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I’m all for simplicity when it comes to logo design. However I was disappointed in the execution of the telecom giants latest installment, of which there have been many.
BT are focusing heavily on customer service and are giving all their employees shares in the business to help make these improvements.
I wonder what their customers think of the design.
Adobe has finally fixed the bug surrounding the sound problem causing issues on MacBooks.
Read about the guy who went through three MacBooks and two sets of expensive headphones!!
National Geographic have opted for true variants of their newsstand and subscription February 2019 issues.
In principle this is nothing new. NG have been using cover variants dating back to their very, very early issues.
However, unlike many back issues, this time it’s not just a different crop or substituting copy, it’s a completely different photograph.
Worth taking a look, oh and the cover story is a fascinating read about the master that is Alex Honnold, the living Spider-Man - but even Alex doesn’t need a web.
Hats off to the photographer!
So the workplace app Slack came under serious criticism this week over its logo redesign.
I must say I tend to agree with the online community - I was a big fan of the original hashtag logo and colour palette and after reading the article on the rationale for change, which explains ‘...from a point of need rather than for changes sake,’ I get Slack’s point.
However I’m a little baffled to think that the initial design of the logo (created before the company started trading) and more to the point it’s colour palette ever made it to our workstations at all;
‘The design was perhaps too straightforward and weighed down by its colour palette.’
’The old design, while recognisable and distinctive, simply wasn't fit for purpose.
It will be interesting to see how the new branding develops and if the Slack community can eventually be won over.
People have taken to social saying the new design looks like artful genitals.
In light of my personal 404 page I posted at the back end of last year, creativebloq have selected 37 of their favourites. I particularly like the Australian newspaper and lego sites.
View them all here.
Yes, a Happy New Year one and all - we’re slowly getting into the groove of 2019. Not such a happy start for Marc Jacobs who have received a telling off from Nirvana’s legal team for alleged logo misuse and charging £110 for their t-shirt design launched under the new clothing line Redux Grunge.
Maybe the Jacobs PR team should take to social media with words from what became Nirvana’s last song on their final album entitled ‘All Apologies’: “What else could I write? I don't have the right.”
A bit of fun and all that setting up my 404 page but hopefully you won’t be seeing this image on my website (other than here!).
Bands FC is the brainchild of Tim Burgess from music band The Charlatans.
“It’s a celebration of the exact point where bands and football bump into each other – with a nod to Panini sticker collections,” explained designer Nick Fraser.
I love this concept but I must admit I’m not a ‘fan’ of some of the executions. The Gallagher brothers Man City badges are an acception - nice work lads.
That aside, football and music - ahhh, two of my favourite interests oh....and design of course.
Back of the net!
So this week at the Adobe Max Conference there were a couple of updates I was interested in:
1. The exciting 3 updates to Photoshop found in more detail here:
2. The mobile version of Premier Pro - named Rush. Marketed at the videographer/editor on the go - this really does seem to push the boundaries of the capabilities software apps can do. Looking forward to trying it out.
A fun article about how logos stick in the memory, or sometimes not. Some of the 150 people asked recreated damn right impressive memory sketches of the brands (Starbucks) whilst others were particularly bad - Apple!
So I’ve been watching the new bbc drama series Press, mainly due to the fact I’ve worked for a newspaper group and was interested to see Ben Chaplin’s character, Duncan Allen, the editor of red top, The Post.
Growing up I very much enjoyed him in the first series of Game On, he’s a good actor.
Press, its an interesting and in my option a true account of the fast paced, sometimes crazy happenings within the newspaper circle.
It highlights the recent strains that have evidently hit print circulation, the constant sales/editorial battles to maintain the quality of journalism and at the same time stop revenue decline - let alone increase it - and all the while working around the clock to get the papers to readers in time for their cup of tea and toast at 7am.
With 3 more episodes to go, it will be interesting how this initial series plays out. If there is a follow up series, who knows The Post and The Herald (the rival paper) could be online only publications or feel compelled to unite as one title in order to save the future of both. As I said, this drama holds lots of truth and similarities to the industry. No fake news here.
Written by Tom Britton
My crazy mind started wandering the other day whilst I was doing lengths in my local pool. Whilst bobbing my head up and down in the water I began to list from memory the oasis songs that made reference to the weather and our atmosphere. There’s quite a few you know. We love you for it though Noel.
If you’re mildly interested here’s the list, in no particular order...
who feels love - sun
champagne supernova - sky, summer
cast no shadow - sun
cloudburst - cloud
some might say - sunshine, thunder
hello - sun, weather, rain
D’you know what I mean - sun, sky
Girl in the dirty shirt - clouds
Born on a different cloud - cloud
D’ya wanna be a spaceman? - sky
up in the sky - sky
gas panic! - stormy, sky
the hindu times - sunshine, rain
rock and roll star - stars
slide away - sun
stand by me - cold, wind, rain
stoo crying your heart out - stars
turn up the sun - sun
underneath the sky - sky
you’ve got the heart of a star - star
Acquiesece - wind
the shock of the lightning - lightning
setting sun - sun
its getting better man - sky
magox pie - star, shine
dont go away - cold, frosty
be here now - sun, storm
all around the world - shine
stay young - cold
the fame - moon, hurricane
flashbax - shine
i got the fever - air, breeze
my sister lover - sun, air
going nowhere - rain, plane
dont look back in anger - summertime
Lord don’t slow me down - clouds
the importance of being idle - stars, shine
lyla - stars, sunlight
let there be love - sky, sun, weather
little by little - stars
she is love - sunshine, cold
whatever - breeze
falling down - sun, rain
headshrinker - fog
its better people - cold
step out - star
round are way - sun, dark
cigarettes and alcohol - sunshine
guess god thinks I’m Abel - rainbow
keep the dream alive - seasons
a bell will ring - sun, shine
bag it up - sunshine
the turning - cold
waiting for the rapture - sky
get off your high horse lady - rain, sky
soldier on - shine
pass me down the line - sunburst
the quiet ones- sun
youve got the heart of a star - cloud
carry us all - rain
one way road - rain, hurricane, summertime, sky, shine
sad song - sun
It’s that horrible time of year when we all remember the sad atrocities in Lower Manhattan. I recently watched the film United 93 - a very sobering account into what the hijacked airline passengers and staff must have gone through and how the military and air traffic controllers had to deal with the total meltdown and take over of the US east coast by Al-Qaeda. It certainly brings it all back around this time but I think that’s a gentle reminder to us all to stop and remember those who died. Never forget. One of the best cities in the world. We love you New York.
Almost two decades since Adobe launched Indesign to rival and ultimately knock QuarkXpress off its perch, Affinity Publisher you could argue is looking to do the same to the giants that brought us the Creative Cloud.
I’m sure they’ll be Affinity fans looking to migrate across and drop their CC subscriptions... but not just yet.
It’s early days as Publisher is still in BETA but with Designer and Photo getting rave reviews Publisher looks to follow in its siblings footsteps. No doubt the team at Affinity are well into production on extending the family with video and web applications too although, they may have upset their neighbours.
Exciting news from the retail world as John Lewis and Waitrose launch their rebrand with a little help from Pentagram, Adam & Eve DDB and one of the best songs ever written (in my opinion), Queen’s ‘Boh Rhap’.
A fun little article about how Virgin name their planes based on the registration assigned to the aircraft and the reference to Virgin Records.
There’s gotta be an air guitar joke there somewhere.
Reports are that Adobe are set to announce the launch of the fully fledged desktop version of Photoshop for iPad at their MAX event in October.
Lanching next year the question is how user friendly will it be? With the rivals at Affinity going from strength to strength on mobile devices, Adobe needs to remain ‘in touch’.
Back at the start of the year I was asked by my best mate if I would be his best man at his wedding. Naturally I would be chuffed to return the favour he had done for me 3 years prior but at the same time the dreaded thought of doing a speech sprung to mind.
Fast forward a few months and the stag do had gone really well - Part 1 accomplished and a very happy stag.
So now it's time to concentrate on the wedding and the composing of my speech. It's almost written and includes a prop - a mock dust jacket that will hopefully go down a ‘storm’.