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8 Ways to Make Your Work Look Better by Using Special Printing Techniques

By: Mirko Humbert on Sep 2nd 2013
8 Ways to Make Your Work Look Better by Using Special Printing Techniques

Of course, knowing the basics of typography, layout rules, color management, illustration, or any other skill that graphic designers use on a daily basis is a must. Nevertheless, some printing techniques can help you to take your work from good to great. Adding that extra touch will sometimes be costly, but it will definitely make your designs better. You should also not use these techniques without knowing what you are doing, otherwise you could end up with the opposite... 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

Black and White Photography: 20 Amazing Examples

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 24th 2013
Black and White Photography: 20 Amazing Examples

Black and white photos depend on a wide range of gray colors that reflect the lights and shadows in the photos. The level of the gray tones and depths are related to the exposure that is used when taking the photo. While color photography may look brighter and more realistic, the depth of the gray gives a more dramatic effect to black and white scenes. As you remove the color element from the shot, you give more space to... 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

Amazing Showcase of Macro Photography

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 6th 2013
Amazing Showcase of Macro Photography

But actually, it refers to any close-up shot even of normal size objects, such as flowers, the human eye, or tree leaves. Macro photography images are usually taken using a special macro lens that allows you to take very close shots with a normal size ratio, such as 1:1. You can also use tools such as a close-up filter and reversing rings to get a macro shot without a dedicated expensive lens. Another advantage of getting a macro lens... 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

Why Designers Should Learn Photography

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Apr 29th 2013
Why Designers Should Learn Photography

Somehow the two fields are connected to each other. This makes many art schools add photography courses to their design degree requirements or vice versa. In this article, I will try to explore with you if graphic designers really need to learn about photography, and I would like to hear your personal opinion and experience about graphic design and photography as linked talents. Photography In Your Design If you are a graphic designer who works in any of the... 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

Top 10 Logo Design Tips (Part One)

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 5th 2013
Top 10 Logo Design Tips (Part One)

A logo can inspire recognition, trust and respect for a product or organization. It’s our duty as a designer to create an amazing iconic logo and a beautiful brand identity to back that up. According to Smashing Magazine, to understand what a logo is, we first must understand what the main purpose of logos are. The design process must aim to make the logo immediately recognizable, inspiring trust, admiration, loyalty and an implied superiority. Here are 10 tips to... CONTINUE READING

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