Ianis Soteras, Marseille based graphic designer and illustrator

Monday, 26 June, 2017

Illustration by Ianis Soteras

Fantastic illustration, branding, and lettering work by Ianis Soteras, a French freelancer graphic designer based in Marseille.

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Millie Cooper, Sydney based freelance graphic and web designer

Monday, 13 March, 2017

Design by Millie Cooper

Millie Cooper is a Sydney based freelance graphic and web designer, doing awesome minimally styled logo, identity, and branding work. This logo for Jethro’s Cafe, located in the Sydney suburb of Double Bay, is but one example of her style.

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Revisit the Cold War decades through Soviet Logos

Monday, 13 March, 2017

Image by Rokas Sutkaitis

If you pine for the Cold War decades, and the USSR, or Soviet Union, let Soviet Logos take you on a trip down memory lane, through a growing collection of logos of Soviet era companies and enterprises, curated by Lithuanian brand designer Rokas Sutkaitis.

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Hi, I’m an illustrator and graphic designer, here’s my latest record

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Design by Rocco Dipoppa

London based illustrator and graphic designer Rocco Dipoppa certainly knows how to make an impression on clients, he presents them with a vinyl record, one that plays, that comes in a hexagonal shaped sleeve.

It’s just one part of his adept identity branding, that also includes business cards, letterhead, and project agreement forms.

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The dying of the light of the neon signs

Tuesday, 1 April, 2014

There’s no denying the visual, artistic even, allure that neon signs have over other illuminated banners, but as a means of brand identity they are becoming ever less prevalent.

As this Hong Kong produced short documentary demonstrates though, their manufacture is by no means straightforward, and is even potentially hazardous, and this doubtless has played some part, though there are other factors, in the demise of the neon sign.

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People with unusual first and last names talk about their names

Thursday, 13 February, 2014

People with not so common names, be they first names, surnames, or both, talk about the good and the bad aspects (login required to read article in full) of having a relatively unique moniker:

I wanted a name change in high school, and my parents agreed too. Some family friends were suggesting as well, saying that it would be difficult when she grows up and she wouldn’t be taken seriously at her job. For one thing, that was the lamest reason one could give. Not being taken seriously because of my name? Only narrow minded people would have a problem with that. And secondly, I couldn’t find another name that would be as unique, and I figured changing name is a stupid idea. It is just a name. And given to me by my parents. I wouldn’t want to change it. People know me by that name. and it doesn’t make a difference anymore. I joke along with people, and soon they take pride in having a friend named Barbie.

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disassociated, now with retro, 1999, inspired logo

Friday, 6 December, 2013

In case you haven’t noticed I’ve spent the last couple of days tweaking disassociated’s design. Come on through and have a look, if you’re reading this post via an outside channel.

There’s a brand new logo. I think it has a retro look – must be this recent talk of 1999 – though you may see it differently.

disassociated should also look much better on smartphones now, as I’ve been tinkering with the mobile stylesheet. There’d been a few problems with the original file. The social media sharing buttons should now work, so if you wish to add links from here to your Twitter, or Facebook pages, it should be a cinch.

And finally, there’s been some speculation as to what Pantone’s new colour of the year will be, and I’d like to nominate Pantone 185 C, being the mildly fluro-red colour of the logo, plus some of the text I’m now using here, being a slight shift away from the previous deeper shade of red.

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Possible, but by no means easy, faking your death and starting over

Thursday, 30 May, 2013

Should faking your own death, and starting a new life, be your thing, there are more than a few points to bear in mind:

It’s best to avoid credit cards, loans, driver’s licenses, and anything else that would require generating a false identity in your new life. While vanishing and starting over isn’t technically a crime, fraud definitely is. Buying a social security number is also fraught with risk: You don’t know who that number used to belong to. It’s still possible to live a completely cash-based life. If you insist on maintaining a legal identity, experienced skip tracer Frank Ahearn recommends establishing a corporation to attenuate the link between your business dealings and yourself.

Perfectly straightforward, as you can see.

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Your domain is after all your domain, mostly anyway

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013

Let’s file this under the take nothing for granted category. Your social media reach may be vast, but what if the services you rely on to spread your message suddenly ceased to exist? The eventuality is remote of course, but if you have your own website, with its own domain name, you can never go wrong, or fall from view.

Now, LinkedIn and the other services aren’t likely to alter what we say about ourselves in our profiles and other postings, and they offer convenience plus teams of people who handle issues like security, not to mention visibility for users. Yet, we all need to remember who’s in charge at those social media sites. You and I are just visitors, suppliers of content they hope to use to make money. Again and again, we’ve all seen the risks of putting our proverbial eggs in these corporate baskets. Again and again, we’ve seen that “free” always comes at a price, whether it’s using the data we generate to make money, outright invasions of privacy, or the real possibility that the service might (and sometimes does) disappear at the whim of the owner. Google’s decision this month to shutter its Reader product, which helped countless people (including me) organize our information intake, is only one recent example of such a corporate move.

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Even people with a common name like to think it’s a little unusual

Thursday, 8 November, 2012

No matter how common our name may be, we still like to think it is unusual or unique (if even just a little). This could be because we generally like to see ourselves as being special, or it may have something to do with the fact that people with rarer names tend to be happy with them, and that’s something the rest of us don’t want to miss out on.

A clue as to the cause of the effect came from the fact that participants with (genuinely) rarer names tended to be happier with their names, consistent with Kulig’s idea that we have a subconscious motivation to feel special. Also, of those who’d contemplated changing their names, the most popular reason was to obtain a rarer name. Finally, participants seemed completely unaware of “the name uniqueness effect”. When participants were asked to estimate how rare other people would rate their (i.e. the participant’s) name, they guessed that other people would come up with just the same rating as they had.

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