Mendelsund Uncovered

By: Evan Johnston on Aug 7th 2014
Mendelsund Uncovered

He is originally a classically trained pianist He did not formally study design. He is the designer of the now iconic Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book covers. Forget this bulleted list. Take a look at his collaboration with Mark Z. Danielewski and try to imagine how long it takes to create something this elaborately weird. That red thread on the sewing of the book’s pages is rare, usually book thread is nearly invisible; the punctures on the book... CONTINUE READING

A Brief History of Graphic Design

By: Neil Tortorella on Jul 28th 2014
A Brief History of Graphic Design

From the 30,000 year old prehistoric wall art in France’s Chauvet Cave, to the ad you just saw in a magazine or logo emblazed on a product, graphic design permeates our lives. It’s been a part of the human experience since that first primitive person discovered they could make marks on the walls in their cavernous home. A complete, detailed history of graphic design has filled numerous volumes and neither you, nor I, have that kind of time. So,... CONTINUE READING

Brilliant Cartoonists Pay Tribute to Windsor McCay by Creating New Little Nemo Strips

By: Julia Wild on Jul 9th 2014
Brilliant Cartoonists  Pay Tribute to Windsor McCay by Creating New Little Nemo Strips

The list of contributors really should be able to do justice to the original, and having seen some of the pieces it truly does look like it will be superb. Locust Moon explains to GraphicDesign.com “Nearly all of the artists are folks we approached either as friends, or online, or at conventions. They all signed up to the project without much or any hesitation, after hearing about the mission and the chance to work on such a big canvas“.... CONTINUE READING

London Starbucks Barista Gives Away Strikingly Beautiful Illustrated Cups to Customers

By: Julia Wild on Jul 4th 2014
London Starbucks Barista Gives Away Strikingly Beautiful Illustrated Cups to Customers

Located in London, across the road from the British Museum, this Starbucks employee explains on Starbucks.com: “I don’t think about getting any reward with this other than making people happy. When you give a cup to someone and he or she smiles, then I go back to work with a huge smile on my face too.” To view his work either take a look at his Facebook page or his website where he has his collection of cups. Here... CONTINUE READING

Stinky Robots – 2 Authors and 12 Artists, Creating a Beautiful Children’s Book

By: Julia Wild on Jun 30th 2014
Stinky Robots - 2 Authors and 12 Artists, Creating a Beautiful Children's Book

Matt explains “I told it (the story) to my eldest son Isaac when he was younger and then, after many years, I began telling it again to my youngest son Elijah. And then the magic of the internet stepped in… My son Elijah and I wrote the story down, adding new touches to the original story. And then we reached out to 12 fantastic artists from around the world to start bringing our robots to life. Each day my... CONTINUE READING

Google Maps Goes Where No Map Has Gone Before

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 24th 2014
Google Maps Goes Where No Map Has Gone Before

According to Google, the most exciting things to look for with the newly updated version include: Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 towns and cities Live traffic conditions, incident reports, and automatic rerouting to find the best route Detailed information on more than 100 million places Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, museums, and more Search results appear right on the... CONTINUE READING

Need Food Not Football: Brazil’s Anti-Fifa World Cup Graffiti

By: Julia Wild on Jun 10th 2014
Need Food Not Football: Brazil's Anti-Fifa World Cup Graffiti

Below is some of the graffiti found around Brazil by artists such as Paulo Ito. With just two weeks before one of this year’s biggest sports events the pressure is on from the people who are not afraid to voice their discontent. Each of these graffiti artworks is compelling, and with thousands of people from around the world coming to the FIFA World Cup, their point of view on the event will not go unnoticed. From street art of... CONTINUE READING

Highlights from HOW Design Live 2014

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2014
Highlights from HOW Design Live 2014

Distilling five days packed with graphic design advice, inspiration, tools and techniques is a tall order, especially when there were so many noteworthy moments. So, rather than give you a play-by-play here (in no particular order) are some of my HOW Design Live 2014 highlights. Known for her book Designing Brand Identity, Alina Wheeler’s talk “Ready. Set. Reinvent!” was enough to motivate anyone considering a brand reboot. Wheeler shared past and present day stories of famous (and not so... CONTINUE READING

Five Extraordinary Artists and Their iPad Artworks

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 4th 2014
Five Extraordinary Artists and Their iPad Artworks

Many hardware and software technologies have been released in the last century to help artists produce digital artwork using computers and stay on the cutting edge of the digital era in media and business. These solutions aimed to allow artists to produce artwork using digital tools similar to oil paintbrushes and drawing pencils. Yet most of these technologies struggled even when they were implemented on the professional level in studios and companies. While Wacom tablets were giving artists and... CONTINUE READING

Farewell Massimo Vignelli, One of the Design Icons of the 20th Century

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 29th 2014
Farewell Massimo Vignelli, One of the Design Icons of the 20th Century

Vignelli was born in Milan in 1931, and he studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano Università di Architettura and later at the Università di Architettura, Venice. Though he spent his childhood enduring the threats and bomb alarms of World War II, Vignelli believes this period helped him become a designer, because if he had been born before this time, he wouldn’t have been part of the war or the rebuilding efforts. Vignelli then met his wife, Lella, and... CONTINUE READING

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