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Studio Output Updates BBC Sport Identity

With a quiet year between the Olympics and World Cup, BBC Sport embarked on a plan to harmonise the brand. The previous guidelines were built for broadcast, not the multi-platform world BBC Sport now inhabits, so the team wanted to build coherence, cut-through and credit across all platforms: TV, online, social and marketing.

As the brand lead in a closely-aligned team, Studio Output worked in intense sprints alongside BBC Creative, BBC Sport marketing, broadcast and UX&D, delivering a set of interim guidelines and consulting on their implementation.

Reflecting a new strategy of 'Sport as a Service,' Studio Output created a simple but consistent system for locking up the new BBC Sport logo with network partners, events and regions. The warmer 'Sport yellow' is more harmonious with BBC portfolio partners and supported by a bright palette of neutral colours, bringing BBC Sport out of the darkness into a fresher, flatter and more contemporary space.

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BBC Sport is the first brand to introduce the new BBC font family, BBC Reith. To implement it with consistency, the studio applied BBC GEL grids across all platforms, including broadcast. The new system creates a cohesive presentation for the first time across broadcast, app and responsive web.

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Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

If your house or appartment is small and you have children, then you probably don’t want to get one of Daniela Forti’s tables. Obviously, these are not the most practical tables you’ll find, but they are truly work of beauty.

Created using a glass-fusion technique, Forti’s tables litteraly look like jellyfish, dripping with glass tentacles. With the shiny colors and beautiful transparency, these tables create an ethereal athmosphere anywhere you put them. To learn more about it, check Daniela Forti’s portfolio site.

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

Daniela Forti Creates Incredible Glass Jellyfish Tables

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The Design Museum[1] has revealed the shortlist for the tenth anniversary of Beazley Designs of the Year. The annual exhibition and awards comprises 62 nominations across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators and creatives, the awards showcase the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today.

This year's nominees include a clothing line by Kanye West; Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile game; and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C designed by the recently knighted Sir David Adjaye[2]. Other nominations include IKEA furniture that does not require screws or allen keys, the world's first 3D printed self-driving bus, a hijab designed by Nike, and the TV experience design for the English football Premier League

Activism and protest has proven to be a strong theme in the nominations over the past year and projects in the award shortlist include the Pussyhat made and worn in protest of President Donald Trump's sexist remarks, Wolfgang Tillmans[3]' Remain Campaign for the Brexit referendum and IC4Design's Finding Her, a Where's Wally-style advertisement highlighting low levels of gender equality in Egyptian professions. Other nominations include Me & EU by Nathan and Sam Smith, a collection of postcards written and designed by UK-based creatives to be sent across Europe as a means to remain connected post EU-referendum; professional women emoji designs for Google and Forensic Architecture - an interactive 3D recreation of a Syrian torture prison constructed from the memories and descriptions of survivors.

Better Shelter, a flat-packed refugee shelter created with IKEA, was named the Beazley Design of the Year in 2016[4] and this year has seen further designs that attempt to raise awareness and improve the lives of those impacted by global displacement. The Avy Search and Rescue Drone designed to rescue refugees in danger whilst travelling across the Mediterranean Sea; the Refugee Nation Flag for the Olympics designed for the first ever Olympic refugee team and the Calais Builds Project, providing short-term structures and infrastructure, are just some of the nominations in this year's awards.

The Architecture category features some of the most established practices in the world today including Zaha Hadid Architects[5] for their Antwerp Port House, Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré[6] for his Lycée Schorge Secondary School and OMA[7]'s Il Fondaco Tedeschi development in Venice, Italy.

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The Digital category includes Google Noto, a collaborative project that has led to the creation of a free, single typeface which can be used for over 800 languages.

Professional Women EmojiPokemon GO by NianticIco Bottle Opener by Fort Standard

Aitor Throup[8]'s New Object Research 'The Rite of Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter' Articulated Sculptures have earnt a Fashion nomination. His runway show during London Collections: Men presented the highly-anticipated New Object Research collection on six life size articulated sculpted puppets. Other nominations in the Fashion category include a collaboration between Levi Strauss & Co. and Google Inc. developing interactive textiles.

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Graphic nominees include the new branding for Wales Nation Brand and the Protest Banner Lending Library, a space where people can gain skills to make their own banners.

ME and EUFinding Her by IC4DESIGN with DDB DubaiThe Refugee Nation Flag by Yara SaidWales Nation Brand by Smorgasbord Studios

The Product category includes the world's first translating earpiece, Remolten - a furniture line made from molten lava - and ink made from air pollution.

Wedge dowel by IKEASolid Textile Board Benches by Max LambSNOO Smart Sleeper by Yves BeharAvy Search and Rescue DroneScewo

The Transport list completes the six categories and includes Olli, the world's first 3D printed self-driving bus, Scewo, a stairclimbing mobility device, a self-balancing motorcycle by Honda that reduces the chances of falling and space age water taxis designed by SeaBubbles that clean and create energy from the waterways they use. Also included is a new intersection road system developed by Carlo Ratti[9] at MIT that could replace traffic lights. The conceptual traffic system would enable driverless vehicles to travel through intersections without colliding, eliminating the need for traffic signals.

Local Motors OlliAutonomous Rapid Transit by CRRCGita by Piaggio Fast Forward

Sketches, models, physical pieces, videos and photography will be on display for all nominations and will provide a snapshot into the exciting world of design. A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on January 25, 2018. Previous winners have included the 2012 Olympic Torch[10], the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid and Human Organs-on-Chips, a micro-device lined with living human cells to mimic the complex tissue structures of the human body.

References

  1. ^The Design Museum (www.dexigner.com)
  2. ^Sir David Adjaye (www.dexigner.com)
  3. ^Wolfgang Tillmans (www.dexigner.com)
  4. ^Beazley Design of the Year in 2016 (www.dexigner.com)
  5. ^Zaha Hadid Architects (www.dexigner.com)
  6. ^Francis Kéré (www.dexigner.com)
  7. ^OMA (www.dexigner.com)
  8. ^Aitor Throup (www.dexigner.com)
  9. ^Carlo Ratti (www.dexigner.com)
  10. ^2012 Olympic Torch (www.dexigner.com)

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A round-up of inspiring typographic designs by various designers.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

Above: an ambigram with the word USA, designed by Sergey Yakovenko.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

A stunning illustrated poster for the Wizard of Oz, a project by Kyle Letendre.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

SevenSeven, a gorgeous typographic logo by Miklos Kiss.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

A nice digital sketch by Jordan Metcalf.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

Wahoo’s Fish Taco, mosaic typography by Sean O’Connor.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

Misery Loves Company.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

Zaha Hadid, a cool typographic paper cutout by Patrick Cabral.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

A Cage of Roots, a book cover with deep rooted typography by Matt Griffin.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

Typographic poster by Kingdom Industry.

Typography and lettering inspiration collection

Trust your Gut, a typographic layout with roads for a magazine, design by Lorena G.

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Each website element has a specific role to create a good user experience. It is important that you give equal dedication to each. However, most articles will talk about design, SEO, user experience that leaves readers feeling these are somewhat technical. As a result, businesses continue to focus on design and underestimate the role of the backend.

The Role of Web Hosting in a Visitor’s Experience with your Website

Perhaps, the only eye opener was when Google announced that it would take speed as one of the bases for search ranking. This might have happened way back in 2009 but as relevant as ever. In independent researches by Google, Bing, AOL, and Shopzilla:

  • A 2-second slowdown changed queries by -1.8% and revenue/user by -4.3% – Bing
  • A 400-millisecond delay resulted in -0.59% change in searches/user – Google
  • Even after the delay was rectified, these users still had a -0.21% fewer searches, indicating that their slow experience affects long term behaviour.
  • A year-long performance redesign resulted in 5 second speed up, which eventually led to a 25% in page views, 7-12% increase in revenue, and a 50% reduction in hardware costs.

The key takeaway here is that a faster website loading experience results in a significant positive experience, both for users/prospects and website owners or businesses.

Speed and the User’s Experience

There are quite a few reasons why your site is slow, some of which can be rectified quick, such as resizing images & utilizing a CDN, rechecking your codes, text graphics, unnecessary plugins, and the lot. However, a good web design plan always considers the backend, such as your servers.

When a browser pings your website for all the information and data, your site should be able to respond fast. In a user’s experience, the expectation is 2 seconds or less. Some pressure this is! This might be troublesome back in 2009, when web hosting providers had the opportunity to jack up prices and cheap means less in quality. But nowadays, you can find competent and yet still, affordable web hosting. The upsurge in the number of hosting providers, has caused a drop off in prices. LCN for example, offers a cheap web hosting package with just $3.33 a month for a 5GB webspace setup, including a £75 Adwords voucher to boot.

The Role of Web Hosting in a Visitor’s Experience with your Website

Source: LCN.com

Platform specific hosting, such as WordPress-centric hosting services, have also seen a certain price reduction, with lots of widely available coupons for many WordPress hosting providers. Picking out a hosting service shouldn’t be a split second decision, and yet it shouldn’t take much work to find a reasonable priced hosting solution for your site/brand.

Given the percentages in drop-offs, user expectations, and industry standards, these can all be met as long as you give ample attention to your backend as well. In addition, future-proofing your website by following some webhosting advice on security and performance is also a wise move.

More often than not, visitors go to your website because they think you can help them accomplish their goals. This might be a query about your products/services, research for information, buy a product, and many more. All in all, think about what you want your users/prospects/customers to experience when they are on your website. This does not necessarily mean just the aesthetics. The most important experience is when you help them accomplish their goals, their reason for going to your website. The faster you help them complete their goals, the better the experience. And with luck (and proper design and web performance), they will be back to your site in no time!

Web Hosting and its Crucial Role

While some would downplay the role of web hosting, it’s one of the most crucial factors of an exceptional website. Other than load time, security, caching, and email are just some of the important factors that affect user experience, overall website performance, and business results.

In an age where online presence is a non-negotiable part of a business, it is even more imperative that your website represents your business in the best way possible by aiming to help users, prospects and customers. Your brand should aim not just to create a good first impression, but more importantly, a lasting one.

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