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Material Design

Pushing Material Design Forward

According to material.io Google’s Material Design is: a unified system that combines theory, resources, and tools for crafting digital experiences. It’s getting harder these days to ignore it’s subtle influence on UX/UI design. Material Design’s guidelines have lead to more website’s that present clean spaces and utilize a lot of negative space to maximum effect. In the responsive world we live in today MD’s guidelines have proved to be useful for digital (both web and app) based components such as buttons, drop downs and switches which need to work well on tablets as well as phones and monitors.

Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production

It was brought to our attention that a fellow graphic designer, Briar Levit, is crowd funding a film about the design process before the desktop computer. The title of the film is “Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production”. Needless to say, we are very excited and we would like to encourage you to contribute if you can.

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Imagine designing and printing a brochure—without a computer. How would you set the type—making sure it fit your layout? How would you crop the images? How would you place those images alongside your text? And what would you hand over to the offset printer when you were done? 

Up until just 30 years ago when the desktop computer debuted, this whole process would have been primarily done by hand, and with the aide of fascinating machines that used a variety of ways to get type and image on to the printed page.”

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David Bowie Is…

This is really big news if your a David Bowie fanatic and Chris Hess of Hess Design Solutions is just that. The V&A Museum has been granted access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the career of David Bowie. David Bowie remains one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. The exhibit contains more than three hundred objects, including handwritten lyrics, costumes, photos, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from over five decades all brought together from the David Bowie Archive for the first time.

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Hartmut Esslinger + Strategic Design = Positive Change

Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design, is undoubtedly one of the world’s most influential designers.  Mr. Esslinger explains how ‘strategic design’ in business and society can and must bring about positive change through innovative creativity with a newly released book titled “Design Forward”.  This innovative progression Mr. Esslinger speaks of has sparked creative change in the consumer market, especially for one of the most successful American companies ever built: Apple. We here at Hess Design Solutions love our Apple products and while we haven’t done as much packaging design work as we would have liked to we are constantly fascinated with the it’s creation, especially the prototypical stages where ideas begin to materialize from the abstract. 

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Hess Design Solutions wishes you a Happy X-mas!

We here at Hess Design Solutions stumbled upon this Christmas Gifts or Gifs recently and felt we had to share this with everyone. The web site is a quirky GIF art showcase comprised of submissions from international illustrators,animators and directors. This whimsical project was curated by Ryan Todd and built by Enjoy This. And all the while we thought the Graphics Interchange Format was dead, little did we know. 

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ZWEIZEHN!

ZWEIZEHN is a Mainz, Germany based design collective consisting of Christian Schreiber, Sven Herkt, Steffen Meyer and Oleg Svidler. They create straight forward yet playful  typography and Corporate Design/Corporate Identity works as well as Illustrations and Photography. The work this group produces is somewhat typical for European design with it’s heavy reliance on type but we love it’s playful nature.

Death Grips & Galen Pehrson Collaboration = AWESOME!

Sacramento, California based experimental rap group Death Grips recently got together for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles with animator Galen Pherson for a collaborative multimedia piece titled “True Vulture. Mr. Pehrson has hand-drawn an animated storyboard to go along with the Death Grips track “True Vulture”. The “True Vulture” project also includes a voiceover by actress Jena Malone (Into the WildSucker Punch). We think it’s an awesome piece of Art reminiscent of the 1970’s children’s show The Electric Company. Enjoy!

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Shaken, not stirred.

As I recently exited a Metro station in Paris and I saw in front of me a door sized LED bilboard in front of me, there stood Javier Bardem with bleached blond hair, he slowly turned and stared at me (goosebumps).

Sold.

“Bond, James Bond.” I don’t know, it’s probably just the kid in me but I think those three words were some of the coolest ever captured on the silver screen. And Sean Connery, what’s not to like about that charming man’s man? The coolest secret agent ever conceived. Bond plays it cool, calm and collected always managing to thrill and entertaining. Never forgetting the gorgeous women; James Bond spends almost all his precious free time to get intimate with some of the most beautiful women in the world. Yes, I am excited to see the new 007 movie but even more excited about the release of a new book title “The James Bond Archives” by EON Archives and edited by Paul Duncan.

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HunterGatherer: Hands On

The folks behind HunterGatherer (founded by Todd St. John) are always moving the goal posts with a very unique “hands-on” approach to design, illustration, and animation. HunterGatherer have been around since 2000 and I think the first time I became aware of HunterGatherer was their cover art they did for Money Mark’s “Brand New By Tomorrow” LP. The studio’s work has been frequently published and exhibited. HunterGatherer has won awards from multiple design organizations, and Todd St. John was included along with collaborator Gary Benzel in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial: Design Now.

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