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Jamie Hewlett Collaborates with ABSOLUT

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 2nd 2012
Jamie Hewlett Collaborates with ABSOLUT

ABSOLUT Vodka’s most recent collaboration is with Jamie Hewlett, of the Gorillaz, who has designed a London-inspired bottle for the brand. This collaboration is the latest in a long line of creative collaborations by ABSOLUT, who for 30 years has collaborated with the a diverse range of creatives such as icons Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst to Lenny Kravitz and Versace. This latest limited edition bottle by Hewlett is entitled the “ABSOLUT London’. The bottle depicts characters who are... CONTINUE READING

Pentagram Creates New IDA Logo

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 1st 2012
Pentagram Creates New IDA Logo

Design agency Pentagram have created the new logo and identity for the International Design Alliance Congress, merging together silhouettes of six continents to create a new form. The IDA Congress takes place every two years, and the 2013 event will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. The concept of the new identity is around the idea of “an artistic restructuring of Pangaea”, the theory of an “entire earth” where, millions of years ago, all the world’s continents existed as a... CONTINUE READING

The 2012 Oscars: Brands Compete for Cut of the “Red Carpet”

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 1st 2012
The 2012 Oscars: Brands Compete for Cut of the “Red Carpet”

Whether you were focused on Angie’s leg, JLo’s… um, neckline or genuinely interested in seeing who would bring home the award for best picture during last Sunday night’s Academy Awards show, major brands were there hoping to catch your attention. The three-hour ceremony provided plenty of time for brands to showcase themselves through red carpet product placement as well as in ad spots. Add in sustained engagement of pre-event, during and post-event buzz and an opportunity to do some... CONTINUE READING

79 Short Essays on Design

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 28th 2012
79 Short Essays on Design

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design is the latest collection of writings by Michael Bierut of Pentagram, and published by Princeton Architectural Press on 29th February 2012. The book is a 272-page hardcover publication which comprises of two decades of essays ranging from “New York’s faulty “Push for Walk Signal” buttons, to the disappearance of the AT&T logo, to the implications of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire for interaction designers” (via Pentagram). The book is described by cultural website A Very... CONTINUE READING

The Carolina Panthers Have a New Cat in Town

By: Matt Cannon on Feb 24th 2012
The Carolina Panthers Have a New Cat in Town

The Carolina Panthers, a team, which entered the NFL in 1995 as an expansion to the NFL, has re-branded their logo since their inception. The logo first leaked on The Panther’s Facebook page and made its debut at the Pro Bowl on a commercial for Vapor Jet Gloves by Nike. The revision of the logo correlates with Nike replacing Reebok as their official apparel provider beginning this 2012 season. Carolina Panthers President Danny Morison said “We have one of... CONTINUE READING

Aetna Redesigns Logo, The Results are Sterile

By: Matt Cannon on Feb 21st 2012
Aetna Redesigns Logo, The Results are Sterile

Aetna, an age-old Health Insurance brand started 157 years ago breathes youth into its brand with a new logo and amazing application to go along with it. The previous icon featured a dark blue serif font and a dated fitness type figure as their icon. Siegel+Gale is responsible for the new modern redesign and have gone in a completely new and fresh direction for the company relying on a beautiful purple color and slick lowercase typography. The company said... CONTINUE READING

Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 2 of 2

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 20th 2012
Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 2 of 2

Aside from the excellent beer and awesome burgers at New York City bar, Idle Hands, Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities For Design Innovation: Part 1 discussed the importance of packaging and label design as marketing differentiators, especially in highly competitive, high end and niche markets. In part two we continue the conversation with Devon Wade, a Digital and Interactive Marketing Manager who completed a graduate thesis on niche marketing while studying at NYU and Carmela Davis, Branch Operations Manager... CONTINUE READING

Kid-In Online Magazine Launches

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 18th 2012
Kid-In Online Magazine Launches

Kid-In, a stylish and design-led online magazine on the childhood has recently launched. The magazine is “a platform for the diverse perspectives of a wide range of international and local designers and photographers, artists and thinkers, focusing on the singular subject of childhood.” Founded by three artists who are parents themselves, the magazine is “a celebration: of the magical realism inherent in childhood, and of the surreal nature of its imaginative realm.” Two of the founders originate from France.... CONTINUE READING

Penguin is 75 and Releases a Book of Covers

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 15th 2012
Penguin is 75 and Releases a Book of Covers

Publishing giant Penguin is a symbol of affordable, cornerstone literature. The famous black and white bird is now celebrating 75 years of being, and is marking the occasion with a book documenting the publisher’s history of design; Penguin 75. Penguin 75 is a selection of 75 covers that represent “the best of what Penguin has produced over the course of the last decade.” (via Penguin 75). Curated by longstanding Art Director Paul Buckley (also one of Graphic Design USA’s... CONTINUE READING

Dove “Tweeting” Its Way Into Consumer Hearts for Valentine’s Day

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 14th 2012
Dove “Tweeting” Its Way Into Consumer Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Friends, lovers, countrymen give us your tweets. At least that’s what Unilever CPG beauty brand Dove is asking as part of their interactive Valentine’s Day campaign unveiled at London’s Victoria Station yesterday. A prime example of how a brand can successfully align message, medium and strategy, the twitter-based campaign, which runs from February 13-19 invites London’s over 350,000 daily commuters to respond to questions such as Monday’s “Tell us: What makes you feel beautiful every day?” and today’s “What... CONTINUE READING

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