Copyright Laws & Trademarks in Logo Design

Copyright Laws & Trademarks in Logo Design: "What Is Copyright?
AIGA, the professional association for design, defines copyright as:
“The exclusive right to control reproduction and commercial exploitation of your creative work. Copyright protects any kind of artwork, including illustrations, photographs and graphic design. Except under certain circumstances (see “work made for hire” section), you own the copyright in your work at the moment you create it in a “fixed form of expression.” A fixed form of expression is any tangible medium that can be perceived by humans, including traditional forms—such as paintings, sculptures, writings—and new forms that require a machine to perceive (e.g., GIF files, CDs, websites).
Source: AIGA Copyright Basics For Graphic Designers"

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Meaning of Baka Inaka « Baka Inaka Fukui t-shirts & hoodies – BakaInaka.com

Meaning of Baka Inaka

What does ‘Baka Inaka’ mean?

As with much of the Japanese language, the phrase can be interpreted in various ways, depending on what emphasis is put on the words, and who is saying them.

Therefore, meanings of the word ‘baka’ can range from ‘crazy’, ‘wacky’, or ‘silly’, to ‘foolish’ or ‘idiotic’.

In the same way, ‘inaka’ means countryside, but can also mean ‘the sticks’, ‘boonies’, or the ‘wops’, meaning a rural backwater in the middle of nowhere.

Put together, baka inaka loosely translates a ‘crazy countryside’. The phrase was chosen to describe Fukui, on account of the many amazing, amusing, and often unusual experiences that many foreigners have whilst living there.
Though many in the West think of Japan as an ultra-high-tech country, Fukui is a land where snakes roam the school corridors, where foreign men have been reported for holding hands with Japanese ladies, and where the snow falls so heavily – it can crush a house. This is the world of the baka inaka.

The design has become extremely popular with both ex-pats living in the Fukui, as well as the local Japanese population of Fukui itself.

The tongue-in-cheek design that plays on Fukui’s nuclear capabilities and uses the words inaka, and baka inaka, were the cause of some controversy when the t-shirt first appeared and still trigger debate – which is one of the reasons why the design remains so popular.


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This 1,000 square-foot weekend cabin, basically a steel box on stilts, can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. Situated near a river in a floodplain, the 20’ x 20’ square footprint rises three stories and is topped by the living room/kitchen. Large, 10’ x 18’ steel shutters can be closed simultaneously using a hand crank.

Interiors by Olson Kundig Architects.


 Responding to the owner’s need for space to house visiting friends and family, the Rolling Huts are several steps above camping, while remaining low-tech and low-impact in their design. The huts sit lightly on the site, a flood plain meadow in an alpine river valley. The owner purchased the site, formerly a RV campground, with the aim of allowing the landscape return to its natural state. The wheels lift the structures above the meadow, providing an unobstructed view into nature and the prospect of the surrounding mountains.
The huts are grouped as a herd: while each is sited towards a view of the mountains (and away from the other structures), their proximity unites them. They evoke Thoreau’s simple cabin in the woods; the structures take second place to nature. Rental information for the Huts is available at


Footbridge | Gray Organschi Architecture

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Storage Barn | Gray Organschi Architecture

Storage Barn | Gray Organschi Architecture:

This workshop and storage facility for a landscaping contractor lies within a watershed conservancy area. Conservation regulations limit allowable building coverage and our client sought to reduce the sprawl of soil stockpiles and material pallets strewn around the surface of the site. The building serves as a dimensionally economical and energy efficient storage rack for heavy materials, in which tightly packed and palletized stone and wood are stored in a flexible external shelving system that allows access to any pallet in any position on the rack without disturbing others around it. As an integral part of the structural steel frame, we developed a series of cantilevered shelf standards (akin to the lumber racking systems found in commercial lumber yards) and based the building’s organization on the dimension and weight of a pallet of stone and on the wheelbase, turning radius, and reach of the articulated loader which moves and manages the material and which is parked inside the building when not in use.

The exterior expression of the barn, a rough and changing mosaic of wood and stone, contrasts with the barn’s bright, smooth internal surfaces. Behind the steel pallet racks, a double-layered sheath of extruded polycarbonate panels, whose translucency admits daylight to the building interior wherever pallet racks are left unfilled, forms the enclosure of the building. This natural illumination provided by the wall assembly is part of a comprehensive strategy for the building’s energy conservation. The building is entirely heated and cooled geo-thermally and its ground-source heat pumps and electric worklights are powered by a rooftop array of translucent photovoltaic panels that also serve as skylights to further supplement natural interior illumination. By extending the translucent roof canopy, we created a covered but evenly day-lit work space and weather-protected storage area for stockpiles of loose sand and loam, while providing expanded area for additional photovoltaic panels. The building currently produces more electrical energy than it consumes, acting as a small private generating plant that allows its owner to sell the surplus electricity back to the regional utility company.

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dellekamp arquitectos - Void Temple

dellekamp arquitectos » Blog Archive » Void Temple: "The circle is a universal symbol of unity, a meaning that transcends cultures, borders, and languages. It appears time and time again within the religious rituals and depictions, from the halo of holy figures to the shape of the Holy Spirit during communion. It also represents a cycle, a never-ending journey symbolizing the faith of pilgrims. The circle offers a place for introspection, a space for pilgrims to look back upon their journey, before carrying on to their final destination."


" ....... The project draws inspiration from the site’s rolling terrain, close to both the village Künzelslau-Gaisbach and the Würth Company headquarters and factory.
The building manifests itself as a sculptural figure in an abstract, scale-less expression, referring to the precise and refined, yet complex form language of advanced industrial design.
To its surroundings, it presents a perfect circular form, while the interior is a more freely formed open space – the sculpture garden.
All of the centre’s programmatic functions are placed in solitary or grouped cylindrical volumes, creating three functional nodes along the circular promenade.
The extensive sculpture collection is integrated in the architecture, so that landscape, architecture, and art are united in a meaningful relationship. ...."

Site: Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter - Denmark

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