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Companies like Ideo, Frog

Can anyone name some more design-led companies like Ideo or Frog who set out to solve problems through design, using a number of disciplines: strategy, product design, interaction etc.

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WTF painted sign

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/78/181312243_4926458c08_o.jpg

Any ideas?
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/fon…
Copper Penny seems close, a little better than Copperplate.
I realise it was hand painted, but something turn of the century american that is close?

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WTF

if you please, any ideas?

http://i.imgur.com/J9tWnWO.png

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fluid grid of youtube

I've had an idea which would involve a one time site, of a grid of (for example) 12 embedded youtube videos: 3 rows, 4 columns with no margins or padding.
I'd ideally like these to scale to fill the page when dragging and rescaling etc.

I'm no web designer and have been googling for similar site to look at.
Anyone got any tips. Seems like it should be a relatively simple thing to achieve, no?
Cheers.

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Best branding moments of 2013

I'm writing a blog post about best branding of 2013
a kind of end-of-year round up.

The bad moments - yahoo etc are easy.
But what's your favourite new brand/experience/rebrand of this year?

For example, after using it for a while, I actually grew to like ios7, when I see people with the old os it seems antiquated in comparison now.

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After design...

Has anyone here gone on to do a different job after design? After 10 years I still love graphic design, but sometimes the jobs all get a bit samey. It's rare that a really interesting challenge comes along.
Being well qualified in one field doesn't really transfer to other fields necessarily.
Would be interesting managing a brand from inside, working with creative agencies.
Or just do something really skilled, a craft, with your hands.

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WTF overhang on N

http://i.imgur.com/EjjZqbI.png

Any idea on a typeface, most probably a serif (a petit-serif) with a cap N that overhangs at the top
(I quickly drew above as illustration)?

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Calling anyone from Manila/Phillipines

I'm doing a branding project for a client in Manila, and have some questions about language and Manilan culture.
Is everything generally in English in terms of design/communications? Especially those services/companies aimed at tourism.

Also, are there any good cultural/design references to look at for Manila/Philippines design style. Whether that's traditional patterns, cultural colours, type style etc.

So far my research hasn't led me anywhere particularly distinctive.

Thanks.

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NYC this weekend/next week

Last minute trip to NYC, anyone know of any off-the-radar exhibitions to check out?
There's a ton of larger exhibitions I want to see, as well as things like a retrospective of Maurice Sendak illustrations on the smaller end of the gallery scale.

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Harvard age detection

So this study by Harvard is interesting.
It correctly identified my age by me clicking on the red dots. I'm intrigued as to how accurate it is on other people:

http://kgajos.eecs.harvard.edu/a…

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/…

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Left or right eared?

Do you have a dominant ear? I think I'm right eared. Wearing one headphone on the left side is fine because I'm comfortable having my right ear to listen out for ambient sounds. But the other way around freaks me out. Pretty sure my hearing is 20:20 or whatever the equivalent is.

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WWII Pigeon Code

So this has been taking up some of my spare time since just before Christmas.

So guy found a dead pigeon in his chimney. Attached to the pigeon's foot in a plastic canister was a coded message, evidently from WWII
GCHQ (the UK equivalent of of the US's NSA) have tried and failed to crack the code, so they publicised it and asked for help.

I find it cool that there's this hidden message that no one has read since the early 1940s, that contains info about the war. Obviously it's probably impossible to crack but that doesn't stop anyone trying. GCHQ seem to think it's a 'one time pad' code, which is truly impossible to crack unless you have a the pad it was encoded with.
A few weeks ago a guy in Canada said he'd cracked it, but it turns out he 'solution' was rubbish, he just cherrypicked the parts he wanted and made up silly acronyms.

So it remains a mystery.

I used to be quite into cryptography so wanted to play around with it and see what patterns etc I could find. It's addictive.

So it anyone here wants to have a go, it's a fun problem to work on.

The message

http://i.imgur.com/SUv0d.png

AOAKN HVPKD FNFJU YIDDC RQXSR DJHFP GOVFN MIAPX PABUZ WYYNP CMPNW HJRZH NLXKG MEMKK ONOIB AKEEQ UAOTA RBQRH DJOFM TPZEH LKXGH RGGHT JRZCQ FNKTQ KLDTS FQIRU AOAKN

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iphone remote lock question

I have lost my iphone.
I used Find My iPhone on iCloud (but I don't have the specific app installed on my phone). So I know where it is now.
My question is, if I lock the phone remotely from the icloud website how much is it still accessible to someone that picks it up. Like can they see missed calls and messages on the lock screen etc?
I already have a passcode set as it is. So does remotely locking add any extra security etc?

thanks

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Stacked logos

A little help please!
Can you think of a logo that is broken onto two lines, ie, stacked?

eg Uniqlo

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/92/UNIQLO_logo.svg/204px-UNIQLO_logo.svg.png

Thanks!

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Hometaping IV

Each year I run a project with a few friends called Hometaping. Some Qoobers have done the project in the past.

If you're a budding musician, or you know someone who either plays or records their own music, pass on the word about Hometaping!
This is the 4th year we've run the project and over the past four years hundreds of albums have been recorded as part of the project.

The idea is simple: Record an album at home during the month of November and when you're finished, upload it to the site to share with others. It's not a competition, there's no prize, other than your own satisfaction in having finally recorded that album you always meant to record.

It's cold and wet outside. Stay in and record your music!

The website to sign up is:
http://www.hmtpng.com/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/hmtpng

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/pages/Hometapin…...

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Venice

Ok, bit a of a long shot, since I doubt any QBNers live in Venice (Italy not CA). I'm off there this week.
Any recommendations from anyone who's been recently for things to do outside of the usual touristy stuff?
Cheers

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WTF Fairy

http://www.sendmelive.co.uk/images/webdesign/web-fairy.jpg

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Peacing Together

So, I'm doing this project with some friends to help raise awareness of International Peace Day (an international ceasefire on 21st Sep).

If any or all of you Quoobers could have a go at making 'P' and spread the word that would be awesome:

http://i.imgur.com/e272v.jpg

http://peacingtogether.tumblr.co…

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Discuss

http://i.imgur.com/DUqSu.jpg

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G4S corporate song

This thing is too good to be true. Sounds like Bon Jovi:

http://soundcloud.com/saul-hewis…

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