Conversations with Paul Rand and Saul Bass

Paul Rand

Saul Bass logos

Here are a couple of wonderful clips found on Youtube featuring two of the greatest designers of our time, Paul Rand (1914 – 1996) and Saul Bass (1920 – 1996). Considering the pair passed away in 1996 I have been having trouble finding any footage of them talking about their works and careers.

Some wonderful quotes in these short videos, especially Rand who disects what makes design function in the way it needs too. Here’s a sample:

“Aesthetics is the study of art, or, the study of the interaction and fusion of form and content. Which means that the difference between aesthetics and art is that aesthetics is the study of art. Other then that, they are the same.”

Highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch these videos from these experienced and wise designers. The logos below each video are selected pieces by each designer, the first group being Rand’s and the second being Bass’.

Inspiration: Kevin Dart

Kevin Dart

Kevin Dart

Kevin Dart

Kevin Dart

Kevin Dart

Really digging the illustrative stylings of Kevin Dart. He has a great mix of influence in each of his pieces, a bit of Japanese character design, a dash of ’30s travel postcards, hint of James Bond all wrapped up in a B-movie poster. I especially enjoy Kevin’s eye for unique color treatment, just look at the beautiful palette on the Yuki 7 piece above.

You can check out more of Kevin’s work at his blog, and also follow him on Twitter.

Inspiration: More Dan McPharlin

Dan McPharlin

Dan McPharlin

Dan McPharlin

Dan McPharlin

I featured the work of Dan McPharlin last year, but his new work deserved another shout on the blog. Once again, McPharlin is blowing out the faithful styles of the 1970s with his painting, drawing and digital creation. Stunning visuals with an incredibly diverse portfolio.

Check out more work on Dan McPharlin’s Flickr stream.

Signalnoise Source: PSD download

Signalnoise Source: Exp.1

Last week I announced a new project I have been working on, a DVD of PSD source files entitled The Signalnoise Source. I have been working on developing and preparing the files over the past few weeks and things are going very smoothly, can’t wait to get this into peoples’ hands.

However, a few other projects have been brought to my attention over the past week which have a great capacity to stall the release. It sucks, but these new endeavours are both large and exiting.

So, because it pangs me to not deliver on what I set out to do (I’m fairly hard on myself that way) I decided to upload a small sample from the DVD set to show the kind of work that can be expected once the project ramps up. The set will include style and asset exercises such as this one with all layers intact so you can turn things on and off to see what’s going on, as well as view all the layer settings I have in place.

As I said before, I am creating these PSDs to help out those interested in learning through example. So please don’t download this source and re-sell it for commercial use, that will ruin the game for everyone.

Download the Signalnoise Source PSD, and have fun!