It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Every year, it seems, the holiday season comes earlier and earlier. We’ve barely had time to shed our bathing suits, before it’s time to trim the tree again. And Starbucks is no exception. Everything year Starbucks debut their “red cups”. The symbol of the holiday season. Their branding in itself is so strong that they can change up the design and color of their cups, and they’re are still so recognizable.

The #redcups and #starbucks hashtags have taken over the Twitterverse and Instagram is following with photographs of said cups. Even though many people whine and complain over the design of the cups each year. It’s a great cue to the rest of us that the holiday season is coming in droves. So go forth, ye merry gentlemen (and gentlewomen) and don your wintery caps for the cold.

Happy Holidays!

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Space: the Final, Retro, Frontier

Space:The Final Frontier.

These space posters are insane. I love the direction it takes. They’re bold, fun,  spacey, and yet,  refined and clean. Giving space a look of a wonderful/ fantastical vacation destination, yet unexplored, feel. 

These glorious posters are the magnificent work of The Studio at JPL. 

Check ’em all out here!

Wheat Thins, Wheat Thins, Wheat Thins! 

I’m a Family Guy fan for sure. I mean,  if I could live on Spooner Street with Peter and Lois and the whole gang,  I totally would. Seth Mcfarlane is a cometic genius. Nuts, that guy! 
Lisa Topol at Grey New York really lays it down for us the reasoning and inspiration behind this funny Family Guy/ Wheat Thins ad. The repetition of this ad is slightly annoying,  yes. But it’s understandable with the shenanigans of Stewie and Brian and their dynamic.

 Topology and team really took advantage  of Stewie’s constant emphasis of the H sound (which is a bit of an inside joke for those Family Guy fans) . And combined that with the dry humor of Brian and the Wheat Thins brand. 
Family Guy is at the top of its game. And now Wheat Thins is too. Like Lisa mentioned in the video, it turned Wheat Thins from a  bit of a “stale” brand into a fresh new thing. Munch on that guys! 

Watch the video here 

The Seven Deadly Sins of UX Design

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we don’t create UI and UX for “us”. We create for them . . . for the USER. Which is why it’s not called the “US” Experience.

 

  1. Sloth: Making it the user’s problem
  2. Envy: Copying the competition
  3. Lust: Obsessing over the visuals
  4. Greed: Tricking users into action
  5. Gluttony: Becoming a data pig
  6. Pride: The ‘we know best’ mentality
  7. Wrath: Disappointing after saleTake a look

    here.

Gotcha Catch ‘Em All

 The world is changing. The good,  the bad,  and the ugly. The design world as well as the ad world are both changing. Enter in Pokémon Go. This game is getting many people up and out and about. All in the name of Pokémon hunting and the fight for the title of true Pokémon master. But the true incredible-ness of it all,  is in the evolution of brands and their need to take full advantage of this latest craze. 

link here