Singapore River logo Design Competition 2011

It’s been quite awhile since i had to get my brain juices flowing for a logo. My jobscope at my current workplace requires me to focus more on layouts and art direction. When i came across this sign(pictured above) calling for entries, and i thought…. why not. A quick read at the guidelines later there i was seated at my desk, trying to get the inspiration flowing again. I looked through some aerial shots of the Singapore River, went through their website for any and every bit of info i could. But ultimately….. it drew a blank… ahahahah. Surprise, surprise.

Before the Fifa Footie game series existed – Bola Picit Picit (the poorman’s Subbuteo)

No Subbuteo? No problem

Found my old stash of home made cardboard/paper football thingies!  Before the Fifa Football game series became what it is today, my siblings and i turned ourselves to the world of imaginative football with a little diy.

What im getting at here is that, before the advent of computer/console games, football was mostly played outside with an actual ball or in the case of my household, it was played with an aluminium ball rolled into the shape of a very miniature game ball. The players were made with some thick paper or cardboard. Many a tissue box was sacrificed to make 22 rectangular shapes, painted with club colours and then folded in half. The idea is to make it stand like an inverted ‘V’ shape let it stand on its own and then quickly press down at the apex of the cardboard to launch the ball forward. You do this with varying strengths and ball placement to direct the shot at goal or a team mate. Hence the name. Bola picit picit is what we call it in our native malay language. A loose, word for word translation means; press press football. I shall perhaps show a video demo in another post if many are interested.


The Logo Design Process – 6 examples

Everyone knows how important a logo is to your identity and brand. Every business, online and offline, requires a logo. A logo represents your company and products to potential customers.

Almost any designer can create a good logo, but it won’t necessarily be perfect. Creating an extraordinary logo requires a thorough design process. It should involve brainstorming ideas (either on paper or in digital format), incorporating standard logo elements, choosing appropriate typography, using colors correctly and—most importantly—making a few versions of the proposed logo in different fonts, colors and styles. Points of comparison will help you see which one is perfect.

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of businesses that have shared a peek inside their fascinating logo design process with the public. We hope it will get you started on your own.


Creative Yearbook Photos

In Russia they certainly know how to mix it up and bring school to the next level. In an attempt to make their yearbook a little more fun, they came up with the idea to let the kids draw whatever they wanted on the blackboard and then be photographed in front of it in different poses. Let me tell you, the result is something that should be copied by every school around the world. What fun is to sit in front of a single colored wall and have your photo taken on picture day? That’s just boring.

By doing it this way, the kids bring to it their creativity, thoughts and dreams. What more could you want from a picture that is supposed to express positivity and creativity? Somehow though I doubt they drew these images themselves; however, I can imagine they got some help portraying what they had in their mind. That’s still awesome in my book. Their yearbook must be the most creative yet, don’t you think? And here we go, now we’ll see a landslide of yearbook pictures being sent to us and every other geek blog on the Internet. No worries, bring it on! We’d love to check them all out!


Engrain – Tactile Keyboard

Check out these conceptual keyboard design by Michael Roopenian

Look at your keyboard. Now look at the Engrain. See a difference? The Engrain Tactile Keyboard by Michael Roopenian (say his last name repeatedly please) “uses nature’s tactility to strengthen the relationship between user and interface.” His words, not mine but I I agree. It certainly looks “touchy feely.,” just begging for my fingers to glide across its undulating surface. Whoa whoa! This post is getting dirty. Tell me, what do you guys think of it?


Art Behind the Movies

In every film production there is an enormous visual contribution given to a movie by the illustrators and set designers who work under the artistic guidance of the Production Designer. At the earliest stage , a Production Designer is hired by the Producer to start assembling an art department and begin designing the movie according to the scrip, focusing on mood, atmosphere and it’s characters to better serve the story .

Rodolfo Damaggio have had the pleasure to work under some of the most renowned Production Designers , some are showcased here.