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Literature and the Moving Image: Marjane Satrapi and Françoise Mouly in Conversation at MOMA

By: Becky Munich on May 9th 2012
Literature and the Moving Image: Marjane Satrapi and Françoise Mouly in Conversation at MOMA

Last Thursday night, I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the Museum of Modern Art’s sold-out screening of Marjane Satrapi’s latest film Chicken with Plums. Eagerly waiting on line at the theater entrance, I was somewhat surprised by the diversity of fans around me! People of all ages and nationalities were at hand to support and celebrate Satrapi’s work in both literature and film. As a long time fan of the graphic novel genre, it was a... CONTINUE READING

Mark Blamire Re-designs the Poster for Irvine Welsh’s Latest Film, Ecstasy

By: Jo Gifford on May 8th 2012
Mark Blamire Re-designs the Poster for Irvine Welsh’s Latest Film, Ecstasy

Graphic designer Mark Blamire has re-designed the promotional material for Ecstasy, the latest film by novelist Irvine Welsh. The film, an adaptation of the novel by Welsh, is prequel to the now infamous and iconic movie Trainspotting. The film is a dark romantic comedy film adaptation of the short story The Undefeated, from the best-selling book Ecstasy. Directed by Rob Heydon, the film stars Adam Sinclair as Lloyd Buist, a drug addict who smuggles ecstasy from Amsterdam, alongside Kristin... CONTINUE READING

One World Trade Center’s New Logo is Gotham Architecture

By: Matt Cannon on May 8th 2012
One World Trade Center’s New Logo is Gotham Architecture

A new logo and tagline was released for the new One World Trade Center (originally Freedom Tower) designed by Wordsearch and presented by the Durst Organization and Cushman & Wakefield. The Durst Organization is working with The Port-Authority to help complete the massive project and Cushman & Wakefield is the commercial real estate broker in charge of filling the tower with tenants. The new brand is an effort to create a new feel for the building and to help... CONTINUE READING

GE’s Throttle Up: An Interactive Experience Guaranteed to Blow You Away

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 7th 2012
GE’s Throttle Up: An Interactive Experience Guaranteed to Blow You Away

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

Stanley Donwood’s LA Show

By: Jo Gifford on May 4th 2012
Stanley Donwood’s LA Show

Artist and designer Stanley Donwood’s latest show is currently on display at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, entitled “Lost Angeles”. The main piece of work in the show is an 18-foot panoramic piece depicting the City of Angels being destroyed by fire, flood and meteor storm in an apocalyptic illustration. The current show is a follow up to his 2006 London Views collection, which depicted London in the throes of being consumed by fire and flood. He says of... CONTINUE READING

The Top 9 Attributes of Successful Design Agencies

By: Preston Lee on May 2nd 2012
The Top 9 Attributes of Successful Design Agencies

Whether you’re a thriving, multi-branch design agency with hundreds of employees or a 2-person partnership working to build your business, there are a few key things you should be doing to garner as much success as possible. Having worked for and with many (many, many) of them myself, I would like to offer a quick list of the most important attributes of successful design firms. For those out there who don’t want to start or grow their own design... CONTINUE READING

Urban Speed Bumps: Designed for Engagement

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 2nd 2012
Urban Speed Bumps: Designed for Engagement

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

Which Comes First: The Web Design or The Graphic Design?

By: Neil Tortorella on Apr 24th 2012
Which Comes First: The Web Design or The Graphic Design?

The short answer is both. While the front-end graphic designer is busy with design, layout, typography, image research and such, the back-end web designer (let’s call them a coder) is busy setting up the server, databases, installing software, writing various custom code and the likes. The trick is to keep the communications open so the left hand knows what the right is doing and vice versa. When the communication fails, problems rear their ugly heads and they do it... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Salary Trends

By: Donna Farrugia on Apr 23rd 2012
Graphic Design Salary Trends

Money Matters Are you searching for a new design job or preparing to ask your boss for a raise? If so, it’s in your best interest to know current compensation trends within the creative field. One place to start your research is The Creative Group 2012 Salary Guide. It includes average starting salary ranges for more than 100 creative and marketing positions, which can be customized for more than 130 U.S. cities. The information is based on a range... CONTINUE READING

Behance Portfolio Review Week

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 18th 2012
Behance Portfolio Review Week

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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