All great identity design starts with a singular idea.

Design trends come and go, but there is — and never will be — a substitute for grounding identity design in a singular idea. All unique, proprietary and enduring visual identity systems ignore easy bland professionalism to transform the ineffable into visually arresting design.

Using the Right Ingredients with Nestlé

Symbols act as a visual shorthand to allow external audiences identify brands. But they are even more important to employees and others with more intimate connections to a brand because they convey and connote so much more meaning. Symbols represent the reality employees experience in their day-to-day work. Effective symbols in the workplace to reflect […]

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Calling B.S. Part 3: Design Thinking

Despite the recent popularity of the “dad bod,” every hot new trend officially ends when dad, mom, Uncle Joe, the grandparents and the dorky neighbors down the street join the fun. Just ask Facebook. With “design thinking,” however, practically anyone with a sticky business conundrum now waxes rhapsodic on the method’s purported magical properties to overcome every operational challenge. Even […]

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Kumon Logo Strikes Precisely the Right Note of Misery

Our last post on the fuzzy math of social media got us thinking of . . . the 3Rs, back to school, and more precisely, back to school performance!  In the race to ever greater achievement, never have a circle, two dots and a line struck as much trepidation in students and concomitant delight in ambitious parents than the "<a title="Kumon Logo Explanation" href="http://www.kumongr

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