Archive for December, 2008

Five for Friday: 12.26.2008

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Obama logos that weren’t chosen

Interesting look into the process that created the highly-recognizable Obama Campaign logo.

Design contest debate

Steve Douglas, founder of The Logo Factory, responds to some issues brought u[ about the legitimacy of logo design contests. On the other side of the ring, George Ryan, who made the original post Steve responds to, offers his rebuttal in the comments.

Content. Content. Content.

What’s the most important part of a web site? Content. A List Apart @274 focues on that verytopic.

Font Conference

Hillarious clip, especially if you’re a typeface geek like me.

Recession Tips For Web Designers

Great tips from Jeffrey Zeldman and 24 Ways.

Carbon Neutral for a Day

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

One Day from Brighter PlanetJeffrey Zeldman recently offered a gift of carbon neutraliy. Being an advocate of environmental responsibility, I took him up on his offer, and in turn, offer this gift to you as well.

So far, Brighter Planet has given away over 3,700 gifts and offset more than 504,000 pounds of CO2. The goal is to give away 5,000 One Day gifts and offset 680,000 pounds of CO2. Per their site:

The average American emits 136 pounds of carbon dioxide each day. About 36 pounds come from driving, flying, and other travel. Another 22 pounds come from heating, cooling, and powering our homes. The final 78 pounds come from producing, transporting, and disposing of all the stuff we buy, and from shared services like schools and street lights. 136 pounds would fill 5,000 balloons — imagine releasing that every day.

To me, its definitely worth signing up. Did I mention its free? Thanks to Zeldman for the post and passing it on to the rest of us.

Five for Friday: 12.12.2008

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Beware the Doghouse

A little holiday humor for the holiday season. Guys, be warned. You may also end up on the list (see links below the video).

Advent Conspiracy

A more serious video with a holiday theme, and a definite contrast to the clip above. This one helps put theholidays in perspective.

The 2008 Pentawards for packaging design

Some really incredible work here. Via Cameron Moll.

How to Draw Beer

Great tutorial on what Illustrator can do. Via Mike Davidson.

The Book Design Review’s Favorite Book Covers of 2008

Some really nice print work displayed here. Via Cameron Moll.