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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Book of the week: Latin American Graphic Design

Latin American Graphic Design is a showcase of past and present innovative designers from Latin America. The book is published by Taschen.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:16 am  

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Design Exhibition: Design for the other 90%

For more information click here. View exhibition at The Walker Art Center being held from May 24 – September 7.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:27 am  

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cultural Exchange (MIX08: Sustainability is old news)

Ingido call for entries on their latest project MIX08. This project invites students to collaborate with their local communities and peers, either within or outside their schools, and respond to the MIX08 brief in the form of a poster. This year’s MIX08 brief is based on the following statement: Sustainability is old news.

To view brief click here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:12 am  

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Get it now!

Sustainable Graphic Design widget available now. Great way to increase your awareness on how to improve your sustainability methods as a graphic design professional.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:58 pm  

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Challenge yourself!

Threadless, an online venue for illustrators, designers, and artists to showcase their work and get paid doing it. Another similar online community is

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:00 am  

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Design Education

Institute Without Boundaries, housed in Canada is looking for postgraduate students. IWB is a place where educators and creative professionals can come together to collaborate and become “ambassadors of hope.”

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:22 am  

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dynamic Architecture

If you have not already heard of “Dynamic Architecture”, it’s a new movement that is quite amazing; it moves, it rotates and its sustainable.

The Dynamic Tower in Dubai is the first Building in Motion to be constructed in the world, and it will herald a new era of architecture and become a symbol of Dubai, the city of the future. The developer is Rotating Tower Dubai Development Limited of Dynamic Group.

Created by revolutionary architect Dr. David Fisher, the mixed use Dynamic Tower offers infinite design possibilities, as each floor rotates independently at different speeds, resulting in a unique and ever evolving structure that introduces a fourth dimension to architecture, Time.

The Dynamic Tower in Dubai will have 80 floors, and will be 420 meters (1,380 feet) tall, Apartments will range in size from 124 square meters (1,330 square feet), to Villas of 1,200 square meters (12,900 square feet) complete with a parking space inside the apartment. the first 20 floors will be an offices, floors 21 to 35 will be a luxury hotel, floor 36 through 70 will be residential apartments, and the top 10 floors will be luxury villas located in a prime location in Dubai, it is destined to become the most prestigious building in the city.

The Dynamic Tower in Dubai will be the first skyscraper to be entirely constructed in a factory from prefabricated parts, it will require only 600 people in the assembly facility and 80 technicians on the construction site instead of 2,000 workers on a similar size traditional construction site, Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2010.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:08 am  

Monday, July 21, 2008

Who Gets the Cup?

Soccer, better known as Futbol to the rest of the world is gearing up for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The event poster was revealed a couple of months back. Here is a retrospect of posters from years past.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:03 pm  

Monday, July 21, 2008

Poster Biennale

The Warsaw International Poster Biennale has been held since 1966. The exhibit is in Warsaw at the Poster Museum at Wilanow and will last from 7 June – 7 September 2008.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:59 pm  

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hack Job

I really had to scratch my head on this one. To put it lightly, The Franklin Institute Science Museum’s new logo is a complete flop. Let’s compare the old with the new – shall we?

The Franklin Institute’s original mark was designed by Hans Allemann, a principle of Allemann Almquist & Jones. He’s been a leading graphic designer both here and abroad for over 40 years, a member of AGI, and very well respected within the design community.

The original mark depicted a solar eclipse with simplified clarity. It is both innovative and timeless. Its well crafted graphic treatment enables the logo to read in large and small applications with easy legibility. I could go on and on, but I the identity pretty much speaks for itself.

The “new and improved” logo is a widdled down version of the original identity and feels generic at best. I showed this to a few friends of mine and they thought it was an identity for a new condo development. Need I say more?

On a practical level the color choice was not thought out. The added colors are a printer’s nightmare which drives up printing costs for each application. The lack of design sensibility in the contrast of tones in the logo does not allow for quality representation when printed in one color and scaled down to smaller sizes. In short, on all fronts it was a huge step backwards.

Your Thoughts?

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:59 pm  
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