The stereotypes about Africa/Africans are too many to list here. They’re mostly negative, myopic depictions that focus on war, famine, abject poverty, disease, and corruption. In other oversimplifications, Africans are written up as model immigrants, overachieving geniuses, or displaced chiefs moonlighting as gas station attendants.
Outside of these caricatures, many Africans are going to work and school, voting in their local elections, and spending way too much time on Facebook. And they’re over the ignorance that has collectively miscast them. In response, a swelling movement of young Africans are launching concerted efforts to wrest the image of Africa from entities and interests that don’t promote a balanced understanding of the continent.
posted by infini
on Mar 3, 2013 -
India mourns Dr Verghese Kurien who passed away today
at age 90. If you have eaten butter in India, or been able to add a spot of milk to your tea, then you've experienced the impact
of Operation Flood — the largest dairy development program
in the world. Operation Flood helped India become the world's largest milk producer by 2010–11, with close to 17 percent of the global production. Gujarat-based co-operative, the "Anand Milk Union Limited", often called Amul, was the engine behind the success
of the programme. While much more can be said
about Dr Kurien's work with dairy farmers, cooperatives, milk production as well as his awards and honours
, his best known
legacy is perhaps the creation of
the Amul brand. The little girl who knew
just how to poke India's funny bone has her very own Previously
posted by infini
on Sep 8, 2012 -
Why does Futura work here but Slanted Futura doesn't? Enter FONTS IN USE:
A breakdown, explanation and appreciation of type design out in the real world.
posted by The Whelk
on Jan 3, 2011 -
When you receive your Logonom logo, you’re not just opening a symbol, a brand or a small representation of you, you’re also opening peace of mind. And that’s something we’ve worked hard for 113 years to pack into each and every box.
posted by Terminal Verbosity
on Dec 3, 2010 -
Keep Burberry British.
The 150 years old very british brand
is now under a new management that decided to ...*surprise* move production to China closing Treorchy plant, firing 310 workers , despite a 25% increase in profits ! Celebrities from Prince Charles to Tom Jones are supporting the protest.
posted by elpapacito
on Jan 28, 2007 -
a site which has been around since 2003 (and is a registered trademark), has been a source of amusement and reviews for parents who play games, and parents who want to know what their kids are playing. Microsoft decided that they liked the name so much, they would steal it
. But at least they had the courtesy to admit
they knew about GamerDad before they stole the name.
posted by dejah420
on Oct 19, 2006 -
Thousands of new products and businesses every year need names. The creation of these names, is a business in itself, and is usually a pretty secretive process. But Igor
, a naming and branding agency, offers a surprisingly detailed and illuminating primer on the naming game. Igor describes how they do it
and who they’ve done it for
. Igor’s naming taxonomy charts
for various products (including one for the company names of naming companies
) help illustrate the research portion of the process. Check out: studies of successful names like Pepperidge Farm’s cookie names
, and why AT&T Canada’s name change to Allstream was a bad idea
. And don’t miss Igor’s two blogs (metablogged here
): Snark Hunting
, “all about naming and branding in popular culture” and Wordlab
, on “naming and branding issues.” For fun, try Wordlab’s own tongue-in-cheek naming tools
, like the Drug-o-matic drug name generator, Name Your Band, and the Morpheme generator.
posted by beagle
on Sep 7, 2006 -
Beyond Benetton and Betty Crocker:
This Boston Globe article suggests a new age of multicultural marketing is upon us, with ethnically cagey Vin Diesel
at the forefront. Instead of "United Nations
"-style ads in which each actor is selected to represent a different group, the new style is towards ambiguity, as in the nonspecifically "ethnic" Barbies
, or more casual, offhanded reference to race, as in the "Whassup
?" Budweiser ads. Does this new "color-blindness" say anything about real social change, or is it just trendy hucksterism
Meanwhile, some very tired sexist chestnuts
continue to appear in ads: despite her full time job and gleaming SUV, Mom
still relies on classic brands
to keep house and make dinner, still solely her responsibilities in TV-land. What gives?
posted by serafinapekkala
on Jan 13, 2003 -
Apple is apparently tidying up their corporate image
even more while riding the wave of Jobs. They'll be eliminating the 'computer' part of the company name and will standardize on a series of 3D-ish solid color logos. The logos themselves, look as if they were stamped out of jello if you ask me. The next question is, of course, how long until Apple gets feeling retro about their identity, and starts using the old rainbow logo again. Anyone remember their 70's corporate typeface? Motter Tektura
posted by grant
on Dec 31, 1999 -