I just updated the 'me mix' page on my website. It's about the many me:
An art director and a firm believer that it is perfectly fine to eat ice cream for breakfast. Creative thinker but a lousy gamer. A biker with a TTC pass. A designer with awful handwriting. Laid-back yet energized by possibilities.
A team player who’s committed to own personal development. Check it out and tell me what you think
I just updated the 'me mix' page on my website. It's about the many me:
Finally, there's hope all those distorted, unclear, type and numbers merging images known as Captchas, requiring us to prove we are not robots will be gone soon. Today Google introduced reCAPTCHA (Article from Wired.com), a simpler, clever and certainly prettier way for us, human web users, to prove to a machine that we are actually humans. Through the mouse movement, IP addresses or just by hovering over a checkbox google would be able to differentiate a human user from a bot. You can read the full article on Wired.com
They are old. They are short. They are great. Ad headlines can be so powerful that they sometime say a thousand times more than the image on the ad. Above some of my favourite. Still trying to find a few more. If you know any, please send it my way.
The ad on top, a very nice one (see credits) but unfortunately not that original. It is very similar to another one done by Heineken many years ago (and probably by another beer before Heineken). Although it is hard to believe it is just a coincidence, I hope it is an honest mistake!
The Quebec City Magic Festival did an amazing job by making their outdoor billboard being noticed and communicate Magic in a magical way. See the full article on adweek.com and if you don't feel like reading, just watch the video below.
Ad by BBDO Proximity Malaysia.
A very clever ad for KFC by BBDO Malaysia. The illustration is very clever, using only one colour, the ad succeeds in representing the big burger, the open mouth of the person eating it and what could be a bite at the bottom of the burger. See full credits on bestadsontv.com
Just the idea of redesigning, in a pure design sense, the Norwegian passport, a civic document that, except for the colour, could look almost the same between different countries is a genius idea. I hope that every government or city considers resigning civic and official documents. Make tax forms look amazing maybe?
Image and article source citylab.com
Apparently, I visit CNN so many times a day that I was given a one day access to their upcoming redesigned website. I quite loved it. It is simple, clean and mostly clear with mostly lots of focus on videos. The top navigation is now less crammed with only six menu items and the drop downs feature additional videos. I quite liked it.
What a waste of money! An ad, not sure how real it is or if it is really for Ecuador (Tourism maybe?) but all I know is that whoever designed it and whoever approved it have to really work hard on justifying the use of a QR code that no one scans, even above ground where cellphone network is plenty, in a subway where there's no reception at all!
In this short post I want to share with you my most favourite book of all time the Art of Looking Sideways by by Alan Fletcher, one of my favourite books, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, issue, the most amazing app i discovered lately and Adobe Creative Cloud, a subscription to all the Adobe products that I cannot live without.
The Art of Looking Sideways intrigues the brain, delights the eyes and expands ones mind to a whole new level.
Predictably Irrational, as the title suggests, explains, through many examples, our predictable human behaviours.
Issue is where you find almost every magazine you like and the interface design is amazing.
You can use it on your computer too!
For a subscription fee (worth every penny), Adobe Cloud gives you access to all of Adobe’s design software which means it pretty much enables you to design, create, publish, learn, share and always have the most up-to-date software.
While watching one of the mayoral candidates unveil his $57-billion transit plan in a very boring and uncreative way, I thought if only he used some infographics to highlight all the important figures and numbers. I tried it on one sentence, in black and white. I think it makes a lot of a difference. What do you think?
The first time I tried to log-in to my blackboard account at U of T, I got to the page above and did not know what to do.
I saw the 'Login here' title on the grey box, but I did not know the nice painting to the left was the button I was expected to click. And no, don't expect me to read what's on the painting when all I am looking for is a 'click here' or a simple log-in button (see comparative design) just like any button one sees on hundreds of websites. In other word, don't re-invent, decorate, explain and then re-explain the button with a sentence next to it. Just make it like the user expect to see it.
I always thought the end will come in the form of an asteroid or asteroids falling from the sky, or maybe a nuclear war, some virus that cannot be stopped, but I never, ever, imagined life will end under a huge paint bucket. Never until I saw the sherwin-williams van (picture above) and visited their website for confirmation. Yes, their slogan is 'Cover the Earth' and the logo is a paint bucket pouring paint on planet earth. Although I understand what the company is ambitious and wants to be in every corner of the globe, the logo and the slogan are not working. My first advice is to keep the ambition and change the logo. My second advice is to hire me :)
Updating a client's old logo:
A few tools I found online that can make a freelancer's life much easier:
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It's not free but it is amazing for almost any type of website you need. From a simple blog to an online store. It is extremely easy to use and all templates are mobile ready. Check it out >
Accounting made very simple. The easy setup makes it possible to have all your accounting done in one place. It is a tool every freelance should have. Try if free for a month >
I saw this outdoor poster for Bâton® Rouge Restaurant & Bar, asking potential clients for 'TOTAL CONFIDENCE', whatever that means, with the word 'TOTAL' in a larger font to remove any tiny shred of doubt or lack of total-ness one might have. But there's one problem, the image.
Why, how, where and why?
Why is there only one plate on the table?
How are they going to eat, with only this one fork the guy is holding?
Where are their hands?
And mostly why does the guy have this look on his face. Look at his eyes, his lips with that smirk; would you have confidence in a guy looking at anybody or at anything in such a way? I don't know what he is thinking but I can tell his thoughts are well… not pure.
If I may, I would recommend you hire someone who knows what they are doing to design your ads. If that ad was done by someone you hired, fire them and hire someone who knows what they are doing to design your future ads.
Bring Back the Dome is an initiative to protect Canada’s heritage by challenging Rogers Communications to change the name Rogers Centre to Rogers SkyDome. There are more and more younger Canadians that don’t realize the significance of this landmark building as the world’s first-ever retractable roof stadium. The goal to reincorporate the SkyDome name is a small gesture towards making this fact more permanent.
This poster campaign is an initiative to bring attention to the campaign.
The idea behind the poster is to create a visual device using the dome illustration, graphics and typography that can be rotated into place to make everything right/straight. The title is meant to be empowering to the voter who, through social media, can add the weight necessary to balance the visual. - See more here >
Without exception, every time a new iPhone is out, people wait in line to get the latest model. Long lines form in front of every Apple store (or most stores) around the world. sometimes a few days ahead of the launch. Other wait on front of their browsers for H-Hour just to be among the firsts to order the new gadget.
For the last couple of years Samsung has been making fun of those lines in their TV ads. And I think they shouldn't.
Now, before I go further, a full disclosure is due. I have a MacBook pro, an iPad, an iPhone, an iMac and an Apple TV and there are five or six more Apple products in our household. I love Apple but not blindly, I am an Apple user not an Apple fanatic. I never waited in line for any of their products, two of the three iPhones I owned were second hand and my iPad is four years old. I think Apple Maps is useless, or at least it was the last time I used it.
But still, I think Samsung's ads poking fun at Apple fanatics waiting in line are not smart. Why? because I don't think Samsung understands why people wait.
We don't wait because we are stupid, we wait because we appreciate something.
People happily wait for good things, things they love, things they want. We wait in line at our favourite restaurant, we wait in line to buy tickets to see our favourite band playing, some wait for the new Playstation and other for new XBox.
So when Samsung takes a jab at waiting, it might be funny for some but for me it means Samsung won't create the thing people will wait in line for, it won't innovate to a point where it has its own fanatics. Samsung still thinks we expect more. We don't. We expect better.