(Apperantly) yes you can.

November 5, 2008

And did.

The illustrator Patrick Moberg sums it up eloquently:

The obama campaign inspired millions of people to vote and they also inspired milions of artists to share their vision of Hope (or in this case Obama). The list is endless, here are just a few examples/links.

There is of course the famous poster by Shepard Fairey.

Or the website Design for Obama, with many amazing posters to date.

And of course not to forget Will.I.Am´s song Yes we can.

And the campaign itself was pobably the best designed ever. Here is a neat post by london graphic designer Ben Terrett with a collection of some nice articles which analyze this phenomenom. Among it a great photo gallery by the Guardian, 30 graphic designers giving 30 reasons for voting Obama and this great article< at Speak up.
They branded his posters, pins, stickers, plane, bus…and even christmas ornaments…the variations are endless.
Ah, and the typography! Gotham. *Sigh*
Here is a good article by the Boston Globe about this particular phenomenon of the phenomenon.



March 21, 2008

I found this right on time for the long easter weekend it seems.

A faboulus website to “waste” away the next couple of days (or more). ffffound is an image bookmarking website. You have to be invited by a member to be allowed to blog, but viewing them is for free. Images range from photography to graphic design, art, advertising, street art, vintage posters etc. From beautiful, enchanting and strange to dark and gloomy. Basically everything that catches the bloggers eye.

There must be more than 20 000 images there and it´s growing constantly.

A really great source for inspiration.

Happy easter 🙂

The slogan “think different” and corresponding advertising campaign was created by the agency TBWAChiatDay for Apple in 1997.
This spot is 11 years old, but remains one of the best brandings i´ve seen (They didn´t even had to show a product).
And it´s so cool.

Here is a link to the making of. The best part is one of the creators gushing about this amzing new tool called Photoshop that they used for the ad placements.
You can find a whole lot of interesting different versions here.
And a typography based clip here on youTube.

And this is the (brilliant) text:

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
We see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world,
Are the ones who do.

Car ads III

November 26, 2007

Yep, i knew there were more. I would have been really surprised if BMW didn´t take the chance to annoy the competition.


And while we´re at it.
Notice the fleeing Jaguar on the hood of the car?

Car ads II

November 26, 2007

I´m fascinated. There seems to be a secret advertising war going on among car ad makers that i was previously unaware of.
The first time i noticed it were the hilarious “Congratulations…” ads from various car-makers.
And now this. I wonder if there is more.

Volkswagen started it off with this.
Which “inspired” Nissan to this.

Graphic exchange

September 17, 2007

This is a small collection of designs found at the website/blog/project Graphic-exchange . Graphic designer Fabien Barral not only uses a clever idea to promote his work, by exchanging samples of his designs with other designers and then posting them on his blog ( i know, it´s expensive for both of them), he also created a wonderful library full of amazing imaginary.

For me the featured works are more poetic works of art than graphic design & co. I especially love the insight into the french world of graphic design. For more (more more!) go to Graphic-exchange.

(Inga! This is for you. I hope it´s not too distracting from your exams….but, well…it´s a good distraction, no? 😉 )

Thrilling wonders

September 10, 2007


This image is not Photoshop generated. In fact this enormous cavern is part of Tokyo´s infrastructure built to prevent overfloading during typhoon season. I found this post on the amazing website of Avi & Rachel Abrams, which is part of the “Thrilling wonder” family of sites. They want to promote “the intense, wonderful and never-boring” side of things. And do so beautifully. If you have some hours (days!) of free time and are in serious need of inspiration, spend some time on their website.

Here you can find galleries with themes like: Abandoned tunnels and vast underground spaces, The most beautiful libraries of the world, Lord of the logistics 1-5, Dust storms, Guy´s thing:weird inventions, Aim…Fire! (High speed photography), Cool ads and many many more (i wish i could name them all).

I have no idea how they could amass such a beautiful collection of images, but they are all worth a look, so check out DarkroastedBlend: Something old. Something new. Something cool.