Luke Shuman Design – Interactive vs Print

I ran into Luke Shuman’s design work a while back while looking at the SPD Editorial competition (seen in the 4th image below). Totally impressed by all of his work – editorial, infographics and iPad layouts. A lot of the work shown on his website is for Wired or other big name magazines. Loving the interactivity of the magazine spread above.

iPad design is still up and coming. It’s able to be used by a wide majority of people, yet it’s still so new that not everyone seems to know what to do with it. There are a few options when it comes to designing something that’s interactive: traditional HTML/CSS website viewed on a tablet, Quark Express & the new Apple Textbooks (have yet to explore that one). In my editorial class this quarter there are 4 of us exploring all of these different options and actually turning our print magazine into an interactive one (hopefully!). [More on that soon.]

I’m really excited to see where iPad (and other tablets) design goes in the coming years. There are a lot of interesting interactive magazines out there already – my favorite is Wired. It’s really interesting to see how you take a traditional spread & turn it into something that people can interact with and actually experience.

There is, of course, still beauty in traditional print though. Love the bright colors and ways that he simplifies the graphic to really what the essence is. Infographics might be the “cliche” thing right now but there is something to say about the really well done ones – for a visual person such as myself, I’d much rather see information drawn out in a clear way.

Source: Luke Shuman Design 

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Blast from the Past – Suet & Fruit Feeders

In sorting through past work for my portfolio, I’ve run into some interesting things. I remember the projects, I just haven’t looked at them in so long! It’s kind of nice to look at work 2 years ago for what was pushing myself there and think how much better or faster I could have executed it. Pretty good feeling that at least I’m moving in the right direction!

This was a brief week-long project in Information Design a few years back. It was a 1 page spread that would detail how to make a suet feeder. I liked my initial concept for it and the direction it was heading but there are a lot of things I would change about it now to make it better (ie. the type and illustrations).

Manhattan street grid

Ran across a website today with a bunch of representations of Manhattan. Apparently today is the 200th anniversary of the Manhattan street grid.

There were a number of different maps that stood out in the bunch. It’s amazing to see how much has changed.

This first is a representation of what it might have looked like in 1609.

Here’s the version where it was still drawn horizontally.

Representation of all of the hills on the island..

And the Inception street view.. pretty innovative way at looking at a city map.


I think I’ve discovered a love for maps and all things relating to information design. Here are some from Paula Scher. The small scale versions of these hardly do them justice as there is so much detail involved.

And finally some of her most recent work that was done on the walls of a school in Queens.