The Winding Road From Student to Veteran Graphic Designer: What I’ve Learned Along the Way

By: Neil Tortorella on Sep 19th 2012
The Winding Road From Student to Veteran Graphic Designer: What I’ve Learned Along the Way

Art school was a wacky, wild and totally weird time for me. That was back in the 70s when we still used press type, rapidographs, markers and 360 layout pads. Another thing I never quite understood was who had the brilliant idea to put an art school in the back of a Holiday Inn, on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, with a bar in the front and another one across the street. It was the notorious Elbow Room. I... CONTINUE READING

Top 5 Most Expensive Logos of All Time

By: Matt Cannon on Sep 15th 2012
Top 5 Most Expensive Logos of All Time

It’s debatable how much a logo should cost, but it’s no question that it’s tough to put a value on a brand no matter the price. Sure there are options for every budget and style but when you are sitting on top of the corporate world no budget is too high. According to JustCreative, “Logo design in today’s world is totally under rated. People do not understand how important a good logo is and how valuable it is to... CONTINUE READING

Entire Collection of Andy Warhol’s Work To Be Sold This Fall

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Sep 12th 2012
Entire Collection of Andy Warhol’s Work To Be Sold This Fall

As announced on Wednesday 5th September 2012, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts are to sell and donate its entire collection of the artist’s work this fall. Amongst the vast collection is prints, paintings and photographs, including pieces that have never been seen before by the public. Christie’s auction house has entered into a long-term deal in order to sell the works as it is expected to take a number of years. The process will be completed... CONTINUE READING

Top 10 Sports Logos of All Time

By: Matt Cannon on Sep 11th 2012
Top 10 Sports Logos of All Time

One of the most important characteristics of an effective sports logo is that it has immediate influence on its fan base. The icon should grasp the viewers attention without a second of extra thought. It should evoke excitement and make the fan want to root for their team. Finally, it should be timeless. Many of the logos made this list for the sole reason that they have stood the test of time with little or no changes while remaining... CONTINUE READING

Brands Play the Villain in New Movie

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 7th 2012
Brands Play the Villain in New Movie

In an interesting take on brand persuasion run amok “Branded,” releases in theaters today. The sci-fi thriller described on the official website as “A dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where mega-corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population deluded, dependent and passive.” previewed at Comic Con San Diego this past July. Rival advertising agencies battle for the minds of consumers on a whole new level deploying mind... CONTINUE READING

Fall 2012 Design Events and Exhibitions

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 6th 2012
Fall 2012 Design Events and Exhibitions

Before you start filling up your fall calendar we wanted to share a few upcoming design events, exhibits and other goings on that you won’t want to miss. Sure to inform and inspire, these graphic design exhibits and events will help recharge creative batteries. From the “friendly competition” of the AIGA Texas Show to an “intimate conversation” between Louise Fili and Paula Scher at the Type Directors Club and everything in between, they offer a great way to keep... CONTINUE READING

Top 15 Logos With Hidden Meanings

By: Matt Cannon on Sep 4th 2012
Top 15 Logos With Hidden Meanings

Hidden meanings and subliminal messages are everywhere in marketing, even in the logos themselves. These hidden creations are sometimes unnoticed but are usually designed to emphasize a powerful and significant meaning associated with the brand. This is definitely a huge feat to pull off for a logo designer because it’s easy to go wrong here and the meaning is sometimes indistinguishable. Many of the logos accomplish the injection of hidden symbolism by using the negative space, which is the... CONTINUE READING

Choosing the Right Design School

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 1st 2012
Choosing the Right Design School

With Labor Day weekend upon us and fall around the corner that back-to-school feeling is in the air. For prospective students, it may be a time when they are beginning to consider studying graphic design and graphic design schools or programs. Raising the question of exactly how to go about choosing the “right” school or program for you. In order to give a variety of perspectives on the topic we asked a panel of our experienced and talented writers... CONTINUE READING

Design By Humans T-Shirt Competition and Tournament Sponsered by Wacom

By: Jo Gifford on Aug 21st 2012
Design By Humans T-Shirt Competition and Tournament Sponsered by Wacom

T-shirt website and community Design By Humans are hosting a competition alongside graphic design tablet company Wacom. Design by humans are “an ongoing t-shirt design competition and community where artists and t-shirt lovers can create, buy, and talk about art and t-shirts.” The website sells and promotes unique and creative t-shirt designs, and acts as an online community with a passion for designing and celebrating the graphic t-shirt art. A daily new design is chosen from the variety of... CONTINUE READING

Framing the Pitch: Style Frames Conference Looks at Best and Worst of Pitching

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Aug 20th 2012
Framing the Pitch: Style Frames Conference Looks at Best and Worst of Pitching

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

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