October 31st, 2010
google slam. interactive viral marketing

Demo slam is a new web site by Google. The web site is designed to get the public to enter their videos using Google technology. Visitors to the web site judge the best of two videos and a winner is selected. The whole Google slam thing began not so long ago, and its designed to get the public more aware of the features which they offer, but to do so in a fun way. They hope to get people who would normal never watch a demo video watching the user generated content.

What I did find amazing was just how quickly these dodgy SEO guys got onto it. After typing in ‘google slam’ the first entry which came up was for an Search Engine Optimisation company, promising to make you the first result in Google every time. The actual Google web site is called Demo Slam.

Found via the web site: http://www.moinid.com/

Check out the Google web site here: http://www.demoslam.com

 

October 30th, 2010
navis. photography

Some great photography Navis, a photographer based in LA.

Check out the website here: http://www.navisphotography.com

Found via the web site http://lookslikegooddesign.com/

 

October 29th, 2010
occupation mugs.

Some nice designed mugs. These mugs were designed by Designers Anonymous. They can be bought from this shop. I wonder what a mug by designers for designers would look like, apart from using Helvetica…

 

October 28th, 2010
oil and water do not mix. poster design

It seems as though every design blog is posting about the new poster design by Anthony Burrill. These posters are a limited edition of 200. The prints were made using oil washed up on the beaches of Louisiana. It is hard to believe that such a disaster was ever allowed to happen. But these posters would look great in any design studio. Anthony is a graphic designer working in Kent, his print works and illustrations are well worth a look, love his new motion graphics for the music videos too.

 

October 27th, 2010
A LOVE LETTER TO SYRACUSE. typography design.

This is a really nice short. This film is about Steven Powers a sign writer, designer and artist. As part of the Near Westside Initiative, Powers was asked to revitalise the community. The projects brightens up what people are now considering a run down part of town. Where the train serviced all the factories, it now only runs once or twice a day. Powers designed and hand painted letter-forms and typography along these bridges, it became a way of breaking barriers, and bridging two different communities.

This really is a collaborative project between a lot of people to bring a community together again. I recently seen a similar project in Dublin, now I would love to see huge type in Birmingham.

via web site: http://www.alwaysreadthesmallprint.com/welcome/

 

October 26th, 2010
turn over a new leaf. motion graphics

This motion graphics animation was created to persuade Californians to vote yes on proposition 19. The state of California may be making the sale and taxation of cannabis legal. In times of recession and great debt on the economy many states and countries start to look for extra ways of taxing the population. By designing these new tax routes they hope to reduce their debt. Is this really a good idea or simply a reaction to debt which they can not see any other way of getting out of. Would the Government of the United Kingdom ever take such measures, how would this affect people in Birmingham?

It is a very nice motion graphics piece with plenty of nice design throughout. This graphics piece was created by the design studio I shot Him Because I loved Him, Damn Him. They are a San Francisco based design agency, check out their web site here: http://ishothim.com

 

October 21st, 2010
J.R is the 2011 TED prize winner

J.R is the 2011 winner of the TED prize.

Having seen and posted about his work before I can see why J.R is the 2011 TED prize winner. He is an anonymous photographer and artist from Paris, and much like Banksy his work is filled with meaning. His work features the faces and life of local people in small villages and neighbourhoods across the world. He then posts these photographs very large scale around these villages, on their buildings and transport systems.

Being a Guerrilla artist he remains under the radar of the authorities. A lot of his art and designs are posted in places where the local people do not have access to art galleries. Bringing creativity and art to their neighbourhood. I would love to see some of his work closer to home, in and around Birmingham!

Check out the video and a talk with J.R on the TED web site here http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/20/meet-jr/

 

October 14th, 2010
desk. a look into graphic design studios.

What does your desk say about you? This video is pretty good, it asks a number of graphic designers and artists what their desk is like in their studio. Our studio could never look like Vignelli’s desk! We need to see our design work on the walls, we feel its the best way of getting creative inspiration! If you can take a look at the whole project on a wall rather than in many folders on different machines usually you will see the design solution right in front of you.

 

October 11th, 2010
what does sound look like? photography/motion design

Ever since the advertising agency Fallon directed ‘Bouncy Balls’ for Sony Bravia TV, every so often a commercial will come out that has taken some inspiration from their original concept.  This advert by the design agency Dentsu London is for Canon’s PIXMA colour printer range. The images were created by placing a few droplets of paint on a balloon which was stretched over a speaker. A note was then played and the camera captured the results. Some really cool images were taken with the help of the photographer Linden Gledhill.

Check out the web site http://www.dentsulondon.com/blog/2010/09/28/sound-sculptures/ for more images on how this design was created.

 

October 8th, 2010
how to get people talking about your brand

Gap should conduct a master class in how to get people talking about your brand.

Two days ago Gap launched what they claim is their new logo. A really badly designed logo that had no personality and just looked bland. Since then Blogs from around the world have lit up with mentions of the company, their brand ethos, images of their newly designed logo and theories as to whether it is a PR stunt or if it’s for real. There are even blogs out there where people have sent in their own versions of the logo (check out the web site: http://blog.iso50.com/2010/10/06/gap-redesign-contest/).

It’s worth bearing in mind that this new logo design has relatively crept into existence. There was no real mention of it in the press until its launch. There were no big re-branding parties, no real mention of what they wanted to achieve with the new logo. According to other blogs out there Gaps store fronts still have the old branding and logos on their shop fronts. Why would a company as big as they are do this? I can’t imagine Coke going through such a big change to their logo without the big parties and press release, and the new advertising to back it up.

So what did Gap do? They got people talking. They got the public to pay attention to their brand and logo once again. They created a social media storm of people claiming to be able to produce a better logo (many of them have). They recently came out saying their new logo will be part of an open source project and will be looking for public submissions. In order to get public submissions you must get the public’s attention. They created an awful logo that will fuel public debate, that got their name and logo in Blogs and on graphic design and logo design websites. In essence, that got a load of free advertising!

I feel it must be a publicity stunt for many of the above reasons. But I am left asking the question, does this kind of stunt do more harm to graphic design and logo design than it does good? What does the general public and potential design clients think of this logo? Can the general public and people not involved in graphic design see that this is a badly designed logo – or will they simply see the free publicity Gap have got from this re-brand?

 

October 6th, 2010
we need this in birmingham.

Really BIG, bright and beautiful graffiti design. I would love to see some birmingham designers or artists doing this kind of stuff on the main street in Birmingham! Talk about brightening up the daily commute. Really nice, bright and creative.

Found via the website http://www.woostercollective.com

 

October 6th, 2010
line block. product design.

What a brilliant and creative design concept. This is one of those designs that make me think why has it taken so long to come up with something like this before. Keep leads to all your electrical equipment in check with this interconnecting block design. When and where can we get them in Birmingham.

Check out more on this website.

 

October 2nd, 2010