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.
A sentiment we hear frequently expressed by designers is the desire to do work that has an impact beyond the marketplace. Work that helps effect real, positive social change. Surprisingly, a sentiment expressed with equal frequency is a lack of available opportunities to do that work. Surprisingly, now more than ever, the design community seems to be acutely aware of how it can bring its talents, resources, abilities to bear, and outlets for designers interested in “designing for good”... CONTINUE READING
Finding the Right Designer for the Job: Tips for Writing a Good Job Post from The Creative Group (Poll Article)
The topic of job descriptions came up in conversation with some colleagues the other day. Frequently cited was frustration with overly broad or ambitious job descriptions that read like an employer wish list of skills and expertise rather than an accurate picture of actual needs. Graphic design seems like an area where this is especially prevalent, perhaps owing to the many forms of design practice. While some may argue on the side of that being a valid recruitment approach... CONTINUE READING
Touted by some creatives as a catalyst for their best work, the adrenaline fueled frenzy of advertising known as the pitch has become equally known for being time consuming, expensive and often fruitless. A fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed in advertising, design and media community coverage as demonstrated by Sean Duffy’s article 2012: Time to Ditch the Pitch articulating some of the thornier issues at play such as shrinking budgets and projects that never materialize, and Rae Ann Fera’s... CONTINUE READING
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) which celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year recently announced plans to transfer all its assets to the Society of Illustrators effectively joining the two institutions. Described in a MoCCA Press release as “creating a single cultural institution supporting and celebrating illustration, comics, and animation,” the move comes after MoCCA’s physical location at 594 Broadway had been closed a month prior due to fundraising difficulties. The union appears mutually beneficial to... CONTINUE READING
Leaving the press preview for MoMA’S retrospective, Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets was like emerging from an alternate reality suffused with hidden meanings and surreal images that like a powerful dream, is at once evocative and unsettling. Known for exploring themes of sex and violence among others, the work of identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay spans 30 years of “avant-garde stop motion puppet animation, live action films and graphic design that challenge easy... CONTINUE READING
Who says there are no second chances? For those who may have missed it the first time, Behance Portfolio Review Week is back! In May 2012, online creative platform Behance held its first ever Portfolio Review Week, where Behance members who may have only met previously online, gathered over seven days to “present and get feedback on their work, hear from experienced professionals, and meet their local creative community.” With over 153 reviews held in 43 countries around the... CONTINUE READING
For designers, bloggers or anyone searching for easy-to-use, yet incredibly sophisticated website creation and hosting, a solution may be in sight. Last Friday Squarespace officially announced the release of Squarespace 6, an extensive overhaul of their previous platform, which adds 50 new features to their core service sure to please even the finickiest critic. Counted among the new features are a highly intuitive, drag n’ drop site-building interface called LayoutEngine which dynamically aligns and resizes content to a perfect... CONTINUE READING
It seems that some brands are finding answers (or at least testing approaches) to the hotly debated question of if/how brands can leverage social media newbie, Pinterest. One answer recently arrived in the form of digital agency Firstborn’s Pinterest campaign for Uniqlo. As reported in Brandweek, the clothing retailer Uniqlo effectively hijacked Pinterest pages by creating a hundred separate shell user accounts and coordinating simultaneous individual pins across multiple categories to produce what the Firstborn describes as the “first-ever... CONTINUE READING
This week, Shillington School will host their Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition in Manchester, London and New York City. The school, founded in 1989 by Andrew Shillington to address the need he observed for “talented young designers with high-end computer skills” prides itself on turning out graduates who “can confidently take a brief, efficiently use industry-standard software and produce quality design solutions to a tight deadline.” Shillington strives to meet the ever-changing expectations of the design industry by teaching the... CONTINUE READING
In graphic design news this week The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced that First Lady, Michelle Obama will celebrate the 2012 National Design Awards by hosting a White House luncheon on Friday, July 13 honoring this year’s award winners. Continuing a tradition started with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2000 when the National Design Awards was launched, and subsequently carried on by First Lady Laura Bush, Mrs. Obama serves as honorary patron for this year’s awards. In... CONTINUE READING
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