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Designs of the Year 2012: Design Museum, London

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 17th 2012
Designs of the Year 2012: Design Museum, London

The fifth annual Designs of the Year exhibition is open, showcasing 89 nominations on the top floor of London’s Design Museum. Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s “annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward-looking work in design of all kinds, from around the world.” The objects on display throughout the seven categories – architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport – represent an anthropological snapshot of the last year through the eyes of design.... CONTINUE READING

Dove “Tweeting” Its Way Into Consumer Hearts for Valentine’s Day

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 14th 2012
Dove “Tweeting” Its Way Into Consumer Hearts for Valentine’s Day

Friends, lovers, countrymen give us your tweets. At least that’s what Unilever CPG beauty brand Dove is asking as part of their interactive Valentine’s Day campaign unveiled at London’s Victoria Station yesterday. A prime example of how a brand can successfully align message, medium and strategy, the twitter-based campaign, which runs from February 13-19 invites London’s over 350,000 daily commuters to respond to questions such as Monday’s “Tell us: What makes you feel beautiful every day?” and today’s “What... CONTINUE READING

Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 1 of 2

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 11th 2012
Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 1 of 2

Last week some friends and I took a break from our respective creative pursuits and indulged in a craft beer tasting at the cozy, speak-easy themed craft beer bar Idle Hands in NYC. Naturally, the topic of packaging, specifically wine and beer labels came up. Yes, this is what designers talk about when they “let loose.” So I made mental note when our brewery representative called attention to the awesome label design for 21st Amendment’s Back in Black IPA,... CONTINUE READING

The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

By: Neil Tortorella on Feb 7th 2012
The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

Developing a website, even a small one, can easily turn into a daunting task without some sort of documented process in place. There are those sites that require little more than a designer sitting in front of their monitor tapping out some html and css. Other sites can involve an army of team members from graphic designers to coders, photographers to writers and a host of others in between. What they share, or at least should, is a process... CONTINUE READING

2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Still Time to Enter

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 31st 2012
2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards - Still Time to Enter

Graphic design students, faculty and staff—there’s still time to enter your best work in The Adobe® Design Achievement Awards! The international competition, which began in 2001 and was, established to “ … celebrate student and faculty achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts” is being held in partnership for the fourth year in a row with Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) the world body for professional communication design. The Adobe® Design Achievement Awards... CONTINUE READING

Wacom Webinar Launch – Designing Under Pressure

By: Jo Gifford on Jan 27th 2012
Wacom Webinar Launch - Designing Under Pressure

Wacom have launched a series of webinars to assist those working in graphic design to make the most of their tools alongside the usual graphic design software. Designing Under Pressure, a webinar run in association with Graphic Design USA, is an informative session that “pushes back the barriers of conventional design” (via gdusa.com) Wacom’s very own Application Specialist, Wes Maggio, will lead the webinar on February 28th. He will demonstrate how most of the everyday leading graphic design software... CONTINUE READING

Tom Morin’s Threads of Influence Exhibit

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 27th 2012
Tom Morin's Threads of Influence Exhibit

A potential pitfall of writing is becoming overly enamored of one’s subject. This is exactly what occurred when I started researching the work of Tom Morin whose work is now on view at Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Library in an exhibit entitled “Threads of Influence: The Visual History of a Life in Graphic Design.” Morin is an accomplished graphic designer specializing in corporate communications and branding and identity design whose career spans forty years. The exhibit, loosely... CONTINUE READING

Fueling the Creative Economy Part II: Call to Graphic Designers, ‘Get Involved’

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 26th 2012
Fueling the Creative Economy Part II: Call to Graphic Designers, 'Get Involved'

In my January 3rd article, Fueling the Creative Economy I wrote about the appointment of Joe Bookchin to the position of director of the Office of the Creative Economy in Vermont, as well as creative economy initiatives in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and their importance to our industry’s continued health and development. Subsequently, I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by Jean Maginnis, Founder & Executive Director, Maine Center for Creativity and Christine Harris, CEO Christine Harris Connections and... CONTINUE READING

Kohl’s Expansion May Mean More Design Jobs

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 23rd 2012
Kohl's Expansion May Mean More Design Jobs

Good news for graphic designers arrived this week despite the somewhat disappointing retail holiday season. Major retail chain Kohl’s Corporation announced plans to open a new design studio in Santa Monica, California as well as expand their existing studio at 1400 Broadway in New York which may represent the possibility of much needed new jobs. According to a January 12th press release posted on the company’s site, approximately two floors will be added to the New York design offices... CONTINUE READING

Plans for Labyrinth Graphic Novel Prequel

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 19th 2012
Plans for Labyrinth Graphic Novel Prequel

Fantasy, sci-fi, comic fans and lovers of all things Jim Henson are in for a treat! In an exclusive interview for Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life, graphic novel publisher, Archaia announced plans for a graphic novel prequel to Jim Henson’s film, Labyrinth. Labyrinth tells the story of 15-year old Sara, who resents her stepmother and is tired of always having to watch her baby step-brother Toby. She spends much of her time imagining a fantasy world where she is a... CONTINUE READING

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