Reading Dyslexie

By: Evan Johnston on Nov 10th 2013
Reading Dyslexie

Dyslexie is a typeface designed by Christian Boer to help dyslexics, using letterforms that are “more bold so that gravity turns the letters the right way up.” The idea that a font can correct something in the mind is an interesting one; we all know the effects of bad typography. What if what we’ve needed all this time to solve illiteracy and dyslexia is some kind of super-typeface? Dyslexie has yet to really sell the world on its literacy-enhancing... CONTINUE READING

7 Deadly Typeface Usage “Sins”

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Aug 26th 2013
7 Deadly Typeface Usage "Sins”

In a previous series of articles, I tried to shed light on the two main typeface scripts in human history, which are the Latin scripts and the Arabic calligraphy scripts: Creative Examples of Calligraphy Art Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Design Along with this long history, typeface is the initial and most important visual element in your design that delivers the design message to the audience. Unlike the other visual elements in a design, typefaces are used to visualize the... CONTINUE READING

Creativity and UX: the Beauty and the Beast

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Aug 8th 2013
Creativity and UX: the Beauty and the Beast

Do not blame me or other creative designers because when we have an art background, we are used to using maximum creativity inside the artwork. I have read an article a few years ago in Adobe’s Design Center about style versus design by Jeffrey Zeldman, who put an end to the long time confusion about the difference between design and styling. Since then, design has had a wider meaning by controlling the major visual elements on a website or... CONTINUE READING

Breaking the Code of Golden Ratio in Design

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jul 18th 2013
Breaking the Code of Golden Ratio in Design

So, when starting to build a creative idea, you should only focus on the idea itself and then think about how it conforms to the design rules later. The reason is very simple, the creative idea is the core of your design and none of the rules are able to invalidate a unique concept. Furthermore, some of the most famous and beloved logos break some rules that are thought to be deviant by many designers. What is the Golden... CONTINUE READING

Super Realistic Pencil Drawing Examples

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 7th 2013
Super Realistic Pencil Drawing Examples

Pencil drawings depend mainly on graphite pencils that have different shapes and manufacturers, though some artists use graphite and other pencils, such as charcoal pencils in the same artwork. Generally, the materials used in pencils vary from graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, carbon pencils, colored pencils, and watercolor pencils. Before we dig into some of the most amazing pencil drawing artwork, let us learn some fun facts about pencil drawings that some of us already use without knowing the rule... 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

A Web Designer’s Guide to Color (Part One)

By: Matt Cannon on May 3rd 2013
A Web Designer's Guide to Color (Part One)

Color has numerous psychological effects on the brain. The choices a designer makes for a website can play heavily on the way the audience reacts to the site. Color invokes emotion through visual stimulation, and brings depth to design. Colors can even be audience specific, such as age or gender. It can be overwhelming to deal with at first but not to worry I have laid out five tips that will help you avoid any future color disasters. Look... CONTINUE READING

Creative Examples of Calligraphy Art

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Apr 16th 2013
Creative Examples of Calligraphy Art

Although the shapes and glyphs of the characters are different from what we are using today, there is a reason for this change that we will discuss later, in the Calligraphy and Printing section of the article. The art of calligraphy is not limited to handwriting and written communication in letters, but it has extended to become a branch of creative artwork that modern artists use to express their talent and ideas, such as street art, graffiti, tattoo, body... CONTINUE READING

Medusa: A Beautiful New Script from Type Foundry ReType

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 13th 2013
Medusa: A Beautiful New Script from Type Foundry ReType

But as Medusa evolved Espinoza moved beyond his original inspiration, adding elements such as redrawn ornate capitals, swashes and ligatures and a set of small caps “carefully designed to produce an all-cap setting that is stylistically harmonious with the classic copperplate script,…” As Espinoza explained in our interview, certain facets of calligraphic typefaces that lend them their beauty and grace can be compromised in the translation from calligraphy to typography, a fact that Espinoza was particularly mindful of in... CONTINUE READING

Business Cards, Illustration and Typography, Oh My

By: Neil Tortorella on Feb 25th 2013
Business Cards, Illustration and Typography, Oh My

Business Cards The days of being locked into the typical 3.5” x 2” horizontal business card are pretty much over. Sure, there’s still a bunch of them out there, but graphic designers have learned to spread their wings and take a few risks when it comes to card design. Vertical designs, die-cuts and embossing are often used to separate a company, independent professional or freelancer from the rest of the pack. Others opt for unique materials, CD business cards... CONTINUE READING

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