Everyone’s A Critic

Designer Henryk Zawiƛlak uploaded his logo for Grzaniec to Concept Feedback, a new site that crowdsources peer feedback. About the logo above, Ovi Hentea, a peer, says, “I say ditch the gradient on the text stroke. I also say simplify the logo overall, removing some of the detail lines and the screws.” According to Springwise, […]

Zen and the Art of New Business Maintenance

Eric Karjaluoto of SmashLAB in Vancouver, BC is sharing an interview he did with business development consultant Blair Enns of WinWithoutPitching. Enns has a lot of great things to say. Witness: The only real way for a firm to shift the power is to eliminate as many substitutes to hiring their firm as possible. They […]

Go Ugly

As I sit here staring at my sleek new iPhone 3GS, I’m thinking about the design sensibility that led Apple to ditch a keypad altogether for the simplicity of a touchscreen. Makes it a little more difficult to type but certainly helps the design. Product developer, John Edson writes on Fast Company why ugly products […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Ecotrust Fisheries Program

It’s good to see another Portland agency doing work for another Portland client featured in Communications Arts Interactive Annual 15. Dino Citraro, interaction director/executive producer on the project, says, “The traditional ways of presenting data, most often in spreadsheets, are typically inaccessible, hard to digest, and require serious commitment on the part of the user […]

This Time “Round Ball In A Square Peg” Works

I like this ad because there are no sporting cliches in it. Yet, it still speaks volumes about Loyola Marymount and the love of sports at the college. Designer: Daisy Chavoshi

I Got Your News Right Here

Designers have their own Digg. It’s called Design Float and carries aggregated news in graphic design, web design, identity and branding, illustration and other associated categories. Design Float has more than 6500 members who are able to submit and vote content up or down. According to the LA Times, community supported niche aggregators are sprouting […]

Rhubarb On The Mind

Wieden + Kennedy art director, technologist and writer, Matthew Carroll likes pie. His pie chart may, or may not, indicate that it’s possible to live a healthy (but pie-centric) lifestyle while working at the pearl of the Pearl. Another take-away is that Carroll likes pie. In a quick Twitter-then-email exchange Carroll said that “sometimes stupid […]

Dylan On Vinyl (Digitally)

The redesigned BobDylan.com has a tricked out record player that’s available as a pull down menu. Maybe it’s no big thing, but I like it. A lot. The scratchy man from Minnesota belongs on vinyl.