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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quote of the Week

Design is the application of intent—the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident.
Robert L. Peters

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:45 am  

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Franklin is a flop

A while back we discussed the redesign of The Franklin Institute which was created by Red Tettemer as part of their advertising campaign. We have to admit, the campaign was solid, but the new mark along with the revised title was an absolute train wreck that created quite a stir within the Philadelphia design community.

The Franklin Institute “quietly reverted back” to its original name, spokeswoman Stefanie Santo told the Daily News yesterday. The reason being that it was confusing to the public. Respectfully, we say: “Duh.”

“The Franklin Institute is the name that, for more than 185 years, Philadelphians have associated with innovative programming, exhibits and educational outreach,” Stein said, frankly.


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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:18 pm  

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Redesigning the Gay Flag

We seriously have some doubts about this one. The 6-color rainbow flag that was conceived in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker has evolved into an iconic symbol for gay pride. Studio360 with Kurt Anderson has asked Worldstudio (as well as listeners) to redesign the gay flag to “bring it into the 21st century?” Are they serious? While their intentions may be good, this design exercise is a bit misguided and feels a bit self serving and presumptuous. Thoughts?

One example of a proposed redesign:

VC poses the following question: Why redesign a symbol that resonates so well with its community? Peek here to see a few of the design concepts proposed. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:43 am  

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Puff on this

Pentagram takes on tobacco.

This month the Senate approved new legislation that will heavily restrict the nicotine content and marketing of cigarettes, including the requirement that colorful ads and displays be replaced with black-and-white-only text. The bill is expected to pass in the House and President Obama has said he will sign it. For a piece in its Sunday Perspectives section, the St. Petersburg Times asked DJ Stout what cigarette companies might do to follow the new marketing rules. (The full article is print only; we’ve posted it here.) Stout suggests that to comply with the new crackdown, cigarette manufacturers like Marlboro should embrace the restrictions and make cigarettes look truly dangerous. This, of course, will still appeal to a core group of smokers. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:30 am  

Monday, June 22, 2009

Music Tees

Mos Def is trying a different approach this time around to launch his new album The Ecstatic by creating a Music Tee. Here’s how it works:

The album will be embedded in the shirt, and follows The Original Music Tee- a ‘mix tape’ shirt containing album art on the front and a play list on the back. Each shirt has a hang-tag printed with a URL and a unique code allowing the purchaser to download the music from the album.

The music/fasion company Invisible DJ, came up with the concept and is working with the fashion designer LnA to develop the tees. For more on this peak over at Pitchfork.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 2:05 pm  

Monday, June 22, 2009

200,000 Coke cans = 1 Massive Aluminum Sculpture

To mark the start of Recycle Week in the UK, a team of artists led by Robert Bradford collected 200,000 aluminum Coke cans and recreated a 1949 billboard ad originally created by artist Haddon Sundblom.

“At the end of Recycle Week [June 22-28] each of the 200,000 cans will be recycled saving enough energy to keep a television running for seventy years.” According to Coke, if you recycle your used can, it could reappear on the shelves filled with yet more tooth-endangering flavoured water in just six weeks.

Peak below to see Sundblom’s original.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:48 am  

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Living Portrait

Dig this eco-friendly piece produced by Edina Tokodi. It is made entirely of living, breathing plants. The piece currently hangs on the rooftop of Green Spaces NY in Brooklyn, and will be relocated to a public space in the weeks to come.


Detail 2

Detail 3

Detail Images courtesy of Robert Peters

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:34 am  

Monday, June 22, 2009

For the unemployed

You know things are bad when there are pins designed specifically for those who are out of work. To get a load of more of these snarky accessories, click here.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:17 am  

Monday, June 22, 2009

The F*cking Weather

Had to say it. This is the first sunny day in awhile.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:28 am  

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Quote of the Week

Many desperate acts of design (including gradients, drop shadows, and the gratuitous use of transparency) are perpetuated in the absence of a strong concept. A good idea provides a framework for design decisions, guiding the work.

Noreen Morioka


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:34 pm  
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