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Monday, August 22, 2005

Great Logos

In my zeal to find great (website) designs and anything pleasing to the eye, I came across Miš i Pile a small logo designing firm from Croatia. Small is an under-statement for this design firm, headed by two people (spouses), specially after looking at their portfolio of 200+ superbly designed logos. Each logo distinctive from the rest, and each one logolicious.

Designing a logo is certainly a tough job. One requires not only a creative mind, but also the ability to get inspired. I mostly tend to play with fonts whenever I try to create a logo. Nonetheless, one does need a graphical representation (an icon of sorts) in a logo to depict the whole concept of your product or brand in one single element.

Here are some logos of Miš i Pile that I am showcasing here:

Love that combination of fonts - such contrast.

Very nicely designed. A ruby colored sky with
stars and a moon ... looking marvellous.

Oh this one has a guru, may be I can get some inspiration
from this one for my own logo.

Another diamond design, and again it's the font that is having
such an effect, with that perfectly placed diamond.

Nice, simple, and getting the message across very well.

The coolest thing about this logo is that the clock is showing
24 past 7, depicting 24/7.

A logo for a night club - funky, trendy, colorful.

Seems like the title logo of a sci-fi movie.

University. Students. Community. A logo to represent that all.

So any ideas for how should I go about designing my logo for Guru's World? Any ideas? Inspirations?

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak

Happy Independence Day everyone :). Here are some images that I took on 13th and 14th of August.

The Spirit of Freedom

It's such a nice feeling to see everyone being so patriotic, from the little kids, who put up a small flag on their bicycle, to the fruit selling carts, and the best of cars, decorated with a Pakistani flag.

Buildings decorated with lights. Houses and flats decorated with flags of all sizes.

And then finally at night, as August 13th changes to August 14th, it's gathering time for the Karachittes at Seaview. Hundreds of thousands of people rush to the seaview to celebrate Jashn-e-Azadi.

However, the bikes, and the bike riders, are a total nuisance and they do nothing but create immense noise pollution (as they take the silencers out of their bikes), and the way they drive - wrecklessly.

But overall, the night is filled with josh, excitement and patriotic fervour.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Video of Ali Zafar's 'Aik Pal'

What comes to mind when someone mentions Ali Zafar? Channo ... disco ... fun ... dance ... masti ... shugal ... upbeat and funny style videos ... and anything to do with excitement and fun ... right? Well then get ready for a different offering by Ali this time.

Aik Pal.

It's a short song ... of less than 3 minutes, and is one of the slow and emotional numbers from his album Huqa Pani. And rather than going for any veteran director, this time Ali tried his own hand at direction ... and he did a pretty nice job at it.

After making his name in painting, modelling, acting and singing, Ali is now set for achieving excellence in direction as well. The video is nothing magnificient, but it's creative and puts the message across well. Ali has acted pretty well too, specially in that crying scene (which are said to be real tears ... they sure must be, afterall he's a good actor).

One thing that has been criticized (and also appreciated) is Ali's shirtlessness. Yes, he is topless, and he sure has been working out with that body. For some, looking at Ali shirtless would be ooh la la, while for others, it will be indecent. And then, many conservative families in Pakistan won't allow their teenage girls to watch a jawaan shirtless munda on TV, and even the girls themselves might feel like changing the channel.

However, it's not much of an issue. The video is watchable and Ali has acted well and is looking good too. The video, nonetheless, could have been much better.

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Rating: Somewhat Good

Guru's Rating: 7 out of 10

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