Author: Tony Jnr Nwachi

The coming together of two icons – Naomi Campbell and Skepta

Naomi Campbell, Icon, trailblazer and arguably the most famous supermodel of all time. Skepta, Innovator, activist and again arguably the face of grime.

The coming together of two powerhouse icons will hopefully lead to a explosion of genius, as both Skepta and Campbell are heavily involved within the fashion industry. Skepta has previously demonstrated that his talents don’t just lie in music. After transforming the basement of Selfridges into a modern day souk, the Mercury Prize-winning grime star launched his debut clothing line, MAINS©.

What is Mains? The unisex collection, which Skepta referred to as a ‘clothing imprint’ was launched in the Summer of 2016. The launch included a lookbook and a short fashion film, which was shot in Morocco, it teased the aesthetic and showed off a single piece from the range, a genderless forest green tracksuit rendered in forest green with wide collars and braided detailing. In keeping with Skepta’s own style it’s discreet and ostensibly logo free.

At age 47, Naomi Campbell, one of the first supermodels of the world, is still influencing the fashion industry. Known for her exquisite classic features, royal walk and fierce attitude, Campbell has always spoken out about issues within the industry and continues to do her best to support and guide young aspiring models skillfully maneuver their way through the fashion industry.

What does the integration of Campbell and Skepta mean? The integration of two icons additionally leads to the integration of two industries, high end fashion and urban music a combination of traditional and modern.

The line between high end fashion and the urban industry has most definitely been blurred in the past years with collaborations between ASAP ROCKY X Guess, Supreme X Louis Vuitton and Versace X Adidas. It is safe to say with confidence that the line has been blurred or even vanished but could the coming together of two individual icons such as Campbell and Skepta be the trickle that led to a waterfall?

Who f**king checks it before it goes out?

That’s the first thing I was asking when I saw the Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi ad and it’s the same thing I’m asking my self now seeing H&M’s image of the little black boy in the “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoody. But to be honest I already know the answer.

With H&M’s hoody of the “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle”, they were never going to win. If a little white kid wore it for the product shot, it’d pass until a black kid wears it and the parents take a picture and call out H&M on social media. H&M was never really going to win this.

What’s going wrong?

There’s a real disconnect when corporate brands try and infuse themselves in different cultures, they need to know when they’re doing it correctly and when they’re just being offensive. We’re now seeing the crack in the pavements. The reason for this? Lack of diversity of people from different backgrounds working on these projects.

Can this be solved?

The issue won’t be solved by just hiring people from different backgrounds to reach a set criteria, it’s about using people from different backgrounds and their knowledge to create work which has a connection with the consumer from the culture which you are trying to speak to. First-hand experience and knowledge is and always will be better than some report conducted by someone, not from the end consumer. Of course, not everyone might have the luxury of using people from different backgrounds to ask these questions but finding them for research purposes is more than available.

I don’t care what anyone says to be honest if you want to sell, SELL. However when you want to start using social issues, you will be treading on thin ice, because if you do not get it correct, it will be very difficult to recover from the disaster, you only get one shot at this. Consumers, they’re not stupid and they will call your brand out. FACT.

10 logo design trends that will dominate 2018

The logo design industry is changing at a lightning-fast speed. What was trendy five years ago may not even ring a bell today. As methods of attracting customers become more effective, logo design must keep up the pace. New ideas develop so fast, designers have a hard time following them.

Fortunately, experts are committed to studying short-lived trends and forecasting where the logo design industry is heading. With the help of my team, I’ve put together a list of 10 trends that will dominate 2018.

 

 

Form simplification

This trend is all about stripping your design to the basics and making it as clean and minimalist as possible. Advancing internet technologies and cross-platform requirements are among the factors that revived this trend. Your emblem must look good across all mediums, from business cards to websites and mobile apps. This is why some major brands have revamped their logos, giving them a sharper, edgier look.

 

Logotype with simple shapes

Legible font coupled with simple geometric shapes (lines, points, rectangles, circles) will continue to hold ground. Having emerged in 2017, this powerful trend is gaining momentum fast. What makes it special?

First, logotypes are known for their simplicity and coherence (think Samsung, Nike, and Google). Second, simple graphic elements give your emblem a balanced, consistent look. Finally, if used wisely, clean geometric shapes can create strong visual effects and elevate your logo among those of your competitors.

 

Letter stacking

Here’s another hot trend for logotypes. The idea is to place words on top of each other, making long phrases easier to perceive. This trend made big waves in 2016-2017, and it seems like companies can’t get enough of it. Sophisticated and elegant, it will continue holding ground in 2018. Letter stacking works well with contrasting colors. It’s a surefire way to achieve originality and the grab attention of potential customers.

 

Coats of arms

The year 2017 brought us multiple logos imitating ancient coats of arms, emblems, stamps, etc. Text is usually placed inside a circle or semicircle, with dates as a common element. Reserved colors and clear graphic shapes create strong retro vibes. Such logos evoke associations with tradition, heritage, and longevity.

 

Slices

In logo design, slices are wide parallel lines that seem to make “cuts” in the logo. This trend will become even bigger in 2018, and here’s why. First, slicing adds some air to the emblem, making it easier to absorb. Second, you can use this technique to add smart effects and visual illusion (think negative space). And last but not least, slices give your logo a textured three-dimensional look.

 

Negative space

This technique does not need an introduction. Logos with negative space have been around for a few years, and 2018 will be no exception. The trend has evolved over the years, shifting from logomarks to logotypes. Now we see more text logos with shapes and images hidden inside or between the letters.

 

Text as a playground

It looks like 2017 has been dominated by logotypes. As a major branding weapon, typography is far from being fully explored. In addition to the techniques mentioned above, designers have experimented with kerning, spacing, font combinations, and much more. Look at the masterpieces one can create with a bit of imagination! Are we going to see more of these graphic delights in 2018? You bet!

 

Gradients and color transitions

Graphic designers rediscovered the power of gradients in 2016-2017, but the trend won’t fade away anytime soon. Color transitions can be successfully applied to both icons and text, especially for a massive, bulky font.

 

Overlaps

Overlaying vibrant colours creates a brand-new hue, giving depth to your design. MasterCard’s recent logo overhaul breathed new life into the technique, proving that it fits all kinds of brands, including high-profile companies.

 

Lettering

Although it’s being replaced by minimalist trends (like those discussed above), lettering still holds its position. A plethora of industries, including cafes, barber shops, and photo studios, will continue exploring the power of this trend. Prepare to see more logotypes with intricate inscriptions!

 

That’s it! Covering all the popular techniques would take forever, but these are the top 10 trends you need to look out for in 2018.

We are looking for a Games Developer

We’re looking for a talented Junior Programmer to join our team at Dream Random in London. We are a group of talented people drawing from a diverse range of experience and creative influences to create interactive entertainment with stand-out production values, heart and broad appeal.

This role is for you if:

You are smart, passionate and creative, looking to gain professional experience in a supportive environment whilst immediately contributing to the development of new titles.
You might only just be realising your interest in applying your technical skills to a creative medium.
You want to work on something outside the norm which has an impact on the world.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Designing, building and iterating engine systems and gameplay features
  • Collaborating with artists and designers, building tools to support them and contributing creatively to the design process
  • Helping to maintain existing titles

Requirements

  • BSc in computer science/physics/maths-based subject, or equivalent experience
  • Experience creating things in C/C++ or C#
  • Good 3D maths skills
  • Can-do attitude
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Drive to keep learning
  • You hold a valid EU work Visa, or have the right to work in the UK

Benefits

We offer a competitive package, including but not limited to a company wide profit sharing platform, company pension, life assurance, private medical and amazing family policies. We offer 25 days holiday (inclusive of studio closure days over Christmas.) We also promote flexible working days.

We have a new 30 seconds of ‘Black Panther’ excellence

We’ve got a month and a half to go before Marvel unleashes director Ryan Coogler’s take on Black Panther, but here’s a new look to keep that hype train rolling.

The “King” TV spot is 30 seconds of fast-cutting footage focused primarily on action, backed by a hard-hitting Run the Jewels beat (“Legend Has It,” in case you’re curious).

Black Panther continues to look like an absolute blast. It arrives in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

Working on Branding: Abra Cadabra

We worked closely with Ounto Nation to produce Abra Cadabra some cool new logo identity for his branding.

We worked on the logo until we felt we found something we felt had the right level of edge that really matched the character of Abra Cadabra. The Ounto Nation team chose the logo our team fell in love with. We really wanted something that would stand out and display that raw character Abra brings to his music.

After deciding this was the logo we were going for we created some mockups of the logo usage. let us know your thoughts when you get the chance.

Rough raw and edgy everything that Abra Cadabra and his music bring to the game. Let us know what you think on socials

Chilling with MAINS© at the Selfridges launch

We were lucky enough to be invited to the MAINS© clothing launch at Selfridges, it was a great night with great entertainment and some famous faces from within the fashion industry as we all came out to see the launch of the brand.