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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday Morning Inspiration

Here are selected pieces of a book designed by Toshiyasu Nanbu, an esteemed graphic designer from Japan.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:53 am  

Monday, August 25, 2008

Missing The Point

Good 50X70 is a humanitarian effort that just completed its second annual competition. Their mission is to cultivate a creative community that channels its talents for the greater good by addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. More to the point, Good 50×70’s competitions provide an excellent venue for designers to unite and share their ideas and individual perspectives while bringing awareness to specific social concerns. We are proud supporters and participants of Good 50X70.

Overall, the quality of the submissions were very competitive, but while browsing through the 2008 submissions, we found considerable discrepancies with some of the selected posters. It’s our opinion that as creative individuals, we should always strive to communicate on a universal level and deliver a clear message. Unfortunately, there are a couple of pieces that appear to be completely disconnected from the AMREF brief (see here).

The aim of the Water Scarcity poster series is to raise awareness regarding the lack of clean drinking water available within the continent of Africa. Two posters from this particular category caused us pause. Each of these pieces fail to convey AMREF’s endorsement on water scarcity and are sorely misguided and apathetic in their approach towards this continental issue.

Poster 1: “Got Water?” (see above)
This poster fails in its communication on almost every level, but it’s the imagery that deserves sharp criticism.

First off, the image and copy is a play off of the famed American “Got Milk?” campaign. This piece suggests somewhat of a commercialized Western sentiment, rather than conveying a substantial universal message.

Secondly the image of the young boy is disrespectful, as well as arrogant, in it’s tone and representation. In essence, it’s a mockery of the very real struggle that many Africans endure on a daily basis. The child’s torn, disheveled shirt with one nipple showing; the cocky smirk on the face, not to mention the doo-rag on his head, is appalling. This poster appears to be making light of Good 50X70’s intentions and what it is committed to represent.

Poster 2: “Give Me Water” (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:12 pm  

Monday, August 25, 2008

Poster Politics

Poster Offensive is set to open on the 28th of August to coincide with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

The annual show is in its fourth year and acts as an independent, nonpartisan collection of contemporary interpretations of political dissent, social awareness and optimistic thought.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:26 am  

Monday, August 25, 2008

I love typography

This insightful and well written blog, fully equipped with a “font acumen” game, is an ideal resource for the typography enthusiast.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:59 am  

Monday, August 25, 2008

Olympics 101

Here’s a reflective and informative article on China’s approach and process to developing the graphics of the 2008 Summer Olympics.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:39 am  

Monday, August 25, 2008

Remembering Hurricane Katrina

“The New Orleans 100″is a worldwide initiative that aims to encourage discussion about the most innovative and “society-shifting” ideas to take root in the city since Katrina.

We’re including poster submissions from “The Hurricane Project”, which was in exhibited across the nation a couple of years ago.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:33 am  

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Manifest Hope Posters on Display

Manifest Hope posters are in. Thirty one finalists were chosen from over 1000 entries. The posters will be on display in Denver for the Democratic National Convention from the 25th-28th of August.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:59 pm  

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Freestyle Manifesto

Umool Umool is an experimental graphic magazine out of Seoul, Korea. There is no set format or guidelines. Each issue is a manifestation of its guest contributors.

We’ve included some shots of Volume #8.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:51 am  

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Quote of the Week

“When I`m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”

Buckminster Fuller

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:48 am  

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Memories of plaka and the wax machine

We got a kick out of this one. Jan Sabach cleverly designed his business cards with the pica ruler in mind.

Thanks Toxel

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:46 am  
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