Happy Lunar New Year!

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The United States Postal Service's 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler

The United States Postal Service’s 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp, designed by Ethel Kessler

Today, February 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) celebrates Lunar New Year by issuing its 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from previous series of Lunar New Year stamps to create continuity between the series. (READ MORE)

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Magazine Cover Design: Field & Stream

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​Field & Stream Issue: June Circ: 1.25 million Editor: Anthony Licata Design Director: Sean Johnston Publishing Company: Bonnier

​Field & Stream
Issue: June
Circ: 1.25 million
Editor: Anthony Licata
Design Director: Sean Johnston
Publishing Company: Bonnier

 

There aren’t a lot of magazines that feature “regular people” on their covers, but for Field & Stream, that’s business as usual. Still, for its June 2015 issue, the magazine skewed that concept younger—much younger. (MORE)

 

Grounded Architecture

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The cabin’s asymmetrical roof is covered in grey slate.

Zecc Architects, along with interior designer Roel van Norel, designed a compact “recreationhouse” in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The cabin’s clean, modern design creates a strong connection to the surrounding woods and features privacy shutters that change its look. Photography by Stijnstijl. All images courtesy of Zecc Architects.  (MORE)

The shutters are opened during the day, illuminating the space within with natural light.

The shutters are opened during the day, illuminating the interior with natural light.

The movable shutters can be shut during the evenings when privacy is required.

The movable shutters can be shut during the evenings when privacy is required.

One long room contains the bedroom, kitchen and dining area.

One long room contains the bedroom, kitchen and dining area.

 

The Fall of Saigon

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— AARP Magazine for iPad, April-May 2015

In 1965, the first U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam. Ten years later, Saigon fell. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon (now Ho Chin Minh City) effectively marking the end of the Vietnam War. The Fall of Saigon was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (also known as the Viet Cong) on April 30, 1975. This event started the transition period leading to the formal reunification of Vietnam into a socialist republic, governed by the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The fall of the city was preceded by the evacuation of almost all the American civilian and military personnel in Saigon, along with tens of thousands of South Vietnamese civilians. The evacuation culminated in Operation Frequent Wind, the largest helicopter evacuation in history. In addition to the flight of refugees, the end of the war and institution of new rules by the communists contributed to a decline in the city’s population.

According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the number of U.S. military fatal casualties in the Vietnam War was 58,220 (as of April 29, 2008).

For a detailed view and timeline of The War That Changed Everything, tap here.

Abraham Lincoln ~ 1809 — 1865

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LINCOLN, 2013 by Wayne Brezinka. Collage, mixed media & acrylic on canvas / 48 x 60 in., 4 ft x 5 ft

LINCOLN, 2013 by Wayne Brezinka. Collage, mixed media & acrylic on canvas

 

Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22am, April 15, 1865, one-hundred fifty years ago today. This portrait of the 16th President of the United States by contemporary artist Wayne Brezinka is currently on loan at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2014 — May 6, 2015. Brezinka’s 4 ft x 5 ft portrait is part painting and part three-dimensional collage of cardboard, rope and several artifacts he collected from the 1860s.

Collage artist Wayne Brezinka spent two months gathering Civil War-era photos and newspapers to use in his mixed media Lincoln portrait. Image courtesy of Wayne Brezinka

Collage artist Wayne Brezinka spent two months gathering Civil War-era photos and newspapers to use in his mixed media Lincoln portrait. Image courtesy of Wayne Brezinka

 

Here’s a fascinating “video tour” of Wayne Brezinka’s “Lincoln”:

2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

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Pantone has declared Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the 2015 color of the year. Marsala, say the color experts, is rich, grounded, steady and satisfying, ideal for print, P.O.P. and packaging. (MORE)

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“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” — Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

The Evolving Sonos Identity

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In 2011, consumer electronics company Sonos, known for their smart system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components, retained Bruce Mau Design (BMD) to help re-think their brand identity.

Now, in 2015, Sonos continues to grow exponentially and numerous competitors have entered the market as wireless audio becomes more commonplace. Last year, BMD and Sonos pushed harder to signal Sonos’ leadership, relevance, and dedication to the music experience.

This new iteration of the Sonos visual identity advances the idea of the modern music experience into a rich diversity of expressions. The new identity launched internally with a BMD-designed brand video and is now making its way to the public.

An unintended benefit of BMD’s new logo design for Sonos is a visual effect evoking a sound vibration that appears on screens when the graphic is scrolled. Laura Stein, creative director on the Sonos rebranding, told Fast Company that there wasn’t a whole lot of science behind it, and it was a kind of “happy accident” that the logo vibrates and that this complements the original intention. (MORE)

BMD's Sonos logo has an unexpected result — scroll up or down on this page and you'll see.

BMD’s new logo design for Sonos came with an unplanned benefit — an optical illusion evoking a sound vibration that appears on screens when the graphic is scrolled. Try it!

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