I went to Tokyo with my colleague Sissal Kristiansen back in 2009. On our visit, we paid a visit to a few branding and advertising companies, including one of the world’s largest advertising networks Dentsu.Straight away, we were struck by the numerous posters hung up in one of the corridors with some very inspiring words. In 1951, the president of Dentsu wrote the “10 Spartan Rules” to inspire his employees. To this day they can be found on the wall of every Dentsu building around the world.
1. Create work for yourself; don’t wait for work to be assigned to you.
2. Take an active role in all your endeavours, not a passive one.
3. Seek out large and complex jobs. Trivial tasks debase you.
Here’s a combination of basic and slightly more advanced references for Designers and Bloggers. Some of these references are basic, but really good to scan through and refresh and then carry on doing what you’re doing - hopefully better. I haven’t actually read the later links - they look good.
Flyfire, a project initiated by the SENSEable City Laboratory in collaboration with ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) aims to transform any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment.
Website of iconographic artist/designer, James Joyce. He is based in London.
Digital Sculptures, Commission from Creative Review to realise ideas in a three dimensional form in collaboration with The 3D Agency. 2010.
Wallpaper* - Next Generation Issue. 2009.
NB: Studio invited four artists to embellish a One Dollar Bill. The designs were screenprinted onto a real note, signed and numbered. Other artists to contribute were Anthony Burrill, Billie Jean and Paul Bower. 2009.
Exploration of Beatles music through infographics (ongoing project)
These visualizations are part of an extensive study of the music of the Beatles. Many of the diagrams and charts are based on secondary sources, including but not limited to sales statistics, biographies, recording session notes, sheet music, and raw audio readings. Join this project here.