In honor of our 35th 212 Day, our newest Shots from the Street blog post honors is all #about212. We wanted to see what images and ideas came from our team members when they think of “Two Twelve.” It turns out that we have a studio full of folks who associate where we work and what we do with Flatiron, travel, food, and design inspiration (imagine that!). Scroll through this special compilation of Shots from the Street to get a sense of what the Two Twelve team thinks #about212.
By Sam Cox
What is time? I can't think of a more confusing question than that. Surprisingly, graphic designers are continually asking and answering difficult questions like this in the ways they choose to represent abstract concepts through images. Many of the ways we understand concepts like time have been influenced by visual conventions established over the past several hundred years by monks, scholars, and artists who have explored ways of chronologically recording information. Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline records the development these time-based visual metaphors used over the centuries. Many of the examples in the book illustrate time by comparing it to the way we experience time as humans moving through space and seeing changes in the world around us. Below are a few images from Cartographies of Time that employ ingenious metaphors from the physical world to demonstrate the passing of time in static images.
By Sam Cox
Two Twelve has a lovely library and I enjoy exploring the books shelved there. Part of the fascination is the fun of discovering books I would never have stumbled across on the internet (this is why libraries are good for you). One of those titles is The Hidden Order of Art by Anton Ehrenzweig.
By Sam Cox
As an information designer, I often ask myself what makes a particular piece of information meaningful. After all, the information designer’s primary responsibility is to create meaning by editing, arranging, and visualizing language and data. Why do these processes seem to work and what are the principles at work? What follows is a brief attempt at understanding why we find some pieces of information irresistible and others irrelevant.
As a graphic design studio, we have an affinity for typefaces. Our staff emails contain subject lines like "New Studio Font!!" and lunchtime conversations may revolve around the appropriateness of serif versus sans-serif. Naturally, we look at type everywhere we go. This series of Shots from the Street is type-based - inspired by letters, numbers, and characters we pass every day.
The Corporate Register Reporting Awards chose Bloomberg LP's 2012 Sustainability Report as the 1st place winner in "Innovation in Reporting." The report, designed by Two Twelve, is titled "Inspired by demand. Driven by results. Challenged by ideas." and was selected by the CRRA among hundreds of entries from around the globe.