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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Logo Design

By Gareth Coxon, January 10, 2016

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This work by Bond caught my eye over at logodesignlove a very simple but effective piece of design. Usually alot of detail in a logo design is a big ‘no no’ but here there are several versions the logo. The main one incorporates the names of those in the orchestra and another uses simple lines, such as in the business card design below.

“Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra wanted to reposition its brand in order to strengthen the brand image and overall experience. In a series of workshops the new positioning and identity was crystallised; the power and energy of the music is the orchestra’s driving force. The new visual identity brings alive Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s core, all 102 musicians, in both logo and photographic concept.”

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What typeface is best for me? Infographic

By Gareth Coxon, January 8, 2016

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A rather excellent infographic which offers a very simple basic guide to what the best ‘font’ or indeed typeface is depending on usage.

Looking at a very brief history of typefaces, difference between sans serif and serif as well as typefaces for the web and print.
Sponsored by Cartridge Discount, the infographic gives a decent overview to a complete novice. (more…)

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Logo Design Process – PIE WordPress Development

By Gareth Coxon,

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Back in 2015 we had the pleasure of working with PIE WordPress Development on a new logo and branding project. They were interested in a textured Americana look, inspired in part by Coen Brothers film ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?‘. Based on this and further discussion Dot Design looked at moodboards around that style of typography and overall look and feel. This helped establish a direction and style area to focus on.

PIE WordPress Development was born out of the original company Freelance Developer Neil Pie so it was decided we would retain the yellow from previous company identity (seen below). Reason being this was a distinctive colour for this sector and closely associated with the previous Neil Pie branding. Previous design can be seen below and the process for this logo design can be seen at this blog post here (more…)

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Start Marketing Your Christmas Conference

By Gareth Coxon, October 5, 2015

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If you’re planning on holding a Christmas conference, you might not be expecting to start marketing it until around late October or even November. However, now is the perfect time to start! But, it’s only just been summer, we hear you say – and that’s exactly why the sooner you start marketing your Christmas conference, the better. After all, the supermarkets start marketing for Christmas months before, so why shouldn’t you? (more…)

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Periscope: A fun app but is it any good for business?

By Gareth Coxon, May 15, 2015

Periscope: A fun app but is it any good for business?

 

Chances are that you’ve heard the word periscope being thrown around Twitter but aren’t that sure just what it is and more importantly what it means for your business.In short; Periscope is a new video streaming app from Twitter. Periscope allows you to broadcast live video of what you’re doing, allowing other Periscope users (and twitter followers) to tune in.But whilst it’s a great new toy for early adapters…is it actually any good for business?

Well, because Periscope is so new, there are no major case studies on how to use it as a brand. Nor are there any using Periscope for your brand success stories.

Which in a way, is good for you as a business.

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Good Vibrations

By Gareth Coxon, January 25, 2015

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Some interesting artwork from Loris Cecchini, creating the physical effect of rippling walls, it seems a little alien or other world like. The white walls have the appearance of disturbed water, or vibrations within water but having them on a wall makes them seem like they could be a portal. More of the artists work below and over at Fubiz. (more…)

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Sci-Fi Sneakers just launched

By Gareth Coxon, January 24, 2015

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Raf Simons Fashion designer has just launched (get it) his latest collection of retro astronaut inspired trainers for Adidas.

I particularly like the one above which have subtle sci-fi design features and details.

“Inspired by vintage astronaut suits and backpacks, moulded and machined details similar to authentic closures, zippers and straps are added,” said a statement from Adidas. “Shiny versus matte distressed materials complete the look of outer space.” (more…)

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SONOS Identity Design Remixed

By Gareth Coxon, January 22, 2015

SONOS Identity Design Remixed
I’m a huge fan of SONOS products, they are well designed, produce excellent sound quality and they just work in the simplest way possible. As well as this they’ve really got their identity design and branding spot on in my opinion.

From the palindrome name, distinctive clean type and strong use of image and colour it all aligns with the music industry they are in but in a cool almost Apple like way. (more…)

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3D Printed Typeface

By Gareth Coxon,

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Some interesting work here from Zhou Hongtao, a designer, who has mixed type design with 3D printing to create the above 3D Printed Typeface. It’s almost sculptural with different levels of letterforms going below just type design. (more…)

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