• 19
    Jul
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    Featured image by Dave Hogg via Flickr The central business district of Downtown Detroit is mostly free of billboards while other cities are flush with large outdoors signs mounted on the sides of their buildings. The reason for this is because of an ordinance that restricts advertisers from using billboards in the…

  • 12
    Jul
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    Featured image by S Jones via Flickr. Over the past month, we’ve noticed two news articles about vintage signs. One talks about a collection of them that went missing in Virginia while the other tells the story of a man who found several valuable pieces while renovating a house. However,…

  • 09
    Jul
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    Featured image by iboy_daniel via Flickr As we dive deeper into our series about design (follow the links to read our articles about logos and color psychology), we realized that the language we use for color is something worth exploring further. When we talk about colors, it can be hard to…

  • 28
    Jun
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    Featured image by Luca Florio via Flickr Businesses both large and small put a lot of thought into the colors they choose for their branding. As we discussed in a recent article, the decisions they make in creating a logo can extend as far as to the colors of their…

  • 21
    Jun
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    Companies that offer a recognizable product or service have an easier job when it comes to branding. Take, for instance, a pizzeria: Putting a slice of pizza in a logo and painting their walls the color of marinara would be an excellent way to translate their branding to their physical…

  • 06
    Jun
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    Featured image by HarshLight via Flickr The Michigan Central Station in Detroit is often talked of as if it’s a barometer for the city’s prosperity. Opened in 1913, the station was built to grow Detroit’s connection to the rest of the country. In 1988, when it closed, the still-standing station…

  • 23
    May
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    Mobile dining has been an America tradition since almost as long as cars have been around. Food trucks are just the latest craze that combines the two. While food trucks are nothing new (the Smithsonian dates Los Angeles’ loncheras back to the 1960s), they’ve become more prevalent in large cities…

  • 17
    May
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    Featured image by jpower65 via Flickr Joe Louis Arena has been an important fixture in Detroit since it was completed in 1979. It was home to the Red Wings for 38 seasons, hosting six Stanley Cup finals (including two that the team won in 1997 and 2002). Its unique tunnel…

  • 10
    May
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    Featured image provided by Wystan via Flickr Some drink it while they’re mowing the lawn. Others prefer it while sticking their feet over the side of a boat. Many Detroiters remember their fathers and grandfathers drinking it after a long day of work. This week, we’re thinking about an iconic Detroit…