Pop-up Business Cards

I love the way these business cards put a face to a name. The pop-up feature is just icing. There is still something so vital and interesting about a printed card. (via swissmiss)

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Coca-Cola: Encounter

Spanish (?) Coca-Cola ad. Touching. Sure it’s an advertisement for a heartless, multi-national company, but it plucks the heartstrings. (via @muledesign)

Design Critique

First, and most important, can we do something to make the logo BIGGER and more prominent? I’ve done a quick sketch using the circumference of my coffee cup as a reference guide (attached) and I’m sure you’ll see the the new eagle is much easier to see at about three times the current size (I’m not sure what that is in computer picas). Everyone agrees that the new eagle logo my daughter drew is GORGEOUS, so I really want those feathers to stand out over the “Stool” info scrolling through the eagle’s mouth (beak? bill? not important).

BUT, on that same subject, Sandra, what can you do to really make the new design “POP”? I want it to really POP off the page. People get many letters every year, and I want ours to be the ones that never get thrown away — just because the POP is literally almost audible. Even in a desk drawer. I want our letters on bulletins boards because of all the POP.

Just a selection from a(n) hysterical Merlin Mann post.

Boy, I’m sure glad that this kind of memo would never happen in real life. {sigh}

Why (Real) Relationships Matter

[C]ompanies who can build authentic, honest, open, collaborative relationships with consumers are significantly more profitable (and sustainably profitable) than companies who treat consumers deceptively, antagonistically, and manipulatively. Umair Haque

This line of thinking seems to be catching on. Progess? Let’s hope so.

“We’ve had one of these before, when the dot-com bubble burst. What I told our company was that we were just going to invest our way through the downturn, that we weren’t going to lay off people, that we’d taken a tremendous amount of effort to get them into Apple in the first place — the last thing we were going to do is lay them off. And we were going to keep funding. In fact we were going to up our R&D budget so that we would be ahead of our competitors when the downturn was over. And that’s exactly what we did. And it worked. And that’s exactly what we’ll do this time.” ~ Steve Jobs

Recession? What recession? I like to tell myself this the way I’d run a business. Instead of slashing jobs and budgets at the first sign of trouble, re-invest in what makes the company unique and position ourselves to be ahead of the competition when the current crisis passes.

Of course it helps, in Apple’s case, to be free of debt with nearly $25 billion in cash on hand.

A company of programmers produces code. A company of managers produces meetings.

Greg Knauss

If you take a job, you’ve bought into what the company does. You’re responsible. If you work for a company headed off a cliff, hey, you’re going too. The fact that you’re just doing your job doesn’t make unemployment any better. And if the company is hurting people or the world you operate in, it doesn’t matter who told you to do it, you still did it. It’s not just your job. It’s a big part of your life. And you’re way smarter than you’re giving yourself credit for. Speak up, change things or get out.

Seth Godin is so great. (via AZSpot)

Redux Rant

This was originally posted on my Tumblr site, on second thought it seems more appropriate for this weblog:

Andy Rutledge is a talented and insightful designer and opinionated critic. I consistently enjoy his work at the Design View weblog, particularly the long-running “Redux” series ( where Andy provides a step-by-step analysis of a well-known website as well as his version of a redesigned user experience).

Sadly, his latest redux leaves much to be desired. Andy turns his attention to the US government’s information portal USA.gov which he describes as “poorly designed and often confusing.” Unlike his previous redux articles, Andy brings his political views to bear on this redesign.

It’s unfortunate that Andy decided to politicize this site design. It’s also surprising, given that Andy called out popular design blog Design Observer for using their site to further a political agenda.

Andy could have provided a serious look at usa.gov (a site in desparate need of attention) instead he went for a cheap shot at the Democratic presidential candidate.