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Sports field logo design

June 17th, 2014

Once upon a time, sports fields were green. Sometimes with subtle stripes mown into the lawn, and white painted boundary lines approproate to the sport, but in general, pitches were green as grass.

But advertising at sporting fixtures has become such big business that companies must now be increasingly innovative with their product placement.

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Un-united Kingdom?

June 5th, 2014

Here in Great Britain we’re all eagerly awaiting the Commonwealth Games.

Whereas at the Olympic Games British athletes compete for Great Britain & Northern Ireland, at the Commonwealth Games we can support English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish athletes individually, as well as competitors from the smaller constituents including the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

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Uniqlo lets customers choose their t-shirt design

May 20th, 2014

Uniqlo’s unique selling point has always been that it offers simply designed clothes, in high quality fabrics, in a wide range of colors to facilitate the creation of a mix and matchable capsule wardrobe. But with the launch of a new Uniqlo range, it seems that the Japanese clothing giant is moving away from a wardrobe-by-numbers approach and is letting its customers get a bit more creative.

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Netflix logo “refreshed”

May 16th, 2014

Movie rental subscription service Netflix has been around now for almost twenty years. A lot has changed during that time; mostly recently Netflix’s logo design.

When Netflix first started, the only way you could use it to watch movies and TV box sets was to create a wishlist of titles online, and then wait for the physical DVDs to be delivered to your door. Back then, in the late 1990s, Netflix’s logo was designed to catch the eye among the other envelopes that arrived in the mail; it was all bold, shadowed type and a bright red, black and white pallette.

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PayPal’s new logo design no longer resembles a car park icon

May 8th, 2014

In a recent brand survey conducted on behalf of money exchange giant PayPal, findings indicated that most people recognise PayPal as a brand and something to do with online money, but few were sure of what, exactly, PayPal actually does…

And so with the launch of a new mobile payment service, PayPal has taken the opportunity to refresh its image with a new logo design.

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Small UK logo design company wins African royal seal of approval

May 7th, 2014

The south-west of England is generally considered a sleepy part of the country. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, London, it’s more renowned for its beaches, laid back lifestyle, and lack of highways.

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New logo for the city of Halifax

April 30th, 2014

The Canadian city of Halifax is the latest to join the growing trend for new logos.

Commissioned by Halifax Regional Municipality and designed by branding agency Revolve Branding, the logo is part of a whole new branding strategy, which was unanimously supported by members of the Executive Standing Committee.

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Online advertising fraud

April 25th, 2014

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journaldiscussing the problem of fraud in online advertising. It’s a practice I have known about for a while, but the article really highlighted the impact it can have on companies, especially those that rely heavily on digital marketing.

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Crowdsourcing logo design – does it work?

April 17th, 2014

Everyone’s crowdsourcing everything these days, raising money for community projects, taking part in charity events, funding scientific research – the list goes on. Crowdsourcing seems to have become trendy in the logo design world too, with a number of organisations using the method as a way to generate novel ideas, engage with members of the public or a particular community, and to kickstart a self-perpetuating marketing campaign.

In 2013 municipal governors of the Italian city of Florence decided to go down the crowdsourcing route to come up with a new brand identity for the city. The competition, open to both professional and amateur designers, encouraged entrants to submit logo design ideas, in sketch format, to rebrand Florence as an international tourist destination.

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New logo design for Reebok

March 21st, 2014

When I was younger, everyone – everyone! – wanted a pair of Reebok Classic running shoes. In fact, this particular model of shoe was quite inappropriate for running and seemed to wear out a little too quickly for my pestered and cash-strapped parents’ liking, but for some reason – along with an Adidias tracksuit, these shoes were all the rage among teenagers in mid-1990’s Britain.

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New logo design for the ‘City of Neighbourhoods’

March 14th, 2014

We recently reported on the underwhelming response to the announcement of a new logo for Canada’s 150th birthday. Following this, Canadian national newspaper The Globe & Mail recently launched a competition to see if Canadian designers can come up with a better alternative to the existing logo for the city of Toronto.

You can view the eight logo designs shortlisted by visiting The Globe & Mail wesbite here. However, the one logo design that received the most votes from a public poll is this one, by Matthew Blackett of Spacing Media:

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New logo and new products for new world wine company Jacob’s Creek

March 12th, 2014

Australian winery Orlando Wines, based in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, recently announced that the Jacob’s Creek brand would be getting a new look after almost 40 years.

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Out with the ampersand, in with the plus – Black & Decker logo design becomes Black + Decker

March 7th, 2014

What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the words “Black and Decker”?

For me, and most people, according to a recently commissioned survey, the name conjures up images of drills, electric saws and the classic Black & Decker workmate bench – all branded in trademark orange.

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More ‘Lego Design’ than ‘Logo Design’, but check this out!

March 4th, 2014

In my home country, the UK – and I’m sure it’s the same in other countries too – there are a LOT of annoying TV advertisements. That’s not to say the ads aren’t effective, but there are just some adverts that get over-played, whose jingles get irritatingly stuck in your head, or that just plain don’t make sense. 

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Controversial Cape Town logo design goes ahead despite opposition

February 28th, 2014

 

From my own travel experience, Cape Town is a city of contrasts. As a vibrant, modern city – the second most populated in South Africa after Johannesburg, Cape Town glitters in its sunny seaside position and is overlooked by the breathtakingly beautiful Table Mountain.

There is art here, and culture, music, museums, botanic gardens and entertainment,  a gaudy student drinking culture and backpacker scene, and the ramshackle yet colourful and lively township shanties. Diverse ethnic groups have made their home in Cape Town: Khosa people, Zulus, Cape Malays and white Africans of Dutch, German and British heritage to name but a few.

But Cape Town also has its dark side.

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