Thursday, November 25, 2010

Circle. Circle. Dot. Dot. Logos. Logos. Spot. Spot.

So cool! What a great study! See how many "logos" you can recognize! (As is the mark of good work) These are so obvious once you see the answers! I found it helps to squint a bit. Enjoy!

[Semi-Spoiler Alert] Logos I recognized (I tried to avoid the clues, but were occasionally too curious to see what the clue was on maybe 5 of them) were: American Airlines, Apple, TMobile, Subway, Flickr, Bing, BP, Baskin Robins, LG, Twitter, Dunkin Doughnuts, Burger King, Ikea, I thought #30 was H&R Block (it's not)

I think I got these ones right: Cisco, Yahoo (w/ clue), Kelloggs (w/ Clue), KFC, Starbucks, Google, Sprint, Nextel, Master Card, Lego, Onstar, Time Warner Cable, Taco Bell, Cingular, Best Buy, Black Berry, American Express, New York Library, MSN, Fire Fox, Groove Shark, Harley Davidson, Pepsi

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Angel's of Grace T-Shirt

For my cousin Diana and little Gracie Lou. Every year Diana and her husband put together a team to participate in the annual Cincinnati Walk for Kids. They and all of their southern Ohioans nearly gave the shirts off thier backs. So Diana and I wanted to make sure that if they did, they'd have a back-up.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Unofficial Logo: Gap

They just got a new logo, but c'mon. It wasn't broke.

A few people have been creating their own. And I, of course had to through my hat in.

I saw this one -- a similar concept to mine I think -- and I really like it! Props Chris! Anyway ... I'd like to see what you think.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cool Logo: Grupo 8

My father in law recently went to cruise the Mediterranean and sent back a pic of this sign. Pretty slick.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Library of Congress logo: Cool

Sometimes its difficult to not design the obvious solution. That can be tricky to avoid when dealing with pages from a book. Looks like a good animation.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BP logo rebrand / Obama logo rebrand

Recently BP blames itself (and others) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It brought to mind Greenpeace's call for anti-BP logos.

But let's not forget who said he'd take full responsibility for the clean-up. Three months later: capped. Five months later: officially sealed. So I thought Obama needed a re-branding too, since he was involved. Right?
"Pres. OBAMA: In any of your reporting, in case you were wondering who's responsible, I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down. That doesn't mean it's going to be easy. It doesn't mean it's going to happen right away or the way I'd like it to happen. It doesn't mean that we're not going to make mistakes. But there shouldn't be any confusion here. The federal government is fully engaged, and I'm fully engaged, all right? Thank you very much, everybody."


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Buyer Beware: iPhone 4 changes everything. Again. and Again. and Again. and Again. and Again.

Below are some iPhone issues I found to watch out for. Maybe take a minute (or five, like I did) and go over it with a fine-tooth comb to see if you notice anything "not quite right."

1. Dead pixel (After about a month of use)
2. Dust behind glass
3. Stalled in "Restore Mode" when I tried to cancel a software update
4. Small dent in aluminum frame
5. Glue protruding from paper-thin gap at the edge of glass
6. Glue on aluminum frame (easy enough to rub off, so I did)

With each new phone came a new challenge. Most issues I found with mine were aesthetic, but if I'm paying $300 for a phone, I want that thing to be perfect.

I'm on iPhone 4 #6! Apple has been very gracious though this whole process, especially Eric at the Aspen Grove store here in CO. No questions, just swapped it out--twice. :-)

Pushing Apple's Buttons: iPhone 4 split volume buttons not as good as single volume button

The first design flaw I noticed on the iPhone 4 is the separate volume buttons. Because the up/down volume buttons are split (and so far apart), it's difficult to tell if I'm on the volume up button or the volume down button.

I have to feel around for the second button to 'see' if I'm on the top button or the bottom button.

Apple, please go back to a single saddle-button solution (as on the original iPhone or feel free to use my design--after we talk about royalties):
Top section: volume up.
Bottom section: volume down.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Girl Effect = completely sexist. Buuut..

But that's ok. They have the best combination a capital "G" + Arrow that I've seen to date. Often the execution of this combo looks too easy and not quite finished. But the designer got the 'right' stroke weight and proportions between the arrowhead and the stress (left curve) of the "G". I think it helps too that the arrowhead is filled and not left open? Works really well. Props to whoever designed this.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Unofficial Bed Bath & Beyond Logo

Finally got around to redesigning the unofficial Bed Bath & Beyond logo. Found my favorite (the softest) set of sheets there once and stocked up! The font is fine, but the skewed letters in "BEYOND" make the logo look cheap. Not only that, but every time I see their logo it makes me twitch. So I had to get this out of my system. I used a very similar font to help maintain their brand somewhat.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oops: Sprint shows 3G in 4G ad

Is that phone displaying a "3G" network connection? They chose the wrong image to promote their 4G phone. I think they've since fixed it, but not before I got their email (a month or so ago) directing me here.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Eneloop Rechargeable batteries = suck.

Come on! Can't any of you tree-huggers make a rechargeable battery that last?! If I get you some corn and bamboo, will you make me some?!

I returned my first purchase of Eneloops when I realized they lasted about 20 minutes. Then after researching rechargeable batteries, they wound up being the best on the market!?? Good grief. So I bought them again. Ugh!

Sunday, January 17, 2010