Logo Rip Offs

March 26, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Design, General | 2 Comments

Today I was browsing through different blogs and I came upon the much talked about LogoMaid ripoff scandal. LogoMaid is a company that deals in “off the shelf” logo’s. They make (or buy logo’s) and then resell them. Unsurprisingly, their work is not very original or good, and in some cases, is a flat-out rip-off.

One has to wonder how long it is before someone get’s sued. I had a browse through LogoMaid’s “Unique Logos” section and found these gems of design:

I wonder of this designer has ever heard of which looks a lot like

Then there are these two the first one belongs to simplebits.com and the other to LogoMaid. Anyone see something dodgey?

Did xbox rip off LogoMaid? :O

Err, did someone just change the colour and remove the border?

These guys really must like Xbox : /

wait, that looks familiar?

is exactly the same as

I wonder what they were thinking? I found these pretty quickly and there were some more that I could have added but decided they were borderline…

Apperently they also ripped apple, but that got taken off the site soon after it was made public: http://flickr.com/photos/singletrack/429895395/

Where is the world going to when you think you are going to get away with stuff like that.

Pwnd. 🙂


You know you are a design geek when:

March 7, 2007 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Design | Leave a comment

1. You giggle whenever you use the colors F0CCED, EFF0FF and 44DDDD

2. You’re in the sun and you look around for a Drop Shadow to sit under.

3. You give your relatives a lecture about color spaces and profiles when you email them your vacation photos.

4. Seing someone use Lens Flare or Comic Sans adversely affects your blood-pressure

5. You maintain a grid system for your refrigerator magnets.

6. You organise your CD collection according to the Pantone chart.

7. You sit at work for eight hours straight just looking at your monitor, waiting for a spark of inspiration that doesn’t come.

8. You’re up ’til 5am because you came up with the best idea ever while brushing your teeth.

9. The hottest dream you ever had was “Trace contour… Find Edges… Pinch… Extrude… Smudge Stick… Motion Blur…. Sprayed Strokes…”

10. You know Lorem Ipsum by heart.

11. Your kid knows Lorem Ipsum by heart.

12. The preschool teacher complains your child won’t color inside or outside the lines – only indicate colors on a separate sheet.

13. Activating your entire font collection makes your computer crash – and you’re running OSX.

14. You deliberately butcher your perfectly cross browser compatible site in IE by placing a “Too Cool for IE” banner on it.

15. You prefer a Layer Style of 50% Opacity (or less) on your wife’s Satin.

16. You spend $200 on a font for your personal website because “it’s the only one where the lower-case g is just right…”

17. Looking at a menu make you go “hmmm, ITC Baskerville italic” rather than “mmmm, lunch!”

18. And when you finally order, you go for Layer Based Slices with Grain Texture…

19. You use words about fonts you dislike that other normal people reserve for fascist dictators and serial killers.

20. Apple+Z is the first thing that goes through your mind if you drop and break something.

21. You refer to colleagues as Strict, Transitional, Loose and the Future Unemployed.

22. You refer to your privates as “the Magic Wand”.

Simple Email Workflow

March 1, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Posted in Day to Day, General, Management | Leave a comment

Email is a big part of life in any company and in some ways basic email clients like Outlook and Thunderbird (which I use) is still lacking. I read this today and thought wow, what a great idea. All of the features he mentions are things that I will use daily.

“I send and receive lots and lots of email. My life runs on email. But, I find most of the current email clients lacking a few basic (but very useful) features that I think would be easy to implement. So, my idea is for an Outlook plug-in (I pick Outlook simply because that’s the client I use) that would do the following

  1. Response Expected: Let me flag messages I send out as being “response expected”. Once a message is flagged as such, the system would monitor to see if the message actually ever got a response from the recipient. Once such a message comes in, the original message would go back in to “normal” state. If a response didn’t come in, it would show up on a list somewhere (see below)
  2. Response Required: I’d like to flag incoming messages as soon as I scan them as being “response required”. This is a mental note to myself that a given message requires some response on my part. Similar to #1, if I don’t respond within a certain time (hopefully, user configurable), the message will show up on a list of messages requiring attention.
  3. Someone Should Respond: This is similar to #1, except that I’d use it when there were multiple people on the “to” list of a message. In this case, the system would “watch” to see if someone responds to the original message (likely some other party on the “to” or “cc” list). If so, then the message is considered “handled”. If not, then it would show up on the “attention required” list.
  4. Sender Significant: I’d be able to mark any sender of a given email as being “significant” (this would be a toggle). Until I turn this flag off, all messages from this sender would show up on the “Response Required” list (or otherwise be highlighted).
  5. Delegate: This would be an extension of “response required”, except it would be an email forward to a designated recipient with an automatic “response expected” flag turned on (to make sure the person who received the delegation acknowledged).

That’s it. Ideally, each of the above could be done with a single keyboard shortcut. Something like this would likely do wonders for my email productivity (and ensure that emails get handled appropriately). I can’t tell you how many times I meant to handle an email, but then just had it slip through the cracks. Outlook supports it’s “flag” feature, but that just doesn’t cut it for me as it doesn’t go far enough.

What do you think? Is this idea dubious, or is there a need for something like this? If such a tool existed, would you use it?”

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