Blurred vision

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Blurred images bring us closer to the core of things. Colours and basic shapes become the star of the show. This is why designers often half-close their eyes when they judge the fundamental value of a design. All the visual noise gets left out. For me these images are a sort of minimalist island in an overcrowded environment. My modest form of escapism.

GRAYYY

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So, what’s the matter with Flickr? I’ve been using it forever but they lost me. Not only has their interface not been improved since the middle ages, they ask money for pretty much anything now. Can’t see the point anymore. I’ll just share what I have to share here on the blog, where it is in my own hands.

And for playing around I finally joined Pinterest. Jajaja, not exactly an early adopter here. I’m still on a visuals diet and didn’t want to get hooked to yet another site that shares all sorts of pretty. I hope, I can discipline myself.

my kind of photography

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I have a confession to make: I wasn’t much into photography until a couple of years ago. I guess that was largely due to the fact that I hate to have my picture taken and that I don’t want to bother others with my camera. But when I finally got a good camera three years ago, it suddenly dawned on me that I don’t need to photograph people. I don’t even need to make photos of objects or landscapes. I can just make photos of light. So this is what I love to do most with my trusty Nikon D90: take images of nothing in particular. Switch the autofocus off and let the fun begin.

Equinox

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I don’t think I’ve ever been so aware of days becoming shorter. The dark six months of the year are officially here now.

my little green friend

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look who’s visiting again! I realize that this is a lot of green for one image. but I just couldn’t resist.

meanwhile on the other side of the planet

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Not all was tropical sunshine this summer. I went home, back to the roots. Oh, how I miss the family, the woods, the hills and the endless shades of green. My summer was all about extreme opposites.

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let’s run away

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it’s wet. it’s cold. and I’m not ready for it. not at all. I much rather dream of sweet tropical days.

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Eames, yes! Plastic Chair, no!

okay, trying out publishing on Issuu for the first time. So please, bear with me …

Anyhow, EAMES. Charles Eames would have turned 105 this past Saturday. He is a man to be admired for many things. Incredibly smart, witty, social, interested, capable and engaged. However, I think his legacy is not served right by blindly buying his designs from the 1950s. Frankly, I’ve seen enough of his Plastic Chair and I don’t think it is an appropriate choice for someone buying a chair in 2012. In this short presentation I try to make my case. Completely in the spirit of Charles Eames and with deep respect for him.

Just check out this great app that IBM and the Eames Office made as a follow-up to the Eames exhibition Mathematica. When designers care about education, learning is a lot more fun. Now, that is something that we learned from Charles and Ray Eames and that we should remember!

I love the internets

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I hardly ever post links here. But this is way to fabulous to pass by. Online exercises with colour in the spirit of Josef Albers. Brilliant.

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iPad application icon

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After the toolbar icons for Edge, I thought about a possible app icon. A nice opportunity to learn the ins and outs of iOS icon design. My ideas initially all centered around crisp edges and high-contrast letters, preferably Didot. Both doesn’t work very well for the icons. The mandatory rounded corners make everything look cute and, well, round. I gave it a try but the typography would have to be adjusted a lot for the smaller sizes because of the thinner strokes. Didot and Caslon, the fonts I used in the app, didn’t work at all, so I ended up using the much ‘fatter’ Magnola and adjusted the serifes even more.

My second attempt is simply based on a triangle and some gradients in the colours of the app. I didn’t have the time to work this out in detail but it looks much more promising. The name of the app is written under the icon anyhow … so next time I have to design an app icon, I know where to start! Like I said, lots to learn of those exercises.

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