Design has its rules, but some of the most exciting projects are ones that subvert expectations by abandoning rules completely—or at least the ones we’re familiar with. Over the years, graphic designers have cleverly reimagined iconic business logos and transformed them into fresh visuals, while still retaining the brand’s identifiers like the logo’s color palette, or typography. Though it’s a new year (and a new decade!), which will almost certainly inspire new frontiers in design and architectural aesthetics, one thing will remain the same: the fun and frivolous phenomenon of remixed logos. Dribbble, the platform for digital designers, recently collected entries from some of its creators who gave famous corporate logos a refresh just for kicks. … [Read more...] about Designers reimagine the iconic logos of Apple, Twitter, and more
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For my part, I’d love to buy my daughter a Molly doll in a few years and watch her experience her story the way I did. The magical thing about the American Girl books is that they didn’t just allow you to immerse yourself in the past; they made you realize that you too were a part of history. In some ways, this was the point of the whole American Girl endeavor. “I was trying to tell the reader: You’re making choices that will have an effect on history,” Tripp tells me. “You’re far more influential than these fictional characters. You need to take yourself seriously and see yourself as a responsible actor because you have a role to play in the world.” … [Read more...] about American Girl sales are plummeting. Can the iconic ’90s brand be saved?
Nubian Heritage but failed to secure funding from investors to expand. (“They’re like, ‘Uh-uh, black people got Vaseline and Jergens, they’re good,’ ” says Emmet Dennis, Sundial’s chief community officer and Richelieu’s cousin.) Sundial focused on selling its products at festivals and partnering with influencers to develop a base and get the attention of distributors such as Walgreens and Walmart. Aligning itself with the natural-hair movement, Sundial touted the organic, curl-enhancing ingredients in its shampoos, conditioners, and new oils that had never been seen before on drugstore shelves. SheaMoisture currently sells more than 750 products across 27 different lines (almost triple the number of just three years ago) and says it has developed more than 30 products within the past 18 months alone that are formulated specifically for thick, curly hair. New lines include the jojoba- and ucuuba-infused Protective Styles suite that … [Read more...] about SheaMoisture’s Tangled Future
Along with the display, the Mojo lens will contain a supporting cast of microcomponents. The first versions will include a tiny single-core ARM-based processor and an image sensor. Later versions will add an eye-tracking sensor and a communications chip. At first the lenses will be powered by a tiny thin-film, solid-state battery within the lens. Sinclair says the battery is meant to last all day and will charge in a small case that’s something like an AirPods case. Eventually, the lenses might get their power wirelessly from a thin device that hangs loosely around the neck like a necklace. The lenses will also rely on an internet connection provided by a smartphone or other device for some of their functions, such as sending and receiving data. … [Read more...] about The making of Mojo, AR contact lenses that give your eyes superpowers
For the most part, the new Snapchat is about tidying up the app’s myriad content portals. Spiegel’s central premise is that social media services, in order to offer a cleaner experience, need to separate the “social” from the “media.” In other words, all your “social” content on Snapchat is now arranged in one “Friends” page, to the left of the main camera screen, while the more premium content, whether published by news outlets, TV networks, or independent creators with big followings–vloggers, celebrities, athletes–is corralled together to the right, on the “Discover” feed. … [Read more...] about Can Snapchat’s Redesign Give It Facebook Appeal?