The business of giving a damn

“Here is why The Ninth Watch is an important piece of design. Not because a big ad agency did it, or because it’s a clever media stunt. It’s important because it was designed like someone gave a damn. And not just about the science or the facts–but about you and me. That’s where design starts. And you don’t need to be BBDO to do it.” Finally, Science Branding That Doesn’t […]

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Replace with V

Where this brand name trend came from, we can’t be certain, but if there’s anything Web 2.0 has taught me, it’s that companies need to stand out and snap up a good domain name at the same time. This looks like one of the easier solutions. The difference is while it’s still a form of “bastarized text”, it’s not a variation on spelling that retains how the word is pronounced, […]

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#YourSuccessStory is a clever campaign for UP Job Fair 2014

Before the UP Fair hits during the Diliman month of February, the University Job Fair does. On its 25th year it made quite an impression that I don’t believe has been done before. #YSS isn’t just a bunch of event announcements with posters that look good. It’s a proper campaign that encourages graduating UP students to not only find a job, but more importantly, to aim for success. And possibly […]

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“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you”

Update (03/31/2016): Yöeme notes in the comments that he posted this quote and suddenly showed up everywhere else. Saw this in my Twitter feed, apparently being sold locally. I really just wanted to keep this nice little quote on my blog. Turns out it’s a project by Florida-based 48 Savvy Sailors. What are the odds that shop asked permission or even obtained this design from the source instead of Pinterest, […]

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Summarize & visualize your year on social media

As another year winds down, the major social networks have gone and partially liberated the information they collect about us in the form of a prettified year in review. Several years back, you had to manually and intentionally enter data to produce such reports. Bespoke ones are still the loveliest of course, with Nicholas Feltron’s leading the pack. But now that there’s an app for checking in to everything—from music […]

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Letras y Figuras

Justin Leyva crafted lettering that’s all about Jose Rizal, which is awesome.

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Banks

Album art that caught my eye while listening to a station on Songza, and reminded me of a design trend I had written about. That’s not her only branding: pretty much all the music videos and photos are in black and white, shot in a particular way to reinforce the mood of music she makes. Her name is BANKS—Jillian Banks. Her vocals are a mix between Lana del Rey and […]

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Monumento ni Supremo

Clearly taking a page from The New York Times’s A Game of Shark and Minnow, which in turn had its roots in the controversial Snow Fall, The Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines has published a special section of its website for the Sesquicentennial of Andres Bonifacio. It focuses on “Monumento”, his famous edifice in the north. The page starts with a CloudFlare loading screen; a jarring but […]

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The 2013 Blogging Scene

I’ve stood by WordPress for the longest time but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep tabs on the new shiny things. I’ve mentioned Svbtle, Jux, and Medium—before it adapted a more typographic design. Ghost, said to be the next WP contender (I heard that about Anchor before) is the most buzzy one these days now that it’s finally launched to the general public. But the list is a lot longer […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.