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Exploring the techniques and methodologies of the craft of visual communication.

On Design & Translation (Les Belles Infidèles)

When French philosopher and writer Gilles Ménage commented on the humanist translations of Nicolas Perrot d’Ablancourt some four hundred years ago, he was criticizing the re-interpreted dimension of beauty that the translator had added to the original work.
“Translations, like women, can be either faithful or beautiful, but not both” wrote Ménage referring to a brief romance he had once had in the past, and went on to describe the lost connection between the original piece and the translators’ repurposed sibling.
 

Calculated Errors - The Ink Trap

 

A few weeks back we handed over a large-scale project to a long-term client; the fruit of a few months hard and dedicated work bundled into carefully structured PDFs, PSDs and EPSs. It was the usual stuff; guidelines, specifications, hero screens and graphical assets - what we commonly refer to as deliverables.  The handover is, as you might agree, a special moment in the daily life of any creative; a mixed bag of emotions ranging from the joy and happiness of “completion” to the emptiness of “being done” and the skepticism/fear of “what will happen next”. The reality is that we can’t consider a design project “done” the moment we hand it over, but instead that it is “born” in that moment and that it comes alive in the period after it has left us behind. 

The Weekly Digest #003

Weekly digest

Every week we publish the best things we come across; films, apps, resources, sites and other goodies worthy of your attention. We call this the weekly digest. This week we focus on a few iPad apps.

The Weekly Digest #002

The Weekly Digest #002

Every week we publish the best things we come across; films, apps, resources, sites and other goodies worthy of your attention. We call this the weekly digest. This weeks selections are curated by Amsterdam based frog designer Niels-Peter Foppen.

The Bad Boys of Motion Design

The Bad Boys of Motion Design

There’s something infinitely beautiful about graphics in motion. The poetry of the movement infuses static visuals with new life,  reflecting the culture we live in. Below is a sampling of the best out there in contemporary motion graphics and the visual themes they share.

What Visual Designers Can Learn From Biggie Smalls

 Biggie Smalls

The Weekly Digest #001

 The Weekly Digest #001

Every week we publish the best things we come across; films, apps, resources, sites and other goodies worthy of your attention. We call this the weekly digest. Let's get started by looking at few things we discovered over the last month.

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A Brief Introduction

Introducing The Visual Design Dept.

This blog was created to showcase the ideas, techniques and insights on the topic of visual communication design and visual design craft. Our objective is to provoke discussion and spark debate around current design topics. We will also share advice on techniques and methods we use in our daily work. We hope you enjoy the blog and look forward to hearing your comments!