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Top 15 Logos With Hidden Meanings

By: Matt Cannon on Sep 4th 2012
Top 15 Logos With Hidden Meanings

Hidden meanings and subliminal messages are everywhere in marketing, even in the logos themselves. These hidden creations are sometimes unnoticed but are usually designed to emphasize a powerful and significant meaning associated with the brand. This is definitely a huge feat to pull off for a logo designer because it’s easy to go wrong here and the meaning is sometimes indistinguishable. Many of the logos accomplish the injection of hidden symbolism by using the negative space, which is the... CONTINUE READING

Choosing the Right Design School

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 1st 2012
Choosing the Right Design School

With Labor Day weekend upon us and fall around the corner that back-to-school feeling is in the air. For prospective students, it may be a time when they are beginning to consider studying graphic design and graphic design schools or programs. Raising the question of exactly how to go about choosing the “right” school or program for you. In order to give a variety of perspectives on the topic we asked a panel of our experienced and talented writers... CONTINUE READING

Top 10 Musician’s Logos of All Time

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 30th 2012
Top 10 Musician’s Logos of All Time

Visual art goes hand and hand with music and a logo is no exception. Hundreds of dedicated fans purchase extended merchandise from their favorite artists with their iconic identity plastered all over it. Whether it’s hovering 50 feet over your favorite artist, on a sticker on your old file cabinet, or scribbled on the kids desk next to you in school there’s nothing quite like seeing your favorite musician’s mark. Here’s my personal top 10 favorite musicians logo’s of... CONTINUE READING

Top 10 Worst Corporate Rebrands (Poll Article)

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 27th 2012
Top 10 Worst Corporate Rebrands (Poll Article)

Rebranding is so much more than just changing a logo; it’s a company reacting to the culture surrounding it and transforming to cater to that culture. The word “Identity” in Brand Identity should not be taken lightly, a company must literally upgrade their entire persona to stay current with the times. The tricky part is conveying the original essence of the brand, product and service. The key is making sure everyone still recognizes and accepts the company in their... CONTINUE READING

Microsoft’s Rebrand Lacks Originality and Imagination

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 25th 2012
Microsoft’s Rebrand Lacks Originality and Imagination

With a sneak peak all the way back in 2009 from PC World, we saw hints of Microsoft’s new brand. Yesterday the company unveiled their first official new Microsoft Logo in 25 years in preparation for Windows 8. Here is an excerpt from the official Microsoft Blog: “This is an incredibly exciting year for Microsoft as we prepare to release new versions of nearly all of our products. From Windows 8 to Windows Phone 8 to Xbox services to... CONTINUE READING

(Poll Results) Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join?

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Aug 22nd 2012
(Poll Results) Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join?

In our poll article that was published a couple of weeks ago, Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join?, we were discussing design competitions and tried to discover what design students and professionals thought of design competitions. This article defined design competitions as either local or international design challenges that help to measure the talent and skills of the participants by means of judging their artwork by a professional board of jury. Many design students and professional designers... CONTINUE READING

Finding the Right Designer for the Job: Tips for Writing a Good Job Post from The Creative Group (Poll Article)

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Aug 21st 2012
Finding the Right Designer for the Job: Tips for Writing a Good Job Post from The Creative Group (Poll Article)

The topic of job descriptions came up in conversation with some colleagues the other day. Frequently cited was frustration with overly broad or ambitious job descriptions that read like an employer wish list of skills and expertise rather than an accurate picture of actual needs. Graphic design seems like an area where this is especially prevalent, perhaps owing to the many forms of design practice. While some may argue on the side of that being a valid recruitment approach... CONTINUE READING

Chuck E. Cheese’s Rocks a New Design

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 15th 2012
Chuck E. Cheese's Rocks a New Design

The First Chuck E. Cheese’s opened in San Jose, CA in 1977. Back then it was known as Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. The Founder, Nolan Bushnell was also the engineer and entrepreneur who founded Atari, Inc. He also is responsible for the design of the original mascot. The original name of the franchise was to be called Rick Rats Pizza but the company’s PR Firm didn’t think a rat would make a comforting mascot in a Pizza... CONTINUE READING

CMS Graphic Design Portfolio Websites Beat Out DIY Design (Poll Results)

By: Christine Medley on Aug 14th 2012
CMS Graphic Design Portfolio Websites Beat Out DIY Design (Poll Results)

A few weeks ago my poll article “What’s the Best Way to Build an Online Portfolio?” received quite a few comments and many voted via the poll. With the wide selection of template portfolio web sites available to designers, this result may not be a surprise, but it is to me, a print and web designer, educator and one who began coding sites in 1995. In fact, it was a bit shocking to see that 68% of respondents said... CONTINUE READING

Top 10 Text Only Logos of All Time

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 10th 2012
Top 10 Text Only Logos of All Time

The minimalist approach can go a long way, especially when you have a text only logo, meaning that it is free of any emblem or other distinct pictorial element. Text only logos can also include a lettermark. A good example would be the McDonald’s “M”. According to DesignCrowd, 8 of the top 10 brands - from Interbrand's Top 100 brands of the world 2009 - use a simple wordmark or lettermark logo. Also 51 of the top 100 brands... CONTINUE READING

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