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Why you should change the font you use for emails

August 27th, 2015

 

 

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Google, but all grown up

August 21st, 2015

The big news in the business world this month was that Google has a new owner: a holding company called Alphabet. What does this mean for the world’s favourite search engine?

Well, not much really.

Users of the company’s services won't notice any difference at all. Alphabet, which is owned by Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, is simply a chance to reorganize assets and mitigate risk on the stock market.

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New logo for a new, more serious Mini

August 18th, 2015

In my mind, the Mini has always been a fun car – quirky, full of personality and always iconic. Think The Italian Job, Austin Powers’ “GR8 SHAG” model, and even Mr Bean’s classic beige number.

Classic Minis featured in 'The Italian Job'

 

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Logitechs squeaky clean new logo design look

August 14th, 2015

Though perhaps not a brand you’d immediately recognize on The Logo Quiz, Logitech is a computer peripherals company that has been around for over 35 years. Sat quietly sat in the backseat of its glitzier competitors, Logitech has been churning out useful, if not scintillatingly exciting devices since 1981.

Their products may not be as sexy as an Apple Watch – well, as sexy as an Apple anything, really – but that didn’t matter because everyone needs a mouse. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Logitech, we might all still be using the cursor keys to move around our screens.

 

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Goose beers brands

August 10th, 2015

In my last blog post I wrote about some of the beers made by an award-winning craft beer brewery near my home town, the Purity Brewing Co. One of their products, the intriguingly titled ‘Mad Goose’ pale ale, is named after a rather viscious bird found wandering the farm-based brewery grounds!

As I did some research about this brand, I came across several other ‘goose’ branded beers from around the world. Just for fun, here are some of these bird-themed brands!

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Parallelism or plagiarism of logo design?

August 5th, 2015

The issue of plagiarism in logo design is one we frequently denounce. But could it be that sometimes the public may be slightly too hasty in accusing a logo creator of plagiarism?

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Purity Brewing Co Beer logos with a back story

August 3rd, 2015

In the UK room temperature “real ale” has been the drink of choice for bearded old men for centuries. However, in light of the huge craft beer revolution across the pond, it’s now bearded younger men (and women, though less bearded) – of the hipster variety – who can’t get enough of the chilled versions of this traditional beer.

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Why do colors look different between monitor and print?

July 29th, 2015

 

Let’s start by analyzing our computer setup. First of all, there are different monitor brands and different video processors. Each comes with its own abilities to reproduce colors and brightness, determined by its hardware. Additionally, there exist all sorts of software setups, such as the monitor’s color mode, the color calibration of your computer and the video card software. This is why colors may look different from one monitor to another.

 

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Coca-Cola removes labels

July 28th, 2015

I could probably write a hundred different blog posts about the soft drink super-giant that is Coca Cola – the evolution and history of the brand is fascinating, as is the success of legendary campaigns such as “Diet Coke Break guy”, “Holidays are Coming” and the recent “Share a Coke” initiative, which saw the famous logo replaced by people’s names. Perhaps one day I will.

But the subject of today’s Coca-Cola-related post comes from the Middle East where, in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan, some people were enjoying their can of ice-cold Coke (during the hours of darkness, of course) without a logo on it all.

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Spotlight on Rajiv Surendra

July 23rd, 2015

Recognise this face?

 

 

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Facebook logo design quietly revamped

July 22nd, 2015

Blink and you might have missed it, but social media giant Facebook changed its logo recently and you probably didn’t even notice. There was no fanfare, no press release, no social media campaign. In fact, comparing the old and the new designs, you could be forgiven for wondering what’s changed!

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Surreal art created by Google Advanced Neural Networks

July 7th, 2015

Google’s image recognition software is an incredible feat of engineering. Based on the structure of a biological brain, the ‘artificial neural network’ (ANN) consists of 20–30 stacked layers of artificial ‘neurons’, each neuron talking to the next to decipher what it can ‘see’ in a given image.

Like a human brain, the ANN is ‘trained’ to recognise objects and elements of a picture, with the neurons constantly adjusting and learning until together, they are able to accurately recognise, say, a dog, a banana, a tree.

But the ANN is not yet perfect. In an effort to understand precisely what is happening at each layer of the network, programmers decided to try turning the network upside down: instead of the ANN simply recognizing elements of an image, would it be able to recreate the image?

The results were surprising – often beautiful, and sometimes pretty creepy!

You see, while our human brain can look at clouds in the sky and sometimes imagine that they look like a bird, or a heart, or a face, we know that clouds are clouds. But the ANN doesn’t know that, yet.

When presented with a picture of clouds and asked to recreate it, this happened:

 

 

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Skype hidden emoji

June 26th, 2015

On his Twitter profile, John Hicks describes himself as a “gentleman graphic designer, Whovian, cheese enthusiast and cyclist.” He’s also the new Lead Designer at browser and software company Opera, and the brains behind some of the best loved icons on the web.

 

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Long lost typeface brought back to life

June 25th, 2015

London, England, turn of the 20th Century. Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, a bookbinder, and engraver Emery Walker went into business together, establishing the Doves Press printing company.

 

 

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Keynote: more than just an alternative to PowerPoint

June 19th, 2015

Though I took some convincing, I’m a recent convert from PC to Apple Mac. The transition was surprisingly easy to make (switch out CTRL for CMD and you’ve basically got it), but I do confess I still use Microsoft for Mac software, including ­– but only when absolutely necessary – the love-it-or-hate-it program PowerPoint.

Those of you who have ever sat through any kind of formal presentation will be familiar with the term “death by PowerPoint” – the embarassing clipart, the slow agony as the presenter reads aloud bullet point after bullet point, the cringeworthiness of words unnecessarily whizzing and twirling across the screen.

 

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