Thoughts on Book Expo America 2013

By: Evan Johnston on Jun 26th 2013
Thoughts on Book Expo America 2013

I attended my first Book Expo in 2002, working as a book designer for M. Evans and Company, and have gone about every other year or so, and I’ve attended in Chicago and Los Angeles, although for the last four years the expo has been held in New York. I remember George De Kay, a veteran publisher who passed away in 2003, telling me about the early days, when it was just books on tables. No booths, no author... CONTINUE READING

Beyond Perfect: Typography Master Alan Kitching at Monotype

By: Evan Johnston on May 21st 2013
Beyond Perfect: Typography Master Alan Kitching at Monotype

“This has no foundation to it, it just appears,” said Alan Kitching, holding up an elegant poster near the podium where he spoke. He was talking about the type on the poster, which had been set, like almost everything in the last twenty years, on a computer. Kitching spoke as part of Monotype’s Pencils to Pixels series—a lecture series which talked about the history and future of graphic design, although he said in referring to his work, “Pencils to... CONTINUE READING

Inside Adobe Max: From the Perspective of a Speaker, Marketer and First Timer

By: Amy Balliett on May 11th 2013
Inside Adobe Max: From the Perspective of a Speaker, Marketer and First Timer

A conference like that is worth any ticket price since the experience and knowledge gained can take your career to new heights. And, not to oversell it, but Adobe Max did a fantastic job of achieving this rare form of conferencedom. In March, Adobe reached out to myself and my business partner, Nick Grant, asking if we could speak at Max about infographic design. Honored for the opportunity, we gladly accepted the assignment… and the 8:30 am Tuesday morning... CONTINUE READING

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

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