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At Design Interface, we support all BIPOC and want more diversity in the design community. This article The American Institute of Graphic Arts wrote about why diversity and inclusion is important. Designing for inclusivity is keeping in mind all types of people, not excluding any group; age, ability, race, gender, economic status.
Read the article here.
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Every year we anticipate a color of the year from Pantone, but, I also discovered that the color of the year crosses over to other industries like Shutterstock. Shutterstock appreciates how essential color is to design, marketing, and everything in-between after all we constantly look for the best image or background to use in our designs. To come up with their colors of the year they sorted through customer downloads and analyze color pixel data from those images. This year Sutterstock's three bold, saturated hues to trend in 2020 are Lush Lava, Aqua Menthe, and Phantom Blue. To find out more about these colors go to, https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/trends/2020-color-trends.
An extra bonus that you will discover in the article are the hottest color trends of the year from around the world.
We just finished a nice product brochure for Electrom Instruments featuring their new iTIG III static motor tester and winding analyzer. This device is used in a wide range of industries to diagnose and repair electric motors. Every company should have marketing materials to promote their products and services and Design Interface has been helping them design visual communications for over 30 years. Contact us today for your next brochure, trifold or rack card.
We consider ourselves partners with our clients, their success is a win-win for all of us. With that, we are proud to announce that Fowler’s Mill Flour is now on the shelves of Heinen’s Grocery Stores. With the Stay At Home order by Ohio’s Governor Dewine during the COVID-19 pandemic, we noticed that many of the grocery store shelves were selling out of flour. Folks had found a new love of baking. Enter our suggestion to the owner of Fowler’s Mill of this new opportunity, she jumped right on it and had us design a new All Purpose Flour Label for a package of flour. You can now find Fowler’s Mill All Purpose Flour on Heinen’s store shelves, Instant Yeast is next on their list. Hopefully baking mixes for Blueberry Muffins, Apple Crisp and others will follow soon. ~Carla
That “killer cardio” class at the gym might take on a new meaning for people worried about COVID-19. Exercise is a prescription for good physical and mental health, but how can gym staff keep up with cleaning and sanitizing?
The answer lies with the GymValet. Brainchild of Dr. Bruce Sherman, this product was designed here in the Design Interface studios. It minimizes germ growth in gyms by making it easier and more convenient for exercisers to sanitize fitness equipment. We’ve been manufacturing the GymValet for Dr. Sherman for over 15 years and recently received big orders from gyms in China. Order yours now to keep a safe and clean gym environment! ~ Anna
IDSA is holding an event, Women In Design, to disrupt decades-old patterns of inequality by establishing a new, more inclusive and balanced design industry. Listen to designers who represent different practices including industrial design, UX, service design and more.
I attended the 2018 Women in Design Conference in Chicago and it was empowering to talk and network with other woman designers. I highly recommend it!
Keyshot is a powerful program used to create 3D renderings, animations and interactive visuals. The models can be customized with different environments, interactive labeling, texture mapping, physical lighting, and animations. Using Keyshot to visualize the product or packaging can help sell to the customer and make the product “come to life.” Contact us for a Keyshot rendering or animation of your new products.
These are some products we think were well done in 2019.
A) The LARQ Bottle is the world's first self-cleaning water bottle and water purification system. It uses UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.9999% of bio-contaminants from your water and bottle.
B) The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that helps make gaming more accessible for gamers with limited mobility.
C) The Burst toothbrush is an innovative toothbrush with a 2 minute timer, made out of charcoal bristles, and the most affordable in the market for it’s features.
D) GE Sol Connected Smart Light Fixture works with Amazon Alexa is a modern design that fits into any home with smart features.
Check out the new Fowler's Milling Co. website at www.fowlermill.com. We redesigned and launched it after seven months of hard work and dedication. It's more visually appealing, easier to navigate, and responsive on all platforms (desktop, laptop, tablets and smart phones). Kudos to Chas Foster at Foster Technologies for his web development.
You can find delicious baking mixes like apple crisp, pumpkin bread, or my favorite, blueberry muffins. Also available are specialty items like gift boxes and baskets, syrups or jams. And just in time for the holidays, Sugar Cookie Mix and Gingerbread Cookie Mix. ~Carla
Adidas has invented a new running shoe made entirely of a single material that uses no glue or solvents in its construction. The idea is called Futurecraft.Loop and evident in its name is the goal of creating a closed recycling loop where the user buys a pair and uses them for a few years, then returns them to Adidas for processing. They are currently in beta-testing and expected to hit the market in 2021.
More details are on the Adidas website.
Every quarter we receive an Emigre magazine, a publication that informs us about new fonts. The latest copy is “The Emigre Coloring Book.” The books pages are designed with a new font called “Crackly.” Crackly was designed by Zuzana Licko and is composed from straight lines that intersect at various angles.
The idea for Crackly came from Licko’s ceramic stacked totem sculptures, which are made from modular cones and disks of different sizes and angles. She made herself a font so she could type out various sculpture compositions before assembling them. When Licko was experimenting with the Crackly patterns, it occurred to her that the compositions would make excellent graphics for coloring, so a coloring book was created.
The pattern fonts can be used to make compositions and to generate your own coloring pages. Or use Crackly for any other pattern applications, such as backgrounds.
You can download a free PDF version of the Emigre Coloring Book from the Emigre website. https://www.emigre.com/Fonts/Crackly
The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) has recently announced the results of the annual International Design Excellence Awards. Each year companies large and small submit their best designs from a variety of fields that are judged for being exceptionally well done. Check out the winners on their website.
A. GE Air MRI Head Coil for brain tumor detection.
B. Stagg EKG, Electric Water Kettle is designed for the countertop.
C. Zip Top reusable containers combine the features of a structural container and bag.
D. Elea Office Chair encourages moving while sitting.
From the original moka pot to Richard Sappers "9090" coffee maker design, to the "Juicy Salif" lemon squeezer by Philippe Starck, Alessi has been innovating and changing the way we look at everyday objects for almost 100 years. During these years Alessi has challenged the idea of "art" and the value of "multiplied art."
The creative world is ever changing, but there are certain things that we remember and special things that stand out. Alessi is one of those things. Alberto Alessi was known to be a risk taker, and he was able to build off of that to become one of the world's top design brands. His collaboration with other designers and artists was something that brought the company even further in it's success. A group of creators ready and willing to push the boundaries of critical thinking, that is how you become great. That is how you grow.
Thank you Alessi for 100 years of design inspiration.
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We are pleased to welcome Anna Woo back to Design Interface. She interned with us in 2017 and recently graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2019). Her thesis project was a system for connecting older adults with others and featured a photo system called Avant Garde. She also participated in the IDSA Student Merit Award Presentation and was CIA’s first runner up. Adrian and I enjoyed having her as student. At Design Interface she’ll be working on packaging and medical regulatory compliance. Anna is a native of Dallas, Texas.
I LOVE Christmas. I love the music. I love the smells. And, I love making Christmas cookies! That’s why I was so excited when Fowler’s Mill asked us to design Christmas cookie labels for their Sugar and Gingerbread cookie mixes.
When designing a label, we first talk to the client to see if they have anything specific in mind for the imagery and/or content on the label. Fowler’s Mill gave us some photo and copy direction for the labels and then let us use our creative skills to come up with a label that makes the customer want to try the product. Their mixes are sold at farm markets, specialty food stores and their Fowler’s Mill store, so the package needed to reflect the farm market look and stand out on the shelves.
We came up with the following:
• The front of the cookie label has the look and feel of the Christmas season with red and green as the primary colors. The background photo also reflects the package content.
• The label back contains nutrition information, ingredients and cookie mix recipe (not shown).
Need an eye catching label for your product? Design Interface can do that! Call us at 440-871-0600 or send an email to: email@example.com
Hi, I’m Addie, the Graphic Design intern at Design Interface this summer. I am currently a student at the Cleveland Institute of art studying Graphic Design. There are so many opportunities in the design field and as thinkers, makers, and creators, we need to push the idea of exploring new options for sustainable design even further…because, well, plastic is still being produced.
Something I think a lot about in my practice is how we will change the way the design industry is impacting the environment. I’ve come to think that it starts with the material and the decision to find alternatives to harmful substances commonly used in packaging and product design. Pushing past plastic and exploring more eco-friendly, compostable, energy-saving materials that we can find in the natural world. By mimicking mother nature we are able to guarantee the preservation of the planet and allow for the earth to reclaim its land and water.
Emeco, a chair and table company based out of Pennsylvania, has been changing the way we look, and sit on materials since 1944. They have developed new materials such as Reclaimed wood polypropylene and Eco-concrete. Both of these materials are substances that take the idea of recycling and push it even further. Lets keep this idea moving and continue creating beautiful, harmless things.
Expectant Moms can now share music with their baby in the womb through mbrio earbud adapters. DI worked with mbrio to develop the package design. It started with the client and his design for mbrio earbud adapters. We advised him that the package would be the “Silent Salesperson” communicating the product’s features and benefits.
It’s a premium box that holds 2 earbud adapters for pregnant women to clip onto their waistband. We designed the Instructions for Use (IFU) to show how it’s used. We rendered the outside illustration using SolidWorks, Keyshot and Photoshop. The back icons were developed to illustrate each feature: SoundSafe Design, Patented Technology, SkinSafe Materials, Waistband Clip and mbrioMusic Compilations. Line drawings were crafted in Illustrator with page layout in InDesign. The finished package has a silk-touch finish and slides together easily. Visit: www.mbriotech.com for more information.
Need new, innovative package designs? Contact us at www.designinterface.com or call 440-871-0600.
Here is a revealing TED Talk called “What Your Smart Devices Know (and Share) About You” given by journalists Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu.
According to a survey by NPR and Edison Research, about 1 in 6 Americans adults have a “smart speaker” in their homes, typically used as a virtual assistant to make their lives more convenient. But the tradeoff is just how much data is being sent back to the company that makes the devices and how that data is being used.
For two months Kashmir Hill turned her house into a “smart home” by installing several intelligent devices from toothbrushes to her vacuum. Her experience uncovered several flaws in getting her devices to work properly and to manage them all. And getting comfortable with lowering her privacy was a strange new reality. Getting over these hurdles will be important for the successful integration of smart devices into our lives.
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