As we step into the last days of the year, PANTONE is looking forward to 2022 with its annual Color of the Year. For the year ahead, the global color authority has chosen the shade ‘Very Peri’: a periwinkle blue that inspires calm but is vivified by a violet red undertone.
Instead of dipping into its existing database of hues, this is the first time the company has created a brand-new shade. The team blended the constancy of blue with the excitement of red, resulting in a blue hue that’s both carefree yet empowering.
“Creating a new color for the first time in the history of our PANTONE Color of the Year educational color program reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the PANTONE Color Institute.
“As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication and as a way to express and affect ideas and emotions and engage and connect, the complexity of this new red-violet-infused blue hue highlights the expansive possibilities that lie before us.”
While society emerges from a prolonged period of isolation, Very Peri represents the transformative times we’re living in, with our notions of daily living changing, and our physical and digital lives becoming more intertwined.
The “happiest and warmest of all blue hues” illustrates the complexity and fusion of modern life together with an “empowering mix of newness.”
“The selection of PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family,” explained Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the PANTONE Color Institute.
“Encompassing the qualities of blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courages creativity and imaginative expression.”
VISA is a global payments technology company that enables fast, secure and reliable electronic payments for consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 200 countries and territories.
Visa is considered one of the best global brands according to the Millennium 2000 Top of Mind study by the Millward Brown agency.
According to the company, the name “Visa” comes from the Scandinavian word “vista”, which means “to see”.
Visa co-founder Dee Hock originally thought “Visa” was a nonsense word, so he defined his company as a “bridge between the old and new financial worlds.”
Visa is also one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
With 3.6 billion cards in the world, Visa is recognizable to almost everyone and has long stood for trust, security, acceptance and inclusion. These core values, in addition to the goal of enabling all people to participate in the global economy, are expressed through a modernized, dynamic visual brand identity developed by Mucho in collaboration with Visa.
VISA has never been known for major changes to its brand and identity.
From 1960 to today, we see only an evolution of identity whose purpose is to update and adapt to the context of the moment.
In this evolutionary process, the last update is from 2014, almost a decade ago. So it is in the environment of the digital economy that this rebranding, led by the Mucho San Francisco team, is anchored, although the scope of the project has involved all the agency’s offices. So the idea of the new logo is to enhance the visual identity on small screens and dynamic digital platforms.
The most significant change is the update of the Visa corporate blue; now clearer, but also more intense and vibrant. The wordmark leaves behind the dark blue gradient and opts for this lighter, solid blue (hex code: #2639c3).
Additionally, the company has unveiled a responsive logo that consists of three horizontal bars in Visa’s familiar blue, white and yellow. This icon is meant for small applications like favicon images.
According to the company, the new brand identity “symbolizes change.” As Visa, and indeed the entire world, contemplates a cashless future, it says the new brand has been designed with “inclusion” and “participation” in mind.
The new version of the Mucho brand separates the wordmark and the three-color brand symbol of the previous versions into two distinct elements. According to Visa, the three colors of the brand symbol represent the three goals of the brand: access, equality and inclusion.
Visa’s updated wordmark not only stands on its own, but also features a “new blue” that is brighter and more dynamic than its predecessor, the company said.
The launch of the new Visa logo comes alongside a brand repositioning and global advertising campaign led by marketing company Wieden + Kennedy. The new logo will initially be seen in digital channels, corporate communications and in presentation spots on Meet Visa.
According to the company, the Meet Visa campaign offers a “first look at the visual identity of the evolved brand that will launch later this year,” which will feature refreshed colors for greater digital impact, as well as “a source created specifically for optimal digital experiences and an updated brand icon that expresses the purpose behind the organization.”
During 2021, Visa’s new brand identity will be visible across the more than 200 countries and territories in which Visa operates.
The new Visa logo is just the beginning of more changes to come. For now, we will have to wait to see all the adjustments to the brand. We think we’ll see more in terms of marketing than a brand re-creation.
The new logo is in line with Visa’s new strategy. As the company announced, it will focus on making transactions and payments easier for everyone, everywhere, every day. As such, the new brand is expected to be more inclusive.
While the logo will not change the brand’s visual identity, it will allow Visa to more easily express its new purpose while providing a consistent representation across a variety of platforms.
The changes in the new VISA logo and the overall VISA 2021 rebranding (so to speak) were minimal and we can not really say that they will affect consumer opinion more or less. VISA is an established brand and a minimal color change will not generate more (or less) sales.
It’s possible to say that this rebranding is basically being done with the intention of generating a bit of hype around the brand, not much else.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) unveiled the commemorative NBA 75th Anniversary Season logo, which will appear throughout the 2021-22 season on courts and official NBA merchandise, inside arenas and in original broadcast, digital and social media content.
The new logo is a fresh take on the league’s iconic Logoman identity, based in the classic 75th Anniversary symbol – the diamond.
NBA Finals 2021 presented by YouTube TV continues on July 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC. Additional details regarding the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Season will be shared on an ongoing basis in the coming months.
Former NBA world champion Paul Pierce and ESPN reportedly parted ways this week after the basketball analyst shared a video of himself with exotic dancers on Instagram Live. The video was widely shared across all social media platforms, which prompted the former NBA Finals MVP and ESPN to sever ties.
According to Jorge Alonso, the adult site CamSoda has offered Pierce the chance to live stream an NBA show with exotic dancers.
The offer letter read: “Dear Paul Pierce, I saw the news that you have parted ways with ESPN after you posted a video to social media of yourself with exotic dancers. Being that you are now unemployed, I would like to extend you a position at CamSoda as our first-ever ‘NBA Analyst.’ As our NBA Analyst, you would be required to stream yourself live on our platform every week night and discuss happenings around the NBA. Inside the NBA be damned. Here at CamSoda, we champion exotic dancers, cam girls and sex workers. We would be more than happy to accommodate your penchant for women and you’d be free to stream with them while they twerk in the background and more. We’d be willing to extend you an offer of up to $250,000.”
Since his playing career ended in 2017, Pierce has been working as an on-air analyst for ESPN. Pierce, a 10-time NBA All Star, has become known for providing some odd, fairly hot takes and certainly provides entertainment value.
Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reported on Monday that Pierce and ESPN have “parted ways” after he posted the video of himself with exotic dancers on his Instagram account.
“ESPN and NBA Legend Paul Pierce have parted ways, according to sources,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter. “Pierce posted videos of himself with exotic dancers on Instagram Live Friday night. Pierce has played a key role on ‘NBA Countdown’ + other ESPN basketball programming. ESPN declined to comment.”
Pierce had not released an official statement or commented on the matter to reporters as of early evening on Monday. He did, however, appear to offer a reaction to the move via Twitter and hinted at an imminent landing spot.
Pierce played 15 of his 19 NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics and averaged 19.7 points on 45% shooting for his career. He was the No. 10 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft out of Kansas and also played for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers late in his career. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently named Pierce as one of 14 finalists for its 2021 class, and he seems like a strong bet to be inducted as a first ballot Hall of Famer.
“Just to be recognized — if I do make it — just to be recognized in basketball lore forever,” Pierce said on ESPN’s “The Jump” via Boston.com. “When I’m long gone and away, I’ve always said — look, the Hall of Fame is forever, and having my number hung up in the Boston Garden is forever. So it’s a true honor if it were to happen. I’m blessed that I was able to put time in on my craft.”
Johnny Juzang’s impact at UCLA has been immediate since he transferred from Kentucky, giving the Bruins the scorer and dynamic player they had been missing in recent years.
The junior guard is playing his best at just the right time, leading the Bruins into the Final Four for the first time since 2008.
Juzang also has had a much broader impact, even if it’s been unintentional.
Projected to be the first Asian American NBA first-round pick, possibly in the lottery, he’s become an inspiration for younger players at a time when hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise.
“It’s not something that’s on the top of my mind or really think about. I’m just Johnny,” said Juzang, who’s mother is Vietnamese. “I will get messages or hear stories about how I inspire people, regardless of their heritage. Sometimes there are people of Asian decent. But just being able to inspire people is something that’s touching and inspires me and something I don’t take lightly.”
Juzang’s older brother Christian played at Harvard and led the Saigon Heat to the 2020 championship in the Vietnamese Basketball Association.
Christian was the top pick in the VBA draft, and the younger Juzang looks like he has an even brighter professional future. He has thrived on the court since transferring to Westwood. A former five-star recruit, the 6-foot-6 guard was a role player on a loaded Kentucky team, averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 assists in 28 games as a freshman.
Not long after the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season, Juzang announced he was transferring and later picked UCLA to be closer to his family in Tarzana, California.
Juzang missed the first four games of the 2020-21 season with a foot injury, but he is a big reason the Bruins were able to overcome senior Chris Smith’s season-ending knee injury in early January.
Juzang was the Bruins’ leading scorer at 15.5 points per game while shooting 34% from the 3-point arc and seemed to get better as the season progressed. He scored at least 20 points three times in the NCAA Tournament, including 28 against Michigan to clinch a spot in the Final Four.
And he’s done it on an ankle that’s been bothering him for weeks.
“He’s more of a scorer than a shooter and I think that’s what he got labeled at Kentucky,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said. “I wanted him to get rid of that mindset. We really worked hard on his mid-range and him going to the basket. He’s grown immensely.”
Juzang’s length and skill set have him projected as a possible lottery pick in next year’s NBA draft. It will be history if he is.
Jeremy Lin was a standout at Harvard before his Linsanity days in the NBA and lengthy professional career. Kihei Clark, who’s Filipino American, made one of the biggest plays during Virginia’s run to the 2019 championship and just completed his junior season.
Arizona State’s Remy Martin had a stellar four-year career in the desert and Jordan Clarkson, who is also Filipino American, has a steady NBA career going after playing at Tulsa and Missouri.
Rui Hachimura of Gonzaga was a lottery pick, but he is a native of Japan. Yao Ming never played college basketball, going straight from the Chinese national team to the NBA.
Juzang is a rarity as an Asian American in college basketball with clear NBA potential.
“I think it’ll be a really significant moment and I think the more that it can just be felt where that is normal, I think is what can make it even more significant,” Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra, who’s mother is Filipino, said without talking specifically about Juzang. “It doesn’t matter what your race is or what your background is. As long as you can hoop, then people can see you in that way.”
A high draft pick or not, Juzang has been an inspiration for players, particularly young Asian Americans. Hate crimes against Asian Americans have spiked during the pandemic, as has the vitriol on social media and beyond toward people of Asian decent.
Juzang’s success and UCLA’s run into the Final Four has drawn positive reactions from Vietnam and all over the world.
“That’s always a good feeling to hear from people, but I wouldn’t say it’s on the forefront of my mind,” he said.
Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo is having an outstanding 2020 season and looks to be on track to make his first Pro Bowl.
Thus far, Koo has converted on 96 percent of his kicks, making 24 out of 25 field goals. He’s a perfect 5-for-5 on his attempts from 50 yards or more, trailing only Jason Sanders of the Jets.
Koo joined the Falcons in 2019 after the team parted ways with long-time veteran, Matt Bryant. Koo went 23-for-26 the rest of the way and made it a point in the offseason to become more consistent with his kicks.
That hard work looks to be paying off for Koo, as for the 26-year-old leads all NFC kickers in Pro Bowl voting.
Peacock is a new streaming service that makes hundreds of NBC TV shows and Universal films available for free. Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company, officially launched free and premium versions of Peacock on July 15, though some Comcast internet and cable customers have had early access to the service since April.
Peacock was intended to launch alongside the 2020 Olympics to provide a live stream for the Summer Games in Tokyo, but the linchpin event has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the major disruption, NBCUniversal managed to launch Peacock as scheduled.
Peacock has brokered deals for new original series produced by Tina Fey and Kevin Hart, as well as rights to stream classic series like “Law & Order” and “Will and Grace.” “The Office,” a perennial Netflix favorite and one of NBC’s most beloved series, will move to Peacock in January 2021. A new original series adapting the book “Brave New World” has already debuted on Peacock, along with original films, like “Psych 2,” and exclusive documentaries, like Dale Earnhard Jr’s “Lost Speedways.”
Peacock’s library is also full of classic Universal movies, and the streaming service has announced that all eight “Harry Potter” movies will be coming to the platform over the next six months. Other franchises, like “Jurassic Park” and “Fast & Furious,” will be available on a rotating basis as well.
Peacock will also feature live sporting events, like the Premier League and the 2021 Olympics. A number of popular sports radio shows, including “The Dan Patrick Show,” “The Rich Eisen Show,” and “PFT Live with Mike Florio” will also stream exclusively on Peacock.
Microsoft has announced that support for Internet Explorer 11 will end August 17, 2021. At that time, all products under the Microsoft umbrella which may currently still use Internet Explorer, such as Outlook, OneDrive or Office 365 will stop supporting the browser.Support for Internet Explorer within the Microsoft Teams web app ends November 30 of this year. Meanwhile, the legacy edition of Microsoft Edge is set to end March 9, 2021.