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Friday, June 19, 2009

Newspaper Patterns

Here’s another D&AD Yellow Pencil winner that is worth a mention. The project developed by Dentsu used old newspaper and overprinted vibrant patterns on it to create something new. We’ve included the project brief below for your review.

Design a package for a street vendor that sells farm-grown vegetables and fruits. The brief required somethig original, easy to use and low cost. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:46 pm  

Friday, June 19, 2009

Qatar 2022

Qatar is making its case for the 2022 World Cup. The identity shown above conceived by Future Brand artfully combines the concepts of international football and Qatari heritage, officials said.

The 32 pentagons represent the surface of a football, using colours that reflect, what is claimed to be, the natural heritage of Qatar—warm, luminescent colours of sand and sun which spiral inwards, alongside the azure blues of the sea.

The people of Qatar will be anxiously waiting for the voting process to begin which is set for December 2010. If selected it would bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time in its history.

“The first global sports event in the Middle East provides an opportunity for greater understanding and unity between the Arab and Western worlds and can inspire enthusiastic support from football fans young and old across the entire region.”


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Thursday, June 18, 2009

“Mixed to Perfection”

While grabbing a cup of coffee at our local café, we came across an interesting line of apparel cleverly titled ?RU. Each item contained slogans such as “Mixed to Perfection” and “Hybrid Vigor.” The concept behind the ?RU brand acknowledges the fastest growing group in the United States—people of mixed race, or the “multi-racials.” For more info on this burgeoning population, click on this.

Our discovery of this multi-cultural line also happened to correspond with the 5th annual celebration of “Loving Day” which occurred on June 12th of this year. Loving Day commemorates the landmark decision to ban what was then termed miscegenation, or in other words, interracial marriage. Created by Writer, Lori L. Tharps and Art Director, Tesia Barone, ?RU is the embodiment of the progress made in the US in overturning oppression and embracing our estranged yet interconnected roots.

Lori Tharps shares the motivation behind the new line: ” As the mother of two mixed kids and a journalist who often writes about race and identity, I knew that the phrase ‘What are you?’ is one of the most annoyingly pervasive questions people ask of those who don’t look like the stereotypical definitions we have for racial categories. I write about these issues, but I wanted to do something more. I wanted to bring the question and the answers out in the open and hopefully neutralize some of the pain and annoyance associated with identity politics. I wanted to start a public conversation but I wanted to do it in a positive and fun way.”

In regards to the graphic treatment, co-founder Tesia Barone explains: “The identity works very well in both its graphic treatment and naming. The goal was to turn what can be an annoying question, into an opportunity for discussion. The combination of symbols and letters to represent that question is how we frequently communicate in the current age of texting & instant-messaging. The overall effect is meant to feel bold, slightly intrusive, and intriguing at the same time.”

In addition to their tees and pins, ?RU is in the process of developing additional products such as socks, flip-flops, and mittens. Stay tuned, as we’ll provide you with the latest on this inspiring, identity-embracing apparel as it becomes available.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:08 pm  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Celebrating Diversity

The results of Design 21′s logo competition are in with Yael Alkalay’s concept taking first prize. His logo will be acknowledged as the official logo for UNESCO’s International Festival of Cultural Diversity.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:55 am  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Visual Read: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books

100 Classic Graphic Design Books is compilation of some of the best design books of the 20th century. This is a must have for anyone interested in the history of graphic design.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:44 am  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Troublemakers

“Such tragedy could have been easily avoided”. Love it!

“Wptt Contraceptive (a brand name) hopes to create a new packaging of novelty and visual impact. The objective is to emphasize the high contraceptive effectiveness of the products by indicating the painful consequences of having sex without a condom. More than 100,000 people have used the condoms and the sales increased by 21%.”

Peak below for additional condom packaging. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:16 am  

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Doodle as you Drink

We really are feeling this concept. Stripped of its color, the DoodleBar has been whitewashed making it a blank canvass for anyone to leave their mark. The employees play a key component in this interactive interior.

“The waiters will be wearing white jeans and shirts,” says Jules Cocke of filmmakers Squint/Opera, who along with illustrator Serge Seidlitz, came up with the idea for the bar. “You can doodle anywhere you want on their clothes. It’s up to the waiters where they draw the line.”


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Dead­line is an ambitious senior project by Bang-​yao Liu, a stu­dent at Savan­nah Col­lege of Art and Design. Liu used over 6,000 Post-It notes to complete this life size pixel animation full of finely executed iconography.

Where my idea comes from is that every time when I am busy, I feel that I am not fighting with my works, I am fighting with those post-it notes and deadline. I manipulating the post-it notes to do pixel-like stop motion and there are some interactions between real actor and post-its.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 1:43 pm  

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Iran’s Political system explained

This graphic chart visually explains the complexities of Iran’s political system which combines elements of democracy and religion. To view a larger example head over to Buzzfeed.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:33 am  

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nokia Phone recharges itself

Image courtesy of Yahoo

Nokia has developed a prototype cell phone that can recharge itself. Yahoo explains “… It harvests ambient radio waves from the air, and turns that energy into usable power. Enough, at least, to keep a cell phone from running out of juice.” Peak over to Yahoo for more on the prototype.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:24 am  
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