This video by Gianluca Fallone hads been making the rounds on the internet the last few days. It’s a great video, but it’s VERY similar to one created by Santa Maria 4 years ago.

I saw the connection right away, but I’m not the only one. If you check the comments, most people have posted a link to the Santa Maria video. I’m not aware of the exact situation, but it doesn’t seem like Gianluca Fallone has given much credit to Santa Maria for the “inspiration.”

This brings up the bigger issue of inspiration VS stealing. I’ll let you judge this one.

Hennessy is doing some interesting interviews and custom label designs by pairing designers, artists and musicians together. The artists they selected seem a little out of character for a brand like Hennessy, but I’m glad to see them pursuing new avenues and trying to broaden their audience.

The site is also well designed with great photography and a wide variety of content. I haven’t been able to find out who was behind it yet, but whoever it was they took the time needed to fill in all the gaps and create something meaningful beyond a marking piece. It feels genuine and long lasting instead of a flash in the pan. Bravo.

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A fun little video from the guys over at Hyperakt. Hyperakt is a great studio in Brooklyn that does a lot of design for independent non-for-profit organizations. Also be sure to check out the info-graphics they did for GOOD magazine.

I’m not much of a fan of Linkin Park anymore, but I usually like what they do visually. They always seem to be pushing their look into new areas—maybe it’s because a few of the guys in the band went to art school.

Their new video for the song “Waiting for the End” doesn’t disappoint either. It has a digital look that builds upon—and evolves—a couple other music videos from Radiohead and Justin Timberlake which I posted here.

Also, see Joe Hahn’s personal site for some more information and check out the YouTube page for a HD version.

Someone once told me, or maybe I read it some where, “Good design goes to heaven. Bad design goes everywhere.”

Well score one for good design. Gap has officially abandoned it’s new logo, along with it’s crowdsourcing venture and going back to their trusted blue box. Read more on Brand New

What can we learn from this? Identity refresh or redesigns should not be taken lightly. They shouldn’t be tested or selected via committee. Logo’s might be a dime a dozen, but good logos are one in a million. They take time, skill, talent, insight, strategy and hard work to create.

I love a good refresh/redesgin, but it has to be done right and for the right reasons. People were speaking out because they felt this logo was unacceptably bad, not because they were in love with the old one.

I’m sure there is more to learn, but that’s what I got for now.

I’ve been sick the last few days, so I’m a little behind on the GAP gate. I still need to do a lot of reading to catch up, but my initial reaction is “I hope GAP sales go down” and PLEASE no one support the “crowd sourcing bulls**t.”

They paid an agency a ton of money, screwed it up and now they expect the public to figure it out for them?

Designer PLEASE, PLEASE stand up for your profession and don’t buy into this shit. We all know how clients treat design now a days, at least in the US, and with all the “design it yourself” sites and everyones familiarity with Adobe software, there isn’t as much respect for good, well thought, conceptual design as there once was. Everyone wants to play designer and thinks they’re an expert.

Read this from Brand New and I’ll have more later.

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