We love our clients (particularly right now)

Photo: AP, Charles Sykes

We love all our clients, but today we have a little extra for a number of them for really stepping up their efforts to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Corporate citizenship is alive and well and we’re proud to work with these great folks.

Gap Inc.: Gap Inc. Announces Donation of more than $1 Million to Aid Recovery Effort in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo to give $1 million to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Allstate: Allstate assisting customers after Sandy by opening Mobile Claims Centers

And to our friends, family and clients who have been affected, our thoughts and best wishes go out to you for a full and speedy recovery from this devastating event.

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iMac, then and now

Viewed as a whole, the design progression of the iMac line over its 15-year lifespan is pretty amazing. Each version of the smart, snappy, self-contained desktop machine has been a marvel of beauty and functionality, with perhaps one exception. (Hint: It’s the only year that’s a palindrome.) The latest iMac introduced just this morning is improbably thin and impossibly fabulous.

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Designing Social Serotonin

Photo credit: Jake Stangel, Fast Company

On getting design out of the way: “We don’t want people to remember their interactions with Facebook,” says director of design Kate Aronowitz. “We want them to remember their interactions with their friends and family.”

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Starving artist no more

Photo credit: Mark Boster

We love the work of David Choe, a muralist who has created some pretty fantastic pieces for the Facebook offices. He’s received quite a bit of attention lately, so we’re curious to see what’s next for him.

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Clean, modern and fresh at JC Penney.

Changes are afoot at JC Penney. JPC, as it’s now called, just unveiled a brand-spankin’ new identity, an entirely new pricing structure and announced that Ellen (yes, THAT Ellen!) is its new spokesperson. With former Apple retail head Ron Johnson at the helm as CEO, we expect some very exciting things from the retailer. And kudos to our friends at Brand Advisors for a job well done.

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A colleague just forwarded us this great video by British content specialists Purple Feather. The ending says it all.

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San Francisco street art: Just look around

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Biking (or walking or driving) around San Francisco is great for any number of reasons. One of the best, though, is the ever-changing gallery of street art on display, often in the most unlikely places. Sirron Norris, Mars1, Bigfoot and Erica Il Cane are just a few of the our super-talented artists here in SF. We’ve also hosted some of the big international names like Os Gemeos (Brazil), D*Face (London), Dome (Germany), and Banksy (England) who have all contributed some fantastic art to the city.

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