Hey There Comma Check This Out

March 29th, 2012 by Dustin Blankenship

I’m finally joining the masses. Even though this is my first attempt at writing a blog post, I’m still going to take advantage and use this opportunity to call myself a writer, and I will choose not to concern nor associate myself with anyone who thinks otherwise. Now, as I am a designer here at Hyperquake, you can expect some of my future posts to be about designery things. I studied digital design and very much enjoy the web, so interactive design for all devices will be a repeat topic for me, however, I would like this to not only be informative but somewhat entertaining as well. Not only for you, the reader, but for me as well (remember, you get to read, I’m the one who has to write).

So without wasting anymore time, lets get to what I have on my mind today. I really like books. They are good for lots of things, but I mostly use them for inspiration and reading. Since we are rapidly approaching the end of the Maddness and the Wildcats are about to be crowned college basketball’s finest, I thought I would talk about some basketball books. We’ve got Freedarko’s The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac and The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball: History.

They are both relatively outdated. The almanac came out in 2008 followed two years later by the guide, but their current relevance is not what I want to talk about right now. I want to call to attention the beautiful, stylistic illustrations and infographics that lie between the soft matte hardcovers.

Now, of course you can read about things like Kobe’s spirit animal, why Lamar Odom is so sad (complete with a chart that breaks down his facial expressions), and even the ancient style of play demonstrated by Dirk Nowitzki (I’ll give you a hint. It’s Dirk Style). I know that designers (especially myself) are always trying to look beyond the web for inspiration. These are great assets to add to your library. Even if you just want to look at the pictures, that’s totally fine too. So trust me, it doesn’t matter if you could not care less about sports or basketball in particular, there is still a lot of enjoyment to be had out of these two books.


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The Seventh Circle of [Brand Design]

July 29th, 2010 by Julie Hill

Daniela Meloni creates the designer’s interpretation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, at once beautiful, thoughtful and funny.

Read The Branding Comedy

As God is placed in the centre of the Paradise, in the Branding Comedy is the Consumer to stay in the centre of the system and he represents something to be reached by the brands, which are the real protagonist of the book. The Branding Comedy is divided in three sections, like the original Comedy. In each circle are placed the brands, depending on their sins and virtues, their positive/negative values or simply their real position in the market. In fact, as Dante uses the ancient symbols and allegories to describe the medieval world, in the same way logos and brands represent the symbols of today, carrying loads of different values and characterizations.

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Small Stakes Book

July 26th, 2010 by Julie Hill

Attn: Gig poster enthusiasts: SMALL STAKES BOOK!

Known for clean design and lovely, gentle metaphor, The Small Stakes seems to be a favorite among most of the people I talk to about gigposter design. Bonus points for creating posters for some of my very favorite bands.

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Design Books

October 8th, 2009 by admin


Do you like design books? I do. Now I can read reviews of them all the time.
The Designer’s Review of Books


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