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

CIVIC SYMBOLS FOR THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

Over the last couple of months, several cities across the United States participated in a series of collaborative design workshops with the aim of generating icons and symbols that visually convey concepts frequently needed in civic design that would communicate universally recognized concepts to the city inhabitants. Called Iconathons, the workshops were created through a … 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

THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE

Photo Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Hard to believe it’s been ten years already. A lot has happened in those ten years, not all of it do I remember. I do know, however, that America is a different place because … Continue reading

WATER WORLD

As a follow up to last week’s post about good design being born from a strong point of view, this week’s story does just that. The Water Cube, otherwise known as the Beijing National Aquatics Center was selected in an international architectural competition to house the swimming events during the 2008 Summer Olympics. The building’s … Continue reading

HAPPY HOUR IS 9 TO 5

Studies have been conducted on the effects of workplace environment on employee performance and productivity. Physical space matters and office design is vital to increasing productivity. It’s easier to be productive, creative and happy at work in a colorful, organic, and playful environment. The goal, and also the challenge, of any company today is to create a … Continue reading