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Grain Edit
Added 25/10/2011
Official_review 1060f6e Created by Anthony Jones
grain edit Modern graphic design inspiration blog + vintage graphics resource.
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Art & Design History

Introduction:

Grain edit is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.
Site content includes interviews, articles, designers' libraries as well as examples of rare design annuals, type specimens, Ephemera, posters and vintage kids books from their bookshelves.

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Idea

Rating 10

Wow! I simply love this site, ok, maybe I'm a little biased as I'm a practicing graphic designer. However, anyone who has an appreciation of design, art, illustration and all things that give your eyes a visual party, should also appreciate the amazing and beautiful work showcased on this site.
Besides a superb visual showcase of 1950's - 1970's inspired work, Grain Edit contains a selection of great interviews from other designers and studios found within it's 'Features' section. Beyond this there's a wealth of information including product reviews, details of design, events and competitions.

Functionality:

Rating 10

Grain Edit's simple and intuitive user interface make the site a pleasure to navigate. It's new entries are accessible from the homepage, with the most recent appearing at the top. One simply scrolls down the list of entries until they get to the familiar looking 'next' and 'last' buttons, obviously sitting comfortably next to the page numbers.
Once the user is on a specific page, they are able to leave comments about the work etc. Sometimes I find such features on sites can get abused by people who leave mindless, unconstructive comments. However, users of Grain Edit seem to leave much more interesting and constructive comments which add further to a great user experience.
There is a great 'archive' section that allows the user to see all additions to the site neatly listed chronologically under monthly headings.
The 'links' page, or should I say 'sites we love' page, has been sectioned off under headings including 'illustration' and design', making it easier for the user to find something in a specific creative area.
Another notable section to the site is the 'design jobs' page. Grain Edit have identified that a lot of their traffic is designers, so the addition of this handy job search section is a great added bonus. The only down side is that unless the user lives in Canada or the USA, they are not going to have much luck finding a job here.

Layout:

Rating 9.0

From the moment one enters the site, you are greeted by a wealth of exciting images and bright colours from the range of work entered for you to peruse. It evokes memories of my childhood where I would walk into a toy-shop to be overwhelmed by the plethora of exciting goods to explore and look at. The design of the site compliments the beautiful work that it showcases. It's simple yet memorable logo ricochets it's important yet understated appearance throughout the whole site using it's bold orange accents set adrift in a calm sea of white, black and grey. During ones journey through the site, there is no point where it feels that anything sits awkwardly or shouldn't be there.

Summary:

Rating 9.7

I only came across Grain Edit recently and I have to say that I'm really happy that I did. As with most designers and visually creative professionals, it is of paramount importance for me to have a constant and fresh stream of creative inspiration. Sometimes the army of creative sprites that live in my head don't want to wake up, so it's sites like this that give them the much needed kick up the backside that help to reignite my creative furnace.
I could literally spend hours ogling over the magnificent work on display here and I challenge you not to spend at least 10 minutes of your time marveling at the great and beautiful work Grain Edit has collated.

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