Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2012
Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

Sure, there are perks to freelance life like flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but ask any honest independent creative professional and they’ll tell you there are downsides too. One of the biggest? Less daily opportunities for collaboration and interaction with like-minded peers, something The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman comically captures in “Why Working from Home is both Awesome and Horrible” Recognizing this, a growing number of co-working spaces have emerged worldwide with 537 in the... CONTINUE READING

The Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala is Urban Glamour

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 4th 2012
The Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala is Urban Glamour

The world famous Apollo Theater’s Spring Gala is today June 4th. Michael Bierut and Joe Marianek of Pentagram have been working with the Apollo on the brand identity for the campaign. Lionel Richie is the main inspiration for the Gala graphics, which weave lines from his signature hits “Say You, Say Me” and “All Night Long” into the language for the event: “Say You, Say Me, Say Apollo, Say Lionel, All Night Long.” It also includes lyrics from Etta... CONTINUE READING

Mission Accomplished: Behance Portfolio Review Building Creative Community Online and Offline

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 29th 2012
Mission Accomplished: Behance Portfolio Review Building Creative Community Online and Offline

What do a Graphic Designer in Karachi, Pakistan, a photographer in Treviso, Italy, an Illustrator in Bogota, Colombia and an Art Director in Montreal, Canada all have in common? They represent just a portion of the 4,000 creatives worldwide to participate in Behance Portfolio Review week kicked off at Grind NYC on Tuesday, May 15. The event turnout was just one remarkable aspect of the event series described by Sarah Rapp, Behance Community Manager as being “designed to help... CONTINUE READING

The Billion Dollar Ford Logo

By: David Langton on May 29th 2012
The Billion Dollar Ford Logo

I remember an old Mad Magazine spoof of the auto companies that included the line, “Build me a car that I can af-FORD.” Well as it turns out, Ford, the only one of the Big-Three American automakers to avoid the government bailout, put its trust in the company’s logo. According to the New York Times, “Ford put up its logo, headquarters, factories and other assets to qualify for $23.5 billion in loans that helped it survive the recession without... CONTINUE READING

Product Review: QuoteRoller Proposal Generator Software

By: Neil Tortorella on May 28th 2012
Product Review: QuoteRoller Proposal Generator Software

Over the past (Ahem) 35 years, I’ve written enough proposals to fill a tractor-trailer. In the beginning, I was pretty clueless and writing a proposal took a fair amount of time. Back then my close rate wasn’t too hot, either. But, with time and experience, they became easier to research and write. My close rate started to climb, as well. Proposals are one of those necessary business evils many designers wrestle with, newbies and vets, alike. What should be... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design—Now in Production Comes to Governors Island

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 25th 2012
Graphic Design—Now in Production Comes to Governors Island

From products and packaging to printed materials and digital interfaces, graphic design permeates every day life. Since the advent of desktop publishing not only have graphic designer’s roles expanded, but the types of work that fall under the umbrella of graphic design have as well. Current technologies continue to impact design in new and often unexpected ways, hence the organizing theme of “Graphic Design—Now in Production” focusing on “recent innovations in the ways designers work.” Arriving just in time... CONTINUE READING

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

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