Pantone Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

Pantone Color of the Year - Ultra Violet

Pantone’s color of 2018 – Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838) is supposed to “communicate originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

In their website the Pantone Color Institute® attributes mindfulness, symbolism of counterculture and artistic brilliance to the chosen color, as well as a depth of emotion that pushes boundaries.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”
– Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute®

2017-12-08T13:16:56+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Design, Inspiration|0 Comments

Humor Does It – Cinematography Style

As mentioned before, a sense of humor can go a long way, sometimes taking you way beyond your wildest expectations.

That’s just what Carrie Hollenbeck learned, when her writer/director fiancé Max Lanman created a hilarious car commercial style video, to go along with their eBay listing, when she wanted to sell her ’96 Honda Accord with more than 140,000 miles on it.

“A few years ago, I was driving to Big Sur with my (then) girlfriend Carrie to go camping on Highway 1. While we were traversing gorgeous switchbacks, it felt like (we) were driving in a car commercial and that’s when it hit me that it would be really funny to make a high-end car commercial for a crappy car,” Lanman was quoted on Today.

The video spoof was so well done, that bidding went well beyond the starting price of $499 (so much so that eBay’s fraud department canceled the original bidding) and the video has been seen more than 4.2 million times to date.

2017-11-09T17:00:03+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Big Thinking, Humor|Comments Off on Humor Does It – Cinematography Style

A Haunting Font

As someone who has overthought the one or other menu design at restaurants, I can totally relate.

UPDATE: In an interview with CBS News the font’s designer, Chris Costello, responded: “I designed the font when I was 23 years old. I was right out of college. … I had no idea it would be on every computer in the world and used for probably every conceivable design idea. This is a big surprise to me as well. … I believe it’s a well-designed font, it’s well-thought [out]. … It was sold to Microsoft, it was sold to Apple … it came packaged with Mac OS. It ended up being a default font set on every computer since 2000. Since that point, it’s been on every computer in the world … anybody who has a Mac or Microsoft operating system. With that broad range, that broad appeal, anybody could use it, not just graphic designers. … So that’s when I began to see it turn up everywhere: mortgage ads, construction logos. It was kind of out of control. It was not my intent to be used for everything — it’s way overused.”

2017-10-04T08:25:58+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Design|Comments Off on A Haunting Font

Good Communication

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

PS: Happy National Coffee Day!

2017-09-29T22:41:09+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Quotes|Comments Off on Good Communication

Eclipse

Eclipse by Stephane Vetter

Like half the town country planet we went to see the eclipse, as it passed over us on August 21st.

However, no picture we took was even remotely as stunning, as photographer Stephane Vetter, who fused night and day images he captured at a single location at Oregon’s Magone Lake, the night before and during the day of the total eclipse.

via Colossal / Photograph © Stephane Vetter

2017-09-05T20:35:39+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Big Thinking|Comments Off on Eclipse

A Quick (Rainy) Stop in Kassel

In June the documenta 14 opened in Kassel, Germany with 160+ international artists presenting their works at over thirty venues, public institutions, squares, cinemas, and university locations.

Passing through town one rainy night, I had a chance to see Marta Minujín’s “The Parthenon of Books” – modeled after the temple on the Acropolis of Athens. A work in progress, formerly or currently forbidden books from around the world give this Book Parthenon it’s shape.

Documenta 14

Documenta 14

2017-09-05T14:09:42+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Big Thinking, Design|Comments Off on A Quick (Rainy) Stop in Kassel

Safety Dance

When was the last time you actually paid attention to the safety videos the airlines show at the beginning of the flight? For me that was recently. (Now I might be late to the party, not having flown with Virgin Atlantic before, but I was pleasantly surprised.)

According to an article in Digital Synopsis, Virgin Atlantic hired director Jon M.Chu and a team of acclaimed choreographers, producers and dance stars to produce a safety video that people actually wanted to watch. 36 dancers spent 26 hours on set, using 14 different dance styles including broadway, contemporary, jazz, tango, b-boy and break dancing.

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look. Over 12 million people did, without being on a plane…

2017-09-05T14:18:23+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Design, Videos|Comments Off on Safety Dance

Employing Algorithms for Unique Designs

Nutella, the delicious hazelnut spread, is already considered a bestseller by the “consumers” in our house. But earlier this year Ferrero, the manufacturer of Nutella, with the use of an algorithm, created 7 million unique jars in hopes to further appeal to its consumers.

Similar to the Coca-Cola’s “Share a Coke” campaign, which made a big splash when it swapped its famous logo with the most popular names, Nutella also had specialized jars in Europe that swapped the logo for different messages in the past.

However, this time keeping only the iconic logo in place and pulling from a database of dozens of patterns and colors, the company created seven million unique Nutella jars, each with a code of authenticity, hence the name for the campaign – Unica.

Ogilvy & Mather was quoted on dezeen.com “We think Nutella can be as special and expressive as every single one of its customers. With this objective, Nutella Unica was born – the first limited-edition made by seven million different jars. Dozens of patterns, thousands of colour combinations, one special algorithm.”

Some of those jars are pretty cool looking, but for us it’s mainly what’s inside that counts.

Image & Video via dezeen.com

2017-06-06T14:43:46+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Design|Comments Off on Employing Algorithms for Unique Designs

Support

Until November 26 two large hands are emerging from the Grand Canal at the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in Venice, as part of Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn’s monumental installation titled ‘Support’ which highlights the very real threat climate change causes to the city of Venice.

To quote an article from urmagazine: “Reflecting on the two sides of human nature, the creative and the destructive, as well as the capacity for humans to act and make an impact on history and the environment, Quinn addresses the ability for humans to make a change and re-balance the world around them – environmentally, economically, socially. Support sees Quinn reflect on and readdress these global issues by echoing the meticulous execution and technique of the Masters of the past to create a powerful and unique sculpture which will be displayed during the Venice Biennale 2017.”

The artist’s website currently features a video showcasing the installation process.

Support by Lorenzo Quinn – Venice Biennale 2017 from Lorenzo Quinn
Image via urdesign courtesy of Halcyon Gallery and Lorenzo Quinn

2017-05-23T08:49:52+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Big Thinking, Design, In The News|Comments Off on Support

Sweet Dreams

After reading at The Verge about Ford Motor Company’s latest product invention, I have to admit, I checked the publishing date to make sure it was not an old April fools joke I was falling for.

The car company designed a smart crib – The Max Motor Dreams – that replicates the soothing vibration and hum of a car’s engine to put babies to sleep. The smart crib comes with an app that track your car’s route and movements, to replicated the driving sensation. Plus, the rim of the crib is lined with LED lights that simulate streetlights.

The Max Motor Dreams crib was not intended for sale, but rather as part of an ad campaign to promote its Max line of cars.

However, due to popular demand Ford says it is considering mass production, until then you will have to rock your kid to sleep the old fashioned way – or take them for a ride around the block.

Image via Ford Max Motor Dreams

2017-05-22T13:16:57+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Big Thinking, Design|Comments Off on Sweet Dreams