Say ‘colour’ to a designer and they’ll probably say ‘Pantone’ back at ya. It does sometimes bemuse me that a company can copyright colour, per se, but hey, ho, I guess it’s a regular feature of any business. Paint manufacturers still haven’t run out of ways of saying ‘off-white’. So it should be no surprise that Pantone have teamed up with a bottled water company to check your hydration levels, according to the colour of your pee. (And who had ‘we’re gonna make billions bottling and selling water’ on their Big Business Bingo Card a few decades ago? Time to cash in those chips).
All we’ll say here at The Drawing Board (being fellows that like to exercise a lot) is that if you need to check your urine against a chart, you’re probably already suffering some form of mental distress. Keep it simple. Drink plenty of water. Not necessarily from a bottle either.
As an aside, your nose will tell you more about your whizz than your eyes. If you can smell it, you’re not hydrated. That, or you’ve been drinking way too much coffee, or you have a UTI.
Anyway, ignore the chart. But do drink water.
(Found the chart here: https://kottke.org/21/05/the-pantone-pee-chart)
This rather splendid piece of guerrilla warfare on certain sections of the UK press was designed by Darren Cullen (https://twitter.com/darren_cullen).
Irish readers may not be familiar with all the logos, though I don’t doubt you’ll guess some of them. From top down: The Mail, The Express, The Times. The Metro and The Sun. Big brands obviously jealousy guard their logos, and pump a lot of money into getting them out there, in front of your eyeballs. That means that their ‘power’ can also be turned on their owners. Shots fired!
Irish historian Damian Shiels rooted out this impressive piece of work recently on Twitter. You can find his original post here: https://twitter.com/irishacw/status/1365942838643609601
You can’t really consider these pieces ‘logos’ in the modern sense, but they were certainly rich, artistically, and quite literal.
Follow Damian for more funky historical content.
This popped up on one of my social media feeds over the weekend and it caught my eye. You may have seen some of the ads recently in the British media, trying to convince ballet dancers to retrain as IT consultants, or something. Whatever point the ad was trying to make was totally lost in the maelstrom of abuse that naturally followed. Not only do a lot of people like ballet, it also transpires that the creative (read ‘artistic’) community are rather useful. For a start, as many pointed out, the ad you were reading required quite a number of creative types to produce. Creative directors, lighting people, photographers, copywriters, design and layout artists; quite a list, really.
The graphic above was, as you have astutely observed by now, also created by a designer. As Dodd Loomis has pointed out with great comedic effect.
Good on, ya Dodd. Wherever you are.
Paper sizes are just one of a long list of things we take for granted in our lives. Indeed, many folk who work with paper all the time don’t even question it. That’s fine. We’re all busy.
But there’s some really interesting reading behind the whole A size of papers. The most common size (you probably have a sheet somewhere within an ass’s roar) is A4, which is 297mm high by 210mm wide. Odd measurements? Yep. Is there a reason. Of course!
Interested? read more here and then take a deeper dive here.
Aung San Suu Kyi (born June 19, 1945 in Yangon, Burma) is a human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and former State Counsellor of Myanmar. She brought democracy to her country with nonviolence. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma and a famous prisoner. She has been on house arrest multiple times. Suu Kyi won the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize in 1990, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992, she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru peace prize.
So begins the Wikipedia entry. Her star has fallen of late; well, perhaps fallen is a bit harsh, but it’s tarnished without doubt.
Anyway, it’s a very live issue right now, and deeply contentious. One thing you can say for sure; a military coup is rarely the answer.
But it reminded me of happier times. We designed this banner for the side of Liberty Hall in 2012. Seems like a lifetime ago for me. I’m sure many in Myanmar would feel the same…
It’s a funny old world out there at the minute. For us here at The Drawing Board, self-isolation is something we’ve been training for. Such is the lot of the freelancer. Not that we are locked away in a dungeon. Not at all. In fact, we are perilously close to the kitchen and have seen off several electric kettles in our time.
So rest assured, if you have a project that needs work (even during Level 5 Lockdown), we can get to work for you right away.
Drop us a line today.