North Rhine-Westphalia has decided to enforce a ban on biker gangs’ logos being displayed on websites. It is not at all clear how this is supposed to happen.
Is your desktop background getting boring? Perhaps something new is just what the doctor ordered. And what better way to show your love for Apple (s aapl) that an Apple-themed (Hey, this is TheAppleBlog remember. If you don’t love Apple, why are you here?) wallpaper! I scoured the Internet and found a whole heap of nice shiny wallpapers. Here’s a collection of my favorites.
Celebrate the Apple Logo
The Apple logo is an icon that’s instantly recognized around the world, and will no doubt long be writ down in the annals of history.
It may be the season of good-will, but one naughty iPhone-developer has decided to play the role of Scrooge in the iTunes App Store.
Movies, created by French developer, Olivier Bernal, went live at the App Store on December 19. The app, retailing at $2.99, allows users to grab essential information on the latest box-office releases.
The icon for Movies clearly features a watermark from iStockphoto, a royalty free image library, implying that rather than purchase the master image, Bernal has pilfered the preview sample.
This particular iStockphoto license (including the ‘Electronic Items for Resale’ addendum) is available for 115 credits. At 95 cents per iStockphoto credit, this would be a one-off cost of $109.25. Bernal would therefore need to generate only 37 sales of Movies to cover the cost of the image license.
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I may be a horrible design snob, but I won’t even consider purchasing a product or service unless its design is appealing. This might mean the packaging, marketing materials, the product itself, or, that traveling salesman of design elements, the logo. Now, if you’re a freelancer working on your own, you may not have enough money to pay for a professional logo design.
You don’t have to spend a lot to get something that looks like it was professionally designed. Even if your company name is just your own name, which is the case for a lot of freelancers, you should take the time to make sure it can become a recognizable brand.
A lot of people are daunted when faced with even basic design work, but, even without advanced tools, you can produce something impressive enough to work as a website header or make an otherwise blasé business card design pop. First, let’s assume your only tools are a basic office suite, and you have absolutely no drawing skill.
After targeting New York City’s GreenNYC campaign earlier this year, Apple is now threatening The Victoria School of Business and Technology for infringing on the Apple logo.
The school, located in British Columbia, Canada, contends the claim of infringement:
We strongly disagree and say so in our reply letter. Whether you agree with Apple, or say no you don’t agree we invite you to vote, and/or post your comments. We don’t have their deep pockets for a legal fight so we thought we would let the public bear witness and see if Apple might learn to play nice … not that we are naive, but hey, they may surprise us 🙂
Posted along with the comment is an informal poll asking visitors whether they believe the school’s logo can, in fact, be confused with Apple’s corporate trademark. At the time of this writing, the vast majority of respondents (72% of nearly 5,000 responses) agree with the school’s opinion that the logos cannot be easily confused.
In this case, the claims are not totally out of left field (like they seemed to be with GreenNYC) since the VSBT is a tech school. Are they taking advantage of the Apple association to attract more students and therefore more tuition dollars? Or has Apple tightened, rather than loosened, their legal reigns?
NBC Shows Available to iPhone Users; using the Wi-Fi connection lets you stream episodes in QuickTime directly from NBC’s site. (Silicon Alley Insider)
Logo Launches Largest Online Library of LGBT Video; site to offer more than 1,200 video clips featuring full episodes and snippets from shows like Big Gay Sketch Show and Curl Girls. (LOGOonline.com)
Second City Getting into Online Video; “The Second City’s Quarantine” will launch with 6 or 7 mini-shows, as well as work from the comedy troupe’s alums, including Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. (The Hollywood Reporter)
MTV Shows Off “Podbusting” Technique; network breaks up commercial pods to make ads indistinguishable from the show’s content. (The New York Times)
FCC Pulling Plug on Wilmington, N.C.; test city will switch off analog TV signal five months ahead of the national transition. (Broadcasting and Cable)
ABC Opening “Digital Bureaus” on College Campuses; journalism students will have a shot at getting their work on the network’s digital and broadcast platforms. (Variety)
Viral Video Gets Direct-to-Video Deal; the spoof 305 goes from the web to feature-length film to be released on DVD. (The Hollywood Reporter)
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Finally, we have something to do with the Apple stickers that come in all the Apple products we buy.
According to a recent report by Duke and Waterloo Universities, people respond to quick views of logos in a way that reflects the company’s values. They tested 341 university students using what is called a visual acuity test, which is where they flash the image in front of a person for such a short amount of time that the respondents could not identify their logo with a $100 on the line.
After the logo was flashed, participants were asked to identify a use for a brick. “Those who had seen the Apple logo came up with more unusual and creative uses for the brick than those who’d seen IBM.” So, if you are in a creative slump, try flashing that Apple logo on your screen at random times to help you get back in the groove. A follow-up study was done using E! and Disney logos and people who viewed the Disney logo acted more honestly.
Want some other ways to improve your creativity? Suite 101.com suggests ten more ways to get the creative juices flowing, which includes doing something new in a new place, being radical, chat with others about your projects, take a break, and give yourself a blank slate. Just make sure that you take your trusty Apple sticker with you.
Via Gear Log