First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts National Design Award Winners Luncheon

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jul 11th 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts National Design Award Winners Luncheon

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

TwoPoints.Net in Barcelona Start Their Own Teaching Initiative Called Design Werkstatt

By: Jo Gifford on Jul 9th 2012
TwoPoints.Net in Barcelona Start Their Own Teaching Initiative Called Design Werkstatt

Barcelona based design duo TwoPoints.Net are embarking upon a new project; a teaching initiative called Design Werkstatt (which translated means Design Workshop). TwoPoints.Net consists of Martin Lorenz and Lupi Asensio, graphic designers with German, Dutch and Spanish roots between them. Their specialties are based around Visual Identity, Editorial Design, Web Design and Illustration. Compiling bold and diverse portfolios they have a unique style, reflected in both an international clientele and their teaching work. Teaching since 2005, they then set... CONTINUE READING

Rolling Stones Logo Updated for 50th Anniversary

By: Jo Gifford on Jul 5th 2012
Rolling Stones Logo Updated for 50th Anniversary

Designer Shepard Fairey has updated the iconic Rolling Stones tongue logo in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary. The original logo was designed by John Pasche, a student of the Royal College of Art in London and appeared on the Sticky Fingers album sleeve in 1971. Pasche was commissioned in 1969 by lead singer of The Stones Mick Jagger, who disliked some draft designs which had been provided by the band’s record label, Decca Records. “The design concept for... CONTINUE READING

Following Up After An Interview: A Good Thing or a Stalking Thing? (Poll Article)

By: Tim Donnelly on Jul 3rd 2012
Following Up After An Interview: A Good Thing or a Stalking Thing? (Poll Article)

You shake the Creative Director’s hand and turn around to leave his amazing corner office. You did it. You nailed your interview for a graphic design job at the coolest company you’ve ever seen. Suddenly while you’re getting your parking validated you think to yourself, “Should I send a thank you note?” And you find yourself at a crossroads. Maybe the same one you’ve experienced after every interview. Is following up after an interview an archaic practice to be... CONTINUE READING

HOW Design Live 2012 Conference Recap

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 29th 2012
HOW Design Live 2012 Conference Recap

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

Results of The Dieline Package Design Awards

By: Jo Gifford on Jun 29th 2012
Results of The Dieline Package Design Awards

Presented by Inwork, The Dieline has announced the winners of this year’s Package Design Awards. All entries were made between Dec 1st, 2010 and Dec 31st, 2011. Last week on June 22nd, Inwork presented The Dieline Package Design Awards during the HOW Design Live. HOW Design Live was a conference made up of four parts, with Dieline being one of these. The conference provided delegates with the opportunity to network with creative and dynamic industry insiders and a chance... CONTINUE READING

Digital Shoreditch 2012: The Down-Low on Career Day and Vitamin T’s Shoreditch Interviews

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Jun 28th 2012
Digital Shoreditch 2012: The Down-Low on Career Day and Vitamin T’s Shoreditch Interviews

London’s Digital Shoreditch is a two week festival incorporating sessions about careers, identity, innovation, brands, capital and growth. Running from May 21st to June 1st 2012, this year’s was the second of its kind; the mission being to celebrate and inspire creative talent of East London and Tech City. The event provided those of a technical and entrepreneurial mind with networking and career opportunities in amongst the presentations and workshops available. Founder Kam Star setup the festival in order... CONTINUE READING

(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 28th 2012
(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

The results are in regarding the Unpaid Wages Epidemic poll article and it’s clear that there is a huge issue at our feet. When we asked Freelancers: Have you ever been the victim of an unpaid invoice for completed freelance work? A whopping 96% said YES and only 4% said NO. Following that question, we asked do you use a contract before engaging in work with new clients? 60% said YES and 40% said NO. It’s evident that Freelancers... CONTINUE READING

The Artomatic

By: Evan Johnston on Jun 26th 2012
The Artomatic

Since 2008 the Artomatic has taken an empty building, wrangled as many artists as possible, and then set them loose in it. It’s Washington, DC’s biggest creative event: this year it featured over a thousand artists on eleven floors. There are workshops, musical performances, and comedy acts, the space is open for a month, and it’s free. In other words, it’s pretty much amazing. This amazement is also what makes the Artomatic such a navigational challenge. It’s easy to... CONTINUE READING

Is a Graphic Design Degree Necessary? (Poll Article)

By: Jo Gifford on Jun 25th 2012
Is a Graphic Design Degree Necessary? (Poll Article)

As a graphic designer, there are usually two main routes to the workplace; a graphic design degree followed by a junior designer role, or an internship or junior position to gain work experience before moving up the ladder from there. In a global economic crisis, what use is a graphic design degree to aspiring designers, and what emphasis should be put on design education? In the UK, 41% of all designers hold a degree level qualification and as many... CONTINUE READING

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