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Even more graphic design geek items!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Design Geeks - iPhone Fingers

Back in May 2009 we posted some geeky items that all graphic designers would like. Then, in September we followed this up with even more! And I bet you all thought we’d shown you all the geekiest items available to you, well after scouring the web (and some great suggestions from our readers) we have another post full of them! They just keep coming! (more…)

21 more items all design geeks must have!

Monday, September 14th, 2009

21 more items all design geeks must have!

Back in May we posted a blog article outlining 14 Items Design Geeks Must Have! We have had such a huge response from all of you that since then I have been collecting any item I deem to be design related, geeky and worthy enough for a second post, so take a look though the further 21 items all design geeks must have and let me know what you think! (more…)

Retro VW Campervan Advert Designs

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Retro VW Advert Designs

If you are a regular visitor to the Eightyone Design Blog, I am sure you are aware that both Steve and I are particularly passionate about retro and vintage artwork. Team this up with our love for VW campervans (we have blogged about our own and have another blog dedicated to them as well!) and you get some of our favourite adverts ever created! These retro VW adverts are clean, simple and each one sends a clear message to their audience. The sense of continuity is spot on and their word play and copy really does set the standard (if you can put up with the sexism!).


14 Items All Design Geeks Must Have!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

15 Items All Geeks Must Have!

Last year we published a post outlining what a graphic designer would take back to school. Since then, we have seen a number of what can only be described as ‘geeky’ items which I am sure you will all appreciate: (more…)

Another 20 Gorgeous Music CD Cover Designs

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Another 20 Gorgeous Music CD Cover Designs

Looking through my iTunes library, there are loads of album covers I missed out in our last post on music CD cover designs, so have decided to include them here. For me a successful CD cover is not just about how gorgeous the design is but how does that cover relate to the music? Does the art sum up the music in a concise and effective way? Here are some covers I feel not only convey the type of music, but generally look pretty cool.


My Top 10 Computer Arts Magazine Covers

Monday, October 20th, 2008

There is one thing that is guaranteed to make me smile and that’s hearing a thud as my favourite design magazine Computer Arts hits the door mat. Every month I am amazed at the beautiful cover art that stares back at me from the floor. I neatly file away all my magazines after a thorough read as they are always a constant source of inspiration. 

Computer Arts Magazine Covers

I was flicking through them the other day and once again I was taken back by the fantastically designed covers. So I thought I’d post my top 10, here we go in no particular order: (more…)

20 Stunning Music CD Cover Designs

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

My iPod is pretty much permanently attached to my hip. It is definitely my best friend and I never go anywhere without it. Music enhances my day, improves my mood and certainly helps get those creative juices flowing. 

I was flicking through my album art and was surprised to find what an awesome selection I had so thought I’d post a few of my favorite covers and see what you thought?


Kings of Leon


8 Items a Graphic Designer Would Take Back to School

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Well it’s that time of year here again in the UK, where you feel that chill in the air, the summer is practically over and children are getting ready to go back to school (if they haven’t already!).

I can’t say that I remember being particularly thrilled about putting on my uniform and heading off to school. However, I do have fond memories of choosing my new stationary and art supplies. I remember visiting our local Woolworths and WH Smiths trying to find the coolest pencil tin and matching pens (not that it mattered as after the first week I would have scratched my latest crush’s name on to the pencil tin and loaned out all my pens!). So I thought I’d take a look around and see what was on the market for students nowadays in the stationary department. I have to say I was very impressed with my findings and may have to put some of these items on my Christmas List (yep… you heard me… Christmas List, the count down has begun people!)!

In primary school your social status was determined by your lunch box and to be honest everyone would want to be in my gang with this retro Dr Pepper lunch box. In fact it’s times like this I wish I worked in an office just so I could stroll in with it! (more…)

10 Inspiring Website Footer Designs

Monday, September 1st, 2008

So you are working on your latest online masterpiece and as you’re adding the final touches you lean back and notice the typography is looking smooth and the few simple images you have used are fitting in well. Everything above the waist is near to perfection, however you’ve forgotten one thing …. your footer.

I’ve recently decided that as a designer I neglect that all important base of the site – the footer. When I leave the house I pay as much attention to what I am donning on my feet as well as my shoulders so why when it comes to designing a web site don’t I pay as much attention to the footer?

Here are some jaw dropping and inspiring website footers:

Simple Art

Simple Art Footer

I love how Simple Art uses the footer to portray the office wall including a window. It leaves me with the usual “why can’t I think of something like that?!” (more…)

Offline Creative Design Inspiration

Monday, July 7th, 2008

I have read a lot of useful blogs about where to find design inspiration online which is great when you need a little creative nudge. However, sometimes I feel that I need to get out of the office, escape the glow of my computer screen and free my mind a little. I’m sure you will agree that as a graphic designer you are inspired by everything and even the smallest thing can set off those creative sparks. However, where is your first port of call on your search for creative enlightenment? 

Living in a sunny coastal town with the sea only a stones throw away, I head straight down to the beach. There’s nothing like the smell of seaweed and the sound of the waves crashing to break down any creative barriers.

My next point of call could be seen as a bit of a cop out, but I assure you it’s all in the name of graphic design – that would be shopping. There is something about a well thought through shop front display, bold point of sale and the feel of different textured and patterned clothes that makes me run back to the office (along with my many purchases) and inject a new lease of life into my project. (more…)