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Guest Post by Stewart Devlin
Chief Creative Officer at NYC-based Red Peak Branding 

We’re now a few months into 2015, and have already witnessed several of the big tech conferences — CES to MWC, Cebit and SXSW. One thing that strikes me at these events is the incredible diversity of the interfaces we are now interacting with. From smartbands and smartwatches to 3D printing to virtual and augmented reality — the content we engage with is changing in a big way. And who knows what’s coming next.

As a designer and type enthusiast, I see a lot of implications for fonts. This interface fragmentation makes me excited to see how type can adapt to new surfaces and materials. If the jump from pages to screens twenty years ago caused a massive shift in the type industry, we can only imagine the disruption that these new forms and devices will cause. The implication, of course, is that brands that want to present content on cutting-edge devices need to have the power to control the very fonts they use. This is one of the most compelling reasons to invest in the development of a proprietary font. The trend is on the uptick — and it’s no surprise. Check out some of my favorite examples below:

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Red Peak Branding worked with type foundry Dalton Maag to design a global proprietary font for Intel, called Intel Clear. Watch this video to learn more about Intel Clear.

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Pantone has declared Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the 2015 Color of the Year. Marsala, say the color experts, is rich, grounded, steady and satisfying, ideal for print, p-o-p, and packaging.

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Pictured (clockwise from top left): Harlow Necklace by Kendra Scott, Courtesy of Kendra Scott; Sephora + Pantone Universe Pure Marsala Matte Lip Crème, Courtesy of Sephora; Gap Toddler Straight Cords, Courtesy of Gap; John W. Nordstrom Silk Bowtie, Courtesy of Nordstrom. 

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“Disruptive brands are reinventing the way we work and behave . . . ”
-John Diefenbach, Disruptive Brands/Disruptive Leaders

For half a century, the global markets and the technologies that drive the global markets have been manifested and illustrated by brands. Today, we live in a wide world where we have come to expect internet brands to disrupt businesses, often changing the game by inventing or re-inventing the way we work and behave. One could say that brands like Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Google, not in existence less than 20 years ago, are now among the most important and well-recognized brands of today’s economy. How did we get to this place of expectation about the adventurous and positive role of new companies in society?

John Diefenbach, Chairman of MBLM, explores the history of branding in his web series, Disruptive Brands/Disruptive Leaders, transitioning through the 1980’s and 1990’s toward global consumer facing brands. A branding luminary, John has worked across the world and has a particular passion for brands where national culture is involved. His clients have included British Airways, Lufthansa, South African Airways, Kodak, Mercedes, Disney, Coca Cola, and the Alfred Nobel Foundation.

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Guest Post from Image Source
By John O’Reilly

The conversation around technology is already changing, slowly, discreetly, the network has become ‘pervasive’, ‘embedded’,’wearable’ – it’s in the ‘cloud’. You get a sense of the prevailing winds when in the UK the BBC’s The Apprentice features a task to design wearable technology, amid anxieties over privacy, and despite one of the products looking like a jacket with added gaffer tape one retailer ordered 250 because they “like to be early adopters of technology”.

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