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9 December 1
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Why the world needs transparency?

Under - Design, Media, Technology

Julian AssangeCATALYST Strategic Design Review is a quarterly publication that was launched in May 2009 by students, faculty and staff of the Pratt Design Management program. It recently published an interesting short article ‘Wikileaks and the Need for Strategically Designed Transparency’ shedding light on a very delicate balance.

Below Julian Assange speaking at TED on Wikileaks, recorded earlier this year.

8 December Share your
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2019: A future imagined by Syd Mead

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Media, Technology

Visual Futurist Syd Mead (Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron) reflects upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future. Photographed in P2 High Definition, this featurette provides insight into the fascinating mind of one of the most influential artists of modern cinema and automotive design.

26 November 1
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Multi-touch watch kits for iPod Nano

Under - Design, Industrial Design, Technology

This is brilliant, transform your iPod Nano into the world’s coolest multi-touch watches with TikTok and LunaTik by Scott Wilson and MINIMAL.

The idea to use the Nano as a watch was an obvious one ever since the product was announced. But we wanted to create a collection that was well designed, engineered and manufactured from premium materials and that complemented the impeccable quality of Apple products. Not just clipped on a cheap strap as an afterthought.

The project has raised over $390,000 on Kickstarter.com from over 5000 backers and there are still 20 more days to go.

Update 17/12/2010: The total amount raised is under a million ($941,558) dollars from 13,510 backers which is a record on Kickstarter.com. Interestingly the goal was to raise $15,000.

You can pre-order one here.

23 November Share your
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Yet another HERO by Fontfabric

Under - Design, Resources, Typography

Fontfabric launched another high quality font for free. HERO is applicable to any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics etc and perfect for t-shirts and other items like posters and logos.

Fontfabric is an independent type foundry that was launched in 2008 by Sofia, Bulgaria based designer Svetoslav Simov.

11 October 20
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Arabic calligraphy and logotypes by Wissam Shawkat

Under - Art, Design, Inspiration, Typography

Wissam Shawkat has been passionate about calligraphy since the early age. Originally from Iraq, he now lives in Dubai, UAE. Wissam is a Civil Engineer by profession from Basra University where he completed his degree in 1996. His unique style, inspired from the exquisite craftsmanship of traditional practitioners and the vibrancy of contemporary culture, demonstrates a deep understanding of the medium in a very refreshing way.

Wissam not only earned a name in traditional and contemporary calligraphy art but in logotype design as well with over 20 years of experience within advertising and branding with well-known clients. Wissam’s calligraphy artwork is included in many private and public collections throughout the world and has appeared in numerous books and publications. He has participated in many local and international exhibitions and won many awards. His work resonates with a wide range of audiences and testifies to the fact that calligraphy knows no boundaries.

View more of Wissam’s work

8 October 5
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GAP logo redesign: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Under - Advertising, Design, Media, Typography

Gap unveiled their new logo few days back that nobody seems to like – designers to consumers alike. I’m completely stunned to see this redesign getting approved and released for a brand that took more than 20 years to build and doing business over billions of dollars a year!

Gap logo redesign

Gap logo redesign - before (left) and after (right)

The redesign not only looks unprofessional but ridiculous and non-serious as well from a company that already owns owned an iconic symbol. It appears to be a quick comp in MS Word by someone without a sense of direction, confidence and leadership.

Logo redesign is closely aligned with branding and any negativity around brand symbol sure hurts businesses very hard. Gap is now trying to engage with the consumers for suggestions to avoid the continued backlash around this redesign which took place in the name of ‘modernisation’.

On Brand New website, an overwhelming majority of 90% visitors voted this evolution as ‘bad’.

Gap vote

Good.is published an article applying the Gap redesign approach to some well-known logos which shows how simple it is to destroy years’ hard work.

30 September Share your
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Web 2.0 Summit 2010: Points of Control Interactive Map

Under - Design, Illustration, Resources
Points of Control Interactive Map

Points of Control Interactive Map

More than any time in the history of the Web, incumbents in the network economy are consolidating their power and staking new claims to key points of control.

Meanwhile, insurgents both large and small are hoping to gain footholds or take ground in new territories.

Welcome to the first iteration of the Web 2.0 Summit’s theme, Points of Control!

The Web 2.0 Summit is the only place, once a year, where leaders of the Internet Economy gather to debate and determine business strategy. Join the leadership of this extraordinary industry this November 15-17 in San Francisco.

29 September Share your
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Mapping European Stereotypes

Under - Design, Geography, Illustration

This is something amusing by Yanko Tsvetkov, a Bulgarian-born London-based freelance designer, illustrator and photographer.

Europe According to Germany

Europe According to Germany

Europe According to Italy

Europe According to Italy

Europe According to Britain

Europe According to Britain

Europe According to USA

Europe According to USA

23 September 6
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Coloring the ‘Migrant Mother’

Under - Art, Design, My Musings, Photography

Migrant Mother

There were three things (among several) that I really wanted to do for some time:

  1. Colorize a black and white photo (that I’ve never done before)
  2. Give Recolored a try and
  3. Start using my Wacom A5 tablet that I bought a year ago for sketching and never got the time to actually use it

So, having combined all of these into one task, I picked up the iconic photograph of Migrant Mother for this, taken by Dorothea Lange in 1936 during the Great American Depression, which I also mentioned few days back.

The thing that I wanted to avoid in this exercise is to have that artificial look-n-feel that we normally get to see when a black and white photograph is converted into color. Also, rather than just adding colors to make this photograph look like a real color-photo, my objective would be to capture the essence of this photo in colors and retain it. This can be done by using a color palette that is not overpowering and simply complement the original image.

Keep reading …

12 September Share your
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Odosketch by Odopod

Under - Art, Design, Illustration, Resources, Technology

Odosketch

Love sketching? There’s an app for you … online and for free!

Odosketch is a Flash drawing application that is developed by Odopod and was first launched in August of 2006 for an Adobe Design Gallery feature on Odopod. The tool is available online and open for anyone to use.

Odosketch - Gardening Time by moogleymog

Odosketch - Gardening Time by moogleymog