We think these posters are just kinda cool! They are part of a self initiated project by Gary Nicholson to lift the spirits of designers. Each poster is a pun on typographic design or some other design element, more from this series can be viewed on his personal website, along with other work from his portfolio. We think these posters would look great in any design agency.
Some really cool and colourful Origami street art has been popping up in France. These are by the French artist Mademoiselle Maurice, she uses bright colour origami figures to create geometric and graphic shapes.
More of her paper designs can be viewed on her personal website, she also works in lace and other materials.
Via the website: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/
Jonathan Harris speaks a little about ‘Rethinking Social Networking’.
He describes Twitter as a terminal velocity in terms of how fast communications can go. He also talks about the digital trends of Compression, Disposability, Curation, and Self-Promotion.
Via the Swiss Miss website
Banksy has given the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool an early Christmas present of a new sculpture. The piece titled Cardinal Sin is a comment on the scandals that hit the Church along with the subsequent cover–ups.
Banksy had sawn off the face of an 18th Century replica stone bust and replaced it with bathroom tiles, in order to replicate the pixilation newspapers use to protect identities.
“It’s a huge coup and we are sure his work will spark a reaction with visitors.” said Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool.
Banksy requested that the piece be put on display alongside the art galleries period collection.
Via the Guardian website.
We have posted more about Banksy here.
Yes we have been bad of late, with not posting cool graphic design on here, but we will be better. For now check this video out! Pretty unbelievable, I dont know too much about the artist except he has a lot of patience! Great little motion design!
Found via the 9gag website
We just think these images are great. As part of the branding and advertising campaign for Reporters Without Borders the advertising agency Ogilvy developed this idea.
To illustrate just how censorship gives the viewer only half the story and to illustrate how censorship is wrong they took everyday situations of political figures and with the addition of the censor pixellation gave each one a clever twist.
For more information check out the Reporters Without Borders website here.
Lately, we seem to be hearing a lot about brands being a bit like religions: Apple store openings have been likened to evangelical prayer meetings. And only recently we learnt that our brains recognise our favourite brands the same way we recognise close friends and relatives.
So if brands are becoming such an integral part of how we function as human beings, what exactly are these superbrands doing to achieve this? Alex Riley is the man with the answers, as he goes on the trail of the world’s biggest brands and comes up with some fascinating insights.
Perhaps most obviously, the one thing superbrands seem to have in common is longevity. But that aside, the forefathers of these global brands display a startling ability to market their businesses at a time when even the term ‘marketing’ had yet to be coined. Their brand strategies were way ahead and whether you’re a big fan of fast food and soft drinks or a fully fledged fruitarian – 1.5billion servings of Coke a day can’t be wrong.
Riley’s documentary also surprisingly illustrates what a pivotal time for developing brand loyalty World War II was: Heinz became known as an affordable and nutritious staple food during rationing while Coke shipped its bottles to troops overseas for a dime a bottle.
Then there’s Red Bull, which is one of the most unique branding models around. Forget sponsorship – Red Bull weren’t playing second fiddle to anyone. They own their own sporting teams for Formula 1, they also own Salzburg football team and even invented the now famous Red Bull Air Races.
They’re all impressive examples. But ethical? That’s for you to decide. With Coke aiming to double their marketing share by targeting teenagers, and Red Bull erasing the historical culture of their football team, some might argue that they’re ruthless industry machines. But then business ethics are a whole different blog post…
If you didn’t catch it the first time, check out Alex Riley’s ‘Secrets of the Superbrands’ here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011fjbp
You’d be forgiven for not knowing firsthand who Dieter Rams is. But with Apple about to make an announcement on its latest designs, it’s clear he has a very important fan: someone who put the queues outside Apple stores and created the kind of brand loyalty that makes their openings seem like evangelical congregations.
Who is this fan? Jony Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design.
For Ive, Rams is a huge inspiration, remaining “utterly alone in producing a body of work so consistently beautiful, so right and so accessible”. Coming from the heady pantheons of Apple’s elite, that’s praise indeed. But what exactly did Dieter Rams do to deserve such praise?
Best known for his range of Braun gadgets, Rams creates “bold, pure, perfectly-proportioned, coherent and effortless” product design, according to Jony Ives. Product design that is “perfectly considered and completely appropriate”. Now, as the subject of a new book, Rams writes for the first time about Apple – one of the few companies that, in his words, understands ‘the power of good design’.
Interestingly, Rams believes that such success is borne out of a close relationship between entrepreneur and head of design – something he experienced at Braun and that Jony Ive has with Steve Jobs. For the creative industries, this is a valuable insight – the best projects are always the ones that grow from long term relationships, with mutual respect and understanding of long term goals.
A lone voice with its unique product design, Apple’s success is likened by Rams to the ration queues experienced during World War II. And with new products on the way, we’d better prepare for the peal of those sirens.
Check out this link for the original article: http://j.mp/mSrp4d
How do you revitalise a business without completely rebuilding it from the bottom up? Yep, a rebrand and luckily for us, TBS is around to give you the perfect example.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing exactly who we’re talking about. If we say an American TV channel famed for sitcom reruns and comedy movies hopefully it becomes clearer.
TBS’s ‘smile’ logo has been in use since 2004 but while the TV network has become a powerhouse of success, it seems their branding wasn’t quite keeping up with the times. Cue Ferroconcrete, a Los Angeles based branding and design agency.
They’ve taken the existing smile logo and morphed it into an animated brand identity with ‘mega personality’. Ferroconcrete credit the new smile logo with an ‘arsenal of expressions and gestures”. Apparently, “he waves, jumps, and bows as he charms, goofs and mimics’. Twinned with a vibrant colour range the result is a bold, fresh brand identity that really communicates what TBS is about.
Ferroncrete also know that no top notch rebrand would be complete without a full complement of makeover tools. Integrating a new typeface, ‘Katarine’, gives the new brand a friendly accessibility combined with a contemporary feel. The overall effect is a huge personality – it’s fun, entertaining and stylish.
But enough about what we think – check out the article here: http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/funny_smile.php
Are you showing your true colours?
As brand experts, we think colour is pretty vital to how your business is viewed. Take a look at Coke, for example — that specific shade of red has been associated with the Coke brand for decades. To change it now would have far-reaching results, affecting brand recognition as well as brand loyalty. But why is it so important?
We came across this article on Idsgn about food colouring. It shows just how much colour can change how customers and clients view you and your business.
During an experiment, participants were given a well-known snack — one portion loaded with food colouring, the other without — but both with identical flavouring and ingredients. The outcome? Participants found the naked food tasted “bland” and wasn’t “much fun to eat”. According to Professor Brian Wansink from Cornell, even though the un-dyed food was identical in taste and texture, the lack of colouring meant “their fingers did not turn orange” and “their brains did not register much cheese flavour”.
So if colour can mentally affect how we taste, and our perception of how something should taste, just imagine what colour is doing for your brand. Is colour working for you or against? Are customers going to competitors simply because they prefer their brand colours over yours? The Twitter logo was green before it was blue (check it out below) – how has this change of colour affected their brand? Would you have signed up to their old website without their corporate brand blue? And what if Coke was no longer brown — would you still want to drink it?
For further reading about the colour used in food and how it can affect us, both emotionally and physically, check out the rest of the article here: http://idsgn.org/
Dezeen have uploaded an interview with Wim Crouwel onto their Vimeo Channel. Be sure to check out both parts.
We found these recently. You got to just love them, graphic design from the early 70′s they are about knitting patterns. We just love everything about them, the design, the photography and the copywriting. I feel a personal project coming on!
One of our New Year Resolutions was to become more social.
Really love this Kurt Cobain cushion. Created by Casa Rex, a design studio in Brazil. A very limited edition of just 20 were made, the would look great in any graphic design agency.
You can buy it from the website: www.urbanarts.com
Found via the website: www.holycool.net
Peter Lawrence discusses design and how important good graphic design is to your business. Peter thought that the best possible contribution to graphic design he could make was to convince corporate executives that design makes a substantial impact to the bottom line, and it’s the difference between a good business and a great business. He raises some really great points, and discusses multi-disciplinary courses. These courses put business students and graphic designers together for both to get a better understanding of the other’s course and the qualities they can bring to business.
The video is number 1 of a series created by Teknion, called Design Does Matter.
Found via the swissmiss website
Being a graphic design agency who deal with print we really liked this video. Its from a Canadian ink makers, who specialise in colour. Its pretty fascinating to see how a simple pigment is mixed to one day become colour that we use on everything from business cards to brochures. Its a special craft that takes time and effort. Its important for designers and agencies to really understand what makes up there ink, and get a full view of the printing process from the very start to the production of their final design. These guys do all kinds of ink including eco-friendly ink with big reductions of harmful chemicals.
Check out their web site http://www.theprintinginkcompany.ca/
“Webdesigners are the new rockstars” – good site for web site design inspiration.
As a creative design and branding agency in Birmingham we crete a lot of websites throughout the year. This is a fantastic resource for great inspiration. The are a lot of different websites on here, and from a lot of different agencies. From small freelance designers to big branding companies it takes a look at the best websites they created.
Check out the website here http://www.designcharts.com/