Saturday, May 29, 2010

A New Look at Care for Seniors

A recent initiative for the HHS regarding senior care, chose the pearl as an appropriate symbol: recognizing each pearl is ‘one of a kind’ and one that becomes more beautiful and iridescent as it develops. This approach paved way to allow the introduction of strong character-orientated messaging.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Please Stay Tuned...

In our childhood pajamas we would sit in front of the television test screen, hands in chins, waiting patiently for the channel to return.

For the past week Rand's Place has been uncharacteristically quiet. I've been the one watching the test screen, living through a minor illness by prescription, sleeping and small sips of cold water... waiting for life to return to normal and programming to resume.

See you all soon!

Monday, May 17, 2010


Ladybugs, or ladybirds, have long been the favorites of children.

Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home
Your house is on fire and your children are gone
All except one, and that's Little Anne
For she has crept under the warming pan.

In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says when children capture a ladybug, make a wish, and then "blow it away" back home to make the wish come true.

In Italy, it is said by some that if a ladybird flies into a bedroom, it is considered good luck.

In central Europe, a ladybird crawling across a girl's hand is thought to mean she will get married within the year.

In Russia, a popular children's rhyme exists with a call to fly to the sky and bring back bread.

Similarly, in Denmark a ladybird, called a Mary's hen, is asked by children to fly to 'our lord in heaven and ask for fairer weather in the morning'.

In Turkey, ladybirds are called luck bug. When a ladybird lands on children, they wish something and sing "Fly fly my bug, your mother will buy you slippers and shoes".

In France, ladybirds are considered to be bringers of good weather.

May you all have good luck today, wherever you are. Times six.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Look and Feel of Event Graphics - Update

Bottom two images: Options for a logo/event graphic for a yearly conference (IT providers in a higher education environment). Even honoring a historic maple leaf shape and name, the task of updating an event graphic from year to year often comes down to typography, effects, color - all affecting look and feel in different ways. Here, two options demonstrate the various "feels" that can be achieved.

Top image: some tweaking of the font and addition of a tag line, or theme. We're getting closer!!!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Friendly Patient Education

A project in development. Thoughtful communications are important for all sorts of different reasons and often the most valuable is found at a one-to-one level. Information between docs and young patients are helped explained with visual aids. Here, a demonstration of the process involved in the successful, healthy intake of food through the stages of providing sustenance to muscles, and one where lifestyle, diet or other medical issues may interfere with the process...