BrandNew have dibs on a review of the new StumbleUpon redesign. I'm not totally convinced myself. Going to say up front that this is not a bashing of the idea, but that it's more about the final execution that leaves me wanting to fiddle with it myself.
It just feels almost, but not quite.
As a whole the mark and typography feels half complete like it was pushed to completion with a way past deadline. The pairing of the logo mark and the font just doesn't sit with me.
The wording is solid and dependable, but it just does not lay well with the more fluid, and curvy nature of the logo mark. There are almost two design styles here, and I just don't think whey work well together.
The proportions of the logo mark feel off with the white non-penis icon looking a little lost in a sea of red. I would be keen to see the white icon filling a little more of the red container, or even abandon the red circle and make the white non-penis icon the whole focus.
The idea is not the problem, but I don't think they have put in that extra mile needed, and added the polish that could have seen this looking a little harmonious and tighter.
I think this is an example of when a logo has decent individual elements, but they don't bond together like they mean it.
And the bonus round comes via the warped, but right, mind of Alexander Bickov.
This is a follow list for FaceBook, aimed at Creatives, designers and geeks to leave and swap contact information. You can do so by leaving details in the comments below.
You can add me via http://facebook.com/imjustcreative
This post was initially done nearly a year ago, and sort of fell by the way side. But since the acquisition of FriendFeed, FaceBook will certainly become more popular in day-to-day to use.
If you have been following me over the last few months then you know that I have started using FaceBook more and more. I resisted the urge, the peer pressure for so long, but finally succumbing. Far from being the spammy, junky, crappy application web application I thought it was, it is proving to be a positive tool for global domination.
My pal Roger over at (@Styletime), recently created a FaceBook list for designers and the like, so head on over there to sow your seeds so to speak. After seeing this, I felt I would throw some life back into my own version and run them side by side.
What to do
So as with the 'Twitter Follow List for Creatives & Geeks' simply add your FaceBook profile/user ID as a reply to this post, with a small Bio of what you do, stand for, work as, aim for etc. No harm in using the Twitter Bio for this really.
If you have any FaceBook Pages or Groups, then feel free to list these also.
Don't forget to invite me to you're 'inner circle' as well before you do anything else.
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.