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Brands Play the Villain in New Movie

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 7th 2012
Brands Play the Villain in New Movie

In an interesting take on brand persuasion run amok “Branded,” releases in theaters today. The sci-fi thriller described on the official website as “A dark and mind-bending journey into a surreal, dystopian society where mega-corporations have unleashed a monstrous global conspiracy to get inside our minds and keep the population deluded, dependent and passive.” previewed at Comic Con San Diego this past July. Rival advertising agencies battle for the minds of consumers on a whole new level deploying mind... CONTINUE READING

Fall 2012 Design Events and Exhibitions

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 6th 2012
Fall 2012 Design Events and Exhibitions

Before you start filling up your fall calendar we wanted to share a few upcoming design events, exhibits and other goings on that you won’t want to miss. Sure to inform and inspire, these graphic design exhibits and events will help recharge creative batteries. From the “friendly competition” of the AIGA Texas Show to an “intimate conversation” between Louise Fili and Paula Scher at the Type Directors Club and everything in between, they offer a great way to keep... CONTINUE READING

Top 15 Logos With Hidden Meanings

By: Matt Cannon on Sep 4th 2012
Top 15 Logos With Hidden Meanings

Hidden meanings and subliminal messages are everywhere in marketing, even in the logos themselves. These hidden creations are sometimes unnoticed but are usually designed to emphasize a powerful and significant meaning associated with the brand. This is definitely a huge feat to pull off for a logo designer because it’s easy to go wrong here and the meaning is sometimes indistinguishable. Many of the logos accomplish the injection of hidden symbolism by using the negative space, which is the... CONTINUE READING

Choosing the Right Design School

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 1st 2012
Choosing the Right Design School

With Labor Day weekend upon us and fall around the corner that back-to-school feeling is in the air. For prospective students, it may be a time when they are beginning to consider studying graphic design and graphic design schools or programs. Raising the question of exactly how to go about choosing the “right” school or program for you. In order to give a variety of perspectives on the topic we asked a panel of our experienced and talented writers... CONTINUE READING

Design By Humans T-Shirt Competition and Tournament Sponsered by Wacom

By: Jo Gifford on Aug 21st 2012
Design By Humans T-Shirt Competition and Tournament Sponsered by Wacom

T-shirt website and community Design By Humans are hosting a competition alongside graphic design tablet company Wacom. Design by humans are “an ongoing t-shirt design competition and community where artists and t-shirt lovers can create, buy, and talk about art and t-shirts.” The website sells and promotes unique and creative t-shirt designs, and acts as an online community with a passion for designing and celebrating the graphic t-shirt art. A daily new design is chosen from the variety of... CONTINUE READING

Framing the Pitch: Style Frames Conference Looks at Best and Worst of Pitching

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Aug 20th 2012
Framing the Pitch: Style Frames Conference Looks at Best and Worst of Pitching

Touted by some creatives as a catalyst for their best work, the adrenaline fueled frenzy of advertising known as the pitch has become equally known for being time consuming, expensive and often fruitless. A fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed in advertising, design and media community coverage as demonstrated by Sean Duffy’s article 2012: Time to Ditch the Pitch articulating some of the thornier issues at play such as shrinking budgets and projects that never materialize, and Rae Ann Fera’s... CONTINUE READING

Type Worship is Now the Official Blog of 8 Faces Magazine

By: Jo Gifford on Aug 16th 2012
Type Worship is Now the Official Blog of 8 Faces Magazine

Type Worship is now the official blog of 8 Faces magazine, and will be sharing exclusive content from the acclaimed typography biannual by Elliot Jay Stocks. 8 Faces is a magazine dedicated to showcasing beautiful typography. Each copy is printed on heavy stock with a foil-blocked cover, and with only 2000 pressed of each biannual issue they become a true collector’s item. According to the creators, 8 Faces is “more at home on your bookshelf than in your magazine... CONTINUE READING

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Gets New Home with Society of Illustrators

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Aug 15th 2012
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Gets New Home with Society of Illustrators

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) which celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year recently announced plans to transfer all its assets to the Society of Illustrators effectively joining the two institutions. Described in a MoCCA Press release as “creating a single cultural institution supporting and celebrating illustration, comics, and animation,” the move comes after MoCCA’s physical location at 594 Broadway had been closed a month prior due to fundraising difficulties. The union appears mutually beneficial to... CONTINUE READING

Quay Brothers Come to MoMA

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Aug 9th 2012
Quay Brothers Come to MoMA

Leaving the press preview for MoMA’S retrospective, Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets was like emerging from an alternate reality suffused with hidden meanings and surreal images that like a powerful dream, is at once evocative and unsettling. Known for exploring themes of sex and violence among others, the work of identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay spans 30 years of “avant-garde stop motion puppet animation, live action films and graphic design that challenge easy... CONTINUE READING

The Importance of Social Media for Graphic Designers

By: Matt Cannon on Aug 2nd 2012
The Importance of Social Media for Graphic Designers

Social Media Consultant and Trainer Steve Nicholls talks to GraphicDesign.com about the importance of social media in a Graphic Designer’s world. Steve Nicholls is the author of the best-selling book “Social Media in Business” and has implemented advanced Internet applications for leading organizations. He grows client revenue dollars by millions with his effective social media training. As a pioneer in social media for business, Steve Nicholls moves companies from stuck to success in social media, starting with his firm... CONTINUE READING

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