TGIFF! That’s two Fs given for #ForceFriday. Some of us have been up all night gathering alllllll the new Star Wars merch: the good, the evil, the items more expensive than the price Jabba put on Han Solo’s head.
According to the United Nations, 783 million people lack access to clean water, and 2.5 billion people worldwide have inadequate sanitation. At the same time, the cataclysm of climate change grows ever nearer as the narcissistic complacency of our species prevents the collective action necessary to head off future…
Ennion made me. Those were the words molded on glass vases and jars that survived centuries of dust, change, and trauma all over the classical world. But who was Ennion? And how, in the early years of the world, did his glassware become so famous?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's primary foe, Hydra, may have gotten a lot scarier on this week's episode, but we've got one pretty good reason to doubt whether their secret schemes will pan out. And, no, it's not just because good always triumphs over evil in the end.
If you look closely in Mike Judge's under-appreciated (albeit slightly cruel) masterpiece, Idiocracy, you'll notice countless little logos from the future. These are the handiwork of graphic designer and former advertising professional Ellen Lampl.
When you wrap a gift in fancy paper, the last thing you want is ugly pieces of tape stuck all over it. That's why 3M created its Scotch-brand tape that's nearly invisible, and a selling point that Hamburg-based ad agency Kolle Rebbe perfectly drove home with this clever packaging for the product that looks like a…
Today we learned that popular 1990s soda/xtreme sports pump-up drink Surge is back: Amazon will now deliver a 12-pack to your house for $14. If you hadn't thought about Surge since the late 1990s, it was probably a trip to see that distinctive green can again. And it brought up a question: Who designed this little gem…
Yesterday, a new logo appeared on fencing around World Trade Center construction site. To design it, developers hired one of the world's top agencies to try to create branding that's never going to be sufficient. The very expensive and almost impossible task of creating a symbol to represent a space that will always…
Hundreds of thousands of people attend the Olympics, and millions more watch them. So there's a lot riding on the way a city presents them, from advertising to stadiums. Rio just revealed what its 2016 Games will look like, and they've done a great job—not just because no enterprising internet perv has compared it to…
Sometimes corporate Twitter can be a soul-sucking place. All that shilling. All that engagement. #So #many #hashtags. So I went on the search for a few brands that didn't make me want to unfollow life. To my surprise, I found a few.
Ever wondered where your food comes from? Well, before they get turned into prime rib and burgers, cows have to be raised and handled by real men and women — cowboys. Yes, they really do still exist and this is what they do.
It may feel like Google’s colorful lettering has been with us since the dawn of time, but it’s been a long, bumpy road getting there. When it comes to logo design, sometimes you have to face-plant before you can fly. And in Google’s case, there’s been plenty of face-planting.
We'd known that legendary designer Massimo Vignelli was sick: His son issued a plea to designers who were influenced by him to send him a letter, which surely flooded his home with well-designed well-wishes over the past few weeks. This morning, Vignelli passed away at the age of 83. Here, we've collected a handful of…
When we think about cities and branding we might think of a logo on a t-shirt, or perhaps a slogan that's slapped onto banners. But a city brand now encompasses much more—it's selling a lifestyle. The Guardian has ranked 57 global cities with the best brands. The winner might surprise you.
It's not your imagination — the mascot on your favorite box of breakfast cereal really is trying to make eye contact with you. And scientists say there's a reason why.
Since advertising is all about the power of suggestion, it's fun to see what happens when the conceits of well-known campaigns are totally undermined. Honest Slogans takes well-known advertising and turns the slogan into some real talk about the product, or at least designer Clif Dickens's take on it.
It looks like an iron maiden for your palms, and this painful looking device was meant to leave the hands of criminals with a mark no one would forget.
Life is strange and unpredictable. Some things have to be seen to be believed, and even then it can be tough to trust your own peepers. Take Milan’s Piazza Mercanti, for instance. It recently became home to what appears to be a submarine bursting through the asphalt. Wait, what?
Modern warfare is defined by ambiguity—and with it, soldiers (and training) have had to adapt. Posted online this week, a U.S. Army document guides soldiers through the rigors of recognizing terrorist and insurgent groups in the wild. Not through weaponry or language, but through branding.