January 5, 2016
Posted By: Marc

We’re looking forward to a new year filled with fun, beauty, and creativity — one spent exploring new styles, new materials, and new forms of communication. Whatever you fancy, here’s to great things in 2016!

For more cheer, check out www.gif-giving.com for a collection of fun, animated GIFs to share on social media.

September 29, 2015
Posted By: Marc

Sheri L Koetting Speaker WebsiteHave a look at MSLK’s recently launched site for our very own Sheri L Koetting. The site was designed with the sole purpose of highlighting Sheri’s speaking engagements and writing, and is geared towards programming directors of conferences, and symposia. Much like Sheri herself, the site is fun, dynamic, and colorful. Please visit the new site on your desktop, as well as mobile devices: http://sherikoetting.com

January 17, 2014
Posted By: Marc

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Annual reports are seeing a resurgence amongst a number of savvy consumer brands. Once only the domain of publicly traded companies and non-profits, annual reports began with humble roots to fulfill a fiduciary responsibility with shareholders and to file with the S.E.C. Typically, these reports were single-color, and had little to no design. During the 1950s, many large corporations turned this yearly obligation into lavish glossy catalogs, affording them an opportunity to tell rich stories of achievements to their most ardent supporters.

Annuals typically follow a “reverse mullet” convention of “party in the front” via photography and interesting production techniques, with “business in the back” where financial data was relegated. Many famous graphic designers throughout the 20th century created notable reports such as Paul Rand for Westinghouse and Bradbury Thompson for Westvaco. Some reports were ostentatious, others were profound. This trend grew well into the 1990s until Microsoft sounded the death knell by having their annuals available online, setting a steep downward trend in printed annual reports’ significance.

Then, in 2005, something interesting happened.

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January 18, 2012
Posted By: Marc

Steve Jobs was not a designer, at least not in the traditional sense. In fact, there was little he did do that was traditional, in any sense of the word. Having just finished his biography, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I have a new-found respect for the man who transformed not only the world of computers, consumer  electronics, music, movies, etc… but also had a profound effect of the lives of creative professionals — graphic designers in particular. Read more

February 3, 2011
Posted By: Cristina

It’s that time of year again. Love is in the air, and MSLK has compiled our 3rd annual list of things to do, give, and love this Valentine’s Day. Single or not, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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February 1, 2011
Posted By: Cristina

Everyone’s a critic. Over the years, graphic design has become more mainstream. And as more people have become more aware of design, more people have become quick to judge and criticize any change in a well known corporate brand. Because of this, it’s not unheard of for a brand to change their look and then have a public backlash force them to change it back and pretend nothing ever happened (Think Gap and Tropicana). Of course, it’s impossible to make everyone happy, but with so many people responding to rebrands, selling a new look to the public is starting to become a crucial part of the rebranding process.

Starbucks and Comedy Central were both given an overhaul recently and are very good examples of this. While they are two vastly different companies, what they do have in common is that both of the companies took the time to present these rebrands in a way that says, “Yes, we did change our look, and we are going to show you why this is a change in the right direction.”

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December 21, 2010
Posted By: Cristina

I knew even before moving to NYC that the holiday displays along and around 5th Avenue were a must see so I was excited to go out and take the photos for this year’s window recap. And I must say that what I saw exceeded my expectations. The windows were beautiful with an impressive amount of attention to detail. And with so many windows themed around travel and fantasy worlds, I felt as if I was being transported somewhere else just by looking at them.

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November 15, 2010
Posted By: Cristina

This past weekend, a couple of us at MSLK had the opportunity to take a break from our computer screens and have some fun with words. The Spark Typography Workshop invited participants to use unconventional materials to illustrate ordinary words, and the results were rather “hair raising.”

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November 9, 2010
Posted By: Marc

There’s a chill in the air, and chestnuts about to be roasted. That means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays. MSLK now has a wide range of giftable items for sale on the online shop at Felt & Wire.

10 items are currently featured: limited edition posters, letterpressed cards, die-cut bookmarks, and foil-stamped gift tags. Each is priced to match any budget (and grade-level of humor.) Many of these items can be useful in making your gifting easier, such as our customizable gift tags.

So pick up a set of your faves today:
http://feltandwireshop.com/seller/mslk

October 11, 2010
Posted By: Marc

If you haven’t seen this website yet, have a look: http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

It’s a promotion for the rock band Arcade Fire’s song “We Used to Wait”, and it uses an array of interactive features which customize the experience for each user. More than just a website, it’s actually described as an “interactive film” by Chris Milk using the latest website coding technology known as HTML 5. More than just a promotion, it’s one of the freshest things I have seen online in quite a while.
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