Shutterstock is almost 9 years old now and has a history of effective rebrand, starting in 2003. In my opinion 2011 was their weakest effort. I am a big fan of the new 2012 identity. Using a play off of people motioning their hands like a photo frame, the “viewfinder” is born. The color scheme is a new red and grey pantone. Presented in a clean, all lowercase typography in red and grey, while the “o” (viewfinder icon) remains... CONTINUE READING
DIY is the latest project by internet entrepreneur Zach Klein. DIY is an innovative venture designed to enable children to showcase their creative work and publish it online in a safe and monitored environment. Says DIY, “We’ve all seen how kids can be like little MacGyvers. They’re able to take anything apart, recycle what you’ve thrown away – or if they’re Caine, build their own cardboard arcade. This is play, but it’s also creativity and it’s a valuable skill.... CONTINUE READING
Last Thursday night, I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the Museum of Modern Art’s sold-out screening of Marjane Satrapi’s latest film Chicken with Plums. Eagerly waiting on line at the theater entrance, I was somewhat surprised by the diversity of fans around me! People of all ages and nationalities were at hand to support and celebrate Satrapi’s work in both literature and film. As a long time fan of the graphic novel genre, it was a... CONTINUE READING
Graphic designer Mark Blamire has re-designed the promotional material for Ecstasy, the latest film by novelist Irvine Welsh. The film, an adaptation of the novel by Welsh, is prequel to the now infamous and iconic movie Trainspotting. The film is a dark romantic comedy film adaptation of the short story The Undefeated, from the best-selling book Ecstasy. Directed by Rob Heydon, the film stars Adam Sinclair as Lloyd Buist, a drug addict who smuggles ecstasy from Amsterdam, alongside Kristin... CONTINUE READING
A new logo and tagline was released for the new One World Trade Center (originally Freedom Tower) designed by Wordsearch and presented by the Durst Organization and Cushman & Wakefield. The Durst Organization is working with The Port-Authority to help complete the massive project and Cushman & Wakefield is the commercial real estate broker in charge of filling the tower with tenants. The new brand is an effort to create a new feel for the building and to help... CONTINUE READING
Shake off those Monday doldrums and get ready for a week chock-full of creative presentations, events and awards shows! Today kicks off New York Creative Week, and while there’s no shortage of fantastic things to see and do (after all it is New York), GE’s mind blowing Throttle Up should be on everyone’s “must see” list. Happening alongside Creative Week, and located down the street from the events at Galapagos, Throttle Up is an installation featuring GE’s one-of-a-kind, 34’... CONTINUE READING
Artist and designer Stanley Donwood’s latest show is currently on display at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, entitled “Lost Angeles”. The main piece of work in the show is an 18-foot panoramic piece depicting the City of Angels being destroyed by fire, flood and meteor storm in an apocalyptic illustration. The current show is a follow up to his 2006 London Views collection, which depicted London in the throes of being consumed by fire and flood. He says of... CONTINUE READING
Whether you’re a thriving, multi-branch design agency with hundreds of employees or a 2-person partnership working to build your business, there are a few key things you should be doing to garner as much success as possible. Having worked for and with many (many, many) of them myself, I would like to offer a quick list of the most important attributes of successful design firms. For those out there who don’t want to start or grow their own design... CONTINUE READING
Another busy weekday afternoon in New York City. Hurriedly walking past what at first glance appears to be another plywood construction panel I stopped midway and turned around. What I had thought was just another temporary façade, upon closer inspection revealed itself as art in progress. Or, rather an artistic intervention called Color Splash, part of a larger project Kaavya Jayapratap calls Urban Speed Bumps which are intended to encourage people to slow down, stop and enjoy the moment... CONTINUE READING
The short answer is both. While the front-end graphic designer is busy with design, layout, typography, image research and such, the back-end web designer (let’s call them a coder) is busy setting up the server, databases, installing software, writing various custom code and the likes. The trick is to keep the communications open so the left hand knows what the right is doing and vice versa. When the communication fails, problems rear their ugly heads and they do it... CONTINUE READING
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