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 […]

Big Ten Logo Not A 10

With the addition of University of Nebraska, the Big Ten Conference is expanding to 12 teams, a move that inspired the league to unveil a new logo to be used for all sports beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. According to ESPN, the logo was developed by Michael Bierut and Michael Gericke of Pentagram. The […]

Digital Marksman Takes Aim At Traditional Agencies, Hits His Target

Adaptive Path president Peter Merholz loaded his blog canon this week and put “ad agencies” in his cross hairs. Ad agencies, in particular, are soulless holes, the precepts of whose business runs wholly contrary to good user experience practice. While I would like to think advertising and marketing agencies can evolve their practices to appropriately […]

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.