse part is just how painfully true it rings. If you’re not a graphic designer or art director the video may not tickle your funny bone, but it will give you plenty of ideas on how to make our lives a living hell. Kudos to Agency Fusion for the painful truth.

:: via How about orange…


Chapter 2.

Chapter 2 is a non-profit project of the Women’s Alliance which uses sales revenue to help provide professional attire and career skills training to low-income women seeking employment in the Miami area. As if that’s not enough, they also hope to give back to the community. They plan to do so by creating a store that is unlike any other resale and consignment store on the market today: with a modern and distinctive merchandising plan and a unique store layout, brand and atmosphere. Chapter 2 will be designed to look, feel and be different than any other out there. Click here if you’re in the Miami area and want to know how to help out.

This is an incredible project in and of itself, but what makes it go above and beyond in my eyes is the astounding design put into it by Minneapolis design firm Mono. They successfully took a project, albeit done before, and turned it into something eye-catching and attention grabbing. And also versatile: the Chapter 2 logo stickers used for stationary, hang tags, etc can be placed anywhere to make every piece of Chapter 2 individual and distinct.


Covers: An FWIS Project.

Covers is a great site that keeps me, someone very interested in book cover design, up to date on the latest and greatest out there. And it gives me, someone who reads a lot, a great idea of what I want to be reading next. A definite Must Check Out.