Graphic Tees from 8teesix


Some nice graphic tees from 8teesix, a new store selling strong, simple and clean designs. Plus a special offer for Design Ark followers – a 10% discount – just enter DESIGNARK at the checkout. Nice.

Infographic Of The Day: A Video History Of The iPhone

“The first commercially available cell phone, released in 1983, weighed nearly two pounds, cost $3,995, and had a battery that lasted about as long an episode of Benson. Fast-forward more than 25 years to the iPhone 4, with its 1 GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera and HD video, 512 megabytes of memory, and (relatively) affordable price tag for texting, tweeting, talking, filming, mapping, and iTuning to your heart’s content. As far as technological progress goes, it’s like going from an arrowhead to a Swiss Army Knife.”

(via Fast Co Design)

Burning House Project


Interesting photography project – The Burning House.

“If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.”


Free Typefaces & Type Subscriptions Up For Grabs

Wonderful The Type Foundry have just launched featuring a growing number of new and beautiful typefaces. Curating, creating and commissioning interesting typefaces for use both online and offline typography is about to get sexier. To celebrate they are kindly offering lucky Design Ark followers some great giveaways. Super nice of them.


1st – 5 typefaces for desktop use + a ‘large’ subscription to use the typefaces online for a year.

2nd – 3 typefaces for desktop use + a ‘medium’ subscription to use the typefaces online for a year.

3rd – 1 typeface for desktop use + a ‘small’ subscription to use the typefaces online for a year.

The Competition:

Let’s cut a long story short.

The Design Ark and The Type Foundry are challenging you to a 6 word story. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway who, in the 1920’s, was challenged by his colleagues to write a complete story in just six words. He was said to have called his story – “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” – his best work. Now is your turn to get your creative cap on and take up the challenge.

Follow @The_Design_Ark and @TheTypeFoundry and tweet us your best 6 word story.

The competition closes next Thursday – 3rd November at 10am UK time when a lucky winner will be picked by the very talented judging panel. Good Luck – time starts … now!

Judging Panel:

Annabel Seaton / Director

Oschon Wespi-Tschopp / Designer

James Hurst / Director

Gemma Mitchell / Director

Laura Snoad / Journalist

Polly and Chris / Founders Wrap Magazine

Louise Bones / Studio Manager

Log Bowls by Loyal Loot Collective


These Log Bowls by Loyal Loot Collective are so unique. The combination between natural textures and handmade polished finish is beautiful.

From the Loyal Loot site:

“Log Bowls combine the incomparable beauty of trees in their natural state with a high-gloss vibrant finish. Each bowl is handmade using only locally reclaimed trees of all varieties (fallen or cut down due to infrastructure, re-landscaping, droughts, or stormy weather).The trees are hand selected, gathered, turned and finished by Loyal Loot Collective and local crafts people.  Log Bowls come in a large variety of colors and are completed by hand with a water-based, furniture grade finish.”

Sushi Memo Pad


Love and on the wishlist.

Japanese design company Scope came up with this 4-piece set of memo pads called Sushi Memo Block, printed to look like four different types of sushi– tamago (egg), sake (salmon), otoro (fatty tuna), and maguro (tuna).

Steve Jobs on Paul Rand

Brain Pickings have uncovered a gem. A 1993 interview with Steve Jobs, talking about what it was like to work with iconic designer Paul Rand, the mastermind behind the logo of Jobs’ second company, NeXT.

“I asked him if he would come up with a few options. And he said, ‘No, I will solve your problem for you, and you will pay me. And you don’t have to use the solution — if you want options, go talk to other people. But I’ll solve your problem for you the best way I know how, and you use it or not, that’s up to you — you’re the client — but you pay me.”

See more here.


Word as Image by Ji Lee

Trailer for Word as Image delicious new book by former Google Creative Lab director Ji Lee .

Challenge: Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself. Rule: Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.

Cheese Board


Cheese me up. Have been looking for a cheese board for a while and this is right up my street.

(via Design Crush)


Huddle by A Friend Of Mine


Great identify created for Huddle from A Friend Of Mine studio.

From the website:

“Co-directors Dr. Melis Senova and Cam Incoll approached A Friend Of Mine to generate a name and identity for their strategic thinking company which offers lateral thinking and design solutions to corporate clientele. The name ‘Huddle’ reflects the motivational injection of their work, mirroring the verve, and rejuvenation they bring to their clients’ business. The brand identity reinforces this concept drawing inspiration from a bird’s eye view of a human team ‘huddle’. Eight ‘H’s’ connect in a circular fashion to form a huddle, with the internal negative space creating a star.”