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.
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
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
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