Spotlight On NW Creative: Blaine’s Pretty Profound Non-Billboard

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On the outskirts of Blaine, Wash., a small town north of Bellingham, near the Canadian border, is home to this critical-of-advertising art installation from Lead Pencil Studio. Lead Pencil’s Daniel Mihalyo says, “this permanently open aperture between nations works to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond.” “Non-Sign II” […]

Everything Is A Remix…Some “Things” More So Than Others

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Goodby Silverstein & Partners launched a revised identity recently. Now, people inside the agency and out are questioning its provenance. According to Adweek, GS&P’s new logo looks suspiciously like one used a century ago by some (now-defunct) company called S & Co. “Making something old new again was my full intention and I’m very happy […]

GM Has The Right Idea, But Can They Execute?

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General Motors wants to be the next Apple, according to Ad Age. Speaking to an audience of investors and analysts this week, GM’s Global Chief Marketing Officer, Joel Ewanick, had this to say: “We understand our direct competitors are Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai — a very, a very strong competitor, one that I know well and […]

A Feast For Untired Eyes

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I keep wanting to click on more and more pages of Flavorwire, the blog by Flavorpill, “a network of culturally connected people.” Because the site points to a multitude of visual oddities and things that make one wonder. Like “Masks for the Modern Tribe” by artist Jud Wimhurst. The contemporary masks he envisions are adorned […]

A Moveable Logo Meant To Move You

Science Channel has a new shape-shifting logo that goes by the name of “Morph.” After creating the blog-like thing in-house, the network turned to Imaginary Forces for help to bring Morph to life. According to Fast Company, Imaginary Forces is touting the work as “the future of logo design.” Ronnie Koff, a director and art […]

Is A Shift To Less Consumption Causing An Identity Crisis In Marketing Organizations?

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We are increasingly suffering from consumption fatigue, but brands and designers have yet to acknowledge the fact, says David Carlson of The David Report. Carlson says only the future will tell if the climate of anti-consumerism is genuine or if we are only on a pause between mad bouts of bag-filling. Consumption in itself has […]

Frank Chimero Knows How To Make Things, Money Included

I am not Frank Chimero. And this site is not Frank Chimero’s. That may be an obvious statement, but it is even more obvious when you look at his crowdfunding campaign for the new book he is writing. Chimero raised $112,159 from 2,109 backers to help pay for production costs, an editor and the time […]

Landor’s Got IAVA’s Back

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. Its mission is to improve the lives of this country’s newest generation of veterans and their families. IAVA came to […]

WebVisions 2011 Keynote: Read/Write World

PORTLAND—When I was young my grandpa used to ask me, “What did you learn today?” It’s a great question, and a reminder to learn something new each and every day. Which isn’t a problem when listening to Blaise Agüera y Arcas of Bing Mobile and Places speak about his compelling work with visual data. Speaking […]

Design Is A Wholistic Practice Best Applied By Systems Thinkers

Eric Karjaluoto, Creative Director at smashLAB in Vancouver, BC is asking his fellow design professionals to “Put Down Your Crayons.” He was provoked to ask this when his search for talent kept turning up the wrong kind of designer. What most candidates fixate on isn’t necessarily what I can best put to use. Yes, I […]