Tinker Hatfield on design and creativity

“Pole vaulter turned architect turned shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield first made a name for himself working alongside Michael Jordan on the legendary Air Jordan sneaker line. In an in depth conversation, Tinker reflects back on everything from designing the Nike Air MAG’s for Back to the Future II to how he uses motorcycling and music as part of his creative process.”

Tinker Hatfield is Nike’s VP of Design and quite an interesting person. I love that four door VW bus pickup, very rare and fully restored. Looks like he has an Airstream as well.

Note the iPad and his comment on using it as a design tool.

[via Uncrate]

Hungarian paper money

Barbara Bernát is a graphic designer and for her MA degree project she designed a complete set of Hungarian paper money.

Note each side of the bills: the front side an animal, the back side the related species of plant. As you scroll down the page you can see her entire process. It’s a great project and a great documentary post about it.

The kicker is at the end of the post: If you hold the notes under UV light you see the skeletons of the animals.


This reminds me of the work of the late Donald Evans who hand-painted complete sets of postage stamps from countries he made up.



Note: You can still purchase the out of print book documenting the amazing work of Donald Evans: The World of Donald Evans. I have a number of copies, including a first edition hardback.


Inspiring Creativity

Inspiring Creativity – A Liberatum film presented by illy from Liberatum on Vimeo.

Inspiring Creativity is a short film created by Liberatum, directed by Pablo Ganguli and Tomas Auksas, and presented by illy, featuring 21 artists and cultural figures from art, fashion, film, design, technology and music. The film is an insider’s perspective on inspiration from the minds of leading creative personalities including:

Diana Picasso, Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Academy Award nominee James Franco, Joan Smalls, Johan Lindeberg, Jonas Mekas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nico Muhly, Karen Elson, Karim Rashid, Klaus Biesenbach, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, Lola Montes Schnabel, Marilyn Minter, Mark Romanek, Tracey Emin, Moby, Paul Schrader, and TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.

Through the authentic interpretation and responses from these individuals, the overall project communicates what inspires creative thinking and behaviors for nurturing inspiration, while provoking thoughts on how culture, society, and technology continue to affect creativity.

I like this. Not overdone, interesting choice of people, some wisdom to be gleaned.

[via Devour]

What Screens Want

What Screens Want

This is a brilliant presentation/essay by designer Frank Chimero on designing for the internet and a lot more. It’s well worth taking the time to read through and best on a device that will allow the various videos to play in line. The design of the presentation/essay is first rate and an example of exactly what Frank is talking about.

[via Shawn Blanc]

Harry makes a Fusetake Yumi

Film One: Harry (Archer & Bowyer) from Dylan Ryan Byrne on Vimeo.

This is both a wonderful film on the process of making a longbow but also a philosophical commentary on life. While Harry seems to be in Ireland I thought I detected a German accent. Not sure.

[via Product by Process]

How Better Typography Could Reduce Car Crashes

How Better Typography Could Reduce Car Crashes

This is a fascinating and important piece. My guess is improved graphic and industrial design as well as the right typefaces will make dashboards more readable while driving. Then there’s how the backlighting is implemented…

There’s too much clutter on a typical dashboard: less is more.

[via Jon Moss]