DC Women’s Shoes Gets Girly

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 13th 2012
DC Women’s Shoes Gets Girly

Founded in 1993, DC Shoes (originally Droors Clothing) quickly gained notoriety among the skateboarding community. What began as a garage operation making and marketing skateboarding footwear quickly grew into a household action sports brand. Today, DC Shoes is a leading designer and manufacturer of performance skateboarding and snowboarding footwear, whose product line has broadened to include snowboards, apparel, outerwear and other fashion accessories. Expanding the brand beyond its originally male-dominated identity, the DC Shoes business evolved to appeal to... CONTINUE READING

Game Design: The Evolution from Entertainment to Art Form

By: Carisa Swenson on Apr 12th 2012
Game Design: The Evolution from Entertainment to Art Form

The world of video games is a varied and often breathtaking landscape encompassing elements that easily transcend “game” to “art”. Many independent studios, freed from the constraint of having to meet vigorous sales numbers, are designing games that reach new visual heights, and are proving that video games are, and can be, used as an artistic medium — one which inspires and creates long-lasting impressions on the participant, much like traditional forms of art. Most notably, mainstream art institutions... CONTINUE READING

Christopher Niemann Abstract City

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 12th 2012
Christopher Niemann Abstract City

Christopher Niemann is an illustrator and designer who began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times, in July 2008. He has just published a book, Abstract City, containing original posts and new exclusively created material. Niemann’s design and illustration work has appeared on the covers of such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired and American Illustration. He has won several awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.... CONTINUE READING

Mark Your Calendars: NYC Creative Week 2012

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 11th 2012
Mark Your Calendars: NYC Creative Week 2012

In a bustling city like New York, the challenge isn’t finding something to do but rather deciding from a multitude of possibilities. Fortunately for us, NYC Creative Week makes it easy by providing a full week of chances for participation. Started in 2009 by The One Club, a non profit organization whose mission is to “champion and promote excellence in advertising and design in all forms,” and proclaimed an annual city-wide event by the Office of the Mayor of... CONTINUE READING

The Adani Group Expands with an Explosion of Color

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 10th 2012
The Adani Group Expands with an Explosion of Color

The Adani Group started in 1988, as a commodity-trading firm. Today, it has grown to become one of India’s leading business houses, with operations in Australia and Indonesia and ambitious plans for international expansion. In the financial year 2011-12, the group’s revenue will exceed $7 billion. The board believes that the Group is now of a scale where it needs to manage its brand actively and professionally to prepare for the future. As a first step, Adani appointed Wolff... CONTINUE READING

Creative Placemaking Conference at Rutgers

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 9th 2012
Creative Placemaking Conference at Rutgers

On a slightly overcast yet sunny Wednesday morning I made my way from Hoboken, to Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers University Newark campus for an all day affair called Create a Place: Art Builds Communities, a Creative Placemaking Conference organized by Arts Build Communities. Before going into detail about what Creative Placemaking is, and what made the conference such a worthwhile experience let me share some words from Newark mayor Cory A. Booker’s welcome address on the importance of... CONTINUE READING

Tokyo Design Agency SET Creates Designer QR Codes

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 7th 2012
Tokyo Design Agency SET Creates Designer QR Codes

Japanese agency SET have created designer QR codes, pushing the boundaries of Quick Response Technology to involve purposeful design and creativity. A Tokyo based creative agency, SET “specializes in unique marketing solutions that combine graphic design and technology.” (via SET). Client Folli Follie Japan commissioned SET to produce a designer QR code to be showcased at their flagship store in the Tokyo suburb of Aoyama. The first time a designer QR code has been placed in a store window,... CONTINUE READING

The Pitch: Advertising Students vs. Ad Agency Pros for a Good Cause

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 7th 2012
The Pitch: Advertising Students vs. Ad Agency Pros for a Good Cause

Even across the pond in the U.K., lack of funding for school programs is a common dilemma, one for which University of Creative Arts students, Charlotte Hugh and Danny Pallett derived an uncommon solution they appropriately named The Pitch. Conceived as a fundraiser for their third year class’ degree show, and cleverly evoking the competitive and collaborative aspects of both advertising and sports, “The Pitch” brought together teams of students, graduates and advertising agency folks in a football tournament... CONTINUE READING

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