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So far Ted Blanchard has created 14 blog entries.

Rolling a Hard Six.

There is a recent trend that suggests the commoditization of the visual identity design process is a good thing. This has been powered in part by the explosive growth of start-ups and small businesses driven by the continued shift in employment in modern economies from manufacturing to knowledge work. This growing need for visual […]

A Professional Toolset has Arrived.

It’s a little like the boy who cried wolf when you hear that the iPad is a professional creative tool. But fellow creatives, times have changed thanks to the efforts of companies like Fiftythree with it’s software tool Paper and a hardware tool they’ve dubbed Pencil. These two innovations are a clear indication […]

It isn’t Rocket Science is it?

On the opening day of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, soccer fans in attendance and those who stream and tune into tournament coverage are going to notice the typical global Madrid of sights and sounds of national teams and their supporters all gathered to compete in and to celebrate this edition of […]

Back to Basics.

Some say variety is the spice of life. Well the folks at Pentagram would not necessarily  agree and obviously have taken a decidedly opposite approach to the subject in one of their visual identity programs. In taking a deliberately old school less is more approach to their font selection, partner Natasha Jen and her […]

Design Goes Back to School.

How to successfully bring innovation and design creativity to market is a real challenge and the answer to the question is vitally important in developing tomorrow’s business successes. Part of the answer to that thorny problem may well be a program called 30Weeks. Produced by a group including Hyper Island, Pratt, SVA NYC, […]

Give Them Choice.

Apple wants to give you more choice. So does Google. And of course more choice is good right? At first bluss sure choice is what it’s all about and the big players offer us lots of choice but with a slight hitch. The choices they are offering are increasingly limited to their own ecosystems. […]

Home James.

Google is taking it to the streets. The Google Self Driving Car project suggests bringing a new level of safety to the road while making driving truly accessible for the first time. Having recently turned over 700,000 testing miles on the streets of Mountain View CA Google is making progress. Although it’s early […]

How Small is Big Enough?

As real world experiences go Paris is huge. An urban powerhouse. The pressure that puts on the cost of living is also huge. In response to those economics Paris is fast becoming a leader in world of the ever-shrinking living space. Tiny apartments aren’t new of course they’ve just become more formalized. In New […]

Time for a Game Changer.

Do smart-watches make a good business case? They do less than our smart phones do. They are ergonomically limited. They have a certain Google Glass stigma. In baseball that’s three strikes and means you’re taking you seat on the bench.

Despite manufactures love of and ability to do iterative product development and some admittedly nice […]

Add Some Depth to Those Sketches.

Ask anyone who has tried to sketch a 3D object and they will tell you that it’s not easy. Drawing that third dimension convincingly is hard. If you have ever tired it on a tablet you know that it adds ann unwelcome level of complexity to an already challenging  process. Currently there is no […]