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How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 22nd 2012
How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

It has been years since I started my career as a graphic designer, and I can still remember the passion and enthusiasm to get my first design task. Many designers get the same feeling when they finish their studies or design school and start their career. As time passes, you experience the ups and downs of your career; you sometimes meet annoying clients, have to work under stress and might encounter problems that could even spoil your great ideas.... CONTINUE READING

The Remedy for the Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Results)

By: Neil Tortorella on May 22nd 2012
The Remedy for the Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Results)

My article, The Sad State of Design, 2012, garnered some excellent comments from readers and the poll showed an overwhelming number who agreed that the design industry is in something of a sad state (Results: 93%, yes 7%, no). So, does that mean that graphic design is going to the dogs and there’s no hope? Hardly. All it needs is a slight change in the way we approach things. Fellow Advisory Board member, Dave Bricker, summed it up pretty... CONTINUE READING

Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? (Poll Question)

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 21st 2012
Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? (Poll Question)

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

Survey Says, “Resume Design Matters”…a lot

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 18th 2012
Survey Says, “Resume Design Matters”…a lot

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truly), and while advice on best practices abound online, much of it is geared towards more traditional industries, outdated or both.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

A New Identity for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

By: Michelle Allen on May 17th 2012
A New Identity for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam’s logo has undergone a controversial redesign, courtesy of Mevis & Van Deursen. The duo, currently without a website, have been collaborating since they graduated in 1986 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The museum, which displays classic modern art, contemporary art and design, is currently closed due to renovation and will be opening on the 23rd September this year. The new branding has caused dissent, with numerous people asking for a “dislike” button on this... CONTINUE READING

One Show Design Awards Serviceplan Gruppe Best of Show

By: Michelle Allen on May 15th 2012
One Show Design Awards Serviceplan Gruppe Best of Show

Germany-based Serviceplan Gruppe have won best in show in the One Show Design awards. One Show Design 2012, one of The One Club’s awards, were held earlier this month in New York. The winning project was a revolutionary sun-powered annual report for the agency’s client Austria Solar. The report was printed with light-sensitive ink, which appears when placed under sunlight, and also won them a Gold placing in the annual report and printing categories. A third Gold was awarded... CONTINUE READING

The Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Question)

By: Neil Tortorella on May 14th 2012
The Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Question)

Okay … this is something of a rant. Bear with me or indulge me. I might be spot on, totally off, or just in a lousy mood. A friend called this morning to tell me that his grandson was considering a career in graphic design. He asked for my thoughts and opinion. I couldn’t come up with a single encouraging idea. I told him to have his grandson look into another career option. I’ve been at this design stuff... CONTINUE READING

Visual Editions: Kapow!

By: Jo Gifford on May 12th 2012
Visual Editions: Kapow!

Publisher Visual Editions released their fourth book, Kapow! A new book by British writer Adam Thirlwell, Kapow! has been published by London based experimental publishers Visual Editions. “As visually acrobatic and giddy as the story it tells”, Kapow! is “exploding with unfolding pages and multiple directions” – the story is narrated through creative typography and experimental page layout that demands the reader to engage, to scan the pages and text in a new, challenging way that reflects the story,... CONTINUE READING

Shutterstock Finds a New View

By: Matt Cannon on May 11th 2012
Shutterstock Finds a New View

Shutterstock is almost 9 years old now and has a history of effective rebrand, starting in 2003. In my opinion 2011 was their weakest effort. I am a big fan of the new 2012 identity. Using a play off of people motioning their hands like a photo frame, the “viewfinder” is born. The color scheme is a new red and grey pantone. Presented in a clean, all lowercase typography in red and grey, while the “o” (viewfinder icon) remains... CONTINUE READING

DIY Site Launched by Zach Klein

By: Jo Gifford on May 10th 2012
DIY Site Launched by Zach Klein

DIY is the latest project by internet entrepreneur Zach Klein. DIY is an innovative venture designed to enable children to showcase their creative work and publish it online in a safe and monitored environment. Says DIY, “We’ve all seen how kids can be like little MacGyvers. They’re able to take anything apart, recycle what you’ve thrown away – or if they’re Caine, build their own cardboard arcade. This is play, but it’s also creativity and it’s a valuable skill.... CONTINUE READING

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