Zen and the Art of New Business Maintenance

Eric Karjaluoto of SmashLAB in Vancouver, BC is sharing an interview he did with business development consultant Blair Enns of WinWithoutPitching. Enns has a lot of great things to say. Witness: The only real way for a firm to shift the power is to eliminate as many substitutes to hiring their firm as possible. They […]

Go Ugly

As I sit here staring at my sleek new iPhone 3GS, I’m thinking about the design sensibility that led Apple to ditch a keypad altogether for the simplicity of a touchscreen. Makes it a little more difficult to type but certainly helps the design. Product developer, John Edson writes on Fast Company why ugly products […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Ecotrust Fisheries Program

It’s good to see another Portland agency doing work for another Portland client featured in Communications Arts Interactive Annual 15. Dino Citraro, interaction director/executive producer on the project, says, “The traditional ways of presenting data, most often in spreadsheets, are typically inaccessible, hard to digest, and require serious commitment on the part of the user […]

This Time “Round Ball In A Square Peg” Works

I like this ad because there are no sporting cliches in it. Yet, it still speaks volumes about Loyola Marymount and the love of sports at the college. Designer: Daisy Chavoshi Share

I Got Your News Right Here

Designers have their own Digg. It’s called Design Float and carries aggregated news in graphic design, web design, identity and branding, illustration and other associated categories. Design Float has more than 6500 members who are able to submit and vote content up or down. According to the LA Times, community supported niche aggregators are sprouting […]

Rhubarb On The Mind

Wieden + Kennedy art director, technologist and writer, Matthew Carroll likes pie. His pie chart may, or may not, indicate that it’s possible to live a healthy (but pie-centric) lifestyle while working at the pearl of the Pearl. Another take-away is that Carroll likes pie. In a quick Twitter-then-email exchange Carroll said that “sometimes stupid […]

Dylan On Vinyl (Digitally)

The redesigned BobDylan.com has a tricked out record player that’s available as a pull down menu. Maybe it’s no big thing, but I like it. A lot. The scratchy man from Minnesota belongs on vinyl. Share

Great Concepts Demand To Be Built (It’s Like There’s A Real Seed In the Idea)

Microsoft’s needed a way to showcase its Expression Studio and Silverlight products and sell them as integral to the creative process. So they came up with the PhizzPop Online Design Challenge and PhizzPop Tour. When the tour came to Minneapolis, Zeus Jones stepped up and won the local competition, a fact which led them to […]

“No Logo” Was A Primer, Now We’re On To “No Product”

Journalist John Hockenberry, writing in Metropolis Magazine, wonders “how designers participate in an economy of no product?” Twenty-nine years after George W. S. Trow envisioned an era of no context, it is suddenly possible to discern an economic era of no product. For most of the postwar era, design and marketing have been all about […]

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. Share