Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Old Spice - Social Media Branding #1

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

H.264 GPU Decoding in Flash Player on Mac OS X is live

by Thibault Imbert

Inception HD Trailer
We just pushed a few minutes ago a new version of the Flash Player 10.1.82.76 containing a nice feature that was in beta until now called 'Gala'. Yes, H.264 GPU decoding in Mac OSX is now officially enabled in the Flash Player.

You should notice now a nice difference when playing H.264 content on your Mac in terms of CPU usage. We rarely enable new features in security releases but we really wanted to enable such a cool feature. For more details about it, Tinic already posted about this.

Of course, you will not see the tiny top left white rectangle anymore, we removed it.

Noe that we are actively working on improving even more the video experience in the Flash Player, more about this soon.

To download the latest version, you know where to get it ;)

It may take a few hours to get propagated, so make sure you double check the version.

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4 Powerful Creative Tools On One Site!

by Misty Belardo

Do you want to create your own home movie? Do you want to see if you can create your own cartoon or comic strip? There is a lot of software out there that is available to you, you just need to know where you can find it. Some software is created for professional designers and movie/sound editors. However, what if you just want to try it out without having to spend so much money? I found a cool site called CREAZA. It is a site that houses four powerful creative tools in one place. The site lets you organize your creativity, tell a story, create a stunning movie and create a soundscape. No installation of software is necessary. Just log in and create.

The 4 powerful creative tools are as follows:

Mindomo – With Mindomo, you can organize and get an overview of thoughts, ideas, links, and other information visually. This is also online mind mapping.

Cartoonist – Cartoonist is an online comic tool used to create cartoons or personal digital stories consisting of professional backgrounds, characters, props, images and text.

MovieEditor – MovieEditor is an online video editor to create movies, complete with professional-looking titles, transitions, effects, animation, music, and narration.

AudioEditor – AudioEditor is an online audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio. With Audio Editor you can produce your own audio clips and soundscapes.

I included a video so you can see for yourself how you can harness these tools and let your creativity flow.

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Adobe on Open Source and Standards: Part 1 of 3

by Beth Lovett

Recently, we sat down with Dave McAllister, Adobe Director of Open Source and Standards, to get his perspectives on 'open' at Adobe. This is the first segment of a three part interview. In parts two and three, coming later this week, Dave will cover:

-Recent developments at Adobe re: open source and standards
-Discussion of PDF and Flash in terms of open
-Obama's Open Government Initiative
-What's next for Adobe in terms of open source and standards

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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Losing Lottery Ticket Art – Keep The Dream Alive!

by Diana Adams

Do you play the lottery? Do you like instant game scratch off tickets? What do you do with your lottery tickets once you find out you didn’t win? You throw them in the garbage bin, right? Think again. There might be something much more fun you could create with those!

This is a very interesting, creative concept. It’s all about using spent dreams to build new dreams, or something like that. Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom use discarded losing lottery tickets to create the things that people would have liked to buy with their winnings if they had won.

What do most people dream about buying? Apparently the majority of people want dream homes, expensive cars and extravagant vacations. Those things are the staples of their art installations. Get this… they even try to keep the dollar amounts as accurate as possible. For example, they used $39,000 of trashed lottery tickets to create this “dream car” made out of those tickets (the hummer shown below). They’ve also created some stunning pieces like the “What I am” sculpture below.

The detail on some of these things blows my mind. From what I’ve read, the clocks even have second hands. Whoa!! What an interesting tribute to all the “get rich quick” schemes out there. You can learn more about this on the couple’s official website.

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Losing Lottery Ticket Art – Keep The Dream Alive!

Confession: I Schedule My Tweets

by Aaron
So why do I schedule tweets?

1. Spreading my tweets

I read a lot of tweets shared by a lot of great people from a lot of different sources like chirrps, google reader, and from my twitter list. So if I share all my tweets after I read them I’ll be spamming everyones pages with my tweets. So what I do is, after reading them I schedule them to post every hour, its easy to put all those great tweets to go throughout the day because I only need to read 24 articles/tweets and trust me I read more than 24 articles in a day but if I have a lot of time on hands I usually post 2-4 tweets when I’m on twitter and 2 every hour when I am asleep.

2. Time Zone

One thing about twitter is there is a big difference when it come to time zone, I was talking to @2cre8 on twitter and she forgotten that my time was totally opposite. It was 4am my on my end. Time time difference in Asia and America is nearly 12 hours. So whenever its 10pm here, its around 10am in the United States. So if I have an early class around 8am, I schedule my tweets to be posted once every hour till 8am or till my classes are over. After getting back from classes I’ll check the replies and reply everyone as soon as possible and read more tweets and schedule them again till I get back from afternoon classes. So its like read > schedule > reply > read > schedule > reply of course I don’t automate conversations.

3. Meeting New People

Since I have a big time differenec its hard for me to connect with a lot of people in the United States, I do connect with a group of them especially when they just got up from bed and ready to start their day. That is usually the time where I log off. So when I schedule my tweets I manage to spread my tweets throughout their day and meet them especially when they comment on the tweets and telling me what they think by giving their opinion. I usually reply them after I get up from my sleep of after classes when I have time.

4. Managing My Time

I am sure we don’t really have a lot of time to spend on twitter and other social networks. So after schedulling my tweets I will try to get other work done like blogging since I know I have 1-2 tweets that will be posted within that hour, I don’t really have to go back to twitter until I get my blog post done. People still will get tweets and they might comment on them which I am able to reply after getting my blog done.

5. Spread the Brand

Spread the brand? I think everyone has a brand whether they are on twitter, facebook or in reality. Everyone is branded with a name or an icon. Look at Donald Trump and the Trump brand for example. I remember watching Donald Trump on apprentice when I was 16. I remembered his name ever since. Now that is a good brand. On twitter if you want a good brand you have to stand out and be different. Whether you be the funniest guy out there, the most infomative guy out there, or be great like @tweetsmarter posting awesome tips on twitter and social media 24/7. @Flipbooks has a brand too. He is one of the most retweeted person out there. His timeline is packed with great stuff that goes viral and he is able to do so because people loves his tweets. I am trying to do that too. Last year I only post less than 20 tweets in a day and now I am increasing the number of tweets I’ve met so many people who enjoyed reading it and connecting with me.

So if you ask me whether you should schedule your tweets too? I’ll say, it depends. What are you goals? What are you trying to achieve on twitter?

So what do you think? Should you schedule or automate tweets?

Friday, 6 August 2010

Essential Logo and Identity Design Resources on Twitter

by Duane Kinsey (Logobird)

When I first started using Twitter, I had no idea how to find the best logo and identity designers to follow. I knew some of the more well-know identity design bloggers were on Twitter, however there were many other people and resources that took months to discover.

The goal of the list below is to become a comprehensive resource of logo and identity design resources on Twitter. It will be updated frequently.

The list has been split into three categories. Please click the topic below to jump directly to where you want to go.

Tip: You can use the TweepML link above each of the lists selectively bulk follow the Twitter accounts.

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Logo and Identity Designers on Twitter

Selectively add list below via TweepML –> Logo And Identity Designers on Twitter


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DavidAirey – ☞ David Airey

Graphic designer davidairey.com logodesignlove.com @LogoDesignLove


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justcreative – Jacob Cass

Graphic Designer, Logo Designer, Web Designer, Blogger, Creative Thinker, Social Media Nut, Freelancer, Link Sharer.


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LBOI – Sneh Roy

I am a web consultant, logo designer and illustrator from Sydney Australia. I create content, brands and design websites!


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imjustcreative – Graham ‘Logo’ Smith

Logo & identity designer for hire. Creating clean and unique logos, identities and rebrands. Iconic, typographic and minimalist tendencies. 25 years experience.


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leightonhubbell – Leighton Hubbell

Award-winning logo/icon/lettering designer and illustrator. Avid cyclist, part-time blogger, private citizen.


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TheLogoFactory – Logo Factory

Logo design studio specializing in small/mid sized business identity design. Wrangled by C/D Steve Douglas


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brandsimplicity – Fabian Marchinko

Great logo designs tells a story, your story.My Aim is to capture this in a simple memorable design.


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Vonster – Von Glitschka

Illustrator + Designer = Illustrative Designer: Branding, Icons, Marketing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Typography, Jesus Freak, Geek, and Foodie.


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hexanine – Hexanine

Branding Syndicate of Strategy & Style


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idApostle – idApostle

An Identity Love Affair : logo designer : Ottawa, Canada


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Processed_id – Processed Identity

Sharing How You Got There. Web site exploring the processes designers use to develop brand identities.


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TyMattson – Ty Mattson

Graphic designer. Former Jungle-Cruise skipper. Current bulldog owner. Aspiring world-changer


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helveticbrands – David Pache

Outside the box design, Swiss style. David Pache is a creative consultant, a brand and identity designer in Switzerland that works with clients globally.


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LogoMotives – Jeff Fisher

Designer/Author Jeff Fisher is the Engineer of Creative Identity for Portland-based Jeff Fisher LogoMotives – and Rose Festival clown Toots Caboose!


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LogoDesignLove – David Airey

Twitter profile for logo design links and nothing more. Elsewhere @DavidAirey


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behoff – Brian Hoff

Designer, writer, speaker and design thinker. Founder of http://thedesigncubicle.com


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Logobird – Duane

Co-founder of Logobird Designs. Logo and brand identity design.


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f1rebrand – Roy Smith

Brand identity designer.


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brand_clay – Brandclay / Sean

Graphic Designer based in Ann Arbor MI. Specialize in Logo, Branding, Web, & Mobile Device creation.


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uneekgrafix – Christopher Magruder

I SHOOT BANDS. I BUILD BRANDS.


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rlandondesign – Rick Landon

Graphic designer, writer, and illustrator extraordinaire. I also say witty things from time to time.


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fogra – Sean O’Grady

Graphic designer. Logo geek especially.


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38one – 38one

38one is a graphic, web and interior design studio based in Madison, WI, US. @Denis is tweeting @38one


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Identity_Forum – IDENTITY FORUM

Thoughts on corporate brands, used by leaders


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siahdesign – Josiah Jost

Servant of Jesus Christ – Graphic Designer That Specializes in Logo Design – Love people


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crislabno – Cris Labno

Less is always more


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m_michaelspitz – Michael Spitz

American designer, currently working via Croatia. Specialties Include – Logo & Identity Development, Illustration, and Information Design


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RajaSandhu – Raja Sandhu

visual communication – the art of business & brand identity design


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KevinBurr – Kevin Burr

Skinny P-I-M-P


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logoholik – Bojan Stefanovic

Award winning visual identity specialist


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briankgray – Brian K Gray

KGB – designer and all-around badass


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niallstaines – Niall Staines

Graphic Designer, Logophile & Coffee Geek. Currently working in Digital Advertising


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OronozDesign – Alan Oronoz

Hello, I´m Alan Oronoz a brand identity designer! And what can i say…I love my work!!


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LogomotiveMike – Mike Erickson

Logo Designer and Typographer


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JulianHrankov – Julian Hrankov

Hello! I’m Julian Hrankov, a self-educated logo & corporate design specialist and head of Art Machine, a Berlin-based graphic design studio.


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wizemark – Srdjan Kirtic

Freelance graphic designer specializing in logo design. Currently working as a brand designer @ Depthskins LLC, but still available for some freelance work.


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chopeh – Pete Lacey

Making crazy shapes since ’86.


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mil_ou – Milou

Logo designer


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bartodell – bartodell

Brand Design Specialist based in Amarillo, TX.


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designabot – Rich Scott

Crafter of brand identities and part time philosopher


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Made_By_Thomas – Tømme

Freelance Logo Designer from Belgium


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rlandondesign – Rick Landon

Graphic designer, writer, and illustrator extraordinaire. I also say witty things from time to time.


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brandexpression – Mark Gallagher

Brand Expressionist® at BLACKCOFFEE®


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r27 – Rajesh Pancholi

R27.CREATIVELAB | Design & Visual Communications | I make funny shapes with noodles when nobodys looking…!! Creative Guns for hire.


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Brandamentalist – David Ansett

Founder of brand design agency Truly Deeply. Helping businesses build their brand by serving-up doses of daily brand insights, observations & inspirations.

Logo Design Awards and Inspiration on Twitter

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eulda_books – Mauro Pastore

Wolda, the Worldwide Logo Design Annual


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LogoMoose – LogoMoose

Logo design inspiration gallery


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Logopond – Logopond


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logonest – Logo Nest

All logos published on Logo Nest site also will be published in a book Logo Nest 01, which will be printed at the begin of the 2011!


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logofromdreams – Logo From Dreams


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iheartlogos – iheartlogos

An international logo design competition — the only one of its kind.


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logohof – Logo Hall of Fame ™

Logo Hall of Fame ™ – International award honoring excellence for logos

Design Agencies and Studios on Twitter

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Source: Design agencies and studios on Twitter, David Airey, graphic designer



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pentagramdesign – Pentagram Design


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landor_dot_com – Landor Associates

@boycaught, @trevorwade and @mindyromero tweet on Landor’s behalf about branding and design from around the world, the network + the web.


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300million – 300million

Brand design consultancy London, UK


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SterlingBrands – Sterling Brands

Bringing the science back to marketing!


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Brandient – Brandient

Brandient — consultancy on brand strategy, design and value.


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WolffOlins – Wolff Olins

A brand and innovation firm. In a world where what you do matters more than what you say, we build brands that create better realities, not just a nicer image.


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movingbrands – movingbrands

An independent, award-winning branding company with creative studios in London, Zurich, Tokyo and San Francisco.


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Coudal – Jim Coudal

Unable to focus. OK with that.


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CoreBrand – CoreBrand

CoreBrand specializes in helping companies understand, define, express and leverage their corporate brands for business results.


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Duffy_Partners – Duffy&Partners

Design to Enrich Everyday Life


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FutureBrand – FutureBrand

FutureBrand is a full-service, global brand and design consultancy. We think ahead to stay ahead.


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InterbrandNY – Interbrand New York

official Interbrand NY Twitter feed, focused on great brands and the impact of the digital experience


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160over90 – 160over90

160over90 is a branding agency. www.160over90.com/blog


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SiegelGale – Siegel+Gale, LLC

Smart, Nice and Unstoppable people who practice the art and science of Simplicity to help organizations excel.


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BrandLogicNY – BrandLogic

Sharing with/learning from the brand community 140 characters at a time. This account is managed by Larry Roth, President, BrandLogic Interactive (@larryroth)

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