In this week's edition, generative design, big data, Alice in Wonderland and money vs wealth, as well as a couple of beautiful graphic design projects.
Montreal-based designers Patricia Tremblay and Laurence Pasteels put together this stunning blue-and-gold identity for a gala event to raise funds for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
There's been much debate about the merits of doing what you love. Maria Popova's review of Paul Graham's essay, How to Make Wealth, in which he draws an important distinction between wealth and money, is a thought-provoking read, especially where Popova disagrees with Graham's utilitarian approach to deciding where your wealth should come from (make something that people want, "what people will give you money for"), lamenting such a "heartbreaking proposition". As always, great food for thought from Brain Pickings.
Yahoo Labs has crunched, using big, powerful super-computers, 100 million Creative Commons-licensed images on Flickr, and put together a huge database for researchers to explore and analyse, using things like geotags, camera type and other metadata. I'd love to see some of the projects that come from this.
Illustration: Creative Cloud Logo Interpretation by Mike Chambers
Developer Mike Chambers has been playing with generative art, and published this colourful fragmented interpretation of his employer's Creative Cloud logo, with a great step-by-step look at his process. If this interests you, make sure to have a look at some of the posts on his site.
Illustration: Brain Pickings compiles the best illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland through the years
I recently read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass to my kids (it was my first time, too). Lewis Carroll's whimsical wordplay is matched only by the fantastic and vividly surreal imagery evoked in the stories, which makes it a dream job for any illustrator to work on. In this compilation, Maria Popova features some of the best illustrated editions of the books over 150 years, including such luminaries as Salvador Dalí, Ralph Steadman and Yayoi Kusama, amongst others.
Graphic design: Bold and bright packaging for The Beginnings by Asketic
The Beginnings, a Latvian raw food business, has had its identity redesigned by Asketic, along with boldly patterned, gorgeous new packaging for its products. All colour and texture and pattern and craft, the new packaging is expertly mismatched to make for a lively and flexible look for the brand.