New Looks for Public Works

Rob Walker drew my attention to the Obama administration’s recent branding efforts for The Recovery. Portland’s Aaron Draplin, who loves early 20th century design (appropriately enough) helped make the DOT logo.

Carded

Henry Jones at Web Design Ledger is fascinated with great looking business cards. So much so he revently launched a new site called Card Observer. Card Observer showcases only the best business card designs. They do this for a couple of reasons: to shine the spotlight on the talented designers who create these beautiful cards, […]

Tropicana Squeezes New Life Out Of Its Old Packaging

Tropicana redesigned its packaging, but it turns out people prefer the old Tropicana packaging (pictured below) over the new, which some say is generic-looking. Could a harsher criticism be leveled? According to The New York Times, the company is paying attention to its customers complaints and reversing its decision to change. The PepsiCo Americas Beverages […]

Graphic Design Is Now A Commodity! ? ;-(

CrowdSpring is “crowdsourcing” graphic design. It’s a business model that makes sense on the The Internet, in that it connects people with services to offer with people who want to buy those services. A writer from Forbes looks the company’s progress and the “snooty” response from industry pros. CrowdSpring.com, allows buyers to run competitions for […]

43, Hut Hut!

The New York Times commissioned designers from around the nation to make alternate Super Bowl 43 logos (because they could!). The selection above is from Draplin Design Co. in Portland, Oregon. [via BFG Blog]

Denver Decluttered

Denver digital design firm, FL2, helped Greenville identity firm, Brains On Fire, relaunch its site earlier this month. Now, they’ve done it again, this time turning the code on themselves. The Denver Egotist notes that FL2 “continues to impress us with their simplicity, their usability, and their fresh perspective on user interaction.”

Ode To The Independent Craftsman

self-portrait by Jon Raasch I was looking at Yelp just now and I read a random review of Francis, where we’re about to go for brunch. I clicked through to the reviewer’s page and then on to his site, where I found this copy: Hi, my name’s Jon Raasch. I’m an independent web developer in […]

Obey Capitalism

This ad for Saks Fifth Avenue is bound to give the more idealistic Shepard Fairey fans reason to pause. Pimping the new Prez is one thing, but Saks is on another level. It’s unadulterated consumerism. Eric Wilson of The New York Times, asked Fairey if his work could be “misunderstood as some sinister form of […]