Briefly Noted – January 2021

January 24, 2021

Covid-19 has meant a great deal of free time at home so I’ve been able to read more regularly. Here are a few of the books I’ve read over the last few months. I can highly recommend all these! Design Systems by Alla Kholmatova (2017) Atomic Habits by James Clear (2018) Such a Fun Age by […]

Pantone Colors of the Year 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating

January 15, 2021

Pantone have selected PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray & PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating as Colors of the Year 2021. A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid […]

Ads of the World during COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Back in January 2020 we welcomed a new year armed with hopeful resolutions and exciting to-do lists. Brands around the world planned budgets and carefully scheduled campaigns to come out throughout the year. It’s safe to say none of the following campaigns were planned during that time, nonetheless they’re excellent! Ads of the World created […]

Apple Design Philosophy

April 27, 2020

The Apple Marketing Philosophy: Empathy We will truly understand their needs better than any company. Focus In order to do a good job of those things we decide to do we must eliminate all of the unimportant opportunities. Impute People DO judge a book by its cover. We may have the best product, the highest […]

Pantone Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue

January 15, 2020

To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. And this year the experts have selected the Color of the Year 2020 to be PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue. A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE Classic Blue is elegant in its […]

Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

January 28, 2019

Pantone’s color experts have selected the Color of the Year 2019: PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral For the last 20 years, the team have announced a color that reflects the current social landscape, design trends across multiple industries and this year is no different. An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with […]

The Future Belongs to the Curious

July 10, 2018

Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. She’s has done stunning work with Apple, Adobe, Qantas, Volcom, The New York Times, etc. She creates hand-lettering or custom typography for commercial clients, but also creates more conceptual personal work, hosts workshops across Australia and speaks at design conferences. I’m a huge fan, […]

Montreal Design Declaration

July 3, 2018

The Montreal Design Declaration was a milestone marking the launch of a collaborative effort to utilise the potential of design for all, and concludes: “All people deserve to live in a well-designed world.” The Declaration defines the Value of Design through 8 bold propositions: Design is a driver of innovation and competition, growth and development, efficiency and prosperity. […]

My 16 Favourite Design Resources and Articles of 2016

January 11, 2017

Now that 2016 is done and dusted I wanted to share with you my 16 favourite design resources and articles of 2016: Onboarding: How Virgin America Onboards New Users by UserOnboard Mobile Design: Mobile App UX Principles by Google Design Guidelines: Material Design by Google Design Components: Polymer Components in Angular 2 by Vaadin Human […]

15 Quotes that Make Life Better

October 20, 2016

Can you believe October is almost over? 2016 is already flying by. That said, I’ve been very inspired by all things design and human achievement lately. Before you head out for a weekend of relaxation and rest, here are 15 of my favorite quotes to give you a little extra weekend inspiration: •    Love life […]