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Guinness for Strength

Guinness

Love these vintage ‘Guinness for Strength’ posters, but don’t think the message would fly nowadays.

Online advertising earnings

painted dollar sign

Details of my online advertising earnings and website traffic for March 2011.

Don’t build websites using Flash

The Flash logo

If your website is built using Flash, that’s 15M+ potential customers you’re alienating.

The smallest cost of rebranding

old business card

If you think I’m out of pocket with this old batch of business cards, imagine what it costs to rebrand a company the size of Yellow Pages.

Let respect follow your actions, not a wish for respect

Siddhartha

Here are ten basic character traits that I remind myself of now and again, believing that if they can be adopted, the path I create will be much smoother than most.

Pitching for design work in floating cement factories

Ricardo Bofill cement factory

A few features of interest from the design blogs I follow, and more.

Designing Brand Identity

Designing Brand Identity

Ever since my book was published, Alina’s has been a mainstay alongside it.

Boycotting GoDaddy

elephant close up

I don’t want to give my money to a man who glorifies elephant-hunting.

Painted Picture 2014

painted canvas

This is my Painted Picture. It’s the shape of my business in March 2014 when I turn 35. The idea is that by putting it into words, my Picture has a stronger chance of becoming reality.

Michael Wolff on creativity

Michael Wolff talking about three muscles he’s developed with age — inquisitiveness, appreciation, and imagination.

Framing your design brand

blank paper notebook

Sometimes even the most amazing designers get stuck at communicating their own message.

Type foundries worth a look

wood type numbers

It’s always useful to have a collection of type foundries to call upon. Here are a few notable mentions.

Universal wrapping paper

universal wrapping paper

Here’s an idea I thought was worth sharing — universal wrapping paper.

Pairing typefaces in book design

Typeface characteristics

Choosing typefaces is one of the two most important choices you make when designing a book.

Things Organized Neatly

wilting rose

I’m not the first designer to share Things Organized Neatly. And I’m sure I won’t be the last.

The disconcertion of spec

porcupinefish

It’s bemusing to see $1.78 billion retailer JCPenney crowdsourcing its brand identity.

Arcano Type

Arcano Type

In a project a little reminiscent of Miles Newlyn’s work for Unilever, graphic designer Giuseppe Salerno of Valencia-based Resistenza spent the past four months producing Arcano Type.

One year published, and thoughts on a second book

number one

It’s been around a year since my book became available.

You don’t need a designer

micromanagement

You need someone who knows how to use computer software.

New York

Guggenheim New York

I’m just back from a break in New York.

New work: Pinebank Asset Management

Pinebank identity design

I was hired to design an identity that captured “New York City unpretentious wealth.”

Save your marketing emails from deletion

back space key

Here’s the format of the 1% I actually pay attention to.

On unpaid internships

Sewickley bridge, Pennsylvania

Would I take the opportunity again? Absolutely.

Be brilliant at the basics

three shipping containers in a dock

Don’t try to accommodate every customer.

Twitter recommendations

Twitter typography

Rather than restrict myself to 140 characters, or Friday, here’s my take.

This is the end

The End

A gallery of the end titles from Warner Bros. movies (1924-1967), collated by designer Christian Annyas. Mouse-over each image (there, not here) to reveal the movie.

Amazon Associates: helping designers look sharp

Amazon smile logo

It’s hard to imagine someone clicking an Amazon link for a design book, then thinking to themselves, “Mmmm, peanut butter.” But it happens.

Books and packaging

Pelican book covers

What design blog is complete without a good dose of books and packaging?

iMac buying tips

Apple wallpaper

I upgraded to a 27-inch iMac. Here are a few tips if you’re thinking of buying one, too.

Show me the macaroni

Macaroni & Cheese box design

Not to every designer’s taste, I’m sure, but a relevant example of how where food packaging is concerned, there are more factors at play than style alone.