Tips and Tricks for a Better Online Portfolio

By: Mirko Humbert on Mar 15th 2012
Tips and Tricks for a Better Online Portfolio

Whether you freelance or work in a design studio, it is important for your career as a graphic designer to have a solid portfolio. It is always good to get a printed version of your work, but nowadays the best way to find new clients is probably online. If your work is well presented, you will get the opportunity to display your work worldwide instantly, or get some exposure on design blogs or even in the press. However, as... CONTINUE READING

Inspiration Guaranteed: Bill’s DESIGN Talks

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 15th 2012
Inspiration Guaranteed: Bill’s DESIGN Talks

Have you ever wished for a glimpse inside the minds of design leaders from across the industry? Well, wish no more, the Bill’s DESIGN Talks series moderated by Cooper-Hewitt’s Director, Bill Moggridge are here. The series made possible in part by the Adobe Foundation, began in spring 2010 with the intention, as described by Moggridge in a press release “…to bring the most interesting designers to our audience in the Greene Space and online to find out what they... CONTINUE READING

TYPO Conference Comes to San Francisco

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 13th 2012
TYPO Conference Comes to San Francisco

The first days of spring are nearly here, a perfect time to shake off any left over winter blues and recharge our creative batteries. Enter TYPO, the leading international design conference. An outgrowth of well-known typography publication FUSE magazine, TYPO has evolved over the course of 16 years from being a typography focused event to “a broader platform exploring graphic design, digital media, advertisement, technology, culture, entertainment and business.” Providing unique opportunities for designers to gather, share and discuss... CONTINUE READING

Skills Designers Need Now

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 8th 2012
Skills Designers Need Now

Scan almost any online graphic design discussion board and chances are that you’ll quickly spot a common set of questions being asked. What are the skills I need now? And, what is the best way to get them? While, concerns about how to stay current in our industry are not new it is safe to say that current economic conditions, rapidly changing technology and evolving demands in the design profession overall have certainly ratcheted up the conversation level. Graphic... CONTINUE READING

How I Skyrocketed My Freelance Design Business by Finding a Specialty

By: Preston Lee on Mar 6th 2012
How I Skyrocketed My Freelance Design Business by Finding a Specialty

Making it big as a freelance designer can be tough. Between the expenses of staying up-to-date with the latest tools and the added stress of competing with stock logo sites or crowdsource designers it’s enough to make you want to quit some days. Have you ever wondered what steps you can take as a freelance designer to help yourself stand out from the competition and bring in more design clients and profit than ever before? Then keep reading, because... CONTINUE READING

Enterprising by Design: Kansas University Student Design Center

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 3rd 2012
Enterprising by Design: Kansas University Student Design Center

When students at Kansas University (KU) realized demand for quality design services on campus, they proposed an enterprising solution—a student run design center. According to The University Daily Kansan, “Student Senate president Libby Johnson and vice president Gabe Bliss pitched the idea” for the Student Design Center after learning that student organizations were having a hard time effectively communicating to the larger student population. Thus the KU Student Design Center was born. The center, which “serves as a creative... CONTINUE READING

Pentagram Creates New IDA Logo

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 1st 2012
Pentagram Creates New IDA Logo

Design agency Pentagram have created the new logo and identity for the International Design Alliance Congress, merging together silhouettes of six continents to create a new form. The IDA Congress takes place every two years, and the 2013 event will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. The concept of the new identity is around the idea of “an artistic restructuring of Pangaea”, the theory of an “entire earth” where, millions of years ago, all the world’s continents existed as a... CONTINUE READING

Things You Will Not Learn in Graphic Design School

By: Mirko Humbert on Feb 25th 2012
Things You Will Not Learn in Graphic Design School

After almost ten years working as freelance graphic and web designer, there are many things I miss about my time in graphic design school. First, the environment was excellent to become better at designing; no constraints, lots of creative freedom, passionate conversations about design between classmates, interesting teachers, and much more. However, I must say that although studying graphic design taught me some solid basics about graphic design, there are areas that I did not cover in graphic design... CONTINUE READING

Offset 2012: Dublin

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 21st 2012
Offset 2012: Dublin

Offset 2012 is taking place this year in Dublin from 9-11 March 2012. The conference, now in it’s fourth year, attracts creatives and speakers from around the world and is currently setting the design world alight with pre-event buzz. Offset is the brainchild of Peter O’Dwyer, Bren Byrne and Richard Seabrooke, who are all creatives living and working in Dublin. Since inception the festival has become Dublin’s premier creative event, attracting speakers and visitors from all over the world.... CONTINUE READING

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

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 20th 2012
Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 2 of 2

Aside from the excellent beer and awesome burgers at New York City bar, Idle Hands, Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities For Design Innovation: Part 1 discussed the importance of packaging and label design as marketing differentiators, especially in highly competitive, high end and niche markets. In part two we continue the conversation with Devon Wade, a Digital and Interactive Marketing Manager who completed a graduate thesis on niche marketing while studying at NYU and Carmela Davis, Branch Operations Manager... CONTINUE READING

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