MAPPING THE INDOORS

GoogleIndoorMap

Has Google Maps just revolutionized the wayfinding industry? Used primarily as an outdoor tool up until now, Google Maps has been instrumental in helping people visit new cities, drive through unfamiliar parts of town or find the nearest subway or train station. But it appears that’s about to change as Google has just announced that it’s Maps 6.0 version will … Continue reading

Brands with a higher purpose

Occupy movement

Let’s face it, most of us in the business world have been conditioned to worship the all-mighty dollar.  Now, perhaps not in such a literal way (although some actually do worship money…check out the movie Margin Call by Lionsgate), but we are taught that a successful business is driven by profit.  And so it goes, … Continue reading

IT’S A WASH

fruit wash label

Sometimes an idea comes along that is so obviously simple it gives you one of those nagging, “Why didn’t I think of that?” feelings. Such is the case with the Vanishing FruitWash Label from New York designer and electrical engineer, Scott Amron. Unlike plain stickers that you peel off and throw away, the FruitWash Labels dissolve into an … Continue reading

365 DAYS OF INSPIRATION

Julian Bialowas is an advocate of finding the positive in life. A photographer and graphic designer from Alberta, Canada, he has gained world-wide recognition for his 365Q project through social media avenues such as this blog. At the mere age of 20, and still a student himself, Bialowas took on the task of capturing a new … Continue reading

A STOP IN TIME

applemisfits

The world lost a great visionary yesterday. The immeasurable loss of Apple co-founder and recent CEO, Steve Jobs, who died at the age of 56, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer, is almost palpable. The vast reaction from the public, from people like Obama and Bill Gates to various celebrity personalities, shows just how influential he was … Continue reading

PROJECTS IN PICTURES

As designers one aspect of the project that’s most important, sometimes as much as the design concept itself, is capturing the project in perpetuity once it’s completed. This is incredibly important for us as a comprehensive design firm particularly with the range of services we offer. As is often said, “A picture says a thousand … Continue reading

UNCOMMON GROUND

Sometimes art does imitate life.  Check out the work by artist Jason de Caires Taylor. He creates life-size cement sculptures of people and submerges them into the waters of South America. As time passes the sculptures become part of the underwater landscape and slowly become artificial reefs ripe with marine life. His work brings up … Continue reading

BLEND

Flat to form,  2-d to 3-d,  small to big. The blending of design disciplines is not new. The process is usually initiated in architecture, kicks around graphic design for a while and eventually finds its way into digital media. There are good examples (check out adobemuseum.com) and there are bad (think of any billboard-wrapped building … Continue reading

Making Cities More Comfortable for People

Making cities more comfortable is the mission of Candy Chang and James A. Reeves, founders of  Civic Center in New Orleans. Together, they blend art, design, education, research, and urban planning to create spaces and tools to help people navigate their cities and improve their neighborhoods. Their belief is that public spaces should inspire conversation, … Continue reading