Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Name That Logo!!!

On the new cover of Billboard magazine the headline reads "Maximum Exposure" using the letters of some well-known, iconic brand logos. Can you figure out where each of the 15 letters comes from?

Post a comment with your answers.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Creative Block Party

If you are a graphic designer you have felt it. It's inevitable. That helpless feeling when you realize that the project you have been working on for the past 2 hours looks like something your mom would have designed using Print Shop Deluxe or the brilliant Word Art feature in Word in the early 90s.

I found this great article by Blake Phillips at Vibra Design about overcoming creative block as a graphic designer. It gives 20 very practical things to do when you hit that time of the week (or day) when, no matter how hard you try, you can't come up with the right color or layout to match the style of the project you are working on. Don't throw in the towel or think that you should be doing a data entry job instead of designing. Try out a few of these tips.

20 Ways to Avoid Creative Block When You are a Graphic Designer
by Blake Phillips || Art Director || Vibra Design

Monday, September 15, 2008


Everyone gets excited by different things. For me, when I see really great design it makes me happy. It makes me smile. It makes me know that I can be a better designer...which makes me really excited.

I ran across these logos for Proof wine. I love when organizations take risks by having a rotating logo. And using big foot, ufos and the loch ness monster in a logo for a brand called "proof" is ingenious. Bravo to their designers, Alphabet Arm Designs.

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Pad

So, I moved to a new place a few weeks ago. It was a short move...from Mission Viejo to Lake Forest. While it was sad leaving the old place because it was the only place I had lived since I moved to California two years ago, I love my new place.

My parents called me when I was moving in and my mom asked if I needed her help unpacking, lining my shelves (ha) and getting the place set up. I foolishly told her that there was no need for her to fly all the way out here just to help me. But as I spent Labor Day lazily opening a couple boxes I realized that if this place was going to get set up, I was going to need some help. So she flew out last weekend and this is what she did. These are the main rooms that got the most attention.

Before mom (living room):

After mom (living room):

Before mom (dining room):

After mom (dining room):

Before mom (bathroom):

After mom (bathroom):

Thanks, mom. You are welcome to fly out here ANYTIME!