JC Penney Still Believes It’s Hip to be Square

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 6th 2012
JC Penney Still Believes It’s Hip to be Square

JC Penney was originally started by James Cash Penney in 1902, when it was first opened as a dry-goods store named “The Golden Rule” in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Today, the company is a publicly traded company consisting of over 11,000 department stores spread out across The United States and Puerto-Rico, predominantly in Shopping Malls. Providing customers with middle-class merchandise and affordable items without the high-end brand influence. Many of the brands inside JC Penny are internally designed and produced. They... CONTINUE READING

Marina Willer First Female to Make Partner at Pentagram London

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 6th 2012
Marina Willer First Female to Make Partner at Pentagram London

Marina Willer has been announced as the first female partner to join the London branch of Pentagram, the international design agency run by a collection of friends across the world. Marina, currently working as creative director at Wolff Olins, becomes the 18th partner at the company and will be taking up her new post in April. A Royal College of Art alumnus, Marina was born in Brazil and has a varied design portfolio behind her that includes heading up... CONTINUE READING

Enterprising by Design: Kansas University Student Design Center

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 3rd 2012
Enterprising by Design: Kansas University Student Design Center

When students at Kansas University (KU) realized demand for quality design services on campus, they proposed an enterprising solution—a student run design center. According to The University Daily Kansan, “Student Senate president Libby Johnson and vice president Gabe Bliss pitched the idea” for the Student Design Center after learning that student organizations were having a hard time effectively communicating to the larger student population. Thus the KU Student Design Center was born. The center, which “serves as a creative... CONTINUE READING

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

Employment Growth for Graphic Designers

By: Julia Wild on Feb 24th 2012
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Graphic Designers will be pleased to hear that employment within their field is expected to increase by 13% from 2008 to 2018. With half a million jobs in the public relations, advertising and graphic design industry and elevated wages it seems that graphic designers are in a good position. If you have not already read GraphicDesign.com’s latest press release you can read it HERE. Not only does it give you a good overview of the current employment situation but... 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

Students to Watch in 2012

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 23rd 2012
Students to Watch in 2012

Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) have also announced, alongside their People to Watch in 2012, their Students to Watch in 2012. The selection of 25 bright young things is sponsored by The Creative Group, and offers a platform for tomorrow’s leaders in graphic design to be recognized and showcased. The students to watch are: Terrence Fradet an undergraduate at SCAD completing his BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Printmaking. Fradet “designs information graphics to allow for a more... 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

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