This has to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen one of my logo designs being used/manipulated and/or recreated! A whole bloody PureStorage Flash Array made completely out of Lego.
Seriously, what the hell.
There is a back-story to this Lego version of the logo, it wasn't like just done for kicks, although nothing wrong in that either. Back in 2012 PureStorage were exhibiting the Pure Storage flash arrays over at VMWorld. Part of the fun was running this live contest in which this Lego version was featured, and people had to guess how many Lego bricks were used.
Turns out someone 'calculated' the exact number of Lego bricks used: 6,128 bricks to be exact.
I've only just posted the funny PureStorage video which was over on Vimeo, but this completely takes things to a whole new level. So very exciting to see ones logo design being used in such exciting ways, and I'm just super proud that PureStorage are so behind the logo I designed for them.
Pure Storage Flash Array
And to finish-up with, a proud looking Pure Storage Flash Array in all it's glory. Notice that all the little air-vents are shaped from the Pure Storage logo.
The Pure Storage Logo Applied
Exciting day today for Pure Storage, a recent logo design client of mine. Today is their official company and product launch after a long period of operating in stealth mode.
I can now show you, for the time time, how the Pure Storage logo [brief run down of the idea behind the logo] has been applied across their FlashArrays which I am so happy to be able to finally share. I have also exhibited a few other applications of the logo via this post, Pure Storage Identity Design
It's one thing to see your logo on a website, business card or even shop front, but quite another when you know it takes pride of place on the latest possible storage technology.
When Pure Storage approached me last year I had no real idea of the end result due to the highly secret and sensitive nature of their product and plans. I had a few rough visuals to work to but could not have foreseen how the logo would eventually end up being applied to the FlashArrays.
The manor in which the logomark has been cut-out and raised to take pride of place on the FlashArrays with the vibrant orange set against the gun-metalesque enclosures provides for a pretty strong brand image. Pure Storage did not stop there with the application of the logomark as they have also shaped each perforation so as to, seemingly, form the letter P.
This post is just to show-off how the Pure Storage logo has been applied with a few product photographs that have been made available to me. A proper logo process post for Pure Storage is in the works.
An interesting fact about a certain member of the Pure Storage team you may find interesting:
Pure Storage Factoid
"An early key hire [for Pure Storage] was Michael Cornwell, who was lead technologist for flash at Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle). Cornwell also worked at Apple, where he was Manager of Storage Engineering for the iPod division, and oversaw that product’s transition to — you guessed it — flash memory. Remember the first iPod nano? That was his baby."
Via AllThingsDigital http://goo.gl/J648W
Just to finish off is the recommendation that Matt Kixmoeller from Pure Storage kindly gave me on LinkedIn. Matt Kixmoeller, hired Graham as a Graphic/Web Designer in 2010.
“I hired Graham to drive our identity design at Pure Storage. Despite his remote location (in the UK vs. us in the US), Graham felt like part of the team and really wanted to understand our company and value so that he could drive an identity for us that was reflective of that and differentiated in the market.
I'd say we were a challenging project for Graham. We hired Graham after a failed project with another designer, and had high expectations for this project and many opinions on our side to bring to ground. Graham stuck with the process through many rounds of iteration until he had that "flash of brilliance" moment (you can read about this on his blog), and once we had the right logo everyone was instantly on-board.
Our identity has proven over the past year to be a real asset for Pure Strorage, and has been something that we've feature everywhere from web usage to in physical 3D form on our actual hardware product. I would whole-heartedly recommend Graham for any identity project that your organization is considering.” August 17, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative
Just wrap up this post I just had to again include this wooden back-lit version of the Pure Storage logo mark that Matt carved for the office reception. Looks stunning.
The Pure Storage story has been one of pride and patience. The logo is one that I have been particularly proud of but have not been able to fully exhibit it due to Pure Storage being in stealth mode. A brief summary that was posted back in August 2010.
Only now am I able to show further images of the logo and identity in context and I am really bloody excited to see what the guys at Pure Storage have done in visualising the logo on external physical objects.
The illuminated sign above is just super cool. It has been carved from solid wood, varnished and then illuminated from behind. This acts as welcoming sign for all visitors and employees of the company.
Even the beer glasses have quite a presence about them.
There are a few photos I would love to show you of the logo mark on the hardware but I have to be a little bit more patient before doing so. Although the web site is live and news of Pure Storage can be found in the NY Times; the official launch of the company and it's product line has yet to be announced.
This is when I will be able to write up a proper logo design process post as well as being able to show how the logo has been applied to the hardware which is super cool. I even like how the logo looks when placed on top of a stool. :)
Really very excited to see how Pure Storage evolves.
In the meantime here are a few more images of the logo.
Just an idea of how well the logo mark stands out as a regular Twitter profile image.
As mentioned above there will be a detailed logo process post to coincide with the official launch.
I'm not adverse to putting some light relief on my Blog, but also certainly do not want it to become littered with uTube clips, but there are just some occasions when you just simply have to just go with your instinct, especially when you have StumbleUpon something as great as this.
I came across this exactly a year ago, so felt time to resurface it again.
This is a Flash 'Shockwave' animated interactive demo. Wonderful.
4 Singing Horses
This Flash demo is simple, it's light hearted, it's melodic, it's interactive and darn good fun. One thing for sure children will love it to bits, but adults equally, I can tell you you will love this. It has had me occupied for minutes, tempted to say hours, but the point is this. You add up all those little minutes and when I look back over the week, I realise this site has taken a fair chunk of them. I just can't help it, I keep ending up back here.
I tried in vain to locate a downloadable file for this. In preference to hogging this chap's bandwidth, but was unable to, so this links you straight to the source.
Go for it... Oh, and one more thing. Small head's up. When the page loads, don't just sit there ideally expecting something to automatically happen, because it just won't. I feel quite dumb for allowing myself to spend the amount of time I did just staring blankly at it... Also have your volume turned up, don't want to miss the audio now.
The filename is : hestekor.swf
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