Every city’s got it, but some are worse than others: Toronto Canada is trying to clean up their litter problem using this smart new campaign from LiveGreen Toronto. Rather than run of the mill “don’t litter” signs, this series calls out the people who throw down cans and wrappers, using the packaging itself to get the message across. With the tag line “Littering says a lot about you,” the branding on each well known piece of garbage spells out insults aimed at litterbugs. [Read more...]
A strong visual language is the best way to establish brand recognition among your audience, and your logo is the foundation of that visual identity. A well-designed logo complements a brand, oftentimes taking on a life of its own and effectively settling into the cultural consciousness. Not only that, the best logos serve as both a template and a guide as a brand evolves.
Some of the world’s most iconic logos have been refined—though never redesigned—because their design was such an accurate reflection of the brand. Here are 4 classic logos that have been successfully updated for the modern era yet pay homage to their original good design. [Read more...]
With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.
Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts. [Read more...]
Nothing Makes a Morning Like Exceptionally Great Espresso (and This Fine Print Tells You How to Make It Right)
There’s nothing quite like starting your day with a great espresso. Just the aroma alone is enough brush away the memory of sleep and excite us about the day ahead. Printmakers Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein of Stellavie Design Manufaktur know that making a truly great espresso is both an art, and a science. They’ve embedded their rich knowledge on the subject into this exquisite silkscreen print featuring the ins and outs of preparing the perfect espresso, and a number of delicious espresso based beverages. [Read more...]
Kanye meets Monet in this mashup series by artists Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano. For their Fly Art Tumblr page, the duo create clever images pairing popular hip hop lyrics with famous paintings. The Mona Lisa gets tricked out with words by the equally-infamous Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna calls out some of Whistler’s Mother’s naughty secrets. [Read more...]
Happy 4th of July America! In a celebratory visual fashion we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history… in fact, back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.
This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here. [Read more...]
When working with a classic ruled notebook, drawing outside the lines takes serious willpower. Marc Thomasset, founder of Brussels-based design and advertising studio TM is changing that with his “New Inpiration Pad”. After turning the first page, those tightly packed horizontal lines take inspired swoops, form topographical contours, or loop into geometric forms. This is one book that encourages writing/drawing/doodling just how you like. [Read more...]
Advertising that also serves the greater good? Now that’s something different. This floating billboard is covered in Vetiver; a perennial, non-invasive grass which has found popular used treating wastewater; even when it’s high in nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. In this case it’s been used to spell CLEAN RIVER SOON, a hopeful message along the highly polluted Pasig River in the Philippines. It’s creators say systems like this have been shown to clean between 2 and 8 thousand gallons of water per day, and simultaniously, it creates a much more inviting place to stroll. [Read more...]