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 […]

Time For A Nuuner

Seattle- and London-based, Creature has revamped a suite of brand visuals for sports hydration brand, Nuun. The re-brand marks a departure away from the science-heavy nature of the category. Nuun tablets dissolve in water producing a refreshing, sugar-free sports beverage with fewer than eight calories per tab. The company was started by endurance athletes dissatisfied […]

Caribou Wants To Be Your Local Roaster

Caribou Coffee launched an extensive brand redesign last year that continues to roll out this year. Here’s the brand’s new package design, care of Colle+McVoy: The burlap and labels help give the packaging more of a handcrafted and artisan feel. I also like the new caribou rendering in the logo. The animal is dancing. Share

London Olympics Part of The Zionist Conspiracy, Says Iran

I like to see that people are sensitive to design, but what you’re about to read is some lunacy. According to the Daily Mail, Iran may decline to participate in the Olympics next summer because the logo for the 2012 games spells “Zion.” The Iranians sent a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge saying: “(This […]

Just Do It John Jay’s Way

John C Jay, partner at Wieden+Kennedy, composed a brilliant list for young designers to follow, but it’s clear that his career advice has universal meaning and appeal. In fact, I’m tempted to print these 10 maxims out and keep them near my desk. Better yet, I’ll memorize them. 10 lessons for young designers: 1. Be […]

Which Is Better, An $8.00 Business Card Or A $1000 Suit?

Jane Applegate, writing for OPEN Forum wisely makes the case for print as an important part of a company’s mix of marketing materials. In her article, she points to Clifton Alexander, co-owner of Reactor Design Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. In early 2010, Alexander eased out of website design to focus mostly on creating “amazing […]

This Siren Needs No Introduction, Or Explanation For That Matter

Starbucks, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, unveiled a new logo today that brings the iconic green siren out of the circle and drops the words “Starbucks Coffee.” “Throughout the last four decades, the Siren has been there through it all,” Howard Shultz, Starbucks’ president and CEO, said. “Now, we’ve given her a small but […]

Landolakes.com New Design Like Butter

With the launch of a new website by Colle+McVoy, the venerable 85-year-old Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods brand introduces new content and heightened functionality just in time for holiday cooking. The newly refreshed Landolakes.com is a complete site redesign meant to help consumers engage with an established brand in new ways. For instance, the Test Kitchen […]