Monday, October 25, 2010

Adobe CS, an Infographic

I updated my Adobe Creative Suite infographic to include CS5. Get the full size version here.

Some back story...

When I upgraded from CS3 to CS4 I started wondering what exactly do you get for you upgrade price and what is the actual time difference between their releases. Full disclosure I actually have the Web Premium Suite however I think their Design Premium is a bit more popular, also a "web" specific version did no exist in the earlier releases of the suite thus making the infographic have some time-line holes. So I did some research and made iteration one of this graphic which can be viewed here.

Skip to 2010 and the release of CS5, ok I do realize I'm a few months late, but lets skip to 2010 and the release of CS5 anyway. It does appear as though Adobe is finding their rhythm with the releases and the prices they deem them to be worth. Perhaps one day if I have absolutely nothing to do for a few days on end I will remake this to include other products within the CS family and upgrade price in addition to the full retail.

* All historical data used for this was referenced from Wikipedia & Archive.org.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2012 is nearing

“Flash hasn't presented any problem at all.
- Steve Jobs October 18 2010

Mission Brand Confusion: Accomplished

Last night I saw the new Kettle One commercial. I love Kettle One and I love their commercials. No other vodka makes a better martini, and their ads consistently put me in the mood to have one. It also doesn't hurt that their spokes person played a great character on Syfy channels Eureka. But I digress...

So I'm watching this commercial thinking to my self, "wow Kettle One is really steppin up the Circ De Soleil, and where is Ed Quinn did they fire their beloved spokesman?". Alas, this wasn't actually a commercial for Kettle One it was for a hotel in Las Vegas called The Cosmopolitan. You can't create a brand with another brands elements, because when you do you get blog posts like this and a fair bit of confusion!

Curious about that track? It's called Spread Your Love by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and the video is pretty cool too!

The Cosmopolitan:


Kettle One, Table:



Kettle One, Bar:



Kettle One, Street:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Renzo

How does the highly style forward mind behind Diesel's brand Renzo Rosso celebrate his 55th birthday? With a big ole bash staring such acts as N.E.R.D. and Wyclef of course. And what does his beloved brand get the man who undoubtedly has everything for his birthday? A very limited edition, vary large chronograph watch entitled "This is my time". The face of this behemoth highlights the day of celebration with a large typographic 9, 15, 55.  Interested in owning one? With only 5555 of them made worldwide, and everyone attending this birthday party getting one along with the birthday boy himself you better find one soon. Philadelphia's very own Diesel store received only eight and after my visit now only has seven.

Check out some video from the event here & here.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Joy, A High Concept Scent

Longwood Gardens, in Pennsylvania's Kennett Square region, currently has an exhibit going on titled "Making scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance". This exhibit details the horticultural roots of perfumeries from yesteryear up to contemporary times. Profiling the “nature” framework that goes into building the creation of many of the most prolific scents throughout history including such iconic scents as Chanel No. 5 and Shalimar. Included in the exhibit were some fun back-story displays chronicling the motivations behind the brands. I found the story behind the scent Joy to be the most engaging.
“Following the financial crisis of 1929, the fashion designer Jean Patou asked the Spanish perfumer Henri Alméras to create a perfume that would symbolize joyful optimism and hope. Appearing in 1930, Joy was one of the most floral and "jasmined" fragrances ever created. Unlike most other luxury perfumes, whose head, heart, and soul notes emerge from a blend of different ingredients, Joy, according to some perfume experts, maintains a singular rose and jasmine scent at its top, middle, and bottom levels. Because the picking of jasmine flowers is an extremely labor-intensive operation–to harvest 8,000 flowers (about 2.2 pounds) demands a total of 2,000 hand gestures–Joy was at one time called "the costliest perfume in the world." This is not an exaggeration, since 28 dozen roses and 10,600 jasmine flowers to produce one ounce of Joy concentrate.”

Now that's what I call high concept!

Friday, October 08, 2010

Adobe Air + Android = ^_^

Android announced today that Adobe Air will now be available for download on the Android market. You can read the official release here. And if you would like a bit more of a technical overview you can find it here. On an unrelated note news was also released today regarding Microsoft's interest in purchasing Adobe sparking a very sharp rise in Adobe's stock. I can't help but wonder how this would effect the already fragile relationship between Apple and Adobe.

If this purchase does go though I would speculate that Apple would add some additional design oriented software titles their already popular Final Cut. What could some fun titles be?
Photoshop -> iPhoto
Illustrator -> iDraw
Dreamweaver -> iPage
Flash -> (nothing)
Flex -> uh well you can just get the SDK for free!

And of course every icon would have a fantastic highlight/reflection.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Study in Steel

From my ephemera collection, Study in Steel. I found this fantastic piece when I was living in Pittsburgh at a book store in Oakland called Caliban Books. Pressed in 1962 this collateral set was designed to promote Pittsburgh's steel industry. For this set the Pittsburgh steel industry tasked Peter Muller-Munk Associates to:
“explore the personality of steel to develop design concepts for modern, indoor-outdoor family living.”
With a heavy Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce feel, I cant help but to wonder what this design would look like and focus on if it were done today.

Want to see more?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Advertising The Gathering : Day 9 Target Audience

Day 09 -
It's the Advertising The Gathering official card release. It's the reason we are all here but would never really like to fully recognize, it's the Target Audience Card! Interested in frustrating your creative staff? There is no better way then to slap down a friendly reminder that we are doing this for a specific audience and not their personal portfolio.
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- Card details -
Card Title: Target Audience

Card Quote: "I'm not paying for content!"

Card Details: Card caster must have at least 1 UX card in play. Target Audience card gains +10 confusion for each Target Audience card in play. When Target Audience card comes into play opponents Creative and UX cards must battle each other to the death.

- About the project -
I had this fun idea to do an illustration project focusing on different roles in advertising to which I would add cheeky bios but after starting the project I became really frustrated with my lack of illustration skills. So I brainstormed some better vehicles for the concept. What better vehicle then Magic the Gathering! Have no idea what that is? Half of me doesn't blame you and to be honest, the other half that does, could probably be talked into not blaming you either. So if you need a down and dirty overview check out what wiki has to say. I hope you enjoy it, I'm going to try and post one card every week day for as long as I can keep coming up with fun roles and copy to go with them.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Advertising The Gathering : Day 8 Copywriter

Day 08 -
It's the Advertising The Gathering official card release. Hide your lampshades and open your liquor cabinets here comes the Copywriter Card!. When your a small agency and you need to skimp on the roles little else is as instantly noticeable than when your "creative guy" magically becomes copywriter.
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- Card details -
Card Title: Copywriter

Card Quote: "Wanna catch a drink after work?"

Card Details: When Copy Writer card comes into play caster gains +5 concept for each Art Director card in play. Copy Writer car is tapped opponent must convert 1/3 of their budget to cover all bar tab costs incurred by Copy Writer card(s). When more then one Copy Writer card is tapped opponent must increase timeline by +10. If Copy Writer card survives 10 rounds of play opponent must cover Copy Writer cards antidepressant prescriptions.
- About the project -
I had this fun idea to do an illustration project focusing on different roles in advertising to which I would add cheeky bios but after starting the project I became really frustrated with my lack of illustration skills. So I brainstormed some better vehicles for the concept. What better vehicle then Magic the Gathering! Have no idea what that is? Half of me doesn't blame you and to be honest, the other half that does, could probably be talked into not blaming you either. So if you need a down and dirty overview check out what wiki has to say. I hope you enjoy it, I'm going to try and post one card every week day for as long as I can keep coming up with fun roles and copy to go with them.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Found Packaging: 8th Continent Soymilk

While at my local Target this weekend I spotted a carton of 8th Continent Soymik. I dont really care for soy milk, which is starting to become a problem due to my increasing battle with an advancing lactose intolerance, but I do love this packaging. Designed by UK artist Ben Javens this design harkens back on an age of innocence. A time when we used to relish in our retail ignorance and not have to stand there with our smart phone translating the ingredient lists of every thing we put in our shopping cart. Now if they can just design some fun carefree rice milk packaging it will wind up in mine.

Advertising The Gathering : Day 7 Social Network

Day 07 -
It's the Advertising The Gathering official card release. The official crutch of the adverting industry. The Social Network Card! When you have completely run out of  creative ideas or you find yourself in way over your head, throw down the Social Network card and you will have that big name client thinking you have your fingers on the pulse of any audience.
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- Card details -
Card Title: Social Network

Card Quote: "We need to leverage user generated content!"

Card Details: When Social Network card comes into play opponent must crowbar Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare into a non-related campaign. Every time Social Network card is tapped a “fresh” approach to integrating social networking must be presented.

- About the project -
I had this fun idea to do an illustration project focusing on different roles in advertising to which I would add cheeky bios but after starting the project I became really frustrated with my lack of illustration skills. So I brainstormed some better vehicles for the concept. What better vehicle then Magic the Gathering! Have no idea what that is? Half of me doesn't blame you and to be honest, the other half that does, could probably be talked into not blaming you either. So if you need a down and dirty overview check out what wiki has to say. I hope you enjoy it, I'm going to try and post one card every week day for as long as I can keep coming up with fun roles and copy to go with them.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Better than you.

I really hate re-hashing other blogs content but this artist is far too talented not to appear on every design oriented blog. I found this link on creative mind Shane Cranford's blog who is also pretty talented.

This video is a documentary on London sign & glass-gilding artisan David A. Smith and if you don't feel put in your place after watching this then you may want to get professional help for your narcissistic issues.


David A Smith - Sign Artist from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.