Insurance against sunsets: Munich Re steps in if your solar panel provider goes bust With solar panel manufacturers dropping like Arkansas blackbirds, Germany's Munich Re is coming to the rescue. It is now selling insurance that protects solar park operators in the event that their panel provider goes bankrupt. In partnership with Deustsche Bank, Munich Re will indemnify the operator after the manufacturer tanks, should panels deteriorate below guaranteed performance. It will also "provide the financing to compensate for the reduced output," according to a press release announcing the product. The insurance in effect picks up where the manufacturer's warranty leaves off after bankruptcy voids it. The optional coverage applies to utility scale solar projects, or anything over 20 megawatts. Without such insurance, banks may refuse to lend the capital necessary to build solar farms, Munich Re notes in the release. For insurance companies like Munich Re, there's an extra incentive to support renewables. Photo by MarkHalperJournalist More Sunrise, Sunset:
50 Fantastically Clever Logos I know everybody and their brother does logo roundups so you’re probably sick of them, but I don’t believe I’ve ever done one and there is a particularly impressive brand of logo design that I wanted to point out. Today we’ll look at 50 logos that are the result of going beyond the typical thought process and injecting a little wit and hidden symbolism into the design process. What Makes a Logo Clever? To explain what I mean by “clever” logo design, let’s take a look at a typical logo, (i.e. one that isn’t clever). The logo above is a nice piece of work. However, my favorite type of logo design is that which takes the assignment one step further. These types of logos make you smile at the brilliance of both the idea and the execution and have several layers of meaning that can hit you in waves. I’ve broken down this collection into three categories: visual double entendres (two things in one), word and character art, and ambigrams. Visual Double Entendres Lion Bird Chad 2010 I love this one.
Creative bus stop advertisements A great way to gain exposure for your product or service is to advertise at bus stops. People have to wait until the bus arrives and do not have too much to do besides waiting. But also drivers and pedestrians get attracted by bus stop advertisements. This month I have selected the most creative bus stop advertisements that make you look twice! View all bus stop advertisements after the jump. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 3M: Security Glass 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31: Smirnoff: hut Also Stumble upon: Creative Elevator Advertisements
21 Creative Double Page Magazine Ads Today, let’s take a closer look at magazine advertising. You can consider it as more focused, therefore more expensive, alternative to newspaper advertising. Magazine advertising not only allows you to reach highly targeted audiences, as you can choose magazines that specializes in topics of interest to your audience but also tends to have a higher reader involvement which means that more attention is being paid to your advertisement. Also, you shouldn’t forget to make use of a better print quality, which is more suitable when advertising premium products. Finally, magazines have a much longer life compared to newspapers which are usually thrown away the same day they are bought. However, long lead times means you have to make plans weeks or months in advance. Today, when a single person sees about 3000 ads each day, and we are becoming more and more blind to advertising, companies must find new and creative ways to catch consumer’s attention. Greenpeace: Tree Adidas: Forever Sport
40 Handpicked Free Fonts For Graphic Designers If you are here it’s definitely because you are interested in updating your list with fresh good looking fonts. Every designer from the biggest ones to the smallest (depending the popularity) uses free fonts. Some of them takes a free font and modify it to look more unique and integrate better with the design. A few days ago, I have published jquery upload plugins and a huge collection of photography logos. I hope that you will like these articles and today I promise to you that you will also like these free fonts collection. You may also like: 1. Juice 2. Lot 3. Zag 4. Quad 5. Badabum 6. Anivers 7. PincoyaBlack 8. High Five Font 9. Sat Free 10. Dan Free Font 12. Otari 13. Hand Of Sean 14. All Over Again 15. Denne Shuffle 16. Roke1984 – Free Font 17. Sober Buzzed 18. Sketchetik 19. Disorder Type (2010) 20. Null Free Font 21. Bellerose 22. Bleeding Cowboys 23. Champagne & Limousines 24. Eurofurence 25. Existence Light 26. The Lobster Font 27. Age Free Font 28. Val Stencil 29. Melbourne 30. Four Free Type! 31. 32.