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What’s the difference between a logotype and a logomark?

When clients ask me to design a logo for their business I always start with this discussion of what kind of “logo” they need. A “logo” is often made of a logotype and a logomark. But not every business needs both. A logotype stands for words or the name of a business that is designed in a customized way. […]

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QA the UI: Time Machine’s backwards ghost

Here’s something that’s been bugging me for a long time. Now, I know the folks at Apple work hard to make the small details shine. I’ve had a couple acquaintances who have been involved with great hardware design there over the years. I have heard stories about the wonderful keyboard design (the super fast keyboard […]

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New Site: Greenbelt Alliance

Last week I launched a new client project – rebuilding a large site for  the Greenbelt Alliance. It was a complex project that spanned the last 8 months or so and included alot of stakeholders and a complex planning process that intersected with a revamp of their long term strategies. We used WordPress (of course […]

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The Design Process – diagrammed

    A great representation of the design process. It is called the “Squiggle” — created by Damien Newman from Central Office of Design. (released under a Creative Commons License.)  

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Free Public Domain Stock Photos – leave your mark

Great photos (public domain) can be found from U.S. government agency websites: USA.gov is a government-operated website that was founded to give access to government agencies and resources. USA.gov U.S. Government Photos and Images contains links to government agency websites that have public domain images. See also State Photo & Multimedia Galleries – it links to public domain […]

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Formerly Honest Foods

I came across this rebranding nightmare. Honest Foods became Earnest Eats. But somehow they also became “Formerly Honest”…

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Prado print on demand

I was recently at the Prado museum and found this print on demand service available for many images in their collection. the Gift store no longer carries posters – you can print many images at any size you want. Here is their info card with pricing. I did not buy one but I remember the days […]

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Dr. Seuss does Star Wars

The Star Wars universe blends with the goofy, strangely-named world of Dr. Seuss pretty easily. via Not only, but also.: Dr. Seuss does Star Wars.

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Redesigning the Boarding Pass

An interesting discussion of why current boarding pass designs are badly designed and don’t serve their users well. With a wide variety of sketches to stimulate the eye. It was like someone put on a blindfold, drank a fifth of whiskey, spun around 100 times, got kicked in the face by a mule (the person […]

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Joby Gorillamobile 3G – iPhone case and stand

My review for : Joby Gorillamobile 3G – Premium iPhone 3G/3Gs case and stand It’s a tripod for an iPhone. I have used mine for a while with my 3g and now that i can’t use the case with integrated mount i just use the stick-on mount onto a simple clear case and that slips onto […]

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