David Bricker

Dave Bricker, MFA is professor of graphic design in Miami, Florida, an author, a musician, an interactive developer and a designer of both print and on-screen content. He produces rich, experiential websites that are “a little different,” and provides marketing consultation to clients with vision, integrity and excellent offerings. He enjoys projects everyone says are "impossible." He maintains a blog for self-publishers at http://www.theworldsgreatestbook.com that discusses eBooks, book typography, the craft of writing and anything else having to do with publishing.

David has authored 6 posts. Website: http://www.theworldsgreatestbook.com
All 6 articles submitted by David Bricker:

Excited About Graphic Design Again!

By: David Bricker on May 31st 2012
Excited About Graphic Design Again!

As a student of the history of graphic design, I’ve observed that technology—everything from the first reed stylus to Gutenberg’s moveable type—has always been a primary driver of change. When production moved to the desktop, technology took the lead and design got left behind. Thanks to new tools for designers, that’s changing. I’m excited about graphic design again. A work floor full of typesetters showed up at the New York Tribune in 1886, only to be thanked for their... CONTINUE READING

Secrets of Psychedelic Text

By: David Bricker on May 24th 2012
Secrets of Psychedelic Text

“Psychedelic text” made famous by artists like Wes Wilson during the 1960′s was actually inspired by Alfred Roller’s work with the Vienna Secession movement in the early 1900s, but the analog techniques used to “liquify” the type in those famous Fillmore posters are often poorly imitated. This video tutorial offers a counter-intuitive but useful approach to warping text where Adobe Flash is used for drawing and type manipulation. Though Flash is most often thought of as a tool used... CONTINUE READING

Flash to HTML5 with Google Swiffy (Video Tutorial)

By: David Bricker on May 17th 2012
Flash to HTML5 with Google Swiffy (Video Tutorial)

When HTML5 was originally proposed as a replacement for Flash, I was skeptical but the capabilities of HTML5 have improved steadily. One exciting example of what can already be done to convert flash SWF files directly to HTML5 is found in a project called Google Swiffy. Swiffy only supports a subset of older ActionScript 2 code, but it does an impressive job rendering graphics, masks, animation, dynamic text and scripted behavior into a single HTML file that runs on... CONTINUE READING

Adobe Fireworks – The Graphic Designer’s Secret Weapon

By: David Bricker on Feb 23rd 2012
Adobe Fireworks - The Graphic Designer's Secret Weapon

In my arsenal of graphic design tools, Adobe Fireworks is my secret weapon. Without it, I’d change professions. It’s that good. In this post, I’ll touch on a few of the many features and possibilities that make Fireworks my favorite graphics application. If you look on the Adobe site, you won’t find Fireworks listed in the product dropdown menu on the home page, but you will find it hidden away in your bundle of Creative Suite applications. Fireworks offers an... CONTINUE READING

What Do Graphic Designers Do?

By: David Bricker on Jan 4th 2012
What Do Graphic Designers Do?

Flying first class from Miami to Philadelphia, I watch through the window as the Atlantic coast passes thirty thousand feet below me. I’ll pick up a rental car, check into a cozy little bed and breakfast, enjoy a gourmet meal at the inn and then climb the stairs to my room. Tomorrow, I meet with the vice-president of a three billion dollar pharmaceutical company and his team to talk about technology, marketing and the design of their 14 million... CONTINUE READING

Organic Design

By: David Bricker on Dec 12th 2011
Organic Design

What is organic design? There are “organic foods” (even though there’s no such thing as inorganic food) and an “organic” movement that’s tied to ecological concerns. Organic food is free from chemicals, pesticides and other artificial additives. Organic design is similar; it avoids the “artificial” look of work that appears to have been created by software instead of by a caring, human artist. How often do you look at design work that clearly broadcasts the “footprint” of whatever software... CONTINUE READING

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