Tropicana Squeezes New Life Out Of Its Old Packaging

Tropicana redesigned its packaging, but it turns out people prefer the old Tropicana packaging (pictured below) over the new, which some say is generic-looking. Could a harsher criticism be leveled? According to The New York Times, the company is paying attention to its customers complaints and reversing its decision to change. The PepsiCo Americas Beverages […]

Graphic Design Is Now A Commodity! ? ;-(

CrowdSpring is “crowdsourcing” graphic design. It’s a business model that makes sense on the The Internet, in that it connects people with services to offer with people who want to buy those services. A writer from Forbes looks the company’s progress and the “snooty” response from industry pros. CrowdSpring.com, allows buyers to run competitions for […]

43, Hut Hut!

The New York Times commissioned designers from around the nation to make alternate Super Bowl 43 logos (because they could!). The selection above is from Draplin Design Co. in Portland, Oregon. [via BFG Blog] Share

Denver Decluttered

Denver digital design firm, FL2, helped Greenville identity firm, Brains On Fire, relaunch its site earlier this month. Now, they’ve done it again, this time turning the code on themselves. The Denver Egotist notes that FL2 “continues to impress us with their simplicity, their usability, and their fresh perspective on user interaction.” Share

Ode To The Independent Craftsman

self-portrait by Jon Raasch I was looking at Yelp just now and I read a random review of Francis, where we’re about to go for brunch. I clicked through to the reviewer’s page and then on to his site, where I found this copy: Hi, my name’s Jon Raasch. I’m an independent web developer in […]

Obey Capitalism

This ad for Saks Fifth Avenue is bound to give the more idealistic Shepard Fairey fans reason to pause. Pimping the new Prez is one thing, but Saks is on another level. It’s unadulterated consumerism. Eric Wilson of The New York Times, asked Fairey if his work could be “misunderstood as some sinister form of […]

Indie Design Collectives Way of the Future

Web developer, Brian Warren of Be Good Not Bad, has some seriously positive energy to share, particularly with people like him who freelance, consult or work in small agencies. Don’t get me wrong. I’m under no illusions about the state of the world economy. But it’s times like these I’m very glad I’m not working […]

Blog Beautiful

Care to see a nice looking blog? Here’s one: [via Pat Law] Share

Type It Eco-Friendly

So yesterday, when I visited one of my big clients, it turned out that as part of a “green” initiative, they decided to eliminate the sign-in sheets at the front desk to save paper. If you’re also looking to save resources any way you can, try Ecofont, the new font with little clear circles inside […]

User-Centric Design Is Also Ad-Centric Design For ESPN

ESPN.com believes less is more when it comes to digital design (and I’d tend to agree). According to The New York Times, the sports site is about to go a major design overhaul. Currently, sports fans are greeted by “intense coverage of every major sport from the get-go.” John Skipper, ESPN’s executive vice president for […]