Instructions Inspiration

During discussion we had toyed with the idea of supplying some simple instructions with our ‘kit’

I love the aesthetic of this studio and craft technique booklet by Connor and David designed for architecture undergrads which “encourages students to think of design and technology as an integrated whole.”

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using this style could infuse a tongue in cheek feeling to our products, providing illustrated instructions may not be necessary but add an extra an interesting finishing touch. This aesthetic could also run with the packaging of our product/kit.

Dartboard Inspiration

Although this snippet of research is based mainly on the typeface used I thought this paragraph summed up our thoughts towards why we would include a dartboard quite seamlessly.

“For a while our studio was centred around a dartboard and the daily doses of arrow-based psychodrama gave us a new rhythm to our working lives. For some studios it’s ping-pong, for others it’s table football but these kinds of activities unite work-colleagues by playing them off against each other, and act as a good valve through which to release creative tensions.”

Rob Alderson, Tuesday 22 October 2013

These posters were created using the dartboard typeface to advertise an in studio dart board competition.

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Map Inspiration

I came across this whilst researching today, whilst this idea may not be something we can achieve in the time given, to take our map idea further into an app or an interactive website could work really nicely!

Graphic Design: Modern Designers’ excellent work with Creative Tourist

“Modern designers have been at the heart of the Creative Tourist project since its inception in 2009, creating the initial concept and managing the subsequent creative direction, working with a fresh crop of creatives each year to define the annual identity, maintaining the immensely functional website and producing their printed magazine Where To Go. Lovely stuff.”



Brainstorm and Initial Ideas Towards Our ‘Survival’ Kit


Following our tutorial we brainstormed items that we considered essential for a designers kit or items that could overcome designers block. We also brainstormed factors to consider whilst designing these items to ensure they are as accessible to everyone as possible. We are aware that this will need to be edited down but for now I think we have come up with some great starting points!


This stopmotion is really good for inspiration with  this guy going through his day but having  little games going on inbetween.. i thought with the idea of ”the day in the life of a designer” it could be quite useful us doing our routines in a  slightly more comical way but then also having sections in the movie where we act out parts of our manifesto




trying to find ideas. The symbolism of colors and shapes, business card etiquette and even ideas for what to wear are included in this sleek ‘Designer’s Survival Kit’ by a design team at Massey University Auckland’s School of Design.  The kit appears to be created for New Zealand designers traveling to Asia, to familiarize them with foreign customs.