New Global Language for

Bronwyn van der Merwe—the BBC’s Head of UX&D—offers a thorough explanation and personal insight into the BBC’s collaboration with Neville Brody‘s Research Studios on the new visual language they’ve planned for the BBC’s digital services. Considering the BBC is the largest broadcasting organization in the world and its website contains content from its 8 national TV channels, regional programming, 10 national radio stations and 40 local radio stations, it’s a huge undertaking to unify something so massive and extensive! Download the 50-page Global Visual Language Guidelines and see for yourself.

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Merging Design Disciplines

Indie design meetup Bevel—Emboss Merge kicks off another collaborative networking (and drinking) event tonight. Described as a “free party for passionate people in the creative industry”, the event’s young ambassador, Mig Reyes, seeks to creates alternative spaces for Chicago’s design talent to meet, collaborate and make the industry better. Designer? Copywriter? Photographer? Illustrator? Motion Artist? Filmmaker? It doesn’t matter—as long as you’re into drinks.

evilOlive  (1551 W. Division St)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
8P – 3A

Alternative Super Bowl Logos

I don’t follow professional sports. And besides playing in an occasional basketball scrimmage with the young men I mentor at Pedro Albizu Campos High School, I pretty much stick to individual athletics like running and skateboarding. But since no American is exempt from the Big Game on Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I’d look at it from a design perspective. Last year, the New York Times posted a collection of alternative Super Bowl logos from some of the biggest names in design including Modern Dog, Pentagram and my personal favorite from Draplin. This year, Fast Company breaks down the latest version created by Attik. Unfortunately, if is right, this will be the last custom logo designed for the Super Bowl as the league just announced an “official” logo they’ll use forever. Bummer.

Batman Logo Mutation 2.0

This fan video offers a really thorough exploration of the ideation behind one of DC‘s most recognized brands. I just wish the background music was something other than U2’s super lame/dated “Hold Me, Thrill Me“. Ugh.

5 More Ways Cross-Cultural Design Will Impact Our Future

Christine Huang and Ozioma Egwuonwu of multicultural agency, GlobalHue, wrote a great article for Ad Age entitled Why Culture Will Become Crucial for Success in 2010 and Beyond. While the five trends are suggested specifically for marketers and ad agencies, they can (and should) be considered and applied by everyone in the creative industry.

On a related note, I finally started reading David Boyle‘s book, Authenticity: Brands, Fakes, Spin and the Lust for Real Life—man, it’s good!

RGD Ontario Access-Ability Conference

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for the last few days. I’ve been busy finalizing my Keynote orientation for the Access-Ability Conference this Thursday in Toronto. Hosted by RGD Ontario, the event was created in response to proposed Ontario standards for accessibility in information and communications. Looking for people to share guidelines and tools to achieve accessibility in graphic design, I was asked to speak on the topic of cross-cultural design.

Graphic Design for a More Accessible World
Thursday, January 28, 2010
CNIB Institute – Toronto, Ontario

I’m honored to represent AIGA XCD and look forward to discussing the importance of ethnography and authenticity in design. I’m also super excited to hear all the other great speakers including: CNIB, Enspace, Further Ahead, Forge Inc., Entro, Royal Ontario Museum, A+a and Mies Hora.