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Original Designer Massimo Vignelli on the Redesigned American Airlines Logo

This week, American Airlines (AAMRQ) revealed a bold new look for its fleet, retiring a design that hadn’t changed since 1967. (Among others, Twitter didn’t like it.) We caught up with designer Massimo Vignelli, the creator of the airline’s outgoing logo, to ask his opinion.

What do you think of the redesign?

It has no sense of permanence. The American flag is great. I’m designing a logo now for a German company, and I’m using black, red, gold, and yellow. Why? Because national colors have a tremendous equity. They’re much more memorable. It rings the bell of identification. But the American flag has 13 stripes, right? Not 11. Did American add only 11 stripes [to the flag on the tail] because they are in Chapter 11? I don’t think two more stripes would have been a disaster. And there are only two colors shown instead of all three. So is it a different flag?

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Google Launches Sixth Annual Doodle Design Competition for Kids

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Google launched on Monday its sixth annual Google Doodle competition, encouraging young students to design their own Google logo for the search engine giant’s homepage.

Starting today, the program — Doodle 4 Google — is calling for submissions from students in Kindergarten through grade 12. Google said a panel of celebrity judges and a public vote will be factored into the decision. The top winner will take home a $30,000 scholarship, while the student’s school will receive a $50,000 technology grant.

This year’s theme is “my best day ever,” which aims to give kids a chance to “explore themes that could be imaginary, exploratory or even sentimental, past, present or future,” Google said.

The winning doodle from each of the 50 U.S. states will go on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City from May 22 to July 14.

Last year, more than 114,000 doodles were submitted for the theme of “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” A drawing from Wisconsin-based Dylan Hoffman, age 7, that portrayed a pirate looking for treasure on an island came in first place.

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Getty Images Get Social With Powerful New Trending Tool

With its extensive library of promo photos from major news events and exotic locations around the world, Getty Images could one day become a force on social media. That day may, in fact, come sooner than later.

The company on Monday launched something called “The Feed by Getty Images,” which essentially piggybacks off Twitter’s API to identify trending topics on social media then push out Getty photos that match those conversations. For major news, sports and entertainment in particular, this could launch a much more powerful presence for and greater awareness of Getty on social media.

Getty produces more than 10,000 images per day and many of the best ones will find their way to Getty’s various Facebook pages, the @FeedMeGetty Twitter handle and a gateway page at thefeed.gettyimages.com. On Twitter for example, the company will post images of trending topics each hour, then increase that output when major news breaks or big events take place. On The Feed website, meanwhile, users will also be able to look at photos of trending topics sorted by region.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE:

http://mashable.com/2013/01/14/getty-images-get-social-with-powerful-new-trending-tool/

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Hello, Emerald.

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In 2012, we had energy — 2013 is about prosperity. So in the world of colors, it’s goodbye, Tangerine Tango, and hello, Emerald.

That is the color of the year for 2013, according to Pantone, the color standards division of Kentwood-based X-Rite Inc. The color is known more formally as Pantone 17-5641.

The new shade takes the crown from the spirited reddish orange hue, which held the honor for 2012.

But 2013 is all about a vivid, verdant shade of green that “enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions,” said Eiseman in a press release. “It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.“

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Adobe buys Behance

As Adobe takes over Behance – at a reported cost of $100m – we look how the move will affect designers

Many designers have a love/hate relationship with Adobe software, so the news that the software giant has bought Behance was met with mixed reaction yesterday. The undisclosed cost of the acquisition is rumoured to be around the $100m mark.

Hosting three million projects from around a million members, recieving over 90 million views last month alone, Behance’s recent success speaks for itself. Its place within the design community was built on its status as an independent resource, a platform to showcase past projects and attract future ones.

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MaD About Quilling

Meet the mother and daughter team, you wouldn’t essentially call mad. However, they do have a method to their madness, as they work meticulously on their art with expertise that requires both patience and precision.

Welcome to MaD – an acronym for the mother and daughter team of Leopoldina & Jolene Quiterio D’souza. They work together as designers, to create art, by bending strips of coloured paper to produce beautifully crafted works that resemble ceramic ware. With a technique that requires time and skill, they continue to work together to create a niche for themselves, as the appreciation for their work keeps growing by the day.

To get a fully customised MaD mementoes or for seasonal gifts simple order one today via their Facebook page

Here is a look at some of their creative art.

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