This guy is the MAN! Enjoy!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Studio 243 is a full-service architectural firm which seeks to create a sense of place that inspires creativity. The owner and top architect is heavily influenced by contemporary European design. After living there(in Germany) for a number of years, I guess he sort of took to their style.
Not all that familiar with European design, (Ok, ok. I know nothing of eauro-design.), Dwight was happy to school me. He encouraged me to look at the Avante Garde (the font I went with, go figure) and Bauhaus movements. We talked for about an hour and by the end I had a grasp of what I was going for. Functional art.
Specific keywords for the project were: simple(boy was I glad to hear that), clean, functional, and formal.
For the logo, I wanted to show some dimensionality and allude to some elements you might see in Avante Garde architecture. We chose to go with red as the color since it's pretty formal.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Up to the 3:30 minute mark this guy is dead on! It did strike me that the "W" actually was great for G.W. 43. Too bad the execution sucked -- royally! Cue sad trombone track: *Wah-Wah-Wah-Waaaah*.
Whittle, the Democrat logo can't even touch the Republican logo. The Republican logo (pun intended)kicks the Dems ass! The elephant, I would argue, is solid, clean, and professional. It's a good mark and a lot can be done with a mark like that.
Past the 6:00 mark, he goes off into more branding blah blah blah and shows off what he calls a "master-piece". Gag me! It's a far cry, IMO. The copy "Why so Socialist" is clever, but once again(like all conservative design I've ever seen) fails(miserably) in execution.
See how Liberals create engaging, memorable design here.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Looks like Chi-town needs some more community organizing.
Now we're gonna have to outlaw splintered railroad ties.
I think I've seen it all now.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Piet is a chimney-free indoor stove by Fredrik Hyltén-Cavallius that burns ethanol instead of wood. With a brass reflector, this stove gives off no smoke or soot and can be placed wherever convenient. There is a layer of rock wool fire insulation between the reflector and the outer ceramic shell, so Piet can be placed near walls or furniture.Thanks MoCo Loco!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
What a great way to get the kids involved in your airline(and just in general giving them something to do), out of their parent's hair, and make a buck for SW. I wonder what airline these two little girls will want to fly next time they travel? It's a shot in the dark, but I'd guess SW.
Might be a good way for SW to recruit too! :-)
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Kinda makes me want to run away to the mountains … and not just b/c of Obama :-) What an overwhelming video. I think I just had an epileptic seizure! Wow! I hope we can disseminate the useful information in today's day-in-age. There's so much out there. Fwew.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Scratched? See for yourself.
This would be my camera lens would it not have been for the iSkin's lens cover.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Oh wait ... it doesn't take only 2 minutes to design a logo and brand identity? :-) Wow! What an awesome show of performance. What a TON of work! May we all put in this much effort into what we do. Not effort for effort's sake, but for the good of our clients.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I love seeing stuff like this. Guerrilla marketing from the consumer -- I mean, I don't think ad agencies can come up with this stuff! Unless an agency did(for one of Ambassador Paintings' direct competitors), in which case, that's really smart! In either case, it's awesome!
The next time I need my house painted, I know just who not to call. And if enough people have that same experience, do you think they'll survive for long? I don't. Good luck Ambassador, and I hope your PR dept is taking notes.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Golly. There's no denying that Obama throws like a girl. But does anyone know WHY? I can't figure it out. He doesn't step with the same foot he throws with which look very awkward and is pretty common, I guess. Any baseball pros out there care to weigh in? I examined both Obama and Bush and can't nail anything down. I found a few things that would make one's throw awkward-looking, but Obama doesn't violate any of these:
1. Trying to throw a ball with your body facing the target, rather than rotating your shoulders and hips ninety degrees away from the target and then swinging them around in order to accelerate the ball.Is it the follow-through?
2. A throw looks bad if your elbow is lower than your shoulder as your arm comes forward (unless you're throwing sidearm).
3. A throw looks really bad if, as the ball leaves your hand, your wrist is "inside your elbow"—that is, your elbow joint is bent in such a way that your forearm angles back toward your body and your wrist is closer to your head than your elbow is.
4. Slow-motion film of big-league pitchers shows that when they release the ball, the throwing arm is fully extended and straight from shoulder to wrist. The combination of these three elements—head-on stance, dropped elbow, and wrist inside the elbow—mechanically dictates a pushing rather than a hurling motion, creating the familiar pattern of "throwing like a girl." -- Thanks to The Atlantic
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Happy Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
1. both are made of two different materials: silver and, what appears to be, plastic (bottom of iPhone, top of the Kindle)
2. both have logo at the top center
3. both have the device's additional info at the bottom center
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Can you see the similarities between Coca Cola's bottle icon and Starbucks' cup icon?
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Thus to bold and underline is redundant and not proper style for writing. (Keep in mind this is for standard writing, such as reports, letters, white papers, etc.) For flyers, copy, other marketing material, this may not necessarily apply as a rule.
In fact, most people do not understand or remember the origins of much of the writing style usage and tend to simultaneously use italicized, underlined, and bolded text for their writing. While there are no style police that will come and lock them up, this still can look pretty hokey.
Thank you, Phil!
Friday, May 1, 2009
David Carson looks like he's about to either start punching people in the face or curl up into the fetal position on the floor; I'm not sure which.
There is great creativity out there and there are some ideas that I myself will never think of. But some one might. Like a mom in Kansas might have the perfect solution for a client I'm working for, but maybe she just #1. can't reach the client or #2. doesn't know how to execute her solution in the best fashion. I wonder, could Spec designers and Professional designers collaborate?
I wonder if a company would be open to getting specwork done, then run it by an experienced designer? But if there are changes, or the spec designer misses the mark, you might have to start back at square one. So it might not be worth the runaround. However, if the spec designer has a good IDEA, it might be worth showing it to a qualified/trusted designer to see if it's executed well. Thoughts?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
My primary goal was to simplify the site. It was incredibly busy and cluttered with info, some of which was outdated. They wanted something that would communicate exactly who they are and clearly display the products and services they offer. They wanted something customers could easily navigate, leading them to do one of 3 things: fill out a form, call, or e-mail. They wanted this to work in a manner as quickly and easily as possible.View the site here >
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
As consumers we buy based on our perceptions. This perception (what people think about your organization) is known as your brand. And our perceptions are shaped by the way we experience (through our senses) organizations via their materials known as their brand identity. These materials include everything we can sense: What we see, like brochures. What we touch. What we smell. What we taste. What we hear, like radio advertisements or the way you answer the telephone to the way you phrase your mission statement.
So, to sum up:
Brand Identity(business materials) shapes Perception and Perception determines sales(or buy-in, etc.).
Thanks Alina Wheeler.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
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Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Since I didn't have another camera on me, I had to re-staged this. But this is where(on the roof of my Corolla) I found my iPhone after driving .9 miles to the library. Apparently in the shuffle of getting the fam in the car, I'd set it up here and forgotten about it. iSkin(along with the Almighty) had my back. Thanks!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
1. Create an image 57 x 57 pixels (apple will round the corners and gloss it for you)
2. Save your image to photobucket, picasa, or some other photo hosting website
3. a.) Save it as apple-touch-icon.png and add it in the root of your server, so in my case:
b.) Place a link to your image between the tags <head></head> of your site.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I'm finding that not only are a lot of Conservative messages difficult to muddle through, a lot of design done for certain operations only reinforce the stereotype that they are out of touch and irrelevant. Don't be one of them.
When I compare organizations, I see a big difference in the area of creativity, communication(layout), professionalism, and most of all – branding.
I think in the coming generation that, unless you can clearly and succinctly state your case, you will fail. Get to the point fast. Use your branding elements; and if you don't have consistent branding elements established, get them!
"There are organizations doing great things, but they just don't know how to say it!"
Monday, April 13, 2009
Your Brand Identity is what you use to shape people's perception.
What we see (e.g.: logo).
What we touch (e.g.: brochure).
What we smell (e.g.: retail store).
What we taste (e.g.: your food).
What we hear (e.g.: like radio advertisements to the way you phrase your mission statement.)
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Take this Tea Party deal for instance. Why are there so many different websites up? It seems like everyone and their Native American buddy has thrown one up. Which one do I go to? Which one is the real deal? teapartyday.com? taxdayteaparty.com? And for crying out loud, those two were in the same article in World. And there's this one. Who knows how many more are out there. Tea Partiers, I wish you well.