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.
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
In a bustling city like New York, the challenge isn’t finding something to do but rather deciding from a multitude of possibilities. Fortunately for us, NYC Creative Week makes it easy by providing a full week of chances for participation. Started in 2009 by The One Club, a non profit organization whose mission is to “champion and promote excellence in advertising and design in all forms,” and proclaimed an annual city-wide event by the Office of the Mayor of... CONTINUE READING
On a slightly overcast yet sunny Wednesday morning I made my way from Hoboken, to Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers University Newark campus for an all day affair called Create a Place: Art Builds Communities, a Creative Placemaking Conference organized by Arts Build Communities. Before going into detail about what Creative Placemaking is, and what made the conference such a worthwhile experience let me share some words from Newark mayor Cory A. Booker’s welcome address on the importance of... CONTINUE READING
Even across the pond in the U.K., lack of funding for school programs is a common dilemma, one for which University of Creative Arts students, Charlotte Hugh and Danny Pallett derived an uncommon solution they appropriately named The Pitch. Conceived as a fundraiser for their third year class’ degree show, and cleverly evoking the competitive and collaborative aspects of both advertising and sports, “The Pitch” brought together teams of students, graduates and advertising agency folks in a football tournament... CONTINUE READING
Last week I was fortunate to attend Sappi’s The Standard 5: Special Effects event presenting the newest edition of The Standard (Enlarged Cover Photo to Left), a resource for designers and printers. A packed house greeted me at SVA Theater as the buzz of conversation overflowed out onto the street through the open theater doors and passing New Yorkers paused mid stride to peer in and try to catch a glimpse inside. Held partly as a benefit for 826... CONTINUE READING
Typophiles are in for a treat. FontShop, the original independent retailer of digital type founded by Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody, recently unveiled a new site featuring their selection of The 100 Best Typefaces of All Time. ‘So what makes this list different from any other ranked list?’ you might ask. Well, a few things, for starters the selection process. FontShop used a mix of sales figures and bestseller lists spanning the last decade in combination with a jury... CONTINUE READING
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