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Brand Thinking

Brand Thinking

Debbie Millman’s new book Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits is an engaging collection of dialogues between Debbie and different leaders in the field.

Why do so few designers join professional design organisations?

Blank organisation chart

“You get out of it what you put in, so if you don’t go to meetings, or become involved with other members, paying the fee is pretty much useless.”

When asking for a design critique

Ghost twins

Don’t show two logos and ask, “Which one’s best?”

What employers look for #4

SomeOne in London studio

But some of them, man alive… I really wish they’d read what I’m about to write.

What employers look for #3

Sterling Brands studio

A glass-half-full mentality has helped all of us through a hellacious week. Complainers need not apply.

What employers look for #2

160over90 studio

The postcard for the real estate development? It sucks. Get rid of it.

What employers look for #1

smashLAB agency

If you aren’t absolutely committed to your career, I’ll come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t be either.

Identify

Identify by Chermayeff & Geismar

Identity design is not about what one likes or dislikes. It’s about what works.

Kerning game

Kerning game

Sounds nerdy. Probably is. Fun, though!

The King of Legoland

Another World video game

Two minutes rammed full of childhood memories.

Can I legally hire unpaid interns?

Hire sign

Useful if offering internships (to stay on the right side of the law), and if seeking a placement (to ensure your chosen internship is the best possible match).

Lifework

David Airey workspace

I recently had a chat with Cerentha Harris, editor of Herman Miller’s Lifework blog.

From nought to 87,698 in five years

Glass-fronted building

I’ve learned a few things along the way and want to share some blogging advice.

Just My Type

Just My Type

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts is a light-hearted collection of stories aimed at non-designers.

The stories behind car brand names

Saab logo

Etymology is the study of the history of words. There’s a collection of company name etymologies on Wikipedia. Here are a few choice picks from the automotive industry.

New work: TalkTo

TalkTo logo on tshirt

I recently created a number of identity design variations for Massachusetts-based startup TalkTo.

San Serriffe

San Serriffe

San Serriffe — my next island destination.

Tenerife

El Medano Tenerife

No blog/email/Twitter action this past week. Been in Tenerife.

Where to find the right designer

X mark

There are thousands of designers available at every level of cost.

How do you deal with unpaid invoices?

Past due stamp

How do you deal with unpaid invoices?

From the reader #3

Saatchi

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently.”

You are the map maker

Your best idea

What’s the formula for blog posts that will get the greatest number of retweets? Which new product or service will make you the most money? Do you know?

What is meant by the word ‘creative’?

Painted background

Only one in ten thousand will really mean, “Give me something I haven’t seen before.”

Focus on art: Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti pencils

The intricate magic of pencil lead sculptor Dalton Ghetti.

New work: Clemente Tequila

Clemente Tequila

I worked with Malibu-based tequila connoisseur Gene Fein to design a wordmark and set of labels for a new 100% organic tequila brand called Clemente Tequila.

Handling the client approach

Football strategy

A few pieces of info I use to streamline the client approach.

Canned air

Canned air

This air from Prague circulated recently, making me wonder who else has designed canned air packaging.

Stationery Design Now!

Stationery Design Now!

If you’re in search of a little stationery design inspiration, Stationery Design Now! is worth a look.

Smirnoff Caipiroska packaging

Smirnoff Caipiroska packaging design

This promotional packaging for Smirnoff Caipiroska by JWT Brasil caught my eye.

On creative block

Gerard Huerta quote

How do you overcome creative block?