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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 10, 2009

Sinking Ships

GOOD Magazines’ latest Transparency takes a closer look at the 20 of the largest bankruptcies ever—8 of which have happened in the last two years. Just last week General Motors joined the list of sinking ships at #4. To view the info graphic at full size peak over at GOOD.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:10 pm  

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Curating the white house art collection

The word is that President Obama and the First Lady are admirers of bold abstract paintings.

The Obamas are sending ripples through the art world as they put the call out to museums, galleries and private collectors that they’d like to borrow modern art by African-American, Asian, Hispanic and female artists for the White House. In a sharp departure from the 19th-century still lifes, pastorals and portraits that dominate the White House’s public rooms, they are choosing bold, abstract art works.

To find out more on their choices you know what to do.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:28 am  

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hope – Obama – Tbox

In-line with Garanti Bank, Turkish clothing brand T-Box finds influence from Shepard Fairey’s iconic poster of President Obama. (more…)

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:54 am  

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI (Anti) Condoms

A little dose of irony for your amusement… This condom wrapper was designed in response to Benedict XVI declaring that condoms are not a valid weapon against AIDS while on tour in Africa.

via noquedanblog:

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posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:31 pm  

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DJ Stout on Obama’s stimulus package logo

DJ Stout was invited to rebrand the logo of President Obama’s administration Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a feature in Monday’s issue of USA Today. Here’s what he had to say:

“The most important part of the identity that they have now is the Web address. In (the logo’s) current form, it is getting lost and actually looks like an afterthought,” says designer Stout. “Our solution gets rid of the old-fashioned and overused icons of leafy plants and outdated machinery cogs and gets to the modern heart of the message. The Obama administration wants you to go to the website to find out about the recovery effort. That is, if you even give a hoot.”

via Pentagram:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:03 am  

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Obama says “Put a Stamp on it”

Yesterday, President Obama announced that his administration will begin stamping an emblem on projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The creative studio chosen to coordinate this task was none other than Mode, the agency who contracted Sender, the brand masters of the ’08 Obama logo. This time around they brought on accomplished designers Aaron Draplin and Chris Glass to work their magic. At this point it is too early to comment on how the identities will be received by the hard-working taxpayers. For a complete critique of both identities, Brand New offers a very informative write-up.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:09 am  

Monday, March 2, 2009

Designers Have Valid Opinions Too

“If I Ran The NEA…” The Los Angeles Times asks 30 individuals what should happen to the National Endowment for the Arts under the Obama Administration. After reviewing the piece, we noticed that designers were completely left out of the discussion. Nonetheless, dig what Dancer/Choreographer, Debbie Allen‘s response:

If I ran the NEA, I would spend every dime to put the arts back into public schools. I would join President Obama in his understanding of connecting with the people and have town meetings across the country to ignite passion about the value of arts education to our young people and our country. This initiative would raise the level of academic achievement, instill confidence, connect whole generations with creativity and triple the enrollment and attendance records of every elementary, middle and high school in America. This would include programs in music, dance, drama, art, photography, electronic music, even martial arts. Civilizations are remembered for their War and Art. We need to balance the footprint we are leaving behind.

To see the other 29 responses, you know the routine.

via DesignObserver:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:30 am  

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sand Portrayal: President Obama

After some extreme heavy lifting, Jorge Rodriquez Gerada created a massive sand portrait of Barack Obama (2.5 acres in all). The portrait was created during the 2008 US presidential election using a large-scale vector graphic, a GPS topography system and approximately 650 tons of sand.

The technique of sand painting was used by the artist as a metaphor for the healing that needs to take place in order to improve our future and to secure a safer world for future generations.

To view more sand painting click here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:01 am  

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shepard Fairey sues the AP

Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the HOPE portrait of Barack Obama, filed a lawsuit against The Associated Press on Monday. He asked a judge to find him not guilty of violating copyright infringement for using the AP photo shown above in creating the iconic poster. For more on this development click here.

See the AP’s statement on the whole issue:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:11 am  
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