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.
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
At my local coffee shop talk of the new Apple iPad mini was on everyone’s lips including the barista behind the counter who unabashedly explained his plans to make an early holiday gift to himself. While Twitter abounds with discussion the pros and cons of Apple’s newest addition to the tablet family, the fact still remains that as reported by CNN pre-orders of the white iPad mini sold out within twenty minutes this morning. Which means, that from a... CONTINUE READING
The temperature may be dropping but there’s still plenty to do here in New York City. So if you’re out and about here’s the run down of my top graphic design and graphic design related picks in upcoming weeks. First off, is the Art Directors’ Club Hall of Fame exhibit featuring the work of five 2012 Hall of Fame laureates—cartoonist and illustrator Barry Blitt, advertising legend David Droga, photographer Mary Ellen Mark, artist and 3-D designer Kevin O’Callaghan and... CONTINUE READING
Web designers, developers and interactive media producers take note, December 21, 2012, the deadline for the prestigious Horizon Interactive Awards is fast approaching. Started in 2002 and now celebrating over a decade, the Horizon Interactive Awards is one of the few international interactive design competitions that recognizes and highlights outstanding achievement in interactive design. Another unusual aspect of the awards is the diverse judging panel, which includes industry professionals as well as non-designers and end-users. This year GraphicDesign.com is... CONTINUE READING
NYU CADA recently announced a new Master of Science in Advanced Digital Applications. Designed to address the requirements for designers in the ever-evolving digital landscape, the Master of Science in Advanced Digital Applications curriculum includes animation, 3-D modeling and visual effects as well as data visualization and infographics. Last week I met with Patricia Heard-Greene, Academic Director and Clinical Associate Professor Center for Advanced Digital Applications (CADA) NYU-SCPS to talk about the new program. We started with a tour... CONTINUE READING
Saturday, October 13, kicks off the seventh annual National Design Week. Hosted by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, National Design Week runs from October 13–21, and features free public programs, activities, and events celebrating “… the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life.” Newly added this year is www.ndw.lanyrd.com, an interactive site listing National Design Week events hosted by institutions and organizations around the country where users can share event details and information. 2011... CONTINUE READING
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