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Ilene Strizver Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

By: GD Staff on Feb 14th 2012
Ilene Strizver Joins GraphicDesign.com as an Advisory Board Member

Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, as well as TypeCast Webinars, is a noted typographic educator, consultant, designer and writer. She specializes in all aspect of visual communication, from the aesthetic to the technical. Ilene has written and lectured extensively on type and typographic design to both students and professionals in the field. Ilene formerly was the Director of Typeface Development for International Typeface Corporation (ITC) where she developed more than 300 text and display typefaces with such... CONTINUE READING

Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 1 of 2

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 11th 2012
Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 1 of 2

Last week some friends and I took a break from our respective creative pursuits and indulged in a craft beer tasting at the cozy, speak-easy themed craft beer bar Idle Hands in NYC. Naturally, the topic of packaging, specifically wine and beer labels came up. Yes, this is what designers talk about when they “let loose.” So I made mental note when our brewery representative called attention to the awesome label design for 21st Amendment’s Back in Black IPA,... CONTINUE READING

Graffiti Art: from Urban Expression to Corporate Commodity A Racial Divide?

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 11th 2012
Graffiti Art: from Urban Expression to Corporate Commodity A Racial Divide?

Whether you consider it an urban eye-sore or an extension of early cave paintings, the influence of graffiti art can be seen in almost every area of design from fashion to packaging, skateboard gear and video game art. Some cases in point are Hello Kitty’s for Sephora Graffiti collection and a recently commissioned mural for the launch of video game Soul Caliber V by Jim Rockwell of creative collective ENDoftheLINE. This past week NBCLosAngeles.com reported that graffiti artist David... CONTINUE READING

What Do Graphic Designers Do?

By: David Bricker on Jan 4th 2012
What Do Graphic Designers Do?

Flying first class from Miami to Philadelphia, I watch through the window as the Atlantic coast passes thirty thousand feet below me. I’ll pick up a rental car, check into a cozy little bed and breakfast, enjoy a gourmet meal at the inn and then climb the stairs to my room. Tomorrow, I meet with the vice-president of a three billion dollar pharmaceutical company and his team to talk about technology, marketing and the design of their 14 million... CONTINUE READING

Design and Political Protest

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Dec 26th 2011
Design and Political Protest

Lately I get the feeling that when people hear the word “design” images of Don Draper-like ad-men plying clients with hard liquor, irresistible pitches and sheer animal magnetism come to their minds. But design can be used for more than just selling the latest product or service, it can be used as political commentary or, as the title of Milton Glaser’s book so eloquently terms it, “The Design of Dissent.” From El Lissitsky’s 1919 poster, “Beat the Whites with... CONTINUE READING

What Makes an Effective Graphic Design Customer?

By: Mirko Humbert on Nov 17th 2011
What Makes an Effective Graphic Design Customer?

As a graphic designer, whether you are freelancing or employed by a design studio, a day will come when you will have to face clients. Most of the time, things should go fine, but some clients can be a pain to work with. Those rare bad customers play at least a positive role, they teach you to cherish the good and effective graphic design customers. But how do you identify effective customers? We’ll try to help you recognize them... CONTINUE READING

Advice For The Graphic Design Student

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 14th 2011
Advice For The Graphic Design Student

Graphic Design is wonderfully challenging and rewarding occupation. Applying your creativity to problem solve your client’s project needs is a stimulating process, especially when your end product could end up in front of thousands or millions of eyeballs eventually. While graphic design classwork will give you the technical skill and know how, you can’t be fully prepared to jump into the graphic design world until you learn to manage some important, but often untaught skills. Communication outweighs even creativity... CONTINUE READING

Being Your Own Boss

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 11th 2011
Being Your Own Boss

The graphic design industry is filled with creative individuals. They lend their unique perspectives and artistic visions to whatever project they are working on. It is that same independence of thought and action that sometimes makes them poor candidates for working in team or larger structured business settings. They can feel controlled and dread having their creativity reigned it by rigid corporate interests. Sometimes the best option for frustrated individuals is to consider starting their own business. There is... CONTINUE READING

Finding a Graphic Design Job

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 10th 2011
Finding a Graphic Design Job

Graphicdesign.com is proud to relaunch our site with improved design and functionality. This will be an ongoing process so feel to give your feedback on how we can improve it further. One of the goals of the site is to be a resource for those who work in graphic design and for those who want to get into the graphic design industry. Some of graphicdesign.com’s improvements include: 1. We have added a growing graphic design firm directory that allows... CONTINUE READING

Sources of Inspiration

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 8th 2011
Sources of Inspiration

As a graphic designer, one of your major challenges that you face on a daily basis is finding creative inspiration. Whether it be for your own project or that of a valued client, continually coming up with original designs and perspectives is a challenge. You may achieve inspirations for several days or weeks running and then it disappears. You feel like you’ve used up all your good ideas and the well feels empty. It is in those times that... CONTINUE READING

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