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Attention To Detail – Product Design by Joey Roth

Posted in architecture, design, inspiration, quality by aldorf on January 9, 2012

In love with these speakers…

 

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Real World Infographics in 3-D

Posted in design, illustration, photography by aldorf on April 27, 2011

Infographics in 2-D are great, but real life, 3-D infographics are even more mesmerizing and interesting. Jose Duarte, a graphic designer, has been using found physical objects to present his data findings. For example, the balloons you see above represent the amount of Internet users there are in (from left to right) China, Europe, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Portugal. (via Holy Kaw!)

About Finding Happiness at Work – Paul Isakson

Posted in ideas, inspiration by aldorf on April 26, 2011

Advice by Paul Isakson for figuring out the right agency for your next role.

This past Friday, Rob shared a good piece of advice for those considering joining a new agency. In particular, I like how he phrased this bit:

“… as much as working for one of the ‘cool agencies’ might sound great, it’s never as good as having a boss who will take you to places you didn’t even know existed.”

Having spent a good amount of time either talking to, or working with, several agencies over the last 18 months and recently taking on a new role, I have a similar point of view.

My recommended approach looks something like the above diagram—which is how I evaluated places to potentially join as I talked to them. The tricky thing here is that you have know yourself pretty well for this to truly work.

In other words, it won’t be easy. You’re going to have to do some deeper thinking and soul searching to determine your purpose and clearly understand what you value and believe.

Or, maybe you know that stuff already. In that case, it won’t be so hard.

As an aside, I think this is what the best recruiters in our industry do for us and for the agencies with whom they are trying to fill roles. But back to the point…

What this really comes down to is the people (at both the agency and the clients)—especially the agency’s leadership and the team(s) that you’ll work with every day. It’s the people that make a job either enjoyable or miserable. That doesn’t change no matter how “cool” the agency or brands you’re working for and/or on.

If you want to be happy in your work life, chose to work with and for great people.


Mad Presentation Skills – Epic Google Docs Animation

Posted in Animation, design, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on December 20, 2010

See the presentation (and wait for it to load – the file is heavy!): http://goo.gl/6MJwH | 3 animators. 3 days (sort of). 3 Locations. 1 Google Doc. www.demoslam.com

Wired Design Conference – Disruptive by Design – Amazing Work

Posted in Animation, film, music by aldorf on August 8, 2010

Awesome work by Bonsajo for the Wired Design Conference 2010.

Motion Graphics Director: Takuya Hosogane

Music: Taoka Takashi

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Where Is My Cow?

Posted in design, food, ideas by aldorf on July 2, 2010

Infographic: What Colors Mean Across 10 Cultures

Posted in design, illustration by aldorf on April 30, 2010

Colors are probably the most obvious way that design varies across cultures. But the funny thing is that for most designers and companies, those color sensibilities often don’t rise past “Red is lucky in China; blue is soothing in the West.” That’s naive, as this superb infographic by David McCandless and Always With Honor shows.

The chart encompasses 10 different cultures, and 62 emotions (!!!). The cultures are represented by concentric rings, and the emotions are represented by slices of the circle. Thus, if you want to understand about Japanese color sensibilities, you read around the graph.

Produced for the book Information is Beautiful

Information is Beautiful

Posted in design, illustration by aldorf on October 6, 2009

informationisbeautiful

Spook! Many of the ancient ‘wonders of the world’ are apparently on the same latitude. (www.informationisbeautiful.net)

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