Very cool app that connects individuals with the latest congressional bills that are up for debate in both the House and Senate. Your ‘vote’ of “yay” or “nay” would also connect you with your respective representatives, which is pretty darn cool

Almost certain the Super Nintendo was my first controller (and very vaguely remember the Sega Genesis). 

The PlayStation, though, was definitely my main jam. 

Check out more controllers on Visual News (the photographer is Javier Laspiur). 

Definitions of branding from great minds and designers in the field; compiled by SVA grad student Sarah Fudin

Some of my favorites:

Branding is the ratio between leadership, vision, communication, culture and user experience. (Cameron Campbell)

Branding is a visible representation of our invisible desire to self actualize. (Joe Gebbia)

Branding is an exaggeration of the truth. (Liza Enebeis)

Branding is like cooking in that it requires a bit of skill, a lot of intuition, and the right ingredients. You shouldn’t always follow a recipe, and if you’re lucky, people love what you make. (Dinah Fried)

A person has a soul. A product has a brand. (Jennifer Kinon)

A “brand” is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. (Unfortunately I didn’t come up with this definition, but wish I had.) So “branding” is insuring that when you are out of the room, people say how much they love you, need you, and can’t live without you. (Gene Campanelli)

Branding is a lie. The idea is not only creating the face or the name, but now to create a fake narrative and emotions. For branding to work, it needs to be transparent and it needs to be true. Because you are dealing with things that are intangible, you need some measure of honesty. (Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich)

At worst, it’s the communications equivalent of searing an ironclad message into the hide of your unwilling audience. At best, it’s the authentic creation of a meaningful and lasting impression on the people most important to you through an interaction they value. (Joe Rospars)

Love this new look designed by design agency Zeus Jones for Prepare + Prosper (formerly AccountAbility Minnesota), a non-profit organization that provides tax services to "low and moderate-income taxpayers" in Minnesota (specifically Minneapolis and St. Paul). As Armin has so eloquently pointed out, the logo isn’t anything that’s groundbreaking in terms of design, yet the simplicity of the entire concept and its ability to effortlessly deal with the organization’s long name are more than enough reasons for major plaudits. The only thing that I might be a bit iffy on is the “O” in “Prosper,” but then I’m just being nit-picky. 

What I especially love are the icons:

The stacked version of the logo is also simply gorgeous, especially on a business card:

Check out more photos on Brand New


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Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga.  
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Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga.  
lady gaga ≡ released songs

Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga.  
lady gaga ≡ released songs

Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga.  
lady gaga ≡ released songs

Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga.  
lady gaga ≡ released songs

Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga.  
lady gaga ≡ released songs

Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga. 
lady gaga ≡ released songs

Because sometimes you just have to kow-tow to superior design. And, also, Gaga. 

(via erikkillz)

I was anticipating many things to excite me as I moved back home to Indonesia, but great political graphic design (a.k.a. what I do for a living) was certainly not on the list! It’s been really exciting seeing how graphic design has influenced this year’s presidential election, much in the same way that the Obama 2008 campaign did to good effect.

To read more about the election (as well as the current controversy regarding the loser candidate Prabowo Subianto's appeal of illegitimacy), check out this New York Times’ topic page on Indonesia

The following are some of my favorite designs from the Joko Widodo // Jusuf Kalla campaign team (the above is from when Widodo (known colloquially as ‘Jokowi’ visited the province of Papua; it says "Jokowi Says Hi // Jayapura, Papua"). The team has managed to reach out to the Indonesian people not only through incisive messaging but also eye-catching design. 

"412,ooo // Is the number of my national brothers and sisters who have liked [the Joko Widodo] Facebook page as a sign of unity for all of Indonesia // Thank You" 

"Chairs are for those who [have purpose], not for coalitions // Stand With Jokowi" 

"Let’s Realize [Indonesian] Economic Independence // Like this post if you agree that Indonesia must satisfy and provide the basic needs of its people"

"Reaffirm Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Indonesia’s national motto, which means unity in diversity) to strengthen Indonesia’s restoration by 1) Strengthening Education in Diversity, and 2) Creating Spaces for Dialogue Amongst Citizens” 

"Smart Indonesia: Raising the quality of education by realizing the program ‘Smart Indonesia,’ which is accompanied by a revolution of the nation’s character // Smart Teachers: Training to increase the quality of each teacher because a quality teacher means a quality student as well // Higher Education: Making it easier to obtain scholarships for degrees ranging from vocational to professorial, so that higher education is no longer a dream // 'Smart Indonesia' Cards: A card that allows the people of Indonesia easy and free access [to education] for 12 years // Education Infrastructure: The building of a ‘science park,’ new transportation, 10 industrial regions and 5,000 modern marketplaces in all of Indonesia” 

"20 Days until the Presidential/Vice-Presidential Election [on] July 9th, 2014"

"Why a Fast Internet? // (clockwise from top left) To maximize the connection for Internet users across Indonesia, which has reached 70 million people and continues to rise // To repair Indonesia’s image as one of the countries with the slowest Internet worldwide // To make access for scholars across Indonesia—a resource that is increasingly dependent on reliable Internet service—smoother // To increase Indonesia’s global competitive value with an improved Internet infrastructure that will drive investment // To facilitate the efforts of new businesses in Indonesia—which are growing in numbers—that are now doing business online

"Welcome home to your backyard, to your beloved family" (in reference to the holy month of Ramadan, when people go back home for the holidays)

"Maintain Peace on July 22nd, 2014 // Let’s Await the Announcement of Election Results in Peace without Heading to the Streets" (in response to rumors that the other candidate Prabowo’s supporters were going to demonstrate that day) 

"Let Us Photograph the Storage Conditions of the Ballot Boxes at each Sub-District Election Committee // Send photos and complaints to lawanpilprescurang@gmail.com" (in reference to rumors of voting fraud)

"Thank you Indonesia // [from] Joko Widodo, the 2014-2019 chosen President of the Republic of Indonesia, and Jusuf Kalla, the 2014-2019 chosen Vice-President of the Republic of Indonesia" 

We all need a reminder occasionally, and I certainly don’t mind it if it looks this good every time. By Matt Greenwood

I may be the only one getting this excited about a logo redesign, but damn—this is some stellar simplicity at work here. A simple adaptation of the standard paragraph symbol (known as the pilcrow), Penguin Press has managed to not only introduce a modern take on its identity but also do so with (appropriately enough) quite the grammatical wit. 

Check out more photos on Brand New

For what it’s worth, below on the left was the old logo. What an improvement!