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Voltage Creative and The Global Orphan Project

N is for new.

In June 2010 The Global Orphan Project asked Voltage Creative to assist with improving the usability and maintainability of the Global Orphan website. Our team has been tasked with site map and content evaluation; refinement of the web platform (WordPress) from a coding and web optimization perspective; and implementing the revised site. The goal of the project over the next few months is to increase the utility of the site as a marketing tool as well as a donation driver and e-commerce platform.

The Global Orphan Project Cause:
Founded by two individuals, Mike and Beth Fox, with a spiritual calling to help orphaned and abandoned children around the world, this amazing organization has received national recognition for its efforts. To date, The Global Orphan Project, has opened 45 self-sufficient, locally operated orphanages around the world from Honduras to Haiti and Tanzania to Thailand.

What’s more, 100% of all donations go directly to fund these and new orphanages. Yea, we’re definitely a little excited to work with this organization.

The Voltage Executive Movie Poster Series

In the spirit of entertaining information design we bring you the Voltage Executive Movie Poster Series. These posters are envisioned adorning executive suites populated by the titans of Hollywood. They feature the top 3 grossing movies of all time, as of today. Doing away with all that emotional appeal and artistic expression kerfuffle and concentrating on what’s really important: the money.

Click the images for a high-res view. These are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

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Photography: Sam Rohn's Planets

Planet Las Vegas – Neon Graveyard

Sam Rohn’s photo manipulation brings a whole new perspective to his locations and their viewers. To put it simply, he takes a 360º panorama and then twists it around on itself until you’re looking at a little planet consisting of all the elements of his location. It’s genius stuff and great to look at. It changes your preconceptions as a viewer, visually and mentally. Sam’s a talented photographer otherwise and his whole photostream is definitely worth a look, but the planets set is by far my favorite.

[Sam Rohn :: Location Scout :: New York City ::]

Modern Video Games Get Atari Packaging Makeover

These modern video-gaming classics re-imagined in Atari 2600 packaging is a weird walk down a memory lane that wasn’t. Very clever.

Before the over the top, logo heavy madness of today’s next-gen masterpieces became the visual norm for video game cover art, there was the basic beauty of the Atari 2600’s approach to package design. Clean composition and vague descriptive text came together to create something that was just so…intangibly fresh and mesmerizing. But what if the biggest games of now fell into the hands of a 2600-era artist? We’d have Atari Modern Classics, a vintage look at our new favorites through the pixelated beer goggles of an era where simplicity was king.

Check out the full gallery at

Socially Selected Colors

Over at you are presented with a word and asked to pick from a pallete of widely varying color choices. Once you click on one, it then shows you the breakdown of what everyone else picked. It’s a really interesting exercise at the moment, but as they grow it will become more than that.

They have a search function that allows you to search their database for words. As they accumulate more and more words and votes this will turn into a neat design resource. Say you’re designing a car seat and you want to know what colors make people think “smart” and “safe.” This could be the place to find out. Someday. Right now, it just makes me feel yellow.

Visualise Textual Works With Wordle

us contitution word cloud

Wordle is a free web app that allows you instantly visualize text works.

ordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like

For instance, the U.S. Constitution, or the Numa Numa song.

CommandShift3 is Hot or Not for Web Designers

Command Shift 3

I’m loving me some CommandShift3, lately. It’s like Hot or Not (Warning: link may be mildly NSFW), but it’s for web sites instead of vapid, digi-cam-wielding web personalities. Basically, you get screen shots showing two current web sites. You click on the one that you like the most. By doing so, you’ve just declared a winner between the two. Sites are rated over time and assigned a rank in the grand scheme of things.

Anyone can submit a site, and you can provide a credit url to the designer (or to yourself). It’s a fun way to find some inspiration or put your design chops to the test. The best of and worst ever galleries are not to be missed. Oh, and us Mac users will never again forget what three buttons to press when we want to snap a screen shot. (command-shift-3 is the Mac keyboard shortcut for taking a screenie.)