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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.

Matt has authored 129 posts. Website: http://www.matt-cannon.com/
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Sci-Fi Channel Australia Rebrands to SF

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 23rd 2012
Sci-Fi Channel Australia Rebrands to SF

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

Chuck E. Cheese’s Rocks a New Design

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 15th 2012
Chuck E. Cheese's Rocks a New Design

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

Top 10 Text Only Logos of All Time

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 10th 2012
Top 10 Text Only Logos of All Time

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

8 Signs That It’s Time To Rebrand Your Company

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 7th 2012
8 Signs That It’s Time To Rebrand Your Company

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

The Importance of Social Media for Graphic Designers

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 2nd 2012
The Importance of Social Media for Graphic Designers

Social Media Consultant and Trainer Steve Nicholls talks to GraphicDesign.com about the importance of social media in a Graphic Designer’s world. Steve Nicholls is the author of the best-selling book “Social Media in Business” and has implemented advanced Internet applications for leading organizations. He grows client revenue dollars by millions with his effective social media training. As a pioneer in social media for business, Steve Nicholls moves companies from stuck to success in social media, starting with his firm... CONTINUE READING

San Francisco MTA’s Logo Finds a New Method

By: Matt Cannon on Jul 19th 2012
San Francisco MTA’s Logo Finds a New Method

The gorgeous new San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency logo was recently introduced. The logo was surprisingly done in a contest format, but with a limit of contestants. Paul Miller’s design was selected over 45 others and was organized by ImproveSF, Mayor Ed Lee’s program that lets creative individuals help the Government. You usually think of college students when you think of someone entering a design contest, but Miller is no stranger as he is the Creative Director of Method... CONTINUE READING

Help Vote to Brand a Nation

By: Matt Cannon on Jul 11th 2012
Help Vote to Brand a Nation

Based on the directions of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the world is invited to take part in selecting one of the 5 design concepts that have made the final cut. “Many countries around the world actively promote their Nation Brand, or a unique and memorable visual identity, to summarize the major distinctive features of their country, establish a unique position in people’s minds, and serve... CONTINUE READING

An Introduction to Working with Wireframes

By: Matt Cannon on Jul 5th 2012
An Introduction to Working with Wireframes

In my last article, we talked about the Top 5 tools for Wireframing for Graphic Web Designers. Now I want to put the spotlight on the actual application of working with wireframes from planning to implementation. A wireframe is typically a visual representation of a minimalistic website layout structure and navigation. Preparation is always key in any project and Wireframing is a stripped down form of planning that can really help you focus on the skeleton of how your... CONTINUE READING

Google Developers Close the Tags on a New Logo

By: Matt Cannon on Jul 2nd 2012
Google Developers Close the Tags on a New Logo

Google has introduced the new Google Developers site (developers.google.com) in an attempt to create a new community of developers that can access a database of content all in one portal. They also plan to migrate code.google.com into the same pool soon. The new concept was designed by: Instrument (notable clients such as NIKE, Obey and XBOX). Here’s what they had to say regarding the project on their recent case study: “We took the previous brand, “Google Code,” and created... CONTINUE READING

(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 28th 2012
(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

The results are in regarding the Unpaid Wages Epidemic poll article and it’s clear that there is a huge issue at our feet. When we asked Freelancers: Have you ever been the victim of an unpaid invoice for completed freelance work? A whopping 96% said YES and only 4% said NO. Following that question, we asked do you use a contract before engaging in work with new clients? 60% said YES and 40% said NO. It’s evident that Freelancers... CONTINUE READING

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