The Submariner Compendium is a project we did for sPro from Berlin. It is a result of international studies of the sustainable use of the resources of the Baltic Sea sponsored by the EU. The publication is directed at European politicians who should be encouraged to promote such solutions for the future of the sea.
The studies were conducted by institutions from many EU countries, including Germany, Scandinavian countries and Poland. The Compendium is divided into chapters, each devoted to one kind of resource, such as mussels, microalgae, sustainable fish farming, blue biotechnology and others. The publication needed to be accessible but also well-organized and present the huge amount of data in an orderly way.
We decided to introduce color coding: each chapter has its lead color and the colors are arranged in a spectrum, which can be seen in the contents page. Additionally, the whole book uses a shade of cyan that is both vivid and sea-related. Also, each resource has an icon that is used for the infographics in the book.
Infographic illustrations were a very important element of the layout and required designing many icons, which, of course, was quite fun for us (especially if they involved animals). The book also required designing maps and graphs – the illustrative material was quite massive. To keep everything clean we used a two-column layout for the text with one-column narrower space for larger illustrations.
The cover also uses the symbols for the resources arranged in a wheel. The extra thrill came from using varnish to add a small wave ornament onto the cover that is only well visible from certain angles.
This was a huge and quite an ambitious project but it definitely gave us a lot of satisfaction to see it completed.
As you may or may not have gleaned we at re:design are huge dog lovers. As we’re not alone in that sentiment and pop culture is full of beloved dogs, our today’s poster honors them in retro 8-bit aesthetics. Can you guess which dogs made it to the poster? Well, if you can’t they’re signed in the bottom of the poster (name, source and breed).
A few close-ups (signed below):
Enlarged dogs above as follows: 04 Pluto (Disney), 07 Dogmatix (The Adventures of Asterix), 08 Beethoven (Beethoven), 12 Scooby-Doo (Scooby-Doo), 14 Dino (The Flinstones), 24 Huckleberry Hound (The Huckleberry Hound Show). The opening image is, of course, Krypto from Superman.
If you happen to like the poster, you may own it, either from Society6 (where we’re now starting) or The Bazaar. All proceeds will probably go to supporting independent font designers when we buy their fonts so, you know, a good deed there.
And this is the full list of the dogs: 01 name: Krypto / known from: Superman / breed: Kryptonian Terrier 02 Grey Wind | Ghost | Nymeria | Shaggydog | Summer | Lady / A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) / Direwolf 03 Brian / Family Guy / undetermined 04 Pluto / Disney / Bloodhound 05 Gromit / Wallace and Gromit / Beagle 06 Fluffy / Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone / Cerberus 07 Dogmatix (Idéfix) / The Adventures of Asterix / Gallic Westie 08 Beethoven / Beethoven / St. Bernard’s Dog 09 Snowy / The Adventures of Tintin / Wire Fox Terrier 10 Astro / The Jetsons / Great Dane 11 Droopy / Droopy, Master Detective / Basset Hound 12 Scooby-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 13 Scrappy-Doo / Scooby-Doo / Great Dane 14 Dino / The Flinstones / Snorkasaurus 15 Bolt / Bolt / White German Shephard 16 Lassie / Lassie / Rough Collie 17 Odie / Garfield / Beagle 18 The Hound of the Baskervilles / The Hound of the Baskervilles / Hound
19 Sparky / Frankenweenie / Bull Terrier 20 Toto / The Wizard of Oz / Cairn Terrier 21 Snoopy / Peanuts / Beagle 22 The Little Dog | The Big Dog / 2 Stupid Dogs / Dachshund | Old English Sheepdog 23 Lady | Tramp / Lady and the Tramp / Cocker Spaniel | mutt 24 Huckleberry Hound / The Huckleberry Hound Show / Coonhound 25 Dogbert / Dilbert / Beagle 26 Santa’s Little Helper / The Simpsons / Greyhound 27 Jake the Dog / Adventure Time / Pug 28 Lucky, let’s say / 101 Dalmatians / Dalmatian 29 Milo / The Mask / Jack Russell Terrier 30 Rover / Windows XP / Digital Retriever
Just like planned, except a little later, we get to present you our wedding invitations. This was an extremely challenging subject to design, not because wedding invitations are difficult (they are not) but because we expected so much from ourselves and also we had to come to a consensus between our two ideas.
And yes, we did fight a little over the concept. Very little.
The first thing we agreed upon was the shape and the method of folding, simple yet apparently surprising (so much so that more than one person seemed puzzled to refold it after opening). The second thing was offset printing that we wanted: it’s in two Pantone metallic colors, copper and warm silver, printed on one side of the paper (Munken Pure) and folded. That was all done in a printing company but the difficult part, cutting out the triangles to make the ribbon shape, we did by hand. (Okay, it wasn’t that difficult, just time-consuming.)
We printed the inside information at home because it had to be unique for each invitation. As for the ornament, a closed invitation shows just a pattern of abstract round shapes with only two copper hearts. As it is opened the shapes are replaced by more hearts, with pigeons and our initials thrown in for a good measure.
At the back we repeated the initials, together with the most fun part of the design: couples of various animals. We designed most of them especially for the invitation but those of you who drop in here often will recognize a bit of design recycling, too. We later reused the animals for other wedding materials, such as menus. We packed the invitations into metallic copper envelopes that we bought on the internet and were lucky because they matched the print perfectly.
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After a short break we return to Project Doolittle, with a quick little design because design-mostly-unrelated personal matters take a lot of our time this month.
We did it with carrots and now we’re doing it with bananas – by it, we mean food letters, of course. For the record, carrots were way easier to work with, especially that bananas in this weather are most unappetizing. Then again, we didn’t mean to eat them at all. We are quite pleased with the peel initial and wouldn’t mind trying the whole lettering with it but then we’d be stuck with a pile of bananas we wouldn’t know what to do with and we hate being wasteful with our designs.
And yes, of course you can’t work with bananas without thinking of Sagmeister so we hereby honor his work (while wishing we had his financing).
The weather is lovely and sitting at the computer feels like a crime so we won’t offer much commentary on today’s Project Doolittle “Dead.” Because it’s this time of the year when we visit the forest regularly for walks we used branches as a new material, also to make the title a little less obvious.
Just two important remarks. One: we only used branches that were already broken so it is eco-friendly, should you care. Two: the lettering uses some tape but no Photoshop shape distortions. We built the actual letters manually (and mostly we just found appropriately shaped twigs).
And here’s what the setup looked like so you know we really do build these things (and that we’re messy):
Edit. We are thankful for being freshly pressed and, particularly, for all the likes and comments!
When you idiotically rip new tights, it can be infuriating. But once you realize they are beyond repair you can either rip them to shreds in pure destructive frenzy or use them creatively – both ways are fun. For this Project Doolittle cover, “No. 13 Baby,” we went with the creative way.
Of course, we didn’t really make the cover because of some particular pair of ripped tights. But after many previous misfortunes with non-particular pairs (you always spot the rip right when you’re leaving for an important meeting, too) we got the idea that this would be an interesting material to work with. And it was. We actually feel this could work as a cover for some indie band.
“Here Comes Your Man” may well be our favorite Pixies song, and certainly it’s up there in top five. As the title is a full sentence that can mean all sorts of things, we struggled with what approach to pick and finally had to accept the fact that it will probably not end up as deep and insightful as we’d like.
A while ago we made a trip to a hardware store that resulted in new inspirations and new materials and today you may see one of them in use.
We rather expect the chain–man joke (if you can even call it that) not to be to everybody’s taste and we apologize to those of you who expected a more profound visual commentary. But we think that the chain calligraphy worked quite well and it was refreshing to use a less abstract background for a change. (Truth be told, we actually like the visual pun too.)
The back cover.