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After having my PedalWorks logo ripped off over on Freelancer, I now see that Logo Design Avenue also like my logos and have ripped off my Tucando logo! It's not identical, but close enough for me to want to investigate further.
Being 'potetically' ripped off twice in one week is good going, so thanks to Gert van Duinen for the heads up about this thievery on Twitter.
Name and shame
I decided to send them a complaint via their live chat, and got a pretty quick reply—managed to grab a screenshot of the reply before 'Charlie' closed the chat and disappeared on me.
Although I appreciate their promised swift response, one can't guarantee they won't fall foul again of 'their' so called freelancers. Looks like they are a new kid-on-the-block, so probably looking for portfolio fillers whilst they wait for unsuspecting clients to RIP off.
If their own freelancers are not being honest with them, doesn't bode well for things generally. It will be worth checking their portfolio, on occassion, just incase 'your' logo gets ripped.
Not Just Logos
Turns out they just don't RIP logo designs, but they are quite partial to web site designs as well. Noticed they have taken quite a fancy to Freshbooks' website design. It's possible they are using some screenshots of live websites to demonstrate a style of web design that a client can ask for, but even so. Shameful.
Time to call out Ph0t0sh0pguy over on Freelancer.com for taking my PedalWorks logo, putting it in their own portfolio to pass of as their own work: simply calling it "work16" as I guess calling it Pedalworks would be too obvious.
I'm particularly enthralled with this paragraph on their bio: "We are a branding, intellectual property and internet consultancy company that create and capture value for our clients by designing compelling brand propositions and experiences across all media applications."
Maybe worth checking the rest of their porfolio for other cases of stolen work.
Thanks loads to Mindi for telling me about it in the first place.
ADXPRS Logo Internal Office Signage
Always really great to get client updates on the progress of logo and identity work you have done for them.
Really chuffed to see the ADXPRS logo, that I designed recently, has started to make it's way into their new ADXPRS offices as some Internal Office Signage, and that partition with the logo on sure looks mighty impressive, even if I do say so myself.
Looking forward to seeing more on the developing ADXPRS identity out in the real world.
For those that have been following me over the last month or so you will probably have picked up murmurings about my incredibly fortunate break with WeAreSocial.net, Samsung Mobile and the Olympic Games.
I have written about this most amazing opportunity a few times, here and here. But a short summary: I was picked by Samsung Mobile, via WeAreSocial.net, to join them for 4 days of VIP Olympic festivities with their Galaxy Note as a means to record it all with. The basic idea was to see how useful the Galaxy Note would be to capture the amazing atmosphere of the Olympic games, and to use it as creatively as possible during these few days, it became a: sketching device, camera, phone and note taker during these 4 days.
So along with 3 other bloggers: Leigh, Derek and Andrew, we each were given a Samsung Note to record our experiences with the ultimate goal of creating an animated short starring each of us!
After a few days wondering around the Olympic Park in London the last day required all of us to travel up to Manchester to watch the Egypt vs Japan football match at the magnificent Old Trafford stadium.
The following images are selected stills from the animated video:
Old Trafford, Manchester
The trip up to Manchester started at 4am for me ensuring I could get up to London for 7.20 to meet the other 3 bloggers: Derek Addo, Andrew Williams and Leigh Geary, the team from WeAreSocial.net and each of the animators from Cake.tv.
We then had a comfortable journey up to Manchester on the Virgin train, and we used this time to each talk to our assigned animators—mine was the very inspiring +David Pocull—about the way we each wanted to capture the days events. It was quite the trip, as along for the ride were the fabulous chaps from Cake.tv who were there to record, using the Galaxy Note only, each of our personal experiences of the football match: before, during and after, with the ultimate aim of creating an animated video short: following us around, and trying to capture our experiences as seen through our eyes.
After being introduced to my very own animator, David Pocull, I expressed to him my desire to try capture the rawness of emotion at these games, and so used my preference for black and white photography, and portrait illustration, as the main style drive. We then discussed other ways we could stylise the animattion and the animated video for Take on Me, by Aha, came to mind.
The video at the beginning is the combined result of these pre match discussions, the recording of the day though each or our respective Galaxy Notes'. The video below is the combined version with: Andrew, Derek, Leigh and myself.
This animated video simply follows my day up in Manchster starting out on the train, using the Galaxy Note to take photographs, experiencing a goal and the numerous Mexican Waves that shot round Old Trafford.
I am so supremely chuffed with David's work on the animation. Watching it for the first time this morning just made the whole days experiences come flooding back, and made the hairs on my back stand on end.
Watching an animated 'you' is just so weird, but so very very awesome.
David did a bang-up job on translating my initial thoughts and ideas on how I ideally wanted to convey the whole experience. Had to laugh at the grinning me at the beginning of the video—which I am now using as a new Twitter profile pic— as well as managing to capture the fans holding the flag and my two favourite Japanese supporters with painted faces, not to mention the neat little sound effects in the background.
The trip to the Olympics was nothing short of a life time experience high for me, but seeing this animated video has well and truly topped the whole incredible experience off with a huge huge grin.
The other videos from this amazing day:
Making Of: http://youtu.be/UBWhcsHJ7-Q
Combined video: http://youtu.be/7Pnf8ySpqcg
Thank you again
Saying thank you to the fine fine people at WeAreSocial.net and Samsung Mobile never seems to be enough as this was simply such a massively inspiring, and hugely enjoyable, few days for me. I truly feel incredibly lucky to have been picked for this, and just wanted to say again how much it meant to me.
So, thank you again to: Damien Koh of Samsung Mobile; +Seb Robert +Lauren Wellicome +Lauren McGregor +Allison Cairns and +Tom Ollerton +Tom Kelk of WeAreSocial.net, and+David Pocull (standing next to me above) & +thiago maia from EatCake.tv Also it was an extreme pleasure to meet the other bloggers: Derek, Leigh and Leigh.
It truly was an unbelievable experience and few days for me. Thank you for making me feel incredibly special and worthy. :)
If there is one logo design book you need to earmark, right about now, it would be Logotype by Michael Evamy and published by Laurence King. Michael authored, what I consider to be, the best logo book out there: Logo, so I think he knows a thing or to about putting together a successful logo design book.
Amazon: Logotype is the definitive modern collection of logotypes, monograms and other text-based corporate marks. Featuring more than 1,300 international typographic identities, by around 250 design studios, this is an indispensable handbook for every design studio, providing a valuable resource to draw on in branding and corporate identity projects. Logotype is truly international, and features the worlds outstanding identity designers. Examples are drawn not just from Western Europe and North America but also Australia, South Africa, the Far East, Israel, Iran, South America and Eastern Europe. Contributing design firms include giants such as Pentagram, Vignelli Associates, Chermayeff & Geismar, Wolff Olins, Landor, Total Identity and Ken Miki & Associates as well as dozens of highly creative, emerging studios. Retaining the striking black-and-white aesthetic and structure of Logo (also by Michael Evamy) and Symbol, Logotype is an important and essential companion volume.
I'm super duper excited about the imminent release of Logotype as this is an area I find most satisfying in my own logo designing. There is something particularly challenging, and pleasing, in trying to create a strong logo that mostly consists of typography without additional/standalone graphical images to support it.
You can go and preorder Logotype on Amazon for £15.75 with an expected release date of: 17th September, and comes with 336 printed pages.