AIGA Studio Tour: Second Story

PORTLAND–Curious designers are gathering by the dozens outside of Second Story Interactive Studios in anticipation of tonight’s AIGA studio tour. People check in and mill about, say hello to friends and at times cordially greet strangers. Robert Moss pops in as the group moves up the staircase, and I say, “Hey, you’re a writer, what […]

We All Know Stock Images Belong Nowhere Near Our Projects, Now There’s Data To Prove It

The New York Times has picked up an eye-tracking study by Jakob Nielsen, a Web site consultant and author of a number of books about design and user interface. Not surprisingly, Neilsen found that some types of pictures are completely ignored while others are scrutinized. In an aspect of the study comparing a set of […]

On Twitter, Logos Have Feelings Too

Some people are dumping on The Gap’s new logo. Someone’s out there defending it. Share

Design The Best Experience, Win Hearts And Minds

Irish journalist Trevor Butterworth writing for Forbes makes a salient point about Facebook’s poor design, and how it endangers the long-term viability of the site. If you’re actually busy, maintaining the site is simply too much work. Anything that can deliver the useful essence of Facebook without the effort has a distinct advantage; the problem […]

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Bogusky Tree

This is classic footage of Alex Bogusky and his dad Bill. Share

Three Time Zones Away, Fiercely Competitive Nevertheless

Pac-10’s commissioner, Larry Scott, is out to re-vamp and re-brand the conference and put it on every sports fans’ radar. To forge a new and unique identity for the conference, Pac-10 approached Portland Oregon’s Mutt Industries – among other firms. Mutt designed the logo to capture the powerful landscapes that set the West Coast apart […]

In Portland, It’s A Material World

Ben Jacklet at Oregon Business is reporting on Portland Center for Innovation and Design, an emerging materials library for the design community. Sohrab Vossoughi, CEO of Ziba Design, is spearheading the initiative. Vossoughi says the plan is to set up a Portland branch for Material Connexion, a global design consultancy which runs a “library of […]

Steve Jobs Is “The Decider.” Are You?

“I’m completely uninterested in buying an iPad — it really feels like the second coming of the CD-ROM ‘revolution’ in which ‘content’ people proclaimed that they were going to remake media by producing expensive (to make and to buy) products.” -Cory Doctorow Writing on his blog, 9GiantSteps, George Howard–a musician, producer, educator, and writer who […]

Here’s One Way To Make Starbucks Execs See Red

Seattle’s Best Coffee has a new brand identity and to celebrate Seattle-based Creature and the Zeno Group collaborated to help the brand take over the iconic Starbucks building in Seattle. Overnight on May 11, a clandestine team wrapped the famous Starbucks Siren in the new logo. By the way, Starbucks owns Seattle’s Best Coffee, so […]

I’m Impressed By Things That Are Brown

Seattle-based Things That Are Brown is “a small, intelligent web design studio with good ideas and lots of experience.” Matt Brown works there and Tiffani Jones works there. Jones also runs her own copywriting and content strategy company, Second and Park. Both sites are impressive, beautifully designed and instructive. For instance, here’s Jones on things […]