Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Creative Quarterly wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. See you next year!
—Sarah, Charles, Darci and Jincy

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Peek at Sagmeister Studios

It's truly a design studio website for our reality-obsessed, over-sharing age: Stefan Sagmeister's website that shows the studio in real-time. While away the hours watching Sagmeister's studio. Fascinating and yet a bit creepy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Glide 2

Another post on a hi-speed film. Hi-speed camera films from moving train. Really cool.

Found via Quipsologies

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

High Speed Video of Popcorn Popping

Core77's Annual Gift Guide

Core 77 has unveiled their 2010 gift guide. Seventy-seven gifts under $77. As always, some very cool stuff.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CQ21 Winners Announced

Check out the winners in CQ21. Congratulations to all who participated. Winning entries will be included in Issue 21, coming out this Winter.
And if you want a chance to be included in our magazine, Call for Entries 22 has opened. This show is open to professionals and students in photography, graphic design, fine art and illustration. Enter now!

Creative Process on YouTube

See how great online work is made from top agency creatives and marketers. This new series of documentary video shorts provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at top agency creatives and marketers.
The films will be premiered at a free Advertising Week event on Tuesday, September 28 from 7:00–9:00 pm at the ADC Gallery in New York (includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres).  After the premiere, the films will posted on YouTube Show & Tell.
For more information visit the ADC.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Letterpress: The Feedback Loop Notebook Project

Twenty-five leading letterpress printers were asked to create fifty unique notebooks. They could do whatever they wanted. Their limited edition books will be sold on Felt & Wire Shop, in a special storefront, with 100% of the proceeds going to Design Ignites Change, to support their School: by Design youth mentorship program.
The Project launches Wednesday, September 8th.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cover Story

Even though Gutenberg created a wonderful new technology, it doesn’t mean that he created an industry. This article in the Boston Globe looks at the early years of printing presses and how they made money (hint: it wasn’t by printing books).
Found via Arts & Letters Daily

Monday, August 30, 2010

App Round-Up

Sadly our App knowledge doesn't extend much beyond Angry Birds, but we have seen a couple great apps launched in the past few weeks that deserve a download.
Plates! by Kyle T. Webster

First up: Plates! by talented illustrator Kyle T. Webster. Kyle follows up his minimalist White Lines with a colorful and invigorating exercise in choosing condiments.

Graphic Design Quiz by Scott Fisk
Second: For those of you who want to test your knowledge, there’s Scott Fisk’s Graphic Design Quiz. Great fun, although it would be even better if you could see what the correct answer. This quiz will be free for a limited time.
You can buy both these apps on iTunes.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Summer Reading: Gopher Illustrated

Gopher Illustrated
As August slowly comes to a close, it's time to finish up your summer reading. Right now I've got my eye on Gopher Illustrated. It's from Venuezela and can be found in select stores.
Found via MagCulture

Monday, August 9, 2010

Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler

Poster by Joey Roth. Prints sell for $25.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Logo in Motion

A mesmerizing piece of art commisioned by London’s V&A museum and produced by Troika.
The piece, titled Palindrome, was recently installed in a near-by Tube station. I would easily miss my train, being so entranced by the work.

It’s also great to see an institution be willing to play with their logo as well.

Found via Creative Review

Thursday, July 22, 2010

True Tales From Our Not Too Distant Analog Past: Jason Holley

Last week we attended ICON6 in Pasadena, where Jason Holley presented a series of hilarious animations and they were a huge hit.  Fortunately for the rest of you, he’s posted one of them online. Fabulous!

Books on Tape from jason holley on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MacPaint Enters the Museum

Drawing by Susan Kare. Image by Apple
As a 10-year old MacPaint was my absolute favorite program. I would create birthday cards and signs. Although I didn't realize it at the time, it probably started my career as a graphic designer.
Now Apple has donated the original source code of MacPaint and QuickDraw to the Computer History Museum, which is even available for download. For those of us who are less interested in code, the Museum tells the history of these revolutionary programs.

Found via Unbeige

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Grain & Gram: Printmaker, Nick Sambrato

Interesting article on printer Nick Sambrato from Grain & Gram: The New Gentleman’s Journal. Sambrato is the owner of Mama's Sauce   Press and he talks about buying and running a printshop. 

Found via Quipsologies

Monday, June 7, 2010

World Cup T-Shirts

None of us here at CQ are soccer fans, however even we've noticed the excitement mounting for the World Cup. And there's a ton of Fifa-related design products being produced. In particular, I like the t-shirts supporting the Dutch team designed by Bas van de Poel and Daan van Dam.

Initially it looks very simple and minimal. But when your favorite player scores a goal... can celebrate as if you were him. 

Found via DesignBoom

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tobias Wong

We're saddened to hear of the passing of extremely talented designer Tobias Wong. His work was conceptually driven and usually had a pointed message.

License to Design

Ken Carbone writing for Fast Company has designers take a look at some state license plates. License plates are a huge revenue stream for state governments, sadly they are also often poorly designed. Above, design by Ken Carbone
Found via Quipsologies

Friday, May 21, 2010


A great opportunity for illustrators and illustration-lovers (I'm talking to you, designers!). The Illustration Conference (ICON) is heading to Los Angeles this year. And you can still join for the Early Bird Special. Purchase before May 31st and save! And, to boot, the attendance is already larger than the last 3 conferences—so there's sure to be plenty of old friends and new faces.
Creative Quarterly will attending and we hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

AIGA Design Journeys

Last night we attended the opening of AIGA’s Design Journeys: You Are Here. It was a lively opening, with guests interacting with the exhibit. The Design Journey project celebrates “the achievements of 25 selected practitioners, but also encouraging aspiring designers from all backgrounds to consider design as a viable and rewarding career. The resulting show, an interactive exhibition open to the public,” will be on display through July 23.
One of the people included in this project is illustrator/design/artist Edel Rodriguez. Interviewed by CQ’s design director Charles Hively, Edel shared his design journey.
Presented by the AIGA

Image originally uploaded by aprilchild

Nuts & Bolts Conference: For Illustration Seniors and Recent Grads

Registration for the 1st Annual Nuts & Bolts Conference is open.
Learn what it’s like out in the real world from some of the world’s most respected illustrators. Join us in an intense two-day event that will explore the ins-and-outs of promotion, provide self-defense tips on how to protect your work, give you direction on building a stronger web presence and share with you the three things every successful illustrator knows as well as talking about the do’s and don’ts of being a young illustrator. Learn more
Presented by CQ’s sister publication 3x3 Magazine

Friday, April 30, 2010

We are happy to serve you

Leslie Buck, who created the iconic New York coffee cup has passed away. The Times takes a look at the man and the Anthora.
Found via The New York Times

Hand-drawn maps

Map by Laura Watson

Slate posted a great article on hand-drawn maps. Often technically inaccurate, they still provide exactly what the user needs to get from point A to point B.

Found via Arts & Letters Daily

Monday, April 12, 2010

Google Map Envelopes

Google Map Envelopes

A couple of Syrcuse students created this cute idea of using digital technology to direct an analog communication.

Found via Lost in E Minor

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

CQ19 Winners and Runners-Up

We’re pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of CQ19. Click to see the complete list. Thanks to all who entered!
And if you’d like to compete in CQ, we’ve just opened a Call for Entries for CQ20.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Alexander Thieme: Embedded

Artist Alexander Thieme paints himself into the background.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sotheby’s to Auction Off Polaroid’s Photo Collection

“This will be the first time in the history of our market that we have offered a collection based upon a technology, rather than an artist or a theme," said Denise Bethel, director of the photographs department at Sotheby's in New York.
The 1,200 pictures, including both Polaroid and traditional photos, include 400 works by [Ansel Adams], who worked closely with the camera's inventor Edwin Land and began the photo collection at Land's request.” Read more

Found via Unbeige

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Sweet Idea Any Day of the Year

Although I'm not one to get excited about Valentine's day, these custom mugs seem like an awesome gift idea.

Found via Swiss-Miss

Monday, February 1, 2010

Nick Dewar

Nick Dewar

It is with great sadness that we've learned Nick Dewar passed away. He was a brilliant illustrator and we are grateful to him for sharing his work with us. Our condolences go to his family and friends.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Five Blades vs One Blade

Scrutinizing the history (and marketing) of razor blades seems a bit silly, but after spending a relatively large amount of money on a razor and constantly replenishing your stock of replacement blades, all the while sticking tiny pieces of tissue paper on yourself, it’s perhaps a pertinent question to ask: “Five Blades vs One Blade?”

Found via Idsgn

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Las Meninas in 3D

Web developer Román Cortés has taken Las Meninas to 3D, using only CSS/HTML (and some math skills). Cortés also shares a step-by-step explanation of the process.

Found via Smashing Magazine

Monday, January 4, 2010

The End of Word It

The beginning of 2010 brings the end of Word It, from the folks at Underconsideration. The last Word It is “The End.” Participate before it ends!