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Matt Cannon is a Freelance Graphic Designer & Creative Director living in Brooklyn, NY. He was born with a computer mouse in hand and hasn’t put it down since. He has over 10 years of experience designing strong, effective corporate brand identity and specializes in website composites, logos, print and brainstorming and designing user interfaces for web and mobile environments. Check out his portfolio and read more of his articles here.
Hidden meanings and subliminal messages are everywhere in marketing, even in the logos themselves. These hidden creations are sometimes unnoticed but are usually designed to emphasize a powerful and significant meaning associated with the brand. This is definitely a huge feat to pull off for a logo designer because it’s easy to go wrong here and the meaning is sometimes indistinguishable. Many of the logos accomplish the injection of hidden symbolism by using the negative space, which is the... CONTINUE READING
Visual art goes hand and hand with music and a logo is no exception. Hundreds of dedicated fans purchase extended merchandise from their favorite artists with their iconic identity plastered all over it. Whether it’s hovering 50 feet over your favorite artist, on a sticker on your old file cabinet, or scribbled on the kids desk next to you in school there’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite musician’s mark. Here’s my personal top 10 favorite musicians logo’s of... CONTINUE READING
Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is the operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants focusing on Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings, sports and beer. There are currently more than 835 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 48 states in the United States, as well as in Canada. As it enters its 30th anniversary, Buffalo Wild Wings is rebranding its look, restaurants and overall experience. The restaurant – with roots spawning from college campuses... CONTINUE READING
Rebranding is so much more than just changing a logo; it’s a company reacting to the culture surrounding it and transforming to cater to that culture. The word “Identity” in Brand Identity should not be taken lightly, a company must literally upgrade their entire persona to stay current with the times. The tricky part is conveying the original essence of the brand, product and service. The key is making sure everyone still recognizes and accepts the company in their... CONTINUE READING
With a sneak peak all the way back in 2009 from PC World, we saw hints of Microsoft’s new brand. Yesterday the company unveiled their first official new Microsoft Logo in 25 years in preparation for Windows 8. Here is an excerpt from the official Microsoft Blog: “This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our products. From Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to... CONTINUE READING
Style Media, a global multimedia company that includes Style and myStyle.com, is the destination for women 18-49 seeking to fuel their insatiable appetite for looking great and living stylishly. Style currently counts nearly 78 million cable and satellite subscribers and is the fastest growing women’s network in the U.S. MyStyle keeps women up-to-date on all of the latest fashion and beauty news on the web. Style Media announced today plans to refresh the network’s brand and image across all... CONTINUE READING
Sci-Fi Channel Australia, established in 2006, has unveiled a beautiful new logo and on-air package. Sydney based design agency Ink Project is responsible for the strategy, design and postproduction of the project. Sheepish Lion Director Ken Lambert also collaborated on Production. The channel is owned by Australia’s Foxtel as opposed to NBC Universal in USA, hence the different segmented identities for the channel globally. The new SF rebrand was born from a partnership between the Sci-Fi channel team and... CONTINUE READING
The First Chuck E. Cheese’s opened in San Jose, CA in 1977. Back then it was known as Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. The Founder, Nolan Bushnell was also the engineer and entrepreneur who founded Atari, Inc. He also is responsible for the design of the original mascot. The original name of the franchise was to be called Rick Rats Pizza but the company’s PR Firm didn’t think a rat would make a comforting mascot in a Pizza... CONTINUE READING
The minimalist approach can go a long way, especially when you have a text only logo, meaning that it is free of any emblem or other distinct pictorial element. Text only logos can also include a lettermark. A good example would be the McDonald’s “M”. According to DesignCrowd, 8 of the top 10 brands - from Interbrand's Top 100 brands of the world 2009 - use a simple wordmark or lettermark logo. Also 51 of the top 100 brands... CONTINUE READING
Many organizations expire past their shelf life without even realizing it. Whether it’s because your brand is simply outdated, or an element of negative culture is associated with your brand, there is no question that rebranding can be the most important move towards a better future for the company. If you fit into any of the below, then it’s probably time to start thinking about rebranding. 1. Generic City It’s a competitive world, it’s important to stand out and... CONTINUE READING