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Friday, January 23, 2009

Learning Your Basic Shapes

Coöp, one of our favorite firms out of Australia, has created an educational growth chart for children, full of stylized animal graphics using basic shapes (square, circle, triangle).

The characters were silk-screened to a 1680 X 500mm modernist growth chart for kids. Honest, pure and devoid of superfluous details, the product imaginatively introduces kids to basic geometric learning and spark the imagination through the inclusion of memorable animal facts.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:33 am  

Friday, January 23, 2009

Geek Wear

For the Printers:

For the Designers:


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 11:19 am  

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Olympic Catalog

Olymperial is a fantastic online resource that showcases over 3,100 Olympic Posters from 1896-to the present day. The website is well-organized and easy to navigate. Have fun with this one, it’s a lot to take in. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:28 am  

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Mini E is headed to the Big Apple

Mini-E’s are set to hit the streets of NYC as part of a 500 vehicle pilot program. The Mini-E is powered by a 150Kw electric motor and is capable of traveling more than 150 miles on a single charge. For more on this program you know the drill.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:27 am  

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The “M” in Milk

Yulia Brodskaya known for her amazingly intricate paper-cut illustrations won the 1st prize in the Russian Conceptual Packaging Design Competition. The “M” shape is a nice touch, but the typography could use some finesse. For (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:00 am  

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

For A Limited Time Only

Fairey has moved from “Paper to Porcelain.” He’s designed a set of “limited edition” commemorative plates that feature a graphic portrait of the 44th President of the U.S.A. as the central focus with slogans from his 2008 run for president finishing off the outside rim of each plate. To pick up your set, you know the drill.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:31 pm  

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bush Pardons Osama

The Huffington Post gets satirical:
Breaking News via Huffington: In a stunning late-hour development, President George W. Bush granted Osama bin Laden a pardon… (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:29 pm  

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Logo: Out of Tune

We came across this new mark (to the right) for the NY Philarmonic late last week. We were a little unsure about this one, but eventually it grew on us – so to speak.

This new mark coincided with the arrival of The New York Philharmonic’s new music director Alan Gilbert. Paula Scher and her team over at Pentagram were given the nod to come up with something new. Scher is no stranger to cultural institutional identities as she has designed identities for The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and most recently The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Our initial reaction to the new identity was, “what the hell were they thinking?” We don’t intend to blast the obvious design quirks of this mark. You can go to Brand New for all of that. Most importantly where we think this mark gets lost is that it fails as an identifier. A solid identity is memorable. This one may be, but for all of the wrong reasons. It’s a good attempt at trying something new, but it’s execution feels clumsy and over thought at the same time. Paula has done some impressive work over the years, but this one falls into the “solemn” category as described in the video below:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:16 pm  

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Three People of Change

With Martin Luther King Day on Monday and the inauguration of Barrack Obama as the 44th president of the United States we felt this mural by Mr. Brainwash was fitting.

“Rosa Parks sat, so that Martin Luther King Jr. could walk, Martin Luther King Jr. walked, so that Barack Obama could run. Barack Obama ran, so we could fly.” Check-out a similar mural he put up during SCOPE Miami 2008.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:28 pm  

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Every poster has a sound

Here’s a clever advertising campaign for Saxofunny, a sound production company. Each poster is an exploration of sound through material.

To see the posters in action go here

via directdaily:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:03 am  
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