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

Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 18th 2012
Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

As a graphic designer, you probably went to a graphic design school and learnt all the necessary skills: typography, color management, Photoshop, Illustrator, drawing, and much more… Once you started working, it’s highly probable that your employer or one of your clients asked you if you could design websites. You probably said yes, since you can create Photoshop mockups for a website, but is that enough for a graphic designer nowadays, or should you learn how to code to... CONTINUE READING

DayLife: Urban Revitalization by Design

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 15th 2012
DayLife: Urban Revitalization by Design

On an otherwise ordinary Sunday in June an amazing transformation took place in the three blocks surrounding Orchard Street on New York City’s Lower East Side. DayLife, an environmental design project resulting from a collaboration between DesigNYC, DUB-studios and the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) in cooperation with students from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Impact! Design for Social Change program turned the neighborhood known variously for its rich history as an immigrant neighborhood and... CONTINUE READING

Portfolios – The Bare Necessities of Brand Building

By: Kelly Moeller on Jun 12th 2012
Portfolios – The Bare Necessities of Brand Building

Recently I gave a talk with two fabulous women (Jacqueline Stetson and Barbara Millet) at UPA Boston on Portfolios and the need for them. The audience was a mixed group – Designers, Developers, Usability Professionals, and User Experience Designers. The primary resounding theme we found as the talk went on was the concept of “brand.” Let’s discuss this shall we? As a Designer / Developer / Copywriter – are you doing everything you can to truly embody and be... CONTINUE READING

Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 12th 2012
Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

Last week Book Expo America 2012 took place at Javits Center in New York City. According to a press release, this year the show boasted over 1,300 exhibitors, including 200 new companies, an 18% growth in new exhibitors from 2011. It may surprise some to learn that despite advertising’s higher profile, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2011 show publishing ahead as an industry employer of graphic design, employing designers for content such as books, magazines and... CONTINUE READING

Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 12th 2012
Calling All Freelancers: Are You a Part of the Unpaid Wages Epidemic? (Poll Question)

A large majority of Graphic and Web Designers are Independent Contractors and most of us have experienced late invoices and many of us have had the unpleasant experience of an unpaid and completely neglected invoice. This is an epidemic affecting our industry and for years it seems like it has been falling through the cracks of the judicial system. According to the US Census, 10.3 Million Independent Contractors took up the work force in 2010. Last year, almost half... CONTINUE READING

PantoneLIVE Unveiled at Joint Event Between Advertising Production Club of New York and the Art Director’s Club

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 11th 2012
PantoneLIVE Unveiled at Joint Event Between Advertising Production Club of New York and the Art Director’s Club

Thursday night Pantone® unveiled the recent addition to their color management arsenal at the Art Director’s Club in New York, PantoneLIVE™, “a cloud-based color service that provides instant access to essential brand color standards.” Held by the Advertising Production Club of New York in conjunction with the Art Director’s Club, the event marked a first time partnership for the two organizations. New APC President George Ashbrook said, “The APC are excited and privileged to collaborate with another of New... CONTINUE READING

Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2012
Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

Sure, there are perks to freelance life like flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but ask any honest independent creative professional and they’ll tell you there are downsides too. One of the biggest? Less daily opportunities for collaboration and interaction with like-minded peers, something The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman comically captures in “Why Working from Home is both Awesome and Horrible” Recognizing this, a growing number of co-working spaces have emerged worldwide with 537 in the... CONTINUE READING

Model and Property Releases: An Introduction for Photographers and Designers

By: Nat Coalson on Jun 6th 2012
Model and Property Releases: An Introduction for Photographers and Designers

Model releases and property releases are simple legal agreements between a photographer and another person. The general purpose of a model or property release is to document the consent of the person to use their likeness, or the representation of a property, in a photograph. Ideally, releases should be signed before the photography takes place. A release allows the photographer to make and use the photographs for purpose(s) described in the release and can also contain other terms specific... CONTINUE READING

Politics and Design Inseparable in “The Life of Julia”?

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 4th 2012
Politics and Design Inseparable in “The Life of Julia”?

Earlier this month “The Life of Julia,” an interactive slideshow designed to contrast the Obama campaign’s policies with Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney’s managed to cause a bit of a stir, generating over 2,900 tweets on Twitter, 51,000 “Likes” on Facebook (as of this writing) and filling the blogosphere and online news channels with an assortment of rebukes, responses and parodies. Politically speaking, perhaps not much remains to be explored. But what about from a graphic design standpoint? Embedded... CONTINUE READING

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