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Twitter's New logo design

Twitter's New logo design

Twitter's New logo design

Twitter's New logo design

So Twitter's new logo is not so much a new logo design, but it is a sharp looking restyle. Less of a hair-sprayed quiff: more of a rock hard waxed spike style, and I like it very much.

Take a look at the last image below where I have overlayed the new Twitter Bird (solid blue) over the old (light tint). Comparing the differences in this way it becomes clear that the restyle was done with great care and reasoning.

Twitter's New logo design

Everything about the new shape is: improved, simplified and refined,  but I'm not just talking about aesthetics here. This little chap is still cute, but it's stature now has a much greater air of confidence and intent.

It's been sharpened but still retains the cutesy curves.

It has now shed it's duckling fluff and puppy fat curls, and in it's place a bright, confident and proud adult has emerged.

It's uplifting and wants to encourage you to "speak up and out".

It's broadcasting up and outward with vigour, enthusiasm and power. Just check the significant change in body language and position: let all hear me that want to hear me.

Great great work Twitter. Great work. This is a masterful refresh that is loaded to the hilt with positive meaning. This example shows, in the right hands of course, that a careful and sympathetic refresh of an existing logo mark can provide the most meaningful of results.

New Twitter Bird Logo

As Twitter explains: Our new bird grows out of love for ornithology, design within creative constraints, and simple geometry. This bird is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles — similar to how your networks, interests and ideas connect and intersect with peers and friends. Whether soaring high above the earth to take in a broad view, or flocking with other birds to achieve a common purpose, a bird in flight is the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility.

Starting today you’ll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird. From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter. (Twitter is the bird, the bird is Twitter.) There’s no longer a need for text, bubbled typefaces, or a lowercase “t” to represent Twitter.

Twitter just hasn't revised the brand logo as they have made that step from brand name to no brand name. No more will you see the Twitter word mark. I'm personally not sure so on this part of the plan due to the prolific nature of 3rd party generated Twitter birds. The Twitter word mark, at least to me, was just as solid a part of the Twitter brand as the Twitter Bird, but do fully agree that the initial T is surplus to requirements.

It's a always a bold bold move when a brand removes the brand name from the identity, such as Starbucks. If anyone can pull it off then Twitter can.

You can visit Twitter's brand and trademark page to see how the new changes are used in the real world.

Found on http://blog.twitter.com


Alternate Twitter Logo

Beautiful Alternate Twitter Logo From The 1920's By Ale Paul

This Alternate Twitter Logo From The 1920's immediately caught my eye.

The choice of font and colours matched with the Twitter brand name just makes this vintage Twitter logo sheet a rather beautiful specimen.

The font in question is called Storefront which can be found on Sudtipos: designed by Argentinian designer Ale Paul (@alepaul on Instagram). Definitely worth heading over to Ale's Instagram account and giving this Twitter logo a good old favourite.

Found via DesignSoak & WeLoveTypography




TypeTweets - Typography on Twitter

Typetweets displays the last 100 tweets from Twitter that mention a typographic related term or phrase. It's been around for a while now but still a good source of type related tweets.

Easy way to find new leads, new content and type based gossip. Looks dead smart as well.

TypeSites

TypeSites is the main site holding TypeTweets which is/was edited by Kyle Meyer, who you can follow on Twitter. Sadly, Typesites appears to have been abandoned for some months now, but nevertheless, still some interesting content in the archives. Some of the contributors included Elliot Jay Stocks, Joey Pfeifer, Vivien Anayian, and John Arnor Lom.



Since the Twitter, FaceBook and FriendFeed Follow lists, I have been focusing on several other Micro-Blogging platforms. The main one namely being Identi.ca.

Identica has a very loyal user base which is continuing to grow at speed and more importantly, Identi.ca itself is rapidly progressing in functionality.

As a tool for social media and social networking it’s often underrated.

In the past, I chatted about Identi.ca, trying to drum up some enthusiasm, my main motive being, what happens if Twitter goes down. I know for a fact that when Twitter does suffer an outage it causes much dismay and disruption for a heck of a lot of people. Yet few have any viable back-up that is anything close to Twitter in day to day use and functionality. FaceBook and FriendFeed are quite different beasts.

And without followers and contacts, being on another platform is close to useless.

I also started a discussion over at SocialMedian about ‘what happened if Twitter died’, so if you want to take a peek, pop on over there.

Establish an Identica Presence

So my feeling was that as a pretty awesome creative community, we could sort of create a back-up network. This really isn’t doing justice to Identi.ca because it’s so much more than a back-up to Twitter, it is a viable alternative. At the moment, it still lacks the user base to persuade many people to even consider it. So by designating it the back-up, it instantly becomes more popular and more used. Which is a good thing for great application.

And when Twitter does go down for any length of time, most of us wont be sat stunned, not knowing what to do, we can just shift over to Identi.ca and start chatting again.

The cool thing with Identi.ca is it’s close ties to Twitter. From within Identi.ca you can automatically post to your Twitter stream. Twhirl supports Identi.ca, so you can have a Identi.ca window up as well as Twitter and FriendFeed. The iPhone now has dedicated Identi.ca applications also. So it’s very well supported and becoming more so.

What to do

Simply add your Identica 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.


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.


 

Typography Series 3 of 5

These are simple, clean with a subtle Typography based Twitter Backgrounds. I wanted to design something that I would potentially use myself, which makes it easier for me to design. If other people like them also, then that's a nice bonus.

 

TwitterBacks or Tweetures

So not one to feel left out, I have come up with some neat Twitter Backgrounds (Tweetures) for your enjoyment. Twitter backgrounds have become a huge part of Twitter, with many Twitter background websites springing up almost daily. One of my favourites for displaying these backgrounds is the Twitter BackGrounds Gallery where a fellow creative friend of mine, Calvin Lee (@mayhemstudios) has also written an excellent post on how to create them yourself.

 

This is Series 3 (Series 1Series 2), and I have a further selection ready to be posted, one for each day of the week if you are so inclined.

I have kept the main focus of the message down the left side, where it is always visible. And rely on the textured background to fill out the rest. I see so many cool backgrounds, but they have so much of the great detail slap bang in the middle which to me is somewhat pointless given you would rarely see this level of detail. 

Each series will be colour coded and feature a specific typography term.

Specs

These are web optimised JPEG's, and are created at 1600px x 1275px.

When selecting in Twitter, you don't need to tile them, I would recomend you just set the background to Black, as the right and bottom of the background image is set to black. So there will be no harsh lines showing due to various colour values down these edges.

Free for your enjoyment

So feel free to download here and enjoy these Twitter backgrounds. I would ask that these are not modified without express permission from myself or passed off as a creation of yours or someone else. Just common sense stuff.

Download : Typography Twitter Back Series 3


TwitterBacks or Tweetures

So not one to feel left out, I have come up with some neat Twitter Backgrounds (Tweetures) for your enjoyment. Twitter backgrounds have become a huge part of Twitter, with many Twitter background websites springing up almost daily. One of my favourites for displaying these backgrounds is the Twitter BackGrounds Gallery where a fellow creative friend of mine, Calvin Lee (@mayhemstudios) has also written an excellent post on how to create them yourself.

Typography Series

These are simple and clean with a subtle Typography element to them. I wanted to design something that I would potentially use myself, which makes it easier for me to design. If other people like them also, then that's a nice bonus.

This is Series 2 (Series 1), and I have a further selection ready to be posted, one for each day of the week if you are so inclined.

I have kept the main focus of the message down the left side, where it is always visible. And rely on the textured background to fill out the rest. I see so many cool backgrounds, but they have so much of the great detail slap bang in the middle which to me is somewhat pointless given you would rarely see this level of detail. 

Each series will be colour coded and feature a specific typography term.

Specs

These are web optimised JPEG's, and are created at 1600px x 1275px.

When selecting in Twitter, you don't need to tile them, I would recomend you just set the background to Black, as the right and bottom of the background image is set to black. So there will be no harsh lines showing due to various colour values down these edges.

Free for your enjoyment

So feel free to download here and enjoy these Twitter backgrounds. I would ask that these are not modified without express permission from myself or passed off as a creation of yours or someone else. Just common sense stuff.

Download : Typography Twitter Back Series 2