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Game Design: The Evolution from Entertainment to Art Form

By: Carisa Swenson on Apr 12th 2012
Game Design: The Evolution from Entertainment to Art Form

The world of video games is a varied and often breathtaking landscape encompassing elements that easily transcend “game” to “art”. Many independent studios, freed from the constraint of having to meet vigorous sales numbers, are designing games that reach new visual heights, and are proving that video games are, and can be, used as an artistic medium — one which inspires and creates long-lasting impressions on the participant, much like traditional forms of art. Most notably, mainstream art institutions... CONTINUE READING

Christopher Niemann Abstract City

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 12th 2012
Christopher Niemann Abstract City

Christopher Niemann is an illustrator and designer who began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times, in July 2008. He has just published a book, Abstract City, containing original posts and new exclusively created material. Niemann’s design and illustration work has appeared on the covers of such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired and American Illustration. He has won several awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.... CONTINUE READING

Creative Placemaking Conference at Rutgers

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 9th 2012
Creative Placemaking Conference at Rutgers

On a slightly overcast yet sunny Wednesday morning I made my way from Hoboken, to Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers University Newark campus for an all day affair called Create a Place: Art Builds Communities, a Creative Placemaking Conference organized by Arts Build Communities. Before going into detail about what Creative Placemaking is, and what made the conference such a worthwhile experience let me share some words from Newark mayor Cory A. Booker’s welcome address on the importance of... CONTINUE READING

I Just Called to Say – YOU SHOULD HIRE ME! How to ROCK Your Next Phone Screen!

By: Kelly Moeller on Apr 4th 2012
I Just Called to Say - YOU SHOULD HIRE ME!  How to ROCK Your Next Phone Screen!

We’ve received your application and would like to set up an initial phone screen with someone from our office. Will you have some availability this week? You read this line and think: OH GREAT! Round one of potentially 17 more interviews and screens. Who do they have me talking to? Will they know much about the role? What a waste of time!!!! STOP! Literally – FREEZE. Let me tell you something. Phone Screens are an AMAZING introduction to a... CONTINUE READING

Sappi Presents The Standard 5: Special Effects in NYC

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 3rd 2012
Sappi Presents The Standard 5: Special Effects in NYC

Last week I was fortunate to attend Sappi’s The Standard 5: Special Effects event presenting the newest edition of The Standard (Enlarged Cover Photo to Left), a resource for designers and printers. A packed house greeted me at SVA Theater as the buzz of conversation overflowed out onto the street through the open theater doors and passing New Yorkers paused mid stride to peer in and try to catch a glimpse inside. Held partly as a benefit for 826... CONTINUE READING

HOW Design Conference 2012

By: Julia Wild on Apr 1st 2012
HOW Design Conference 2012

With the HOW Design Conference coming up, I thought I’d find out a little more about the event. There are a total of four events that take place concurrently over a period of 4 days. But which one should one attend? Or is it worth attending all four? Ilise Benun, owner of marketing-mentor.com and national speaker / founder of the Creative Freelancer Conference (with HOW magazine) and SueAnn Stein, Marketing Manager of HowDesign Live, tell me all about it…... CONTINUE READING

Digital Photography Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 30th 2012
Digital Photography Essentials

Relatively recently, digital photography has exploded into mainstream culture. Of course, regular people have enjoyed taking pictures for decades, but not until the advent of digital capture has photography captured the imagination of the masses. What was once the realm of professional photographers has spilled over into popular culture, and as a result, graphic designers are more frequently handling the capture and/or processing of original photographs. Along with type, photography has always been intrinsic to graphic design, and digital... CONTINUE READING

Getting Started as a Designer: Freelance First or Agency First?

By: Preston Lee on Mar 30th 2012
Getting Started as a Designer: Freelance First or Agency First?

I love working with new designers. In fact, I spend most of my time mentoring new designers through my ebook, business critique service, and blog. One of the most common questions I get from up and coming designers is this: “Should I start out freelancing or start by working at an agency?” It’s a great question and can be a pretty difficult one to answer, but today, I want to offer some pros and cons for both freelancing first... CONTINUE READING

Susie Hall Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

By: GD Staff on Mar 30th 2012
Susie Hall Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

Susie is the president of Vitamin T, a new division of Aquent, the largest creative talent agency in the world. She has worked with creatives for over 12 years helping build careers, restructure departments and solve business problems for huge brands and small businesses throughout North America. Over a dozen years ago Susie joined Aquent as an Interactive Agent – just in time for the explosion of interactive technology that continues today. She’s held a variety of leadership roles... CONTINUE READING

Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 29th 2012
Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

Bongo Comics Group is a lesser-known Comic Book publishing company established in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison and Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. They publish comics related to the animated television series The Simpsons and Futurama along with original material. It was named after Bongo, a rabbit character in Groening’s comic strip Life In Hell. Long time Art Director Nathan Kane has now been promoted to Creative Director, replacing Bill Morrison, who is still rumored to be working on secret side projects with Groening.... CONTINUE READING

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