Weekly Design Recap 52

I’ve done some designing but I have nothing to show for it and I am blogging two days too late. How was your last week?

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Things I’m working on

I finally got off my busy horse and started working on a new, official Mexican ID. The most widely used identification document Mexican citizens use is the National Electoral Institute-issued card, which is also used in local and national elections. It is also an overly complicated eye-sore piece of plastic from its inception back in 1990; its 2014 redesign didn’t do much to improve the aesthetics and I suspect there are money and infrastructure constraints involved, as biometric cards are pricier to make and require devices to produce and read, let alone educating bureaucrats to handle them. Here’s a great piece on how technologically demanding the German ID cards are.

Mexican ID card. Kill it with fire.

Making them functional doesn’t need to sacrifice looks, so I’m drawing inspiration from German and Norwegian ID cards, for example, because they’re streamlined, practical & official-looking while including national symbolism, without being extravagant. I’d look at the French cards but they’re either too big or their font and design choices are simply abysmal, which is a très grand disappointment.

French ID card; they are so 70s.


German ID card, sehr gut.

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Things I’ve enjoyed

This girl, making fun of Spanish heritage, because she can. I became an instant fan.

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Things I’m struggling with

Regular Claritin isn’t enough to protect me from my now regular Spring allergies and hay fever, which I guess means I’m officially fucked.[/text-with-icon][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-book” color=”Accent-Color”]

Things I’ve learnt

Ran into a sobering visualisation of what a nuclear detonation can do to a city.[/text-with-icon][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-headphones” color=”Accent-Color”]

Things I’m listening to

Eagerly waiting for this queen to release her upcoming album. Janelle is everything.