Sponsor // 81K Designers Shaping The Website Design Industry With Webydo’s Professional Code-Free Design Studio.

Webydo

Appealing to the professional and savvy designer, Webydo is the leading online design studio that enables designers to create, manage and publish their client’s websites completely code-free. The cloud-based, online website design platform is revolutionizing the professional web design industry and putting designers in the driver’s seat. Webydo enables web and graphic designers to create fresh, dynamic HTML websites without writing having to manually write code. Saving designer’s time and money, Webydo appeals to the professional designer and helps them to create successful and long lasting designer-client relationships. This is apparent through their integrated cloud hosting, efficient content management system (CMS), and the Webydo Dashboard that allows for intuitive management of thousands of client sites. The Dashboard also allows designers to bill their clients directly using the “Bill Your Client” feature, and, with the White Label feature, designers can put their company logo front and center on the login screen.

 


Webydo

Proud to be a community-led platform, Webydo develops features driven by a “radical democracy,” or rather the network of over 81K creative professionals united globally in shaping this B2B platform’s future, based on current ideas and trends. Their community of designers actively votes on new features to add or update on Webydo’s Participate page, and has a direct impact on the design studio’s future.
 

Webydo

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Scott Balmer

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Enter the world of Scott Balmer, an accomplished illustrator from the UK. When he’s not playing tetris or dreaming of chocolate, he’s conjuring up brilliant imagery filled with mischievous characters and majestic beasts.

 

 

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Scott Balmer via grainedit.com

Scott Balmer via grainedit.com

 

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Studio Beige

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Studio Beige is a Rotterdam-based design studio founded in 2003. With a love for typography they deliver striking, tactile and highly communicative designs.

 

 

 

 

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61 books with black type on white cover

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Bernd Kuchenbeiser’s 61 books with black type on white cover lovingly pays homage to the printed word in all it’s glory. Created for a recent event at Vitsoe’s Reading Room, the book also serves as an analog companion to his impressive blog. Contained within is a cohesive collection of titles bound initially by the color (or lack of) of their cover. Accompanying each entry is a brief paragraph that details the qualities whether physical or conceptual that have attracted Bernd’s attention. Available at select Vitsoe shops, the book is free while supplies last.

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Riccardo Guasco

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Meet Riccardo Guasco, aka ”Rik”, a cartoonist, illustrator and painter based in Alessandria, Italy. Influenced by movements such as Cubism and Futurism he crafts rich compositions brimming with warm muted tones.

 

 

 

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Riccardo Guasco via grainedit.com

Selected works are available for sale at his Society6 shop.

 

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Sponsor // Wallpapered Maps

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Over the last couple of years we’ve seen an increased interest in cartography. More and more books are being produced on the subject and there has been a rise in the amount of designers and illustrators choosing to focus in this area of work.  London-based Wallpapered.com has captured some of this excitement around map related imagery in their latest round of product offerings. Recognizing that large scale map graphics lend itself well to the modern home/office aesthetic they have created a series of wallpapers that can be easily applied to any room.  There is a diverse collection to choose from, but of special iinterest is the black and white relief map and the full color world map. See the complete collection here.

 

 

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Full color world map.

 

Wallpapered maps

Also available are custom zipcode map wallpapers for any part of the globe that fits your fancy. Just enter the location along with your desired colors and size and you’re good to go!

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Mike Ellis

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Lovely work from Toronto-based illustrator Mike Ellis. Using multicoloured LEDs the illustrations come to life within a three-dimensional house, exposing things that may not be seen under normal circumstances.

 

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Exquisite Corpse

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Remember playing the game Telephone as a child? The game that consisted of people passing around a phrase and then laughing at how the phrase gets distorted from one person to the other? Illustration project Exquisite Corpse is like the visual version of Telephone. The collaborative project invites illustrators to participate in a “never-ending” abstract illustration.  Each illustrator adds to the piece in sequence while only being allowed to see a small part of what the previous illustrator contributed.  The effect is a single, unifying illustration that seamlessly morphs into different ideas and interpretations.

 

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Exquisite Corpse via grainedit.com

 

 

Artists featured above: Hedof, Ilse Weisfelt and Aron Vellekoop Leon.

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Brent Couchman Interview

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

Born and bred in the Lone-Star state, Brent Couchman is a designer and illustrator that now calls San Francisco his home.  Noted for his generous use of color, he employs vibrant yet sophisticated palettes that elevate and accentuate the playfulness and meticulous nature of his work. He has received awards and accolades from distinguished publications including Graphis and Print and has established himself as an accomplished designer with a distinct visual voice. After stints at Fossil and Hatch Design he recently decided to venture out on his own with the launching of Moniker – a design and branding studio focused on timeless work and strong client relationships.  In our latest addition to the Design in Process series we chat with Brent on his creative process and the challenges of managing a studio.

Lets start off with a little bit about your background. What was your first design gig?
My first official design job was in high school at a local print shop. I was hired to help the owner, who handled all of the design and production work that came in. I got the hang of things pretty quickly and worked on my own designing a lot of business cards, brochures, ads, etc. It was a great introduction to design because I was exposed to the production side of things and had projects with clients and timelines. They also let me wear flip-flops to work.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

What challenges have you faced managing your own studio?
It took me about six months to get comfortable with the ebb and flow of new work. I was afraid that at some point new projects wouldn’t come in and I’d have to get a job at Kinkos. After a while, I got used to the inevitable downtime and have since learned to take that time to relax, work on personal projects or develop the business.

Another challenge was leaving the studio environment, where you collaborate with talented people and see the work they’re creating. You miss a lot of the interaction and even inspiration that happens from walking around and seeing the awesome things that people are working on. Now I have a pretty good network of designers who I share work with and get feedback from, which has been invaluable.

What do you enjoy about being on your own, as opposed to the design firm environment? 
There’s a feeling of freedom that comes from running my own business, and that shows itself in several ways. I can choose what projects to take on or go after specific work that I’m interested in. Even if I need to take on a project for financial reasons, the decision is still mine, and it directly benefits me.

Time is another way I feel that freedom. Whether it’s the day to day schedule of how long to work, or the amount of time I take off for vacation. It’s great to have the freedom to choose how I spend my time.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

Could you walk us through one of your projects? Please describe your workflow, including your tools, from pen and paper to software and devices
Up Global is a Seattle-based company offering resources and support for entrepreneurs of all levels. I was hired to develop a visual identity system for the company, who had recently gone through a merger. After a few days of discussing goals, audience breakdowns, competitive landscape, and other key information, I went back and hit the sketchbook.

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One of my favorite ideas was a very literal interpretation of the name, combining an arrow and a globe to make an abstract human form.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

After sketching, I took the best ideas and moved to the computer to work out rough comps. I use Adobe Illustrator pretty exclusively, even for most of my presentation mockups. Because I was working directly with the creative director, I showed a larger number of concepts in a rougher state than I would on a normal project.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

One of the goals was to create a symbol that was truly international and could identify the company easily without the type. The simple arrow/globe emerged as the favorite, but we moved forward with a few other concepts as well to see how we could expand in each direction.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

In the end, the arrow/globe/human icon won. We developed a system through which each future regional chapter could pick their own color and customize the logo with their location.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

With so many regional chapters, one of the other major considerations was building a visual language anyone could use. Rather than creating a complex system of guidelines, we opted to keep things simple by keeping the focus on the logo, and breaking it apart to build the visual assets used across the brand.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

How has your process evolved since you first started designing? Are you a creature of habit or do you like to try new technologies, applications, and features?

When I first started designing, I did a lot of work to generate ideas. I’d sit down and write word associations, lists, and spend hours sketching, trying to perfect each line and form of a logo or illustration. Then I’d take those to the computer and see what worked. Now, the process is more dictated by the project constraints and time line. I’ll still sketch, but it’s more like jotting down a few words or scribbles to remember an idea later. Through the years I’ve gotten a better feel for what works, so I don’t have to rely on such a rigorous process to generate good ideas.As for new technologies, the two services I’ve used since starting out on my own are Dropbox and Adobe Creative Cloud. Dropbox is great because I can access files from anywhere, which really helps when working from the road. Creative Cloud is great because you can get the software updates as they come out rather than using one version of the software for several years, which I used to do.

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Analytical tools are now ubiquitous, and because of this designers are often asked to back up their work with data and research. With this in mind, how much of your work is based on intuition — and what role should intuition play in design today?
I think intuition and research and data go hand in hand. The best work comes from being completely immersed in as much information as possible about the goals, challenges, audience, etc., and then finding a solution based on that information. Without that aspect, there’s no way to communicate effectively, so I definitely think both are integral to good design.

Brent Couchman Interview #designinprocess

What are your passions and interests outside of design and why?
I collect rare design books and ephemera, which all started when a coworker at my first job let me borrow his copy of Paul Rand’s Design Form and Chaos. I had not heard of Paul Rand at the time, so I was blown away. After that I worked in-house at Fossil and was exposed to more mid-century designers and started collecting old Graphis annuals, which led to more and more rare design books. Now I have a network of dealers in the States and Europe who help me get my fix. My wife isn’t a huge fan, especially since we live in a tiny San Francisco apartment, but that hasn’t stopped me so far.

Another thing I’ve really come to love is exploring the Bay Area and California in general. My wife and I will find new restaurants or shops and take time during the week for day trips in and around the Bay Area. It’s nice to get a break between projects and refresh from time to time.

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We would like to thank Brent Couchman for taking time to share with us. You can see more of his work at MonikerSF.com. Catch him on Twitter and Instagram as well.

This interview is part of the #designinprocess series brought to you by Adobe. Read all of the interviews here and follow along on Twitter and Pinterest at #designinprocess and #newcreatives.

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