It’s not everyday that a brand consultancy publishes a 482-page book, but also not every brand consultancy has been around for 30 years. Happy Accidents, published by Graphis (although not available for purchase at their site or Amazon) chronicles “Three Decades of Design and Discovery” of the Seattle-based firm Hornall Anderson. Although there is emphasis on newer work, the book does include some great 1990s work — some of which was eye-opening for me at the time — including the Jamba Juice identity, Smith packaging (not a single annual then didn’t include this one), and the Seattle Supersonics identity. The book itself is a great piece of work, with exposed binding, multiple ribbon bookmarks, and a USB drive integrated into the cover. I’ll try to track down a way of ordering the book and update the post. A few more pictures of the book are available here.
Established in 1880 and selling educational materials since the 1890s, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today is one of the leading and the world’s largest providers of pre-K-12 education solutions and one of the longest-established publishing houses. Further official description: “HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 60 million students in 120 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.” Today, HMH introduced a new identity designed by New York, NY-based Lippincott.
An agency of the City of Madison, WI, the Madison Public Library has nine branches across the city with 2.3 million visitors and 4.75 million checkouts a year — its main branch is currently under renovation. Earlier this month, they introduced a new logo, designed by local firm Cricket Design Works. Image of the unveiling below (or after the jump).
For a slight change of pace today, I have a few interesting tidbits worth posting.
Today you are getting another miscellany because of a major snowstorm in Austin, TX — three quarters of an inch! — that will put both of my daughters at home all day so every minute counts and must be optimized, meaning I can’t spend the necessary time on a proper review this morning. Still, some juicy things to keep you entertained this Friday.