Everyday inspiration

Next time you're in your local corner shop, take a good look around you. Scan the shelves of products and look at the variety of magazines on the racks - in particular the logos and cover typography used on your favourite design magazines. If you're searching for inspiration for a particular product, check out the packaging of similar goods. Look at the crisps on the shelves, the drinks in the fridges and the rows of confectionary. Just by being aware of all these great sources of inspiration - the bright colours, high-impact designs and different uses of typography - these products will start to jump out at you. You'll find hundreds of different type treatments and designs in one shop alone.

As far as David Hubner of design bureau and type foundry formlos is concerned, the inspiration that comes from product design often seems to feed back into the same market. "Especially for packaging - it may be important to use rather big, bold, strong, colourful type. Bigger, better, sold," he says. But maybe that isn't always the best way to keep design fluid and engaging? "At least that's what most 'creative' advertising agencies think. I'm not too sure about bigger being better. I'm almost always impressed by thoughtful and thought-provoking classic typography on packaging and signage."

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