Saw this young lady open for Tune Yards last night. She has a powerful voice and presence. Definitely the sound of the day.
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the relationship between the client and the designer. As with any relationship, it’s a delicate thing that constantly requires nurturing and the clarification of roles. How to go about doing this is something that is learned with time and experience. Although each client is going to require a different approach, what remains constant is the importance of making sure both the designer and the client understand what is expected of them.
In this 1993 interview, Steve Jobs discusses what it was like to work with Paul Rand. In it Steve says of Paul, “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. You don’t have to use the solution. If you want options go talk to other people.’”
The quote seems to resonate with a lot of designers, as a quick search of ‘Paul Rand’s Next Logo’ yields quite a few results that reference it. While some would say it’s a stunning example of the confidence of a master, I’d say, instead, that it’s the natural wisdom of a master. Paul’s response left no room for misunderstanding about what his job was as a designer. The client not only understood but also respected him for the clarity, thus allowing for what must have been a great working experience.
Also, there’s a great thread on LogoDesignLove about this video and the designer/client relationship. Check it here.
This site is long overdue for an update, but it’s been quite a busy summer. I’ve had my hands full on all sorts of projects. Here are a few things I’ve worked on in the last few months.
Trenton Fuel Works
I designed a logo for the New Jersey-based bio-fuels company, Trenton Fuel Works. I had a lot of fun with this one. The company uses a process which involves turning garbage into fuel. I had to figure out a way of getting that across in the logo.
I teamed up with my good friend Sam Broe to design the site for photographer, Henry Hargreaves, upcoming book 3DD. It’s a coffee table book that comes with 3D glasses. The subject matter? Well, the double D kind of gives it away.
Visit 3DD (NSFW)
Breathing Room, Inc
I developed a logo and site for Breathing Room, Inc. This one was fun because I got to do custom lettering for the logo.
The Softest Touch/Uncles Film
This was a quick site I put together for my friend’s short film.
I designed a logo for Orange Equity, as well as added a few things to the site.
I’m also working on a bunch of other projects which I’ll get around to putting up soon.