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Sterling Bank Rebrands, Hit or Miss?

For some weeks now a lot of people have wonder why there is a black bag covering some part of the Sterling Bank signage across all their banks. Well the truth is out they were under going a transformation, re-branding you may call it, a new look, a new perspective.

“The logo represents our drive and mission to be Nigeria’s foremost bank, delivering highly impactful and valuable solutions for all our stakeholders,” said Sterling Bank’s CEO, Abubakar Suleiman. “Recently we have launched innovative, market-disrupting products such as Specta -Nigeria’s fastest consumer lending platform, FarePay -Africa’s 1st Contactless Transport Card and I-Invest -World’s 1st Mobile Treasury Bills App among others. The logo reflects how far we have come as a Bank and our plans for the future.”

Chief Marketing Officer of Sterling Bank, Ibidapo Martins said the new logo was imperative because the former logo symbolized a brand going on a journey while the new one is an indication that “we have arrived at the top and are ready to take over the Nigerian banking industry.

“The revolution is in full swing and we have only just begun. This is the time to chart new territories, defy expectations and push forward more than we have ever done in the past.”

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Yea opinions have definitely be coming in. Some say It a remix of GT BANK, others feel the old one is better.


LEGO-Themed Wall With Secret Rooms Is Coolest Interior Design You’ll See Today

Record producer Zedd recently shared a new wall art installation, done up in his house by artist Dante Dentoni, that could well be the coolest interior design you’ll see today.

Dentoni, who touts himself as one who “creates art in difficult places,” definitely puts his money where his mouth is. Not only did he replace a part of the wall with LEGO bricks, but even concealed tiny rooms modeled after OMNIA Las Vegas and the video game Overwatch.

Have a tour of the intricate artwork below.

[via Zedd, main image via video screenshots]

10 Most Desired Skills By Companies In 2019, According to LinkedIn

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As the job market moves into 2019, more companies seem to value skills over experiences and job titles.

In a recent article by CNBC, Facebook’s vice president of human resources Janelle Gale emphasizes that “skills really matter the most” and that these take precedence over experience “in the grand scheme of things.”

To give you a better idea of what the landscape for career opportunities is like, LinkedIn has published a list of the skills that companies most desire in 2019, with resources to help you attain these through its LinkedIn Learning courses.

Preview five of the most in-demand soft skills, and five of the 25 most in-demand hard skills, based on LinkedIn data below. See the whole list of highlighted proficiencies and LinkedIn’s rationale on why they matter here.

Five most in-demand soft skills in 2019

1. Creativity
2. Persuasion
3. Collaboration
4. Adaptability
5. Time Management

Five of the 25 most in-demand hard skills in 2019

1. Cloud Computing
2. Artificial Intelligence
3. Analytical Reasoning
4. People Management
5. UX Design

Continue reading to discover the remaining most-desired hard skills and why these matter on LinkedIn.

[via CNBC and LinkedIn, main image via Shutterstock]

Designer’s Ultimate ‘One Dongle To Rule Them All’ Apple Spoof Will Crack You Up

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If you’ve ever felt frustrated with any of Apple’s annual updates to its most beloved products, you’re not alone.

San Francisco-based industrial designer Ryan Geraghty knows how you feel. He’s translated his exasperation into a humorous parody project called ‘Dongle’, where he’s consolidated 16 adapters into one single USB-C connector, so “you don’t have to worry about running out of ports on your computer.”

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Geraghty explains on his website, “It can difficult to part with a favorite pair of headphones or replace an entire home entertainment system just because of a small port change.”

“However, continuing to support all of your cherished Apple products individually through periods of courageous innovation can be challenging—keeping track of dozens of dongles and carrying around an army of adapters.”

The spoof product page even includes an FAQ section that answers queries about tangled wires, the plugging in of multiple USB devices and inspiration for the design.

In one instance, the infamous wear-and-tear of Apple’s charging cables comes to mind with the words, “‘Dongle’ is built to the same material standards and quality control as a premium Apple product, you can expect the wires to last as long as those on any traditional Apple dongle.”

Though in the FAQ section Geraghty playfully credits inspiration to seeing a giant squid on a nature documentary, his footnote adds, “[A]fter traveling halfway around the world with a new computer, I went to plug in my mouse to do some CAD work and realized there were no USB ports. This 3D model was made and rendered using only the trackpad on a MacBook Pro—half out of necessity, half out of spite.”

The designer further highlights, “Any and all jabs made at Apple are done so out of a combination of admiration and constructive criticism.”

Check out more from the comical ‘Dongle’ parody below.

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Mastercard Officially Drops Its Name From Iconic Red-And-Yellow Logo Design

In July 2016, Mastercard unveiled its first logo redesign in 20 years created by renowned design agency Pentagram. The overhaul saw the company opting for a simpler, more minimalist visual that was “modernized and optimized for an increasingly digital world.”

Fast forward to 2019, the financial services company has made another alteration to further simplify its iconic red-and-yellow emblem: dropping its “mastercard” name from the logo design altogether.

The move leaves only the ‘Mastercard Symbol’, its widely recognized interlocking circles that have been in existence for over 50 years. They represent Mastercard’s commitment to connecting customers with Priceless possibilities, and according to the company, represent Mastercard “better than one word ever could.”

By doing away with the name, Mastercard aims to make its logo design even more adaptable, thereby enabling it to work seamlessly across the world’s growing digital landscape.

In a press release, Mastercard’s chief marketing and communication officer Raja Rajamannar explained, “[W]ith more than 80 percent of people spontaneously recognizing the Mastercard Symbol without the word ‘mastercard,’ we felt ready to take this next step in our brand evolution. We are proud of our rich brand heritage and are excited to see the iconic circles standing on their own.”

“We live in a time where, increasingly, we communicate not through words but through icons and symbols,” added Michael Bierut, established graphic designer and partner at Pentagram.

“Mastercard has had the great fortune of being represented by two interlocking circles, one red, one yellow, since its founding in 1966. Now, by allowing this symbol to shine on its own, Mastercard enters an elite cadre of brands that are represented not by name, but by symbol: an apple, a target, a swoosh. Mastercard’s two interlocking circles have always represented their commitment to connecting people. Now, that commitment is given greater presence by Mastercard’s status as a symbol brand,” said Bierut.

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[via Mastercard, images via Business Wire]

Colossal Snow And Ice Sculptures Of The 2019 Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo

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As the birthplace of China’s ice and snow sculpture art and the first of its kind in China, Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is an important part of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival as well as one of the hottest attractions of Harbin tour. Charactered by a long exhibition period (60-70 days), high quality, new content, large scale and a lot of entertaiment, the expo is also known as “The world’s largest ice and snow carnival”.

In winter, the whole sun island is decorated by snow which makes it a fantastic white world. Harbin is the cradle for China’s ice and snow art for which sun island is the birthland. Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo is the earliest developed and the largest snow theme park in China. The Expo impresses visitors from the world with its large scale, fantastic ice and snow scultpures and various of snow activities. With a history of more than 20 years, Harbin Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo has received over 2.3 million visitors, and has been one of the hottest and must see arrtactions in Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.

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Leaked iPhone ‘XI’ Redesign Shows Rear Triple-Camera Square Setup

Left to right: iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max. Image via Apple

After several lackluster model updates, Apple’s iPhone continues to experience waning demand.

With fierce competitors looming on the horizon, could the tech giant be looking to reignite the desire for this once revolutionary gadget by way of… a rear triple-camera setup?

Industry insider Steve Hemmerstoffer, who goes by the Twitter handle @onleaks, has shared a rendering of the iPhone ‘XI’ redesign that shows three camera lens sitting inside a square unit on the phone’s rear.

Hemmerstoffer’s partner site further suggests that Apple could be exploring the utilization of Time of Flight (ToF) technology with these cameras. This will enable the devices to build detailed 3D maps of anything within a five-meter radius, thereby opening new opportunities for AR, gaming and more.

On Twitter, Hemmerstoffer clarified that since the 2019 iPhones are still in the Engineering Validation Test (EVT) stage, the render is not conclusive and the design could be modified further down the road.

What are your thoughts on this rear triple-camera square setup?

[via Forbes, main image via Apple]

Noa* Architects’ Charming Renovation Of An Italian Mountain Resort

The wooden barns date back to the 19th century, and have been reimagined by Noa* as mini chalets for guests to enjoy while on a skiing trip. As part of the extension, 24 rooms were added in seven new chalets, that exist alongside the 13 reworked rooms located in the central guesthouse; improving the venue’s capacity. The renovated hotel now includes a bar, lounge, restaurant and wine cellar fit with mountain-shaped shelves, alongside a wellness area with views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

The architects were tasked with the challenge of completing the renovation with as little modification to the surrounding environment as possible, so the new huts were prefabricated off-site. The project has brought the hotel’s original “log cabin” aesthetic back to life, whilst ensuring it remained a modern and luxurious travel destination. “We want to propose new models of life and hospitality that on the one hand recover traditional forms and materials”, explained founder of NOA*, Stefan Rier, and “on the other hand express quality of design, high levels of comfort and sustainability”.

Elon Musk’s Wacky Profile Picture With Facial Hair Sparks Comical Edits, Memes

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Aside from revealing what SpaceX’s ‘Starship’ spacecraft could look like on Twitter, Elon Musk recently shared a new profile picture on the social media platform that might tickle your funny bone.

The SpaceX founder uploaded the wacky portrait, pictured above, with a moustache drawn in for additional facial hair. The update didn’t go unnoticed by his legions of followers and it wasn’t long before humorous responses surfaced on the thread.

Since the picture’s upload, Musk has been transported into Bird Box, which recently broke viewership records on streaming platform Netflix, photoshopped to reference his smoking weed live on air debacle, as well as being turned into pop culture characters ‘Batman’ and ‘Super Mario’.

See Musk Making the Moustache Great Again in the highlights from the thread below.

[via elonmusk, main image via Kathy Hutchins /]