The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE recently asked designer illustrator extraordinaire Frank Chimero to illustrate a feature about the top 11 technologies of the past decade. One of his top choices was the smart phone as it stands alone in how it has revolutionized how we consume information on a totally mobile platform. He followed up his choices with some simple, eloquent, accessible and colorful illustrations. Frank never disappoints. He’s a thinking man’s designer.
Portland based graphic designer Frank Chimero is a man of many talents and aside from being a managing partner for the wonderful site Thinking for a Living and being selected as a 2010 ADC Young Gun, he also manages to crank out some excellent illustration work for some of top publications on the planet. He’s a person to keep a watchful eye over as he is always hunting for a new idea to cook up, manifest and take part in.
I apologize for lagging on my usual 5-8 posts a day. I have been overwhelmingly busy since starting my own studio. A small shockwave hit the internet yesterday when the new and improved Thinking for a Living launched. I knew a redesign was in the works several months back and it does not disappoint. The best part of the site is that they reconsidered the blog format and it’s functionality. The site reads more like a magazine now than a blog. It looks great and filling it with content no doubt takes some work (as I have learned). My biggest question, just on a personal note would be if there are plans for monetizing the site or bringing in sponsored content or partners. Maintaining blogs such as Thinking for a Living takes an enormous amount of work and I am often curious, especially considering my own current redesign and relaunch, what the future holds for creative blogging minus any kind of financial support. Call me curious.
The new Thinking for a Living site was designed by Frank Chimero and BBDK. I was really excited to hear it was coded by Denver code guru Ian Coyle. The site sits on a grid and features keyboard navigation. They have also done a fine job with how they have managed to make the images weave throughout the content. They have several authors/writers on the site and it shows in writing. It will be a fun blog to visit over this next year to see how it unfolds and see what kind of content is posted.
Frank Chimero in his work and well, on himself:
“I’m inspired by the mid-century aesthetic, and in my work I try to recapture the sense of optimism, playfulness and heart that I see in things from that period. If the world needs anything right now, it’s a good dose of optimism and a big spoonful of “don’t take yourself so damn seriously.””
Amen to that Frank.
Frank Chimero’s illustration work was a pleasant little discovery that I swear I had seen before but was happy to finally find the home base for. Here is Chimero’s profile from his website:
“Frank Chimero is a designer, illustrator and tinkerer from Missouri, USA. Inspired by the mid-century aesthetic, Frank tries to recapture the sense of optimism, playfulness, heart and charm that’s characteristic of the period. He can usually be found surrounded by many tiny slips of paper with fragments of ideas scrawled on them.”