Christopher Niemann Abstract City

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 12th 2012
Christopher Niemann Abstract City

Christopher Niemann is an illustrator and designer who began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times, in July 2008. He has just published a book, Abstract City, containing original posts and new exclusively created material. Niemann’s design and illustration work has appeared on the covers of such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired and American Illustration. He has won several awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.... CONTINUE READING

The Adani Group Expands with an Explosion of Color

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 10th 2012
The Adani Group Expands with an Explosion of Color

The Adani Group started in 1988, as a commodity-trading firm. Today, it has grown to become one of India’s leading business houses, with operations in Australia and Indonesia and ambitious plans for international expansion. In the financial year 2011-12, the group’s revenue will exceed $7 billion. The board believes that the Group is now of a scale where it needs to manage its brand actively and professionally to prepare for the future. As a first step, Adani appointed Wolff... CONTINUE READING

Taschen Publishes Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 4th 2012
Taschen Publishes Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era

Taschen publishes Mid-Century Ads: Advertising from the Mad Men Era, a 2 volume set of advertising from the 50’s and 60’s. The set comes as 2 hardback books in a slipcase, published in a multilingual edition with English, German and French translations. With the third series of Mad Men starting on Sky One, the release captures the renaissance spirit of mid-century advertising and celebrates the era of advertising that saw great leaps in process and thinking. This set is... CONTINUE READING

Sappi Presents The Standard 5: Special Effects in NYC

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 3rd 2012
Sappi Presents The Standard 5: Special Effects in NYC

Last week I was fortunate to attend Sappi’s The Standard 5: Special Effects event presenting the newest edition of The Standard (Enlarged Cover Photo to Left), a resource for designers and printers. A packed house greeted me at SVA Theater as the buzz of conversation overflowed out onto the street through the open theater doors and passing New Yorkers paused mid stride to peer in and try to catch a glimpse inside. Held partly as a benefit for 826... CONTINUE READING

US Speedskating Gets Struck by Color

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 3rd 2012
US Speedskating Gets Struck by Color

US Speedskating is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speedskating in the United States. Its mission is to be one of the premier speed skating organizations in the world through excellence in leadership, development and performance. To date, US Speedskating has won 85 Olympic medals, making it the most successful winter sport in the U.S. In addition to its elite programs, US... CONTINUE READING

Martin Creed Transforms London Restaurant Sketch

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 31st 2012
Martin Creed Transforms London Restaurant Sketch

Former Turner prize winner Martin Creed has transformed the gallery dining room of famous London restaurant Sketch. The restaurant, owned by Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mourad Mazouz has been decorated with contemporary artist Creed’s work such as Work No. 1343, in which every single piece of furniture, cutlery, crockery and glassware is different. Work No. 1347 is a zigzagged floor containing 96 different kinds of marble, and there are many large-scale wall paintings displayed throughout the... CONTINUE READING

The American Red Cross Evolves Their Logo

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 31st 2012
The American Red Cross Evolves Their Logo

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The organization officially unveiled its new brand identity this February with a logo that features the iconic Red... CONTINUE READING

Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 29th 2012
Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

Bongo Comics Group is a lesser-known Comic Book publishing company established in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison and Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. They publish comics related to the animated television series The Simpsons and Futurama along with original material. It was named after Bongo, a rabbit character in Groening’s comic strip Life In Hell. Long time Art Director Nathan Kane has now been promoted to Creative Director, replacing Bill Morrison, who is still rumored to be working on secret side projects with Groening.... CONTINUE READING

The Art & Sole Cortez iD Collaboration

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 29th 2012
The Art & Sole Cortez iD Collaboration

Sneaker enthusiasts Art & Sole have collaborated with Nike iD for the 40th anniversary of the Nike Cortez running shoe. Four artists, Jiro Bevis, Matthew Nicholson, Shantell Martin and Rose Stallard, were chosen to create artwork for the covers of four limited edition Art & Sole books. The books are sold in packs with a pair of matching Cortez sneakers, and different approaches for each design were used: moving image, sneaker-art, print and sculpture. Jiro Bevis named his cover... CONTINUE READING

USA Basketball Introduces a New 20th Anniversary Mark

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 27th 2012
USA Basketball Introduces a New 20th Anniversary Mark

USA Basketball unveiled a new logo that will be worn by all of the USA Basketball teams including the men’s and women’s national teams as they pursue victory at the London Games this summer. The new logo combines iconic components from the past into a modern, simplified mark honoring the strong heritage and national pride represented by USA Basketball. Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s... CONTINUE READING

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