Grid System Tools for Graphic Designers

By: Matt Cannon on May 25th 2012
Grid System Tools for Graphic Designers

In the last article we talked about Working With Grid Systems and how they can benefit our design structure. Grid-Based layouts are usually much more balanced and aesthetically pleasing to the user as opposed to create on a blank canvas. This is not to say that it’s mandatory but for the right projects a grid and the proper use of gutters (margins) can make all the difference in creating a solid long-lasting impression on the web. When it comes... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Principles in Web Design Part 3

By: Matt Cannon on May 15th 2012
Graphic Design Principles in Web Design Part 3

If you missed Part One and Part Two check them out! We can group all of the basic system of beliefs regarding design into two categories: elements and principles. Elements of design are the components of design themselves, the objects to be arranged. The Principles of design are the broad aspects of the field. They symbolize the fundamental assumptions of the world that direct design, and affect the arrangement of objects within a composition. Rhythm and Balance are key... CONTINUE READING

Digital Photo Printing Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on May 15th 2012
Digital Photo Printing Essentials

Photographers and graphic designers are often tasked with the printing of photographic images, either by printing themselves or working with a lab or other service provider who handles the printing. In this article you’ll learn the fundamentals of the digital photo printing process as well as some procedures and best practices you can use to help ensure your photos come out looking their best. Types of Photographic Printing There are two main methods of photographic printing today: chromogenic and... CONTINUE READING

Inspire Users with User Experience Design Principles

By: Matt Cannon on May 9th 2012
Inspire Users with User Experience Design Principles

A successful User Experience Design (or UX design) should not only provide solid functionality, but also have a seamless experience for your user. The best UX designs are the ones that feel invisible, or stand to the side. In other words, they let the user roam around freely without having to force thought or questions. It should reflect how the users think, remain simple and focused, and be revised and refined before production. “Simple is hard. Easy is harder.... CONTINUE READING

One World Trade Center’s New Logo is Gotham Architecture

By: Matt Cannon on May 8th 2012
One World Trade Center’s New Logo is Gotham Architecture

A new logo and tagline was released for the new One World Trade Center (originally Freedom Tower) designed by Wordsearch and presented by the Durst Organization and Cushman & Wakefield. The Durst Organization is working with The Port-Authority to help complete the massive project and Cushman & Wakefield is the commercial real estate broker in charge of filling the tower with tenants. The new brand is an effort to create a new feel for the building and to help... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Principles in Web Design: Part 2

By: Matt Cannon on May 2nd 2012
Graphic Design Principles in Web Design: Part 2

Check out Part 1 first covering Contrast and Repetition if you missed it. It’s good to remind ourselves as Graphic Designers that when designing for web, there is a good measure of heritage spawning from other forms of art. Art forms such as Typography, Lithography, Illustration, Industrial Design, Textures, Painting, etc. All of these forms of fine art have provided us with collective guidance to embracing our own artistic undertakings today. When discussing different Graphic Design Principles in regards... CONTINUE READING

Working with Grid Systems

By: Matt Cannon on May 1st 2012
Working with Grid Systems

Many modern website designs are based on a grid. Grids can give the designer an automatic sense of structure and usability when planning the site. This can simplify the design process and make the content feel more user friendly. The grid system is a step up from a template because the design aspect is still up to you; the guides are already in place, reducing your options as a designer. This basically leaves you with width and height to... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Principles in Web Design

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 25th 2012
Graphic Design Principles in Web Design

In honor of the new redesign of GraphicDesign.com, which we hope you are enjoying, I wanted to start discussing important principles of Graphic Design applied to web design. Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Designers develop a creative tool belt of basic shortcuts and methods by studying other great design methods. The first step to becoming a great graphic designer for the web is the... CONTINUE READING

Just Your “Type”: FontShop Unveils 100 Best Typefaces

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 31st 2012
Just Your “Type”: FontShop Unveils 100 Best Typefaces

Typophiles are in for a treat. FontShop, the original independent retailer of digital type founded by Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody, recently unveiled a new site featuring their selection of The 100 Best Typefaces of All Time. ‘So what makes this list different from any other ranked list?’ you might ask. Well, a few things, for starters the selection process. FontShop used a mix of sales figures and bestseller lists spanning the last decade in combination with a jury... CONTINUE READING

Inspiration Guaranteed: Bill’s DESIGN Talks

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 15th 2012
Inspiration Guaranteed: Bill’s DESIGN Talks

Have you ever wished for a glimpse inside the minds of design leaders from across the industry? Well, wish no more, the Bill’s DESIGN Talks series moderated by Cooper-Hewitt’s Director, Bill Moggridge are here. The series made possible in part by the Adobe Foundation, began in spring 2010 with the intention, as described by Moggridge in a press release “…to bring the most interesting designers to our audience in the Greene Space and online to find out what they... CONTINUE READING

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