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.
Questions Raised in Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? Yields Mixed Responses (Poll Results)
As comments rolled in in response to my article “Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization?” I was admittedly surprised both by the quantity and variety of opinions expressed. One thing was clear; the graphic design community continues to remain divided on the issue of crowdsourced design, a practice some view as devaluing the design profession while others perceive it as providing opportunities for work. Poll results from 122 respondents bore this out with 56% of those polled, responding “No” to... CONTINUE READING
Who hasn’t ever hit a creative slump or hit that extraordinarily rough, occasionally ego bruising, patch of writer’s/artist’s/musician’s block where you find yourself face-to-face with a project thinking to yourself “okay, now what”? The question is, how to get out of it. That was the question Alex Cornell an accomplished designer and musician himself, posed to other leading creatives, such as graphic designers Nicolas Felton and Tom Muller, painter and erotic artist Audrey Kawasaki, legendary typographer Erik Spiekermann and... CONTINUE READING
Hynes Convention Center, Boston 7:30 AM, big yellow conference badge in one hand and event program in the other I made my way up the escalator to the third floor rotunda unsure what to expect. After years of telling myself I would make it to HOW Design Live and yet somehow never quite getting there, I’d arrived. To give you an idea of the conference magnitude, what I refer to as an event program was actually a small, spiral-bound... CONTINUE READING
Sappi Ideas That Matter: 2012 Judging Panel and Talk with Four-Time Grant Recipient Doug Hebert on “Designing from the Heart”
Speaking with self described “inspiration junkie” and four-time Sappi Ideas that Matter recipient Doug Hebert, Principal, Design Director, Savage, two things are evident—his passion for cause-driven projects and the critical role that Sappi Ideas that Matter has played in making them happen. Founded on the idea that the power of design can be harnessed for social good and started over a decade ago, Sappi’s Ideas that Matter competition is “an annual, innovative grant program that provides monetary support to... CONTINUE READING
On an otherwise ordinary Sunday in June an amazing transformation took place in the three blocks surrounding Orchard Street on New York City’s Lower East Side. DayLife, an environmental design project resulting from a collaboration between DesigNYC, DUB-studios and the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) in cooperation with students from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Impact! Design for Social Change program turned the neighborhood known variously for its rich history as an immigrant neighborhood and... CONTINUE READING
Last week Book Expo America 2012 took place at Javits Center in New York City. According to a press release, this year the show boasted over 1,300 exhibitors, including 200 new companies, an 18% growth in new exhibitors from 2011. It may surprise some to learn that despite advertising’s higher profile, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2011 show publishing ahead as an industry employer of graphic design, employing designers for content such as books, magazines and... CONTINUE READING
PantoneLIVE Unveiled at Joint Event Between Advertising Production Club of New York and the Art Director’s Club
Thursday night Pantone® unveiled the recent addition to their color management arsenal at the Art Director’s Club in New York, PantoneLIVE™, “a cloud-based color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards.” Held by the Advertising Production Club of New York in conjunction with the Art Director’s Club, the event marked a first time partnership for the two organizations. New APC President George Ashbrook said, “The APC are excited and privileged to collaborate with another of New... CONTINUE READING
Sure, there are perks to freelance life like flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but ask any honest independent creative professional and they’ll tell you there are downsides too. One of the biggest? Less daily opportunities for collaboration and interaction with like-minded peers, something The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman comically captures in “Why Working from Home is both Awesome and Horrible” Recognizing this, a growing number of co-working spaces have emerged worldwide with 537 in the... CONTINUE READING
Earlier this month “The Life of Julia,” an interactive slideshow designed to contrast the Obama campaign’s policies with Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney’s managed to cause a bit of a stir, generating over 2,900 tweets on Twitter, 51,000 “Likes” on Facebook (as of this writing) and filling the blogosphere and online news channels with an assortment of rebukes, responses and parodies. Politically speaking, perhaps not much remains to be explored. But what about from a graphic design standpoint? Embedded... CONTINUE READING
What do a Graphic Designer in Karachi, Pakistan, a photographer in Treviso, Italy, an Illustrator in Bogota, Colombia and an Art Director in Montreal, Canada all have in common? They represent just a portion of the 4,000 creatives worldwide to participate in Behance Portfolio Review week kicked off at Grind NYC on Tuesday, May 15. The event turnout was just one remarkable aspect of the event series described by Sarah Rapp, Behance Community Manager as being “designed to help... CONTINUE READING
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