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15 Poster Examples that Reflect British Propaganda During World War II

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Mar 28th 2014
15 Poster Examples that Reflect British Propaganda During World War II

There are two lessons behind the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster story; the first one is the strength of the visual message, especially when the message itself has a value to the audience. Visualized messages have a better chance of enduring time and lasting for years. The second lesson is the role of design in serving public aims in times of crisis. During the World War II, both the Allies and Axis powers understood the role of media... CONTINUE READING

Aesthetics: A Memoir – Ivan Brunetti

By: Evan Johnston on Aug 12th 2013
Aesthetics: A Memoir - Ivan Brunetti

In four paragraphs, and in a book about cartooning, Brunetti then carefully detailed how to properly prepare spaghetti aglio e oglio. It tells you a lot about Ivan Brunetti; his Italian heritage, his belief in technique and form, his appreciation of simplicity. Above all, that last part is what makes Brunetti as much a graphic designer as a cartoonist. As he notes in the introduction to Aesthetics, his latest book, in his native Italian, “The word disegno literally meant... CONTINUE READING

20 Fashion Illustrators That Will Rock Your World

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 26th 2013
20 Fashion Illustrators That Will Rock Your World

Fashion is incredibly popular all over the world. Young or old, man or woman, rich or poor, people seem passionate about the ways to become better looking, more elegant or simply cool. Magazines are dedicated to this industry and regularly present awesome creations to their readers. Unfortunately, one branch in this industry doesn’t seem to get the love they deserve: fashion illustrators. 1. Arturo Elena With over 20 years of experience in the world of fashion, Arturo Elena can... CONTINUE READING

José Guízar’s Windows of New York Illustrations Reveal Another Side of the City

By: Evan Johnston on Jun 19th 2013
José Guízar’s Windows of New York Illustrations Reveal Another Side of the City

Scrolling through them isn’t like scrolling through any other webpage, the New York part of my brain tries to figure out how far in the city I’ve gone by randomly swiping the trackpad; and the more imaginative side wonders if someone has closed the shutters on 219 East 4th Street since the last time I scrolled by, or if that cat will still be there the next time I refresh the page. Like Jessica Hische’s Daily Dropcap, it’s a... CONTINUE READING

Design is a Job

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 18th 2012
Design is a Job

“So I wrote you a book. It has a spine and by the time you’re done reading so will you.” Mike Moneteiro, co-founder and Design Director of Mule Design has penned the latest release from A Book Apart. His 135 page guide, Design Is a Job tackles difficult issues head-on. Problems such as working with contracts, collaborating with other designers, deciding what to charge and dealing with clients are all covered. The book has a foreword by Erik Spiekermann,... CONTINUE READING

David Kirkby Releases Iconic Film Designs

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 23rd 2012
David Kirkby Releases Iconic Film Designs

Hertfordshire based designer David Kirkby has released his latest collection of designs, entitled “Film”. The set is a collection of film inspired prints that, alongside his other body of work are “instantly iconic”. The collection depicts infamous films such as Speed, Saw, 127 hours and Spinal Tap. Each film is illustrated using an infographic style image and printed in bold, bright color. David Kirby’s collections “were born from a passion of great design, illustration and artwork.”(via david kirkby designs)... CONTINUE READING

Penguin is 75 and Releases a Book of Covers

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 15th 2012
Penguin is 75 and Releases a Book of Covers

Publishing giant Penguin is a symbol of affordable, cornerstone literature. The famous black and white bird is now celebrating 75 years of being, and is marking the occasion with a book documenting the publisher’s history of design; Penguin 75. Penguin 75 is a selection of 75 covers that represent “the best of what Penguin has produced over the course of the last decade.” (via Penguin 75). Curated by longstanding Art Director Paul Buckley (also one of Graphic Design USA’s... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Pre-empts Illustration

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 2nd 2011
Graphic Design Pre-empts Illustration

Reading a graphic designers blog recently, he noted that the art of illustrating isn’t part of the Design Observer’s graphic design “categories.” Typography, photography, and art are listed, but not illustration. He opines “Is this omission a simple oversight, or does it tell us something significant about the current state of illustration?” Fallen Art The reference seems to be that the illustration profession has fallen in the eyes of the art world. Noted art director specializing in graphic design,... CONTINUE READING

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