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HOW Design Live 2012 Conference Recap

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 29th 2012
HOW Design Live 2012 Conference Recap

Hynes Convention Center, Boston 7:30 AM, big yellow conference badge in one hand and event program in the other I made my way up the escalator to the third floor rotunda unsure what to expect. After years of telling myself I would make it to HOW Design Live and yet somehow never quite getting there, I’d arrived. To give you an idea of the conference magnitude, what I refer to as an event program was actually a small, spiral-bound... CONTINUE READING

(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 28th 2012
(Poll Results) The Unpaid Wages Epidemic is Officially in Session

The results are in regarding the Unpaid Wages Epidemic poll article and it’s clear that there is a huge issue at our feet. When we asked Freelancers: Have you ever been the victim of an unpaid invoice for completed freelance work? A whopping 96% said YES and only 4% said NO. Following that question, we asked do you use a contract before engaging in work with new clients? 60% said YES and 40% said NO. It’s evident that Freelancers... CONTINUE READING

Message = Mission

By: David Langton on Jun 27th 2012
Message = Mission

Recently, my 8 year-old son and I were in a local Asian restaurant and he looked around and said, “This is a really nice place.” We were in the Men’s Room. That is not always the case. What is a restaurant saying to its patrons when the restrooms are dirty and disgusting? I think it sends the message that this business doesn’t really care about its customers. Tom Peters writes in The Little BIG Things (HarperStudio), “It’s All About... CONTINUE READING

Repsol Brings New Life to an Old Brand

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 26th 2012
Repsol Brings New Life to an Old Brand

Respol, a Spanish Headquartered Gas and Oil Corporation has introduced a stunning new brand icon and identity to support new strategic moves within the company. In recent years they have achieved numerous and important discoveries in areas identified as priority, such as Brazil, United States, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Algeria, which have allowed a portfolio of projects to be handled; showing the organic growth of the company. Repsol has transformed and revitalized its corporate image with a twofold objective:... CONTINUE READING

The Artomatic

By: Evan Johnston on Jun 26th 2012
The Artomatic

Since 2008 the Artomatic has taken an empty building, wrangled as many artists as possible, and then set them loose in it. It’s Washington, DC’s biggest creative event: this year it featured over a thousand artists on eleven floors. There are workshops, musical performances, and comedy acts, the space is open for a month, and it’s free. In other words, it’s pretty much amazing. This amazement is also what makes the Artomatic such a navigational challenge. It’s easy to... CONTINUE READING

Is a Graphic Design Degree Necessary? (Poll Article)

By: Jo Gifford on Jun 25th 2012
Is a Graphic Design Degree Necessary? (Poll Article)

As a graphic designer, there are usually two main routes to the workplace; a graphic design degree followed by a junior designer role, or an internship or junior position to gain work experience before moving up the ladder from there. In a global economic crisis, what use is a graphic design degree to aspiring designers, and what emphasis should be put on design education? In the UK, 41% of all designers hold a degree level qualification and as many... CONTINUE READING

The 10 Best Books for Graphic Design Students

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 22nd 2012
The 10 Best Books for Graphic Design Students

Many experienced graphic designers somehow regret their time in design school. After ten years in the industry, a routine slowly sets up, you often work on the same projects and it makes it hard to feel as excited as you were when studying graphic design. For me, grabbing a graphic design book is one of the ways I use to re-create some of this initial enthusiasm. If you are still in a university, or any other design school, you... CONTINUE READING

Adobe Creative Cloud Poll Results

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 21st 2012
Adobe Creative Cloud Poll Results

A while ago we introduced the new Adobe pricing plan, the Creative Cloud Membership, and compared it with the ordinary license price for the Adobe Creative Suite and individual products. In this poll article we are discussing the different features of the new pricing plan and its Pros and Cons. At the end of this comparison we provided poll questions to learn more about the readers’ feedback on the new Cloud Membership and if they think it solves many... CONTINUE READING

Top 5 Wireframing Tools for Graphic Web Designers

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 21st 2012
Top 5 Wireframing Tools for Graphic Web Designers

Once upon a time, and sometimes still referred to as a blueprint, or a skeleton outline, a wireframe is a low-fi version of a conceptual website design. Normally, it is a visual representation of a basic website layout structure and navigation system. This allows the designer to easily change major site components and collaborate with their team members and clients to build a solid layout before going into the actual design process. This allows the designer to rapidly revise the user... CONTINUE READING

Intuition, How Assumptions Can Lead Us Astray

By: Ted Leonhardt on Jun 19th 2012
Intuition, How Assumptions Can Lead Us Astray

As a designer, I’ve long prided myself on my intuition and ability to “read the writing on the wall.” As I’ve gained experience, and had opportunities to work with many designers who’ve grown their own firms, I’ve learned how common this belief in one’s own intuition is and how easily the assumptions that result can lead one astray. Three examples: My client, Mary, was sure that she’d won an international packaging assignment. Her firm’s experience was an exact match... CONTINUE READING

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