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

Excited About Graphic Design Again!

By: David Bricker on May 31st 2012
Excited About Graphic Design Again!

As a student of the history of graphic design, I’ve observed that technology—everything from the first reed stylus to Gutenberg’s moveable type—has always been a primary driver of change. When production moved to the desktop, technology took the lead and design got left behind. Thanks to new tools for designers, that’s changing. I’m excited about graphic design again. A work floor full of typesetters showed up at the New York Tribune in 1886, only to be thanked for their... CONTINUE READING

Lifetime Network Gives Birth to a New Brand

By: Matt Cannon on May 30th 2012
Lifetime Network Gives Birth to a New Brand

Lifetime Network, a channel largely dedicated to targeting the everyday women’s lifestyle has introduced a new brand identity and tagline. Lifetime’s Tim Nolan, Senior President of Marketing took on the project. The effort was also assisted by Leroy + Clarkson, headed by Creative Director Daniele Fries. Building upon his experience as a partner and creative director of Eyeballnyc, where he helped to pioneer the boutique motion design industry, Daniel Fries continues to dimensionalize the brand experience with L+C. By... CONTINUE READING

Mission Accomplished: Behance Portfolio Review Building Creative Community Online and Offline

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 29th 2012
Mission Accomplished: Behance Portfolio Review Building Creative Community Online and Offline

What do a Graphic Designer in Karachi, Pakistan, a photographer in Treviso, Italy, an Illustrator in Bogota, Colombia and an Art Director in Montreal, Canada all have in common? They represent just a portion of the 4,000 creatives worldwide to participate in Behance Portfolio Review week kicked off at Grind NYC on Tuesday, May 15. The event turnout was just one remarkable aspect of the event series described by Sarah Rapp, Behance Community Manager as being “designed to help... CONTINUE READING

One-on-One with Nick Roach of Elegant Themes + Poll Question

By: Julia Wild on May 29th 2012
One-on-One with Nick Roach of Elegant Themes + Poll Question

One of the largest sites offering WordPress themes is Elegant Themes. With nearly 100 themes created to date, Elegant Themes takes the approach that “less than more.” Rather than pack each WordPress theme with flashy graphics, superfluous features, and content on top of content, Elegant Themes keeps its designs clean and, well, “elegant.” The site sells to customers and developers using a yearly subscription model. GraphicDesign caught up with Elegant Themes founder and designer Nick Roach, who shared his... CONTINUE READING

Designer Develops Alternative Olympics Identity in Defense of Restrictions

By: Jo Gifford on May 23rd 2012
Designer Develops Alternative Olympics Identity in Defense of Restrictions

UK designer Roy McCarthy has developed an alternative Olympics brand, intended for people to celebrate the Games in their own environment. McCarthy was inspired by an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show last weekend in the UK, during which Lord Coe was questioned about legislation around the use of the London 2012 branding. Coe’s remarks were later quoted by Owen Gibson in The Guardian, saying that the legislation was essential “in protecting the sponsors who come to the... CONTINUE READING

How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 22nd 2012
How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

It has been years since I started my career as a graphic designer, and I can still remember the passion and enthusiasm to get my first design task. Many designers get the same feeling when they finish their studies or design school and start their career. As time passes, you experience the ups and downs of your career; you sometimes meet annoying clients, have to work under stress and might encounter problems that could even spoil your great ideas.... CONTINUE READING

The Remedy for the Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Results)

By: Neil Tortorella on May 22nd 2012
The Remedy for the Sad State of Design, 2012 (Poll Results)

My article, The Sad State of Design, 2012, garnered some excellent comments from readers and the poll showed an overwhelming number who agreed that the design industry is in something of a sad state (Results: 93%, yes 7%, no). So, does that mean that graphic design is going to the dogs and there’s no hope? Hardly. All it needs is a slight change in the way we approach things. Fellow Advisory Board member, Dave Bricker, summed it up pretty... CONTINUE READING

Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? (Poll Question)

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 21st 2012
Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? (Poll Question)

While some of the initial uproar may have died down, the topic of crowdsourced design continues to be a lightning rod issue for the industry. Recently, one of the largest design crowdsourcing sites, 99designs held a contest for their own homepage redesign, presenting an opportunity to revisit the controversial topic. I spoke with Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99designs and Debbie Millman, President of the design division at Sterling Brands and President Emeritus of AIGA, the largest professional association for design,... CONTINUE READING

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