Pantone Reveals Radiant Orchid as 2014 Color of the Year

   Here’s something rather prevalent in the design world. Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Color of the Year since the year 2000. This past December, they named PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year. According to Pantone, they annually designate these colors in order to “express in color what is taking … Continue reading

I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know

I think if you’re starting out early in the process by talking about your ideas for solutions, you’re already not listening. I think you need to enter into any design project with that zen, learner’s mind of ‘I don’t know what I don’t know.’

— Kim Goodwin

Design is an art of situations…

Design is an art of situations. Designers respond to a need, a problem, a circumstance, that arises in the world. The best work is produced in relation to interesting situations – an open-minded client, a good cause, or great content.
-Ellen Lupton

Hard Work

If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work.

-Steve Pavlina


Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

-Rita Mae Brown

Try It Every Possible Way

“You don’t know what you are able to do until you try it.

Try it every possible way.

Be deliberate. Be spontaneous.

Be thoughtful and painstaking.

Be abandoned and impulsive, intellectual and inspired, calm and temperamental.

Learn your own possibilities”

– George Bellows, 1919

Regarded as one of the greatest American artists, George Bellows gave this piece of advice to his students. Bellows’ wise words reach beyond the group of aspiring artists to which they were directed. These words reach everyone who hasn’t embarked on an exploration of their own creativity. Bellows demonstrated his artistic freedom to try new things throughout the entirety of his career. In fact, upon visiting his exhibition, “George Bellows and the American Experience,” I found the stylistic variety of his work to be noticeably impressive. His creative experimentation is both inspiring and refreshing. There’s no telling what else he would’ve created, had he not passed away at the young age of 42. So, while you have the chance, in your writing, in your music, in your paintings, in your designs, seize the opportunity to vary. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and explore our curiosities. You are alive. Create something. Create anything. See what you’re capable of.

Top 20 Logos That Use Visual Puns

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A pun is a play-on-words; you can derive more than one meaning from a single word or phrase. And boy do I LOVE them. They are hands down my favorite form of humour. ‘Camping is intense/in tents’ is my all time favorite. ‘Nacho/not yo cheese’ is a classic. ‘Did you hear about the new pirate movie? It’s rated arrrrrrr.’

Are most puns kind of silly? Yes. But for me, they are still indisputably clever.

This deep love and appreciation for puns stems neatly into graphic design. Many of my favorite designs make use of visual puns: you can derive more than one meaning from a single symbol or image. I find visual puns particularly effective in logo design.

Here are 20 of my favs:

FedEx: The most famous visual pun can be found in FedEx. Do you see how the space between the uppercase E and the…

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Banksy Plays the Violin

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Earlier this year, I read an article about Joshua Bell, a violinist who played at a Washington D.C. subway station during the morning rush hour. Unlike most buskers, this musician was one of the most accomplished virtuosos in the world. Three nights before, Joshua Bell played in Boston’s Symphony Hall for patrons who paid over $100 a ticket. And the instrument he played? A violin from 1713, handcrafted by Antonio Stradivari, that cost Bell $3.5 million.

You would expect that one of the best musicians on the planet to garner some attention. But during his 43 minutes of playing time, only seven people stopped to listen, and he earned a total of $32.17.

This experiment, the brainchild of The Washington Post, raises all sorts of questions, including: Can we appreciate beauty in unfamiliar settings? Are we able to recognize talent without signposts? And how do we know when we…

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In my opinion, the beauty of this lies in the truth. It’s in the unabashed honesty, and the pure and simple stating of the impossibly complex.

It Can Always Change

We’ll look back and we’ll

Hold so tight

These moments

The ones we don’t force

The ones where we can’t pretend

The times where we lived

And we didn’t know

What we were doing

Or where we were going

It was to far off

But we aspired

and we had goals

And although they weren’t always in sight

They were always in mind

As we trailed,

And we failed

And we learned

About the difference

Between what we wanted

And what we thought we did

Things we thought were forsure

But they never really were

Nothing ever is

nothing ever was

and we weren’t aware

and we’re not now

it feels the same,

but its all so different

we never noticed

then we did.

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Ads of the World™ | Creative Advertising Archive & Community

Ads of the World™ | Creative Advertising Archive & Community

This is an amazing resource.  Ads of the World is website described as an advertising archive and community  that shows creative campaigns daily from around the world. It’s worth checking out if you’re interested in advertising, graphic design, visual communication, ect.