Monthly Archives: January 2012

Self deportation: the new American way?

30.01.2012

“Story-telling” is a hot, new phrase in the creative industry, but as a craft, it’s a “tale as old as time.” One of the best practitioners is Ira Glass and This American Life, a production of WBEZ in Chicago. This Saturday’s show (Jan. 28, 2012) opened with “Reap what you sow,” a long piece about…

SOTU, Power, Traffic

27.01.2012

From SlideShare, President Obama’s State of the Union address (the director’s cut), video-streamed live on Tuesday night. Hits all the key points in a visually engaging and meaningful way. From Print, just in time for Super Tuesday: the February issue is devoted to the power of design to “reward, coerce, legitimize, refer and influence.” From…

Charlotte in 2012

23.01.2012

There may be only one candidate running in the Democratic primaries, but Democrats (and others) can still get out the vote for…poster aesthetics. Taking its cue from the Obama 2008 campaign (which set a high bar for graphic design in electoral politics), the Democratic National Committee has now launched a contest to elect the best…

Good for what ails U(SA)

23.01.2012

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words–or thousands of pages. Jonathan Gruber’s “Health Care Reform” tackles a serious issue, the Affordable Care Act, in a clever cartoon format (evocatively illustrated by Nathan Schreiber) and explains in simple English why we need it, what the act is all about, what it does (and, more…

Just our type

13.01.2012

Remember when you were a little kid and you’d beg to hear the same stories read to you over and over again? That’s how we felt after seeing this captivating fairy-tale of a spot for Type, a bookstore in Toronto. Enchanting music and animation from Sean Ohlenkamp, clearly a bibliophile and visual magician. You can…

Look who’s talking

09.01.2012

According to Awareness, Inc., a developer of social marketing software and best practices, you’re now reading the number one source of information C-level and other corporate/nonprofit deciders go to for news about their industries. That’s right, a blog. Peers and conferences rank second and third. But you knew that, right? Comes now the company’s annual…

Ron Paul’s China Syndrome

06.01.2012

Is “Red” China Ron Paul’s personal bĂȘte noire? Two recent spots would seem to say yes. Here’s one attacking Jon Huntsman (likening him to the “Manchurian candidate”) for his ambassadorial, professional and personal ties to the country. Another, even more pernicious, spot (because it is graphically so well done, if not a little over-the-top) compares…

“Like” it or not

03.01.2012

The Iowa caucus has been called many things–overhyped, under-representative, too white, too rural, too old, too Evangelical, too old school. But it occurred to us that it’s very of the moment. When you think about it, isn’t it just another form of social networking? Peers meeting up, “liking” a particular candidate brand and recommending it…

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