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As a serial entrepreneur in projects large and small across multiple industries, Mike applies his knowledge and life experiences as to how critical effective graphic design is to a business and to the process for effectively working with a graphic design firm.
On November 9th, a highly anticipated book is being published; Saul Bass; A Life in Film & Design. Bass was considered one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century and influenced the identity of many classic films with his graphic title contributions. Saul Bass lived from 1920 to 1996. During his remarkable lifetime he created many high visible compelling images in the pop and commercial worlds. Saul Bass; A Life in Film & Design is the first... CONTINUE READING
Reading a graphic designers blog recently, he noted that the art of illustrating isn’t part of the Design Observer’s graphic design “categories.” Typography, photography, and art are listed, but not illustration. He opines “Is this omission a simple oversight, or does it tell us something significant about the current state of illustration?” Fallen Art The reference seems to be that the illustration profession has fallen in the eyes of the art world. Noted art director specializing in graphic design,... CONTINUE READING
The ninth annual London Design Festival (LDF) has just concluded. At the popular design festival only seven of the 250 event/exhibits featured graphic designs. That is less than three per cent focusing on the graphics area of art and design world. Why is that? The LDF festival features high quality talks, exhibitions, product demonstrations and launches from the art world. It is supported by the V&A , Arts Council England and its main sponsor Mayor of London who embrace... CONTINUE READING
One of the major challenges for any graphic designer is balancing the notion of “the customer is always right” with providing a fair and reasonable quality service/product that represents you well. For instance, if they hire you for a standard movie poster, but demand a billboard of epic proportions, that isn’t reasonable. But what if they ask you to violate your design sensibilities, what then? The Dilemma Without a doubt, it can’t be argued that a good graphic designer... CONTINUE READING
Most individuals who train to become graphic designers are proficient in print design, brochure layout, and Pantone Matching System (pms). The reality is that not enough attention is given to becoming good web designers. It is a more specialized field that many will defer to coders and developers, but design input and implementation is key to web site success. These days, more and more people access all their key information online. Web Design Web design is a totally different... CONTINUE READING
Film maker Gary Hustwit recently released his third documentary featuring the world of design. It opened in New York on October 28th. Titled Urbanized, the film jumps around from New York, Rio De Janeiro, Mumbai, Beijing to New Orleans, Santiago, Brighton and Bogota. The film asks some of the world’s foremost planners, architects and policy makers what they are presently doing and what needs to be done to help cities survive in the 21st century. Hustwit Ethos Hustwit has... CONTINUE READING
Terran Marketing announced today the official launch of Graphicdesign.com, a website dedicated to creative professionals. The new GraphicDesign.com has been under development since July 2011 when Terran Marketing announced the purchase. Focused on providing the highest quality and most comprehensive resources for design professionals and those seeking graphic design services, Graphicdesign.com features local search capability on a national directory of graphic design firms, education options for those seeking a career in graphic design, and a job placement board dedicated... CONTINUE READING
I recently discovered a fascinating infographic on the graphic design industry. It was produced by Carrington College in California. While they invested considerable time in the creation and presentation of their infographic, which I don’t have permission to reproduce here, the data they used is all sourced to the public U.S. Department of Labor (UDL). The UDL data was collected for their 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). I thought it might be helpful to share some of the key... CONTINUE READING
Technology and graphic design are closely intertwined. With each new advance of hardware or software, graphic design evolves. An exciting new advancement for book and graphic publishers was announced last week by Blurb. Blurb is a San Francisco based firm that is dedicated to creating a platform for artists to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books independent of traditional outside sources. They are attempting to allow a self-publishing and marketing platform intended to unleash the artistic potential inside... CONTINUE READING
No other art form has grown and developed as far over the last decade than graphic design. The rapid innovations and improvement in computing and the Internet are constantly accelerating the capabilities of graphic design, making them more and more accessible to almost anyone.The democratization of graphic design can be seen in the overall high quality of even purely amateur work. Those with experience and skills soar to new heights with the software available to them. Lead Exhibit One... CONTINUE READING