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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Weekend Fluff: Meiwa Denki

The BBC Three gives us a glimpse into the fascinating world of conceptual artist Nobumichi Tosa, founder of the Meiwa Denki organization.

via CR Blog:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:04 pm  

Thursday, February 26, 2009

“Go Green – Go Septa”

Reverse Graffiti is a new marketing trend implemented by companies such as IBM, GreenWorks, and now, SEPTA. In partnership with the esteemed Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, Philly’s grimiest sidewalks will be put to good use with this new effort as part of SEPTA’s new “Go Green” campaign.

As seen above, this reverse graffiti technique literally powerwashes dirt off of the sidewalks and walls while leaving an imprint of a SEPTA Green message and a corresponding Green design. For more on SEPTA’s “Go Green” campaign, you know the routine.

To get informed on matters of Reverse Graffiti and its origin, check this out.

Massive shout out to Visual Culturist Chris Gato for the goods.

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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:10 pm  

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box a favorite burger joint on the west coast has finally come out and released it’s new logo designed and developed by Duffy Partners. For the last couple of months they’ve gradually introduced the new logo in select locations. Brand New offers a great write-up of the re-design.

Before we pick this particular logo apart, dig this hysterical interlude: Philly folks may find this clip especially amusing:

The new mark for Jack in the Box feels quite unresolved. The primary criticism stems from the separation of the title in and below the ‘box’ which seems to convey two separate ideas and therefore devoid of integration. The techie type treatment of ‘in the box’ is misguided and doesn’t relate to the other elements of the logo. The dimensional box and the script font may work as separate ideas, but the end result is a losing combination.

And let’s not overlook the intimation of a smirk at the tip of the ‘k’ in ‘Jack.’ This new emotive trend that we’ve also seen in the re-brands of Pepsi & Kraft Foods is one we’d like to see end frankly (unless it’s executed with a tad more savvy approach).
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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:48 pm  

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Google’s view on the Global Markets

Dig this map powered by none other than Google. It provides real time updates of the major stock markets from around the world. We hope to see green dominate the map in the coming months.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:49 pm  

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An Impression of South Africa

Cape Town artist Bryan Little put together a public art piece of hanging letters that represent “the names we call each other in the new South Africa.”

The names are both epithets and endearments, reflecting the divisions that continue to exist as well as the connections being forged.

Source:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:07 pm  

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

An Ecological Brew

In case you were wondering, this new “green” beer has absolutely nothing to do with shamrocks, leprechauns, or four leaf clovers. The innovative packaging for Cascade Green, brewed in Australia, was design by none other than Landor.

The project included brand strategy, naming, and tone of voice, through to packaging, point of sale, and merchandise design. When designing the packaging, the objective was to, where possible, minimize the carbon footprint… And wherever possible materials were selected based on their recycled content, including the 100 percent recycled stock for use of the point of sale materials and cartons.”

via The Dieline:

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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:00 am  

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Good 50X70 sits down with Yossi Lemel

Good 50X70 just released the first in a series of video interviews with one of their acclaimed jurors, Yossi Lemel. We’ve included the three interviews below for your perusal.

Yossi Lemel—How can communication help to resolve conflict?

Yossi Lemel interview – How can communication help to resolve conflict? from Good 50×70 on Vimeo.

Yossi Lemel interview—What’s a good example of a social poster?

Yossi Lemel interview – What’s a good example of social poster? from Good 50×70 on Vimeo.

Yossi Lemel interview—What does it take to design a good poster?

Yossi Lemel interview – What does is take to design a good poster? from Good 50×70 on Vimeo.

Thanks to fellow Visual Culturist Greg Paone for the heads-up!

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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:59 am  

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

10 Steps to Sustainable Design

Allan Chochinov, the editor in chief of Core77 presents his ten steps to sustainable design during the Compostmodern design event in San Francisco that went down a few days ago. For a more detailed write-up of the 10 steps go here.

1. Acknowledge the privilege you have as a designer.
2. Use the word “consequence”.
3. Question authority.
4. Surround yourself with the awesomest people you can.
5. Don’t play fair.
6. Be intentionally dumb.
7. Redistribute – then reduce, reuse, and recycle.
8. Broaden your market.
9. Indulge in discursive design.
10. Talk to anyone who will listen.

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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:23 am  

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Earth Hour ’09

It’s simple. Turn off your lights for One Hour on Saturday, March 28th. For details you know what to do.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:00 am  

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thinking For a Living



“Thinking for a Living”
offers a well curated collection of recommended readings and online links that designer Duane King has gathered over the years.

What began as a short talk evolved into a print piece, and eventually, this site. The Thinking for a Living series is an ever-growing platform dedicated to the concept of open source design education.

This well designed treat surely will be visited again and again.

via Grainedit:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:45 am  
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