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

“Must See” Design Exhibits

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 13th 2012
“Must See” Design Exhibits

The cold weather has finally arrived, officially making it winter here in New York City. If you’re looking for something to do indoors this month consider some of these engaging exhibitions on view now. MoMA’s “Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design” explores the ways in which designers inject “unique identity into objects produced on an industrial scale.” whether as a counterpoint to the homogeneity of mass production or an assertion of individuality in a post industrial era,... CONTINUE READING

Sustainability and Design

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 9th 2012
Sustainability and Design

In the last five or six years sustainability has arguably received more social, political and media attention than ever before, and while for certain industries the steps toward improved sustainability may be obvious, for graphic designers they can be somewhat elusive. Which is why I was so pleased to come across this interview in the Atlantic with Advertising Design Director, Paulina Reyes. Formerly of Kate Spade New York, and now at advertising agency Mother, Reyes is one of several... CONTINUE READING

Fueling the Creative Economy

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 3rd 2012
Fueling the Creative Economy

According to a news release from the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, Vermont has named former director of the Vermont Film Commission and Tisch film graduate, Joe Bookchin as the state’s new director of the Office of the Creative Economy. The purpose of the newly created office is to stimulate and encourage the state’s burgeoning creative economy, defined in the release as “Creative enterprises—from web designers and software game programmers to architecture, e-commerce, graphic design, publishing... CONTINUE READING

Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 2nd 2012
Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

This week Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced Google’s intention to introduce their own Android Tablet as early as in the next six months. Although plans had reportedly been in the works for some time, according to the Inquisitr, this was the first time anyone from Google attached a timeline to the project. As I read through articles with what by now has become typical “will this be an iPad killer” rhetoric, one question was conspicuously absent—“What does this mean... CONTINUE READING

U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

By: Matt Cannon on Dec 29th 2011
U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

In the days of Pin-Up Girls, artists would render upgraded versions of the models based on photographs to achieve the look every woman wanted at the time. This is an old tradition and a false reality that we have accepted and become comfortably numb to in mass marketing for quite some time. We’re always told not to believe everything we read. In a digital age where reality is so easily skewed by a simple box of tools inside Photoshop,... CONTINUE READING

Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

By: Nat Coalson on Dec 19th 2011
Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

Finding good photographic imagery to use in your designs for print, web and video projects is one of the most common and important tasks for graphic designers and art directors. It can also be challenging and sometimes frustrating. There are several things to consider when you’re sourcing photography, including where to get the photos, image file quality and specifications, licensing and usage terms, and cost. Starting out, you have two basic options: buy pre-existing images (referred to as “stock”... CONTINUE READING

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