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Would You Like Some Coffee with Your Aesthetics?

Recently I was working in a café, people watching every time I took a sip of my cappuccino. The café was very pleasing to the eye. White tile, driftwood accents, greenery hanging from every wall and natural lighting filled the space. After…

Things That Make You Say "Wow!"

As a market researcher, I am thrilled when trends and dynamics emerge after interviewing people. You know you’re beginning to uncover objective findings when the same feedback – good, bad or indifferent – is cited repeatedly by unrelated…

Reality Not Required

Hands down, my most admired designer is Jim Jannard. The founder of Oakley (sunglasses) and RED (cameras), he doesn’t do TED talks or wastes time on the speaking circuit. Because he is heads down working (when not on one of his private Fiji…
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Product Design as Art

I love beautiful product design and I don’t think that I am alone in that. There is something about melding a unique form with great function that can speak to us and elevate objects to the realm of art. Materials, in addition to form, play…
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Brand Building: Research First

Great branding is the most direct and powerful way for your company to tell the world who you are and what you stand for. But how do you filter all your creative design options to both please the client and reach consensus within your team? Even…

Brands of Gold

With the 31st Summer Olympics, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil now over, it seems like as good as time as ever to offer a few opinions on the branding and design of their spectacular games. For starters, the logo (the 1st ever 3D designed Olympic…

Net-fix or Net-miss?

A few weeks go by and another new high-profile logo redesign to critique and discuss. This time it’s the turn of Netflix, who just unveiled their new “N” app logo. Whether you like it or hate it, it seems too have been a PR success with…

Thank you, Ideba

As my second co-op work term with Ideba is coming to a close, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the various things I learned over this term as well as my work term last summer. While the opportunity to learn new things at Ideba is absolutely…
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Keep it Stupid Simple

Many companies in the past have used minimalism and negative space in their corporate logos to great effect, most famously FedEx with their hidden arrow, USA network and the Girl Scouts. Recently, HP unveiled their latest version of their logo…
NASA brand guide

Outstanding Branding

Now has never been a better time to discover and be inspired by classic branding. With the recent release of not only New York City subway brand guidelines,  NASA Graphics Standards book and others we are spoilt for design inspiration. The…