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.
From products and packaging to printed materials and digital interfaces, graphic design permeates every day life. Since the advent of desktop publishing not only have graphic designer’s roles expanded, but the types of work that fall under the umbrella of graphic design have as well. Current technologies continue to impact design in new and often unexpected ways, hence the organizing theme of “Graphic Design—Now in Production” focusing on “recent innovations in the ways designers work.” Arriving just in time... CONTINUE READING
While some of the initial uproar may have died down, the topic of crowdsourced design continues to be a lightning rod issue for the industry. Recently, one of the largest design crowdsourcing sites, 99designs held a contest for their own homepage redesign, presenting an opportunity to revisit the controversial topic. I spoke with Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99designs and Debbie Millman, President of the design division at Sterling Brands and President Emeritus of AIGA, the largest professional association for design,... CONTINUE READING
The word “resume” has been known to strike fear in the heart of many a creative (including yours truly), and while advice on best practices abound online, much of it is geared towards more traditional industries, outdated or both. So, where is a creative to turn? Earlier this month creative staffing agency The Creative Group released a survey providing a measure of guidance sure to help alleviate some of our collective resume writing angst. The survey showed that almost... CONTINUE READING
As promised in my article earlier this week, I’m back with a first hand account of GE’s indescribably awesome interactive experience Throttle Up. Having visited the site and viewed the video clips I thought I had a firm idea of what to expect. Well, may I say expectations were vastly exceeded? Excitement started to build as soon as I overheard a Throttle Up guide explain to the group ahead of me on line that they could opt to be... CONTINUE READING
Shake off those Monday doldrums and get ready for a week chock-full of creative presentations, events and awards shows! Today kicks off New York Creative Week, and while there’s no shortage of fantastic things to see and do (after all it is New York), GE’s mind blowing Throttle Up should be on everyone’s “must see” list. Happening alongside Creative Week, and located down the street from the events at Galapagos, Throttle Up is an installation featuring GE’s one-of-a-kind, 34’... CONTINUE READING
Another busy weekday afternoon in New York City. Hurriedly walking past what at first glance appears to be another plywood construction panel I stopped midway and turned around. What I had thought was just another temporary façade, upon closer inspection revealed itself as art in progress. Or, rather an artistic intervention called Color Splash, part of a larger project Kaavya Jayapratap calls Urban Speed Bumps which are intended to encourage people to slow down, stop and enjoy the moment... CONTINUE READING
Listening to Rodney Durso describe how ArtBridge began, it became clear this was a passion project. Started in 2008, ArtBridge is a nonprofit organization with a mission to “enhance the urban experience by transforming overhead construction scaffolding into temporary art installations.” Additionally, ArtBridge provides a showcase for local emerging artists, as well as being an incubator and launch point for their burgeoning careers. On Friday, May 4th the organization will hold it’s first ever ArtBridge Annual Spring Art Auction... CONTINUE READING
Wondering what would motivate students to sit inside SVA’s Fine Arts Department on a balmy 71° degree Saturday in New York City? Simple, an opportunity to network and learn from speakers at companies like BBDO, Behance, Google, FourSquare, LinkedIn, NBC Universal, Skillshare and Tumblr at NY Creative Interns’ “Find and Follow Your Passion” conference. The brainchild of former Hofstra students Emily Miethner and Reb Carlson, now run by Miethner and Community Manager Marny Smith, NY Creative Interns mission is... CONTINUE READING
Earlier this month, in an article on Sappi’s Standard No. 5 event in NYC I promised you more about 826 National, a phenomenal non-profit organization providing students aged 6-18 with after-school tutoring, field trips, in-school projects and other programs centered around writing, creativity, and from a student perspective most important—fun. When I learned of 826 National I was impressed not only by their mission but by the clear role graphic design plays in the organization, most visibly in their... CONTINUE READING
Portfolio review—two words capable of striking fear into the hearts of artists and designers everywhere. It can be one of the most valuable exercises for creatives to undergo but many of us dread it. Not only is there critique of the work, but the actual presentation of the work itself. Digital, print, both? How many pieces? What to include, what to leave out? Underlying it all is the fact that portfolio review is typically done in an academic or... CONTINUE READING
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