September 17th: Weekly Design Links

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Summer is fading fast and the spiced pumpkin is happening early. It’s the home stretch run of 2019–which is a crazy thought. Before we know it, we’ll be in the thick of Thanksgiving, the holiday rush and New Years. I’m getting ahead of myself. There’s still a lot of work to do before then. Check out these links and then get back to it.


Videoland: A Visual Catalog of American Video Store Logos, 1980–1995 •

Don’t make the same design fail as the Chicago Bulls logo •


Containers Shop / BBC Arquitectos •

ArkNat 2019 Pavilion / Sweco Architects •

How Architects Are Making Concrete Walls Look Like Crumpled Paper •

Cycling through the Trees / Burolandschap •

BPN Architects designs Ghost House to have “ethereal presence” •


Glitched Paintings by Olan Ventura Give a Contemporary Twist to 17th Century Still Lifes •

Olivia Walker Balances Minimalism and Tactile Textures in Ceramics Showcased on her Squarespace Portfolio Site •

Design Work

The importance of setting up your design work before you present it •

Industrial Design

Reddie Wants You to Have a Little Fun at Work With Their Non-Corporate Workstation •

Carlo Ratti’s feel the peel juice bar turns orange peels into bioplastic cups •

This Realistic Lettuce Notepad Is Great For Jotting Down Fresh Ideas •

Graphic Design/Branding

New Logo and Identity for Volkswagen done In-house •

Kekkilä — BVB by Kurppa Hosk •


“Punt e a Capo” by Riccardo Guasco •

SC99 · IMAGEMAKERS by Serial Cut •

TBWA creates “soothing and hypnotising” animations of McDonald’s Egg McMuffins •

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