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Heritage Heresy

The majority of people worldwide wouldn’t care if 73% of brands disappeared tomorrow. Is that all? Read the full thing on trendwatching  Read More …

Branding, Marketing, Random, Retail, Trends
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John Lewis celebrates London Design week

How? With an interactive infographic of course … Brought to you by John Lewis. You can get a better/friendlier view of the whole thing here, or use your keyboard arrow keys to scroll.  Read More …

Advertising, Department stores, Homeware, Random, Trends, Web stuff

Doing things differently

In Dresden VW build (and sell) cars … but rather differently to how you might think.  Read More …

Random, Retail, Retail design
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Shopper-Centric Design eBook

Here’s a nice little eBook, courtesy of Elateral. Just the right thing to get those juices going for your New Year’s to do list. Of particular interest is the four principles and seven imperatives and some good links at the back of the book. Happy reading. Here’s the download link. (You’ll need to give up your email address).  Read More …

Books, Marketing, Random, Retail, Social Media, Trends
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For those amongst you that are semiotically inclined, here’s The Noun Project. A great resource for pictograms with a nice old school slant. Some of them are very reminiscent of British Rail pictograms pre their redesign by Lloyd Northover in 1999. And they’re free, and downloadable, definitely worth bookmarking.  Read More …

Random, Signs, Wayfinding

Mood board heaven

No sooner than we talked about the need to create an online mood board app than along cam Pinterest. A doddle to use and very addictive and of course super useful. Sign in with twitter, create pin boards, pin images from web pages (unfortunately not from Google Reader) upload images and follow other users. Still got 4 invites left so add your name to the comments if you want one.  Read More …

Random, Social Media, Web stuff
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Brands on Twitter

Doesn’t seem much real life interaction between customers and brands via Twitter over here (UK). Over there (US) of course it’s done better. More on The Escape Pod’s blog. Originally spotted on Brandflakes for Breakfast  Read More …

Advertising, Marketing, Random, Social Media, Twitter

The Mid-Century Modernist

We really like this redesign of The Mid-Century Modernist, especially how the gallery is done, pulling in and displaying ebay auctions. All done in WordPress. Originally spotted (I think) from Erik Spiekermann’s twitter.  Read More …

Random, Retail design, Web stuff
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New New York Subway Map

From the New York Times a look at a new version of the NY Subway map. Interesting to look at the older versions although I have to agree with  Erik Spiekermann, “Maps that use diagonal type are designed by amateurs”. The full thing on the NY Times. As always there’s an alternative, the Kick Map  Read More …

Random, Signs, Twitter, Wayfinding
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Logorama by H5

Often there seems a backlash against the quantity, and the quality, of design and brands that encroach into our daily lives. Logorama is a short film by H5, a French designers and filmmakers that takes a looks at this brand overload. Links: Logorama essay by Adrian Shaughnessy Logorama slideshow by Adrian Shaughnessy Logorama movie site Stills and interview with Francois Alaux and Hervé de Crécy Read more …

Branding, Random, Signs