Archive for October, 2006

Cisco has new logo

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

When corporate Amercia buys itself a new logo or rebrands, you can bet that Tony Spaeth will review the work on his site identityworks. So here’s a hat tip to him.. This month it’s Cisco. Identityworks: Reviews – 2006 – Cisco: Cisco brand officer Gary McCavitt had long struggled with the bridge-in-a-box logo, a mark [...]

This is not a Smart!

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

It looks like a Smart. But it’s not. This, apparently is a made-in-China Smart copy!! The big surprises: It’s electric and probably 1/2 or 1/3 the price of the real thing. The Smart was supposed to be an electric or hybrid car too. But when Swatch left the project and Daimler took over completely the [...]

Say FAREWELL to ugly yellow and black sidewalks!

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

.. and GOOD RIDDANCE TOO! Since early age I used to hate the yellow and black curbstones of Jordanian sidewalks. Some years ago I joked about starting the “National Front for Getting Rid of Yellow and Black Painted Sidewalks” The picture above, which I took today while crossing a street in Khalda says it all. [...]

The newest from the Skype inventors: What is the Venice Project?

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

The founders of Skype (and Kazaa) are at it again. This time it seems they want to revolutionize TV. Code name of their new ventue: The Venice Project. Again, it seems to be a P2P based technology, apparently to enable some sort of digital video distribution. None much more is known. For now, this is [...]

After trashing Amman’s image, billboard companies are crying: “save our jobs”!

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

The new major of Amman, Omar Maani, seems to be serious in fixing some of the problems Amman faces. Some columnists in the media are trying to portray the major as someone who is only doing ‘cosmetic’ things. This is simply untrue. The Greater Amman municipality is working on a comprehensive master plan (that will [...]

Wearing the Niqab for 24 hours

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

The British foreign minister Jack Straw has set off a controversy around the ‘Niqab’, the supposedly ‘muslim’ practice of women completely covering themselves, including their face, with black garment. A British muslim writer, Zaiba Malik, decided to wear the niqab for one day to experience it herself and to gauge the reaction of others to [...]

Hacen: Amazing arabic type from unexpected places..

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Something is finally happening in the field of Arabic type design, which has been a sleepy scene for much too long (despite the heroic efforts of Huda AbiFares, to mention one person who has tried to do something about this). But recently, new stuff has been coming to my attention. The was the Kitabat conference [...]