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)
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
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
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
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
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 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
Hynes Convention Center, Boston 7:30 AM, big yellow conference badge in one hand and event program in the other I made my way up the escalator to the third floor rotunda unsure what to expect. After years of telling myself I would make it to HOW Design Live and yet somehow never quite getting there, I’d arrived. To give you an idea of the conference magnitude, what I refer to as an event program was actually a small, spiral-bound... CONTINUE READING
Presented by Inwork, The Dieline has announced the winners of this year’s Package Design Awards. All entries were made between Dec 1st, 2010 and Dec 31st, 2011. Last week on June 22nd, Inwork presented The Dieline Package Design Awards during the HOW Design Live. HOW Design Live was a conference made up of four parts, with Dieline being one of these. The conference provided delegates with the opportunity to network with creative and dynamic industry insiders and a chance... CONTINUE READING
London’s Digital Shoreditch is a two week festival incorporating sessions about careers, identity, innovation, brands, capital and growth. Running from May 21st to June 1st 2012, this year’s was the second of its kind; the mission being to celebrate and inspire creative talent of East London and Tech City. The event provided those of a technical and entrepreneurial mind with networking and career opportunities in amongst the presentations and workshops available. Founder Kam Star setup the festival in order... CONTINUE READING
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