James Laver, the twentieth century’s leading authority in Britain on the history of costume and fashion, was Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings and of Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 1938 until 1959.
“The word “brand” is derived from the Old Norse word brandr, which means “to burn by fire.” … In 1876, after the United Kingdom passed the Trade Mark Registration Act, Bass Ale became the first trademarked brand in the world after submitting its now-quintessential red triangle for trademark status. The act gave businesses the ability to register and protect a brand marker so that a similar icon couldn’t be used by any other company. In addition to clinching trademark number 1, Bass’s trailblazing history includes its appearances in Édouard Manet’s 1882 masterpiece A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Pablo Picasso’s 1912 painting Bouteille de Bass et Guitare, ostensibly providing the brand with the cultural distinction of “first product placement.” … A little more than a century later, we are living in a world with over one hundred brands of bottled water.”—Debbie Millman on the history and psychology of branding – a fascinating read. (via explore-blog)
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works…To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
“My inspiration to invent and redesign is fed through frustration. I spend a lot of time taking things apart and putting them back together, considering how they work and how they might work better. Observation is important.”—
Last month, Team Barista made a concept design for Starbucks e-book app called Starblends. A part of the deliverables were the prototype and a flow chart that would present how the target user will be able to use it. With the rise of mobile “touch pads” (tablets and touch screen smart phones), innovative design also needs to work with new media platforms. Below is a nice tool I believe would come in handy for making visual instructions on how to use your designed web apps. The gestures will display how the user can interact with the design.
Using Gesture icons is a wise way to guide your users through your applications. With the help of a nice set of gesture icons, you can design a professional tour guide for your applications easily.
This episode gives an answer to a question Rufus hears very frequently: “Can I have page turns and animations created in Adobe InDesign in a PDF?” - The answer is yes. Find out how.
The video from Adobe is insightful for me—it refreshes those Tran days learning Electronic Publishing in a marketing lab class called CS176. That subject is under the Computer Science department which explains the very technical approach in using the program. The class focuses more on the functional aspect of creating a format rather than designing it. The application for my course* is to be able to create marketing collateral like brochures and e-mags for a brand.
Pros of Interactive PDFs
✓ no loading delay for heavy graphics
✓ animations viewable on HTML (sans coding)
✓ content management - not in danger of data overload
I like InDesign because it sort of bridges print and digital platforms seamlessly. This is important for me because I’m not much of a technical person yet I have to learn to be flexible in both fields. Luckily, there’s a way around that. ☂ *BS Communications Technology Management
n. the moment you realize that you’re currently happy—consciously trying to savor the feeling—which prompts your intellect to identify it, pick it apart and put it in context, where it will slowly dissolve until it’s little more than an aftertaste.
Have you ever felt that moment as the night drifts into another day?
Before all the clocks in your part of the world hit midnight, there is that agonizing split-second when everything stops and the universe grows colder. Hypothetically you, my friend, are a day older. I am here to congratulate you that you have made it a step further into your death. As German philosopher Nietzsche says it, “from the moment we’re born, we’re dying”.
So did you ever wish you could catch the clock at midnight and relish in that moment for more than a minute? Realizing as you take in that air, you carry yourself for another day. You breathe in between one day and let yourself be as it transforms into another. ☂