Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch is a freelance graphic designer and owner of NSG Design, based in Hoboken, New Jersey. She has over ten years of experience in design working on projects ranging from UX, mobile app and site design to print advertising and promotion. Her portfolio can be viewed online here.
Whether it’s a design firm sharing thoughts on a logo design, a photographer and retoucher reviewing notes on a beauty shoot or a couple collaborating with an interior decorator on their child’s room redesign—easy, intuitive visual collaboration can be elusive for any group working together on a highly visual project. We’ve all been there—endless e-mail chains with massive attachments, cumbersome PDF mark up or project management interfaces not designed with image sharing in mind. On the surface what might... CONTINUE READING
New Year’s Resolution Recommendation for Designers: See Bill’s Design Talks Featuring the National Design Award Winners
Now that the afterglow of New Year’s resolutions has faded excitement at the prospect of more time in the gym, better eating habits and becoming more organized may be waning. But before you (and I) throw in the towel here is one that I think designers will find inspiring and fun—Bill’s Design Talks. Organized by Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and made possible in part by the Adobe Foundation is, Bill’s Design Talks a conversation and presentation series that... CONTINUE READING
As many brand designers can tell you, the importance of creating a memorable, unique environment that reinforces brand character to external (consumers, clients, vendors) and internal (employees) audiences can not be overstated, especially for a global leader in digital media like Adobe. So, it was not surprising to learn from Cory Sistrunk, Principal at Rapt Studio, that after interviewing a number of design firms for design of their new Lehi, Utah campus Adobe tapped Rapt Studio, the award winning... CONTINUE READING
Good news for designers and marketers in 2013, in recently released hiring data from creative staffing agency The Creative Group shows that 33 percent of respondents surveyed reported that “they are looking to fill design or marketing roles in the first quarter of 2013”. The data gathered from a survey including more than 500 advertising and marketing professionals in the United States also showed that advertising executives made up a larger proportion of those intending to hire—51 percent versus... CONTINUE READING
Monday, January 7th marks the end of the Quay Brothers exhibit Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) previously reviewed here. But apropos of the proverb “every ending is a new beginning” the exhibition will culminate in the United States premiere of the Quay Brothers’ new film, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Spanning multiple disciplines including animation, graphic design, illustration and film, the Quays work has a surreal, dreamlike... CONTINUE READING
An exciting announcement for graphic designers, fashionistas and color trend watchers, just in time for the holidays, color authority Pantone announced its color of the year—Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald. If the 2012 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango was perceived as reinvigorating and hopeful then Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald can be seen as a transition to a more introspective, balanced energy. Far from the avocado green popular in the 1970’s, Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald is a deeper color, at once... CONTINUE READING
Accessibility in web design is sometimes thought of as an “add on” or “extra” by designers and organizations as opposed to a necessity, and consequently only partially implemented if at all. Through his presentations on accessibility at conferences such as the HOW Interactive Design Conference and HTML5 DevConf to his involvement with the standardization process of the Web and being a contributing member of the W3C Accessibility Group accessibility champion Rajesh Lal, Senior Web Engineer at Nokia Emerging Platforms... CONTINUE READING
Articles abound on how designers can win and keep clients but seemingly less frequent are articles on ways clients can woo and win good designers. By surveying their community of over 190,000 designers, 99designs.com set out to uncover the key things designers look for in a “good client”. Generally the results of 99designs “How to Woo a Designer” survey confirm that on a fundamental level designers look for what any professional might want in a client—consideration, respect and to... CONTINUE READING
Thanksgiving, the benchmark signaling that 2012 will soon come to a close has passed. This time of year seems to be one when people step back and take stock of the personal and professional aspects of their lives, especially career prospects and goals. In fact, “getting a new job” often ranks among the top ten New Year’s Resolutions. Perfect timing for The Creative Group’s (TCG) recently released 2013 Salary Guide. Entitled Paylandia (the destination for Creative Salaries), TCG’s 2013... CONTINUE READING
Pre-hurricane Sandy, I attended the Designers & Books Fair held at the The Katie Murphy Amphitheater at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The Katie Murphy Amphitheater is one of those types of spaces that retains a sense of intimacy despite a seating capacity over 200 people, an ideal setting for Learning from Experience: Four Graphic Designers in Conversation. One of the many fantastic programs included in the fair celebrating the relationship between designers and books, Learning from Experience... CONTINUE READING
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