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Friday, June 29th, 2012

We’re definitely on an office-wide decorating craze after recently having some awesome wall graphics installed in our newly renovated space. It’s more than fitting that we post some of the world’s coolest murals. We hope you enjoy!

Gooderham Flat Iron Building in Toronto by Bill Smith

Portrait Murals

Beautiful murals in Brussels by Eliseo Oliveras.

Gallery: The 25 Best Murals Of Summer 2011

Aryz, Civitavecchia, Italy

Gallery: The 25 Best Murals Of Summer 2011

Roa, Paris

Wonder wave: John Pugh's Mana Nalu mural in Honolulu. Fire crews rushed to save the children from the mighty wave - before realising it was an optical illusion

John Pugh's Mana Nalu mural in Honolulu.

Liu Bolin & JR NYC Mural Collaboration

Beautiful Mural

Philadelphia murals

Mural by John Lewis in Philadelphia

Dog Gadgets!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Monkey the Welsh Corgi

To honor the four-legged-friend we have in the office today, we figured it would be fitting to feature some of the most fantastic pet gadgets out there!

Hammacher Schlemmer Separation Anxiety Prevention Bed

Hammacher Schlemmer Separation Anxiety Pet Bed

Dogs with close connections to their owners often show symptoms of separation anxiety. This pet bed holds a garment belonging to the owner. The mesh pocket where the garment is kept allows for the proper air circulation to provide the pet with the owner’s calming, familiar scent.

The GoPet Dog TreadWheel

Treadwheel Specs

GoPet TreadWheel

Exercising your dog just got a whole lot easier. This product is basically an oversized hamster wheel. This in-home exercise wheel allows for your pooch to be active in a comfortable setting.

Doggles®

Doggles

Eyewear for dogs might seem a little crazy, but Doggles® might be a necessity to your dog! They protect your dog’s eye from UV rays, dirt and debris. They also look incredibly cool. Would your dog wear them?

GoDogGo Automatic Fetch Machine

GoDogGo Automatic Fetch Machine

Is your dog obsessed with tennis balls? Here is your answer! This awesome machine plays fetch with your dog for you, providing your dog with hours of healthy exercise and enjoyment!

Pet Chime Doggie Doorbell

Pet Chime Doggie Doorbell

Now your dog can actually tell you when he wants to go outside! The Pet Chime allows for a more clear communication channel between you and your pet. It can even be heard from over 100 ft. away! Would your dog use, or abuse this device?

Dogmatic SnackShotz Treat Launcher

Snackshotz

This product turns snack time into playtime! Pulling the trigger launches Discos Flying Dog treats up to 12 feet! Nothing like a little exercise with a meal!

Spotlight™ GPS Pet Locator

This product can be worn on your dog’s collar to track him in case he is ever lost. It allows for the owner to create custom “safety zones” that provide the owner with text message notification or email if your dog leaves the area. It also allows the owner to track the dog’s movements via the web or customer care line. Here’s to never losing your pet again!

Office Designspiration

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The recent renovation of our office space has left us pondering about some of the most creative and inspiring offices around the world. Since the office is where many of us spend the majority of our day, it’s safe to say we all share a general interest in creating a unique and comfortable workspace. After sifting through an overwhelming amount of articles and photos of these invigorating office spaces, we chose a few of our favorites!

White Mountain Office in Stockholm, Sweden

100 feet below the surface of Stockholm, this space was once used as an anti-atomic shelter, and is now home to a Swedish ISP internet provider.

The White Mountain Office in Stockholm.

Google Office in Zurich

It should come as no surprise that Google’s Zurich office is absolutely awesome. With swirl slides, game rooms, massage chairs and private cabins, who needs to go home after work?

Google's Zurich Office.

Google's Zurich Office.

Pallotta Teamworks, Los Angeles, CA

Pallotta Teamworks overcame the challenge of housing their growing creative team in their Los Angeles headquarters by creating this stacked pod-like workspace.

Views of the Pallotta Teamworks office.

Pixar Studios, Emeryville, CA

Once again, it’s no surprise to find that Pixar has awesome office spaces!  These creative geniuses inhabit an office that reminds me of a home with it’s dim lightening, assorted knick-knacks and interesting spacial features.

A view of the Pixar office.

Another view of Pixar Studios.

Selgas Cano Architecture Studio, Madrid, Spain

This beautiful office in the woods is the home to a Spanish architecture firm.

SELGAS CANO ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

Selgas Cano Studio in the woods.

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Inside the interesting office space.

Unilever Switzerland Headquarters

Unique and fun! The Unilever headquarters offer many different creative elements in their office spaces.

Unilever offices feature unique work areas.

The Unilever office space.

Happy Birthday WordPress!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Whether we want to admit it or not, WordPress has changed the way we view content on the Internet.  The usability of the website has made the blog site a hub for many people to exercise some creativity and get their word out. The site allows a great amount of design and programming within its capabilities.  If you take the time this can be the go-to place to share your products, messages and thoughts. In fact, we use the medium for our own blogs! Sure, we all have our moments when we want to stab our computer screen trying to adjust a picture in the blog, but there are some great examples of how it is used properly.  To celebrate its ninth birthday, which took place on May 27, here are some images of my favorite WordPress websites:

Creative artist hosts a hub of his music ambitions featuring interesting design and up front images of his new album

This website provides a new designer every day with a scroll-through portfolio. Great creatives!

We love her jokes, but we LOVE her website! Great branding and voice.

Fun corporate blog from everyone’s favorite daily deal website

Another interesting database of creative design portfolios

****UPDATE: As a side note, this post took more than 20 minutes to post and size images. So anything we said nice about WordPress we say very, VERY bitterly.

Some funky and unique website designs that we love:

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Here at JB Chicago, we love learning about the latest creative initiatives taking place across the web. Whether you’re looking for some website design inspiration or just want to “oo” and “awe” at fantastic design, here is a list of some well-designed websites.

Timothee-Roussilhe Portfolio

This portfolio is both classy and fun. It offers an unmatched interactive experience for the viewer.

Mini

Want to experience a Mini, inside and out? This website does just that and more. It’s sleek and incredibly enticing.

Pimkie Color Forecast

This fashionable website boasts a youthful, clean and modern look that gets straight to the point. It is incredibly user-friendly and highly organized.

Shoshorov

Another portfolio that is sweet on the eyes. The retro-modern appeal clearly mimics the designer’s abilities and inspires interest in viewers.

Bones Brigade Djs

Attractive and straight to the point, this event website allows for users to easily access the information they are seeking while being extremely cool.

Castor

Talk about high-quality and unique! Castor cleverly places their links in the image on their homepage. The zoom effect is now only eyebrow-raising, but incredibly entertaining.

Twenty8Twelve

Nothing is more pleasing than seeing a website that matches a product. Twenty8Twelve does just that. The interactive user experience of this website matches the fashion collection held within: Flawless.

Vlog

Visually enticing is an understatement. This website is a whole other realm of amazing. Effortlessly organized and visually pleasing.

Lost Type

This is the most enticing font website I have ever seen. Everything looks good! The dashing appearance allows users to fully experience typefaces.

Fashion for the Masses

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Jason Wu recently announced that he is the latest fashion designer to join the ranks of main-stream collaborators. Following the likes of Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s, Missoni for Target, and Versace for H&M, Jason Wu is bringing his fashion efforts to Super Targets everywhere.

In this economy, there is a select group of people who can afford the garments found in traditional fashion lines. To combat this, designers have begun to expand their vision and influence by taking their creations and giving them to the masses. The method has proven to be very successful with fashion fanatics lining up early to get their hands on the limited collections. I have a friend who lined up at Target for the Missoni release, only to fight of a middle-aged man to get a coveted bedroom throw. The throw later sold for more than $500 on eBay (originally under $75).

From a branding standpoint, this is a win-win strategy. The fashion houses now have a new way to maximize their awareness by drawing in the fashionably clueless to their lines. It also makes their brand more approachable and seemingly cost-conscious in times of economic turmoil. On the other hand, these stores such as Target and H&M are simply elevating their brand equity by giving their consumers the chance to experience luxurious designs at affordable prices. This makes them source for fashion expertise, drawing customers to their own collections as well as making them an influencer in the fashion industry.

While some may think that this type of designer collaboration cheapens the designer’s brand, I see it from a different perspective. I think it’s a smart way to keep people interested in your designs, gain awareness and most importantly, make some extra cash. The fashion industry took a big hit with the recession. If commercial lines of this nature are what it takes to keep these fashion houses afloat, I can’t help but encourage more designers to jump on the collaboration bandwagon.

Here are some examples of the designs featured in these campaigns:

Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse at Macy's

Missoni for Target

Versace for H&M

Eco-friendly business cards never felt so good…literally

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

If you’re not going Green, then you’re not cool. Yes I said it. Nowadays everything is going Green from Cemetery plots to your personal business cards. As I perused the world wide web, I stumbled across a few ideas for eco-friendly business cards with various textures. Just imagine the look on your face if someone handed you a leaf with their contact information printed on it. Below are a few examples of eco-friendly business cards which serve as one of many conscious attempts to preserve the environment. While you’re looking, make a mental note of your favorite to pass along to your friends, family and co-worker!

Reuse old packaging boxes to create your own one-of-a-kind business card. Although you would not want to do this for more than just a few cards at a time, it is a great way to create special business cards for your important prospects, and it is eco-friendly! This business card for Fiverr came from a MacBook Pro box. Rather than printing the text on such bulky material, Kaufman stamped them on, which really fit into the packaged look well.

Leaf Business Cards: Tatil Design

Go green all the way with these real leaf business cards. Your logo and information are laser etched into the leaf with no ink required. Throw them out and you don’t have to worry about harming the environment—they’re leaves!

Moo Eco Friendly Business Cards

These business cards are printed on 100% recycled paper and the card box (where you store your card and others too!) is also made from 100% recyclable pulp. Now you don’t have to worry about your cards getting creases and wrinkled when you put them in your bag and all the while you are doing our planet a favor.

Sustainable Cards for a Sustainable Company

Sometimes the most economical business card is one that uses sustainable materials, such as this one designed for a sustainable furniture business. Notice that the design uses only one color of ink: black. Beside the large logo, there are no big graphics. The text is also short and sweet to limit the amount of ink used.

To learn more about creating eco-friendly business cards, visit this website: http://inspiredology.com/inspiring-examples-of-green-business-cards/

Is that a crater?! Oh, never mind, that’s just the KFC Logo

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

One of the biggest issues marketers come across is maintaining awareness of their brand in the public sphere. If you have a great product, but no one sees it, then you really just have an idea. The normal way for maintaining a brand’s awareness is through promotions and advertisements featured in social media, magazines, billboards and otherwise. But apparently that is getting a little too obvious. Now brands are taking their logos and artwork on putting them on a more global spectrum……literally. Take a look at how some brands have made their advertisements and artwork so large, that you can see them in space:

A Tasty Alternative to Business Card Design

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

One of my duties as the intern for JB Chicago is to file away all of the business cards we receive into our contacts. While completing this task it got me thinking more and more about business cards and how they can depict your business. These wallet-sized cards are a very important aspect to any type of brand or business. They give all your contact information and are a great tool to use to maintain contact with potential clients you meet while networking. Having a business card on hand with you could make the difference between landing and losing a deal that could come out of nowhere. An aspect that is extremely crucial to any business card is the design. The format of your card and the images that are on it should convey your brand’s identity and show potential clients the type of business that they may be getting involved with. These following cards however, take that to the next level. They boast a very unusual characteristic…the fact that they’re edible. So if you think you’ve run out of options in terms of your business card design, maybe you want to go with something a little tastier. Just make sure they get your information before they eat the card….

For more examples and information on edible business card take a look at this website:

http://www.freshbusinesscards.com/2011/03/business-cards-to-eat/

Design and words in perfect harmony

Friday, June 10th, 2011
One of the greatest things about Twitter (besides the fact that it lets you decorate your profile page and aids you in your quest to properly stalk John Mayer) is that is encourages the death of wordiness. With only 140 characters available, you really have to condense down the ideas you want to tweet to your devoted followers.

Imagine, however, that instead of tweeting about your day in 150 characters, you only had six words. I don’t even know how I would go about talking about my jumble of thoughts in six words. What would I say? “I hate when rain attacks me?” “I’m hungry, bring me some eats?” There is something so hard about saying what you mean in so few words.

That’s the concept of designer Anne Ulku and writer Van Horgen’s Six Word Story Every Day (SWSED) project. In 2010, the two of them paired up and, and for a year, told each day’s story in just six words. Now they have 365 days worth of short stories, posted on their blog.

Courtesy of the Six Word Story Every Day blog

The coolest thing about their project, though, is that in 2011, they opened the idea to the public, encouraging everyone to design a six-word story about their day. Masters of concise language and designers of great skill have all sent in their pieces since the beginning of the year, proving that it is possible to say it in less.

Courtesy of http://sixwordstoryeveryday.com

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