First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts National Design Award Winners Luncheon

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jul 11th 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts National Design Award Winners Luncheon

In graphic design news this week The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced that First Lady, Michelle Obama will celebrate the 2012 National Design Awards by hosting a White House luncheon on Friday, July 13 honoring this year’s award winners. Continuing a tradition started with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000 when the National Design Awards was launched, and subsequently carried on by First Lady Laura Bush, Mrs. Obama serves as honorary patron for this year’s awards. In... 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

TwoPoints.Net in Barcelona Start Their Own Teaching Initiative Called Design Werkstatt

By: Jo Gifford on Jul 9th 2012
TwoPoints.Net in Barcelona Start Their Own Teaching Initiative Called Design Werkstatt

Barcelona based design duo TwoPoints.Net are embarking upon a new project; a teaching initiative called Design Werkstatt (which translated means Design Workshop). TwoPoints.Net consists of Martin Lorenz and Lupi Asensio, graphic designers with German, Dutch and Spanish roots between them. Their specialties are based around Visual Identity, Editorial Design, Web Design and Illustration. Compiling bold and diverse portfolios they have a unique style, reflected in both an international clientele and their teaching work. Teaching since 2005, they then set... CONTINUE READING

WPP Set to Aquire AKQA Assets

By: Jo Gifford on Jul 6th 2012
WPP Set to Aquire AKQA Assets

WPP, a world leader in marketing communications, announced on the 20th June that it has agreed to acquire the assets of global digital agency AKQA. AKQA was founded in 2001 and is now the world’s leading independent and most awarded digital agency famed for its’ innovative approach and outstanding creativity. Since formation 11 years ago, AKQA quickly established a reputation as an agency to watch; combining creativity and technology, the agency provides integrated digital communications campaigns spanning social media,... CONTINUE READING

Questions Raised in Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? Yields Mixed Responses (Poll Results)

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jul 6th 2012
Questions Raised in Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization?  Yields Mixed Responses (Poll Results)

As comments rolled in in response to my article “Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization?” I was admittedly surprised both by the quantity and variety of opinions expressed. One thing was clear; the graphic design community continues to remain divided on the issue of crowdsourced design, a practice some view as devaluing the design profession while others perceive it as providing opportunities for work. Poll results from 122 respondents bore this out with 56% of those polled, responding “No” to... CONTINUE READING

Waldo Trommler Paint: Reynolds and Reyner Present their Spectacular Re-branding Project

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Jul 5th 2012
Waldo Trommler Paint: Reynolds and Reyner Present their Spectacular Re-branding Project

Designers Reynolds and Reyner led a two part initiative in 2011 which worked upon re-sculpting international brands of paints, announced by http://lovelypackage.com. Following the success of this project they were then asked to become involved with the Finnish company Waldo Trommler Paint, a business intending to crack the American market. Aiming to make the branding stand-out whilst focusing on a vibrant visual ethos the product re-design has brought a small company into the mainstream with a bang. The brand... CONTINUE READING

Rolling Stones Logo Updated for 50th Anniversary

By: Jo Gifford on Jul 5th 2012
Rolling Stones Logo Updated for 50th Anniversary

Designer Shepard Fairey has updated the iconic Rolling Stones tongue logo in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary. The original logo was designed by John Pasche, a student of the Royal College of Art in London and appeared on the Sticky Fingers album sleeve in 1971. Pasche was commissioned in 1969 by lead singer of The Stones Mick Jagger, who disliked some draft designs which had been provided by the band’s record label, Decca Records. “The design concept for... CONTINUE READING

Following Up After An Interview: A Good Thing or a Stalking Thing? (Poll Article)

By: Tim Donnelly on Jul 3rd 2012
Following Up After An Interview: A Good Thing or a Stalking Thing? (Poll Article)

You shake the Creative Director’s hand and turn around to leave his amazing corner office. You did it. You nailed your interview for a graphic design job at the coolest company you’ve ever seen. Suddenly while you’re getting your parking validated you think to yourself, “Should I send a thank you note?” And you find yourself at a crossroads. Maybe the same one you’ve experienced after every interview. Is following up after an interview an archaic practice to be... CONTINUE READING

Creative Slump? Alex Cornell’s New Book, “Breakthrough!” Can Help With That

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jul 3rd 2012
Creative Slump? Alex Cornell’s New Book, “Breakthrough!” Can Help With That

Who hasn’t ever hit a creative slump or hit that extraordinarily rough, occasionally ego bruising, patch of writer’s/artist’s/musician’s block where you find yourself face-to-face with a project thinking to yourself “okay, now what”? The question is, how to get out of it. That was the question Alex Cornell an accomplished designer and musician himself, posed to other leading creatives, such as graphic designers Nicolas Felton and Tom Muller, painter and erotic artist Audrey Kawasaki, legendary typographer Erik Spiekermann and... 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

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