The first thing that springs to mind when thinking of Russian entrepreneurs is not “How could I make their lives easier?” but that’s probably why I’m not the CEO of a wildly successful tech start-up. Curse you brain! For the founders of Knopka, however, the streamlining of entrepreneurial life for Russian entrepreneurs is pretty much their raison d’être, and it seems like their service is littered with good ideas, combining banking, accountancy and personal assistant services within one simple app.
Another good idea they’ve had is to commission NB studio to design and implement all of their branding with characteristic flair. NB’s design takes the “Knopka” name (which means “button” in Russian) and turns it into a series of iconic coloured dots that fit seamlessly into the product’s UI, sit beautifully on all of their physical products and add a real sense of tactility to an otherwise fairly abstract online service. Oh and everything’s presided over by a charming little girl illustrated by Jean Jullien. Frankly these Russian entrepreneurial types are being spoiled.
- The sun is out, and Best of the Web is here to offer some shade
- Jonathan Castro’s vibrant designs are a realisation of his research and exploration
- Friday Mixtape: top picks from ten years of Field Day
- A retrospective look at Latif Al Ani’s photographs of Iraq’s “golden age”
- Olimpia Zagnoli illustrates How to Eat Spaghetti Like a Lady
- Cost-effective, beautiful shit: an interview with the Deadbeat Club
- YouTube releases its first own-brand font, YouTube Sans, inspired by the play button
- Inside Susan Kare’s sketchbooks are the makings of Mac’s graphic interfaces
- The return of the hovering art director: we asked comic artist Nadine Redlich to peer inside agency life
- Photographer Raymond Rojas captures the “magic” in Disneyland Paris
- Stefan Sagmeister speaks to It's Nice That about The Beauty Project
- Seattle-based illustrator Kelly Bjork depicts languid ladies and neat interiors