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Apr 14

What Clients Don’t Know

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had at least one or two, or many clients from hell. But looking back, and after watching this brilliant talk by Mike Monteiro called What Clients Don’t Know (and Why It’s Your Fault), you realize that it may not always be their fault – and that we might be somewhat responsible for their perception and behavior towards Design. But just for the record, sometimes they are just plain wrong – and it’s all their fault. Just saying…


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Apr 14

Amnesty Freedom Candles

TheeBlog_AmnestyCandles Globally admired artistic duo ‘coarse’ has partnered with Amnesty International to tackle torture, arms trade and sexual slavery with 30 limited edition “Freedom Candles” up for eBay auction April 19 – 27th. Each candle highlights a human rights injustice that unfortunately might be taking place around the world as we read this. These powerful candles serve as a reminder of these horrible injustices, yet also work as a beacon of hope that reveals once the candles melt.
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Apr 14

The STOLEN SOFAS Project

TheeBlog-StolenSofas If there’s something that I honestly enjoy as much as a well designed and consistent brand, is the vision and dedication to get involved, support, and be part of a community. And this is exactly what the great folks at Stolen Rum are doing. Not only is their product great and beautifully designed (you had me at lettering and type) but it’s also very active. One of their latest projects, Stolen Sofas, took place last week in three different cities around the world, including Miami, and it was not only a brilliant simple idea, but also a great way to introduce Stolen Rum to a new market. I was not able to attend the event, but my awesome Stolen friend Eunique was kind enough to share some photos and video. Thank you again E! and we’re looking forward to many more fun events and projects!
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Apr 14

Daft Punk Shop

TheeBlog_DaftPunkApparel If you’re a fan of vintage fashion ads and Sassoon jeans, you’re going to love these recently released Daft Punk merch ads celebrating their retro-inspired album Random Access Memories, featuring a lovely array of accessories including t-shirts, posters, and belt buckles. Did I mention the cool vintage ads? The items were produced in limited quantities, so make sure you buy your goodies at www.DaftPunk.com before they sell out.
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Apr 14

Adobe Remix by The Made Shop

TheeBlog-MadeShop_Adobe You’ve probably noticed that many designers, artists and brands are embracing a different, more hands-on approach to their work and projects more and more – and this is great! And although I hate to use the word, this crafty ‘trend’ is based on skills, innovative methods of communicating a message, fresh ideas, and lots of manual labor and materials. What more can we ask for!? Adobe recently commissioned The Made Shop to re-imagine their logo, which gave them free range to get creative and tap on their architectural background. The result, a lovely collection of logos made out of pencils, water, flowers,gum, coffee, and sugar.
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Apr 14

Unsung Hero

Because it is Tuesday, and we all need a little reminder every now and then, that life is great, and that it is up to us to make the world a better place. Another proof that advertising can also be good :)


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Apr 14

Europe in 8 Bits

EUROPE IN 8 BITS is a documentary that explores the world of chip music, a new musical trend that is growing exponentially throughout Europe. The stars of this musical movement reveal to us how to reuse old videogames hardware like Nintendo’s GameBoy, NES, Atari ST, Amiga and the Commodore 64 to turn them into a tool capable of creating a new sound, a modern tempo and an innovative musical style. This is a new way of interpreting music performed by a great many artists who show their skills in turning these “limited” machines designed for leisure in the 80’s into surprising musical instruments and graphical tools. It will leave nobody indifferent.


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Apr 14

Designer Dirty Talk

TheeBlog-DesignerDirtyTalk When it comes to Designers, certain things are usually different than the rest of corporate America. One of them is definitely industry lingo (Have you ever tried to explain tracking/kerning or golden ratio to a client?) Have you ever wondered what would these everyday terms sound like when used as pick-up lines or bedroom talk? Good news. A new brilliant site called Designer Dirty Talk features a collection of clever and funny design puns that do just that. Check out a few samples after the jump, visit the site or submit your own…
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Apr 14

Nest + Virgin Airlines

I love it when great brands collaborate. Nest recently teamed up with Virgin America to reinvent the way people fly, providing a unique and customizable experience. Tony Fadell and Richard Branson introduce Total Temperature Control, the newest product from Nest, available in all Virgin America planes.


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Mar 14

The Generic Brand Video

So, your client ‘comes up with the idea’ to create a corporate video. You know, one just like their competitor or that one they saw online. So, you gather up your team, you brainstorm ideas, study the client in order to create something unique and that represents them. You pitch it. But, the client already has a ‘vision’. So, after a few meetings, you just go with it. The result, another generic brand video…


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Mar 14

TMNT

Because most of us grew up watching Ninja Turtles. I wonder if this movie is going to be as awesome as the original ones – specially the one featuring Vanilla Ice…


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Mar 14

Android Wear

TheeBlog-AndroidWear While everyone is still wondering how Google Glass works or who has been able to get a pair in order to experience them, Google has been busy working on its new toy. A new watch that promises to make all things look and work better, and beat all other smart watches like Samsung or Motorola. Android Wear is Google’s new baby, and its interface, released last week, is nice, simple and effective. Check out some samples and a video after the jump.
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Mar 14

The GameChanger

TheeBlog-TheGameChanger The World Cup is only 83 days away!!! And if you are like me, you’re already looking for extra DVR storage alternatives, planning out your sports bar itinerary and times and letting everyone know that you will be busy and disconnected for a month. One thing I do hate during the tournament is asking every restaurant or bar to switch replays of college golf tournament broadcasts to live World Cup games – it happens. But hey! Now there’s a solution for that! The geniuses at beIN Sports developed a vuvuzela with the ability to flip any channel, to their station, giving us football fans the power (at least for one happy month)!
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Mar 14

Locos Por Juana or Juanes

TheeBlog-LocosPorJuana_Juanes So, the other day, while shopping at Target, I strolled through the electronics department and heard a familiar song on the display TVs that made me stop and go back to make sure it was the song I thought I knew. It wasn’t. It was a very, very, very close one. In fact, it even shared the same title, and what got me… the same look. Most of you know the work/logo I designed for my good friends Locos Por Juana, and the close tie and love I got for this killer band. So, when I realized that the song that I thought was theirs, was in fact, a new global single by a more ‘commercial’ artist like Juanes, I wanted to share my view on it, because I feel it somehow relates to what us Designers have to deal with often. Again, this is my take on it, and don’t hate me if you are a Juanes fan. I’m just saying…
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Mar 14

The Grand Budapest Hotel

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. In short, another lovely classic from Wes Anderson featuring stunning sets, moods and lots of design.


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Mar 14

Blood, Sweat & Tears

TheeBlog-BloodSweatTears Continuing with yesterday’s inspiring Type goodness, today I want to share a project launched by the Art Directors Club, featuring twelve talented designers and illustrators including Alex Trochut, Jen Mussari, Jordan Metcalf, Kyle Read. The project, aimed to promote this year’s Portfolio Night, showcases the countless hours, sleepless nights, killed ideas and ambitious drive that go into crafting the perfect piece, through a collection of beautiful individual interpretations of the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears.
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Mar 14

Do Not Open

TheeBlog-DoNotOpen I know I’ve said many times before that Type and good lettering could make the world a cooler, nicer, happier place. To prove my theory, today I want to share a beautiful series of custom hand-lettered envelopes featuring the always inspiring lettering work of San Francisco based, Erik Marinovich. Do Not Open is a personal project Erik began as ‘thank you notes’ to colleagues and friends. The great response and internet love these envelopes received, inspired Erik to open it to the world and make it ‘official’. Check out some samples after the jump…
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Mar 14

Film posters by Laurent Durieux

TheeBlog-Laurent-Durieux If you’re a film geek AND enjoy good, retro design, you’re going to love the work of Belgian Illustrator Laurent Durieux. His lovely reto-futuristic posters are a combination of classic films, enviable illustration techniques and composition, and the perfect use of color. Check out this series including films like Back to the Future, King Kong, Jaws, Vertigo, Die Hard, Psycho, and many more.
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Mar 14

Star Wars Tapestry

TheeBlog-StarWars_Tapestry00 When it comes to Star Wars we’ve seen many things, Star Wars posters, shoes, toys, paintings, clothing, sex toys, and conventions. But something I have never seen is a Star Wars cross-stitched tapestry. A 30ft. long tapestry featuring the entire saga (Episodes 1-6), to be exact. British Designer Aled Lewis created this massive piece which was recently showcased at Gallery 1988 in LA, and that is available, listen up fanboys, for $20,000. Check it out after the jump!
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Mar 14

GitHub Headquarters

TheeBlog-GitHub_Office It’s been a while since we feature cool office spaces, and with shows like Scandal or House of Cards, I figured GitHub’s San Francisco Headquarters would be the perfect office to feature. Why, you ask? Well, not only does this 55,000 square foot office come with pool tables, an amphitheater used for presentations and events or a restaurant-sized speakeasy liquor bar. It also features meeting rooms ‘themed’ like the ones at the White House, and perhaps the coolest reception lobby you will ever find. A full replica of the White House’s oval office. Yup, enough said.
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