We stumbled across an extensive multi-cultural (HA HA) line of yogurts in our local supermarket. They have a wide variety of races flavours to choose from but there was too much pressure for me. I could feel the watchful eyes of the shoppers waiting to judge my racist tastes in dairy. We now have enough yogurt in the fridge to last a week…
There was something special about Mexico 1970. Maybe because it was the first World Cup™ in colour, or perhaps because Pele was at his creative best, or simply because it was heralded as one of the best World Cups™ of all time. Not least, because the English team were labelled a bunch of “drunks and thieves” by the Mexcian Press! Oh, and that save. Good Lord… that save!
We’d like to imagine too, that it had something to do with the visual identity that surrounded it. It had the best kit designs, the best squad numbering style, the best looking ball and it still had the Jules Rimet Trophy (the real World Cup trophy, ahem). Although the identity itself looked a little clumsy, it was certainly of its time, Mexico 70 did seem to be one better looking and memorable World Cups™.
Although a lot is made of the branding of the Olympic Games – from the genius of Aicher’s Munich 1972, to Wolff Olins‘ contoversial 2012 work for London, we seldom see such scrutinised design critiques surrounding the World Cups™ and, up to now (SA included), there hasn’t been much in the way of design to get excited about! We did see some hype that preceded the cringe-able unveiling of the UEFA EURO 2012 identity, coupled with a nice motion graphics piece… but flowers and football? We’re not sure about that… Roll on June!
I came across this article in the New York Times recently and I just so happened to be wrestling with PowerPoint at the same time. Not by choice of course, some times the ‘Client Knows Best’ ™ and wants proposals or presentations in obscure formats. But seriously, SOMEBODY IS PLANNING WAR STRATEGIES USING POWERPOINT? Maybe try using it as a weapon. After all, subjecting The Enemy to a 2 hour PowerPoint presentation would have anyone waving a white flag in no time. Mission Accomplished. For real this time. Next slide.
The brilliant book Studio Culture by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy reminds us that the you are no design studio without great music and humour. We’d like to chuck another into the mix – food. This recent delivery of a Birthday Chocolate Lava cake had us scrambling for tea, coffee and other cake-like compliments. We are forever indebted to Jocelyn Lee for making our Friday afternoon disappear in a haze of sugar coated sweetness volunteering to man our kitchen every week, ensuring we always have the desserts we need to face the daily grind.
We’ve been experimenting with some interesting logo animations within Cinema 4D. Here are a few detail grabs so far… (click on a thumb to see the bigger picture). We’re still figuring out the final animation due to the meticulous attention to detail! We’ll post the final version when it’s done.
We’re pretty, flippin’ excited about Adobe’s Creative Suite 5. We’ve watched many a video from those c-razy Adobe Evangelists and the mere thought of Photoshop’s content-aware fill or the new Roto Brush in After Effects sends shivers down our ever so slightly nerdy spines. Aside from the new software developments, it’s always interesting to see CS5’s ever-evolving design language – there’s a nice post about that over at Idsgn here. Like many, we’re not sure about those icons!
We’ve been busy collecting references for some up-coming T-shirt designs. Recently we’ve been hitting on some beautiful illustration styles from John Gould’s Lithographic prints from the Mid 19th Century combined with some more contemporary styling from Studio Valistika. We hope our future designs will be appearing around Beijing in the form of Limited Edition Prints and adorning the front of your T-shirts soon.
Our project triangle theory (above) of picking only two from ‘cheap’, ‘good’ or ‘fast’, represents our ideal of how we can ensure value in the services we offer. For our sanity we can realistically only deliver two of the main points. As service providers and clients alike, this simple diagram is a good reminder that focusing on two (not three) of the adjectives listed above will keep project stress down and project satisfaction up!
This is by far the coolest soap I’ve ever encountered. Not like I spend my days trawling for soap or anything. Unfortunately delivery time is 4-6 weeks due to high demand (picture link takes you to Luxury Lane Soap) but the good news if they are 100% vegan, should you enjoy eating novelty soap over animal flesh. Could this could finally be the solution to get our designers washing? Begun the soap wars have.