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Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Design

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Mar 29th 2013
Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Design

Additionally, the calligraphers did not restrict this form of art to paper and leather either; they have extended its usage to become an essential motive of Islamic architecture in Mosques, palaces, and gardens. In order to understand the impact of Arabic calligraphy on modern artists and designers, and find out if it has a significant effect on contemporary designs, we have to go back and briefly learn about how Arabic calligraphy has developed over the last 14 centuries. When... CONTINUE READING

Zines and Letterpress: Can there be a Marriage?

By: Jessica Meoni on Jan 15th 2013
Zines and Letterpress: Can there be a Marriage?

Rummaging through my sizeable stack of zines, some appear to be intricate, onerous pieces of artwork, stitched together with diligence and craftsmanship. Yet, other issues appear to be slapped together spontaneously with quick indecipherable words and hastily cut imagery. I wondered about the vast variety and why some artists felt the need to use such a spry style while others stuck with the traditional methods of book binding. Image Caption/Credit: “Inking up the metal type on an old press.”... CONTINUE READING

Setting up for 2013

By: Neil Tortorella on Jan 8th 2013
Setting up for 2013

Have you ever noticed how the older one gets, the faster the years seem to blow by? It’s one of those time-relativity things. When you’re five, a year represents 1/5 of your life. When you’re 50, it represents 1/50. Each year, our perception of time compresses, so the years roll by, seemingly faster and faster, until the next thing you know, AARP is filling up your mailbox with membership invitations and you find yourself considering which Medicare plan is... CONTINUE READING

The World of Graphic Design in 2012

By: Neil Tortorella on Jan 3rd 2013
The World of Graphic Design in 2012

As we move from 2012 into 2013, it seems to be an appropriate time for reflection. What were the top design books and trends for the year? Let’s have a peek. Each year, logo design trends abound and 2012 was no different. LogoLounge.com provided some insights as to what designers were up to this past year. Report author and LogoLounge frontman, Bill Gardner, had this to say. “There’s plenty to be learned here, but you need to be looking... CONTINUE READING

Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! (Part 2)

By: Neil Tortorella on Oct 29th 2012
Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! (Part 2)

The Internet is a wonderful thing. I pretty much live on it. It puts the collective knowledge of mankind at your fingertips. It also makes it very tempting and easy to lift a logo, art, image or some prose. It happens all the time. There’s a myth floating around that if something is on the Net, it’s in the public domain. Not so. Even if it doesn’t carry a ©, it’s probably still protected by copyright. But, stuff still... CONTINUE READING

Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! Part 1 (Poll Article)

By: Neil Tortorella on Oct 23rd 2012
Copyrights, Trademarks and Infringements … Oh My! Part 1 (Poll Article)

As graphic designers, we deal in concepts and ideas. But, we also deal in intellectual property. Intellectual property (IP) is the area of law that addresses intangibles such as copyrights, trademarks and patents. For designers and other visual artists it concerns protecting the work we do, for both ourselves and, often, our clients. And herein lies the problem. Most designers don’t think about rights, unless they’re a Landor or some other huge design firm. That is to say, they... CONTINUE READING

NYU CADA New Master’s Program for Digital Designers: A Conversation with Patricia Heard-Greene

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Oct 18th 2012
NYU CADA New Master’s Program for Digital Designers: A Conversation with Patricia Heard-Greene

NYU CADA recently announced a new Master of Science in Advanced Digital Applications. Designed to address the requirements for designers in the ever-evolving digital landscape, the Master of Science in Advanced Digital Applications curriculum includes animation, 3-D modeling and visual effects as well as data visualization and infographics. Last week I met with Patricia Heard-Greene, Academic Director and Clinical Associate Professor Center for Advanced Digital Applications (CADA) NYU-SCPS to talk about the new program. We started with a tour... CONTINUE READING

The Best WordPress Portfolio Themes in 2012 (so far)

By: Nathan Weller on Oct 11th 2012
The Best WordPress Portfolio Themes in 2012 (so far)

In my first post for GraphicDesign.com I outlined the pro’s and con’s of using WordPress as your portfolio platform in addition to (and even instead of) the other options readily available on the web. I argued that WordPress is the most open, powerful, customizable, and effective platform for designers (or artists of any kind for that matter) to build a meaningful and profitable personal brand online. Now, as a follow up to that article I’ve put together a list... CONTINUE READING

The Solution to Selling for Graphic Designers

By: Neil Tortorella on Oct 8th 2012
The Solution to Selling for Graphic Designers

For many graphic designers, “sales” is a four-letter word. Okay, it’s five, but you get the idea. It gives them the heebie-jeebies and they often feel as though they need to take a shower after a sales-e encounter. That’s if the encounter ever takes place. Designers are notorious for avoiding sales like the plague. It conjures up visions of the stereotypical, checkered jacket with plaid pants, cigar-smoking car salesman. Nonetheless, sales is a necessary function, just like designing, marketing,... CONTINUE READING

Top 5 Web Design Mistakes

By: Matt Cannon on Oct 4th 2012
Top 5 Web Design Mistakes

Of course content is important, but Design is king. Get the experience and usability part wrong and you have a website disaster. Many of these errors are found in smaller business and start-up websites but also in some major designs. Here’s a look at the Top 5 Web Design Mistakes. 5. No Help or Support There’s nothing worse than leaving your customer stranded. It can be extremely frustrating for a user when they have concerns but are fishing to... CONTINUE READING

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