Monthly Archives: December 2007

Logo Trends

(via logolounge)

Logolounge put together a list of logo trends they’re seeing as users have become increasingly more participatory and more and more logos are being designed by artists with less and less formal training. Here’s what they have to say:

It is also becoming disturbingly clear that logo design has become a public sport. As the public controls their own media more and more–Tivo-ing this, blogging that, YouTube-ing and Googling everything else–people are no longer satisfied to simply consume what is placed before them: They have opinions they want to share. So when a large corporation reveals its new identity, there are hundreds of internet sites flinging their opinions back at it. Even when the village board of Remote votes on a new logo for its two police cars, citizens take to the streets waving pitchforks and copies of their own designs. Committeecide seems to be rampant.

Some trends I like and some I could do without. Generally speaking I’m not a dogmatist for the rules of print design – but there are some that just make sense when designing a versatile logo/mark for use in today’s media.

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New Wacom Cintiqs

I’ve been waiting for the prices to drop on the Wacom Cintiq (as my Intuos is getting long in the tooth) or for Wacom to release different flavors of their tablet/monitor/input device. They just have.

Pick up the 12wx for a grand. Get yourself a Mac Mini or shuttle PC and you have one low-footprint mini-design station, where you can input directly on-screen for less than the price of a big bulky tower (not counting the cost for the monitor or traditional Wacom tablet).

I can also imagine utilizing these guys in in-store or environmental installations. I can’t wait to get my hands on one (or 10)…

Optimus Tactus

Art Lebedev has a new concept for an input device. This “keyboard” doesn’t actually have physical keys, it’s just one large programmable touch-sensitive display. Think iPhone keyboard, just much larger and completely programmable.

You know, with Apple filing for multi-touch patents like it’s going out of style, I think we’ll be seeing concepts like these in the wild soon enough. In fact, I think “laptops” will look more like overgrown Nintendo DS Lites with the bottom, touch-sensitive screen acting as the primary source for input.

If it were up to me we’d all be using Wacom Cintiq tablets, as I already use an Intuos exclusively.

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A Sobering Look

(via Vanity Fair)

When we look back someday at the catastrophe that was the Bush administration, we will think of many things: the tragedy of the Iraq war, the shame of Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib, the erosion of civil liberties. The damage done to the American economy does not make front-page headlines every day, but the repercussions will be felt beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this page.

Read the article in full here.

Generator.X Video Channel

For all of you generative art lovers out there that just need more video in your life, generator.x has a video channel on Vimeo (YouTube alternative). The videos seem to handle the image and sound better in how they’re compressed for a beautiful sight and sound experience.I especially like this one:

Magnetic Structure from flight404 on Vimeo.
Made with Processing. Hundreds of magnetic particles create architectural structures around a set of invisible gravity orbs. Blam!

Why 2008 Will Be An Awesome Year For Movies

(via firstshowing.net)

In August of last year we ran a controversial look at 43 reasons why 2007 would be a great year for movies. Now that 2007 has nearly come and gone and almost all of those 43 movies have been released, it’s time to look ahead at 2008. The last 12 months have played a major part in building the hype for most of the movies mentioned and I can now say that 2008 looks way more appealing at this moment than 2007 did at the same time last year. This could be the year that we see revolutionary new changes in Hollywood, not only as the Writers Strike ends but as we encounter films like Cloverfield, Speed Racer, and The Dark Knight. Let’s take look at 54 reasons why 2008 will be an awesome year for movies and an even better year than 2007.

I especially like “Be Kind Rewind” by Michel Gondry – check out the trailer.