Zines and Letterpress: Can there be a Marriage?

By: Jessica Meoni on Jan 15th 2013
Zines and Letterpress: Can there be a Marriage?

Rummaging through my sizeable stack of zines, some appear to be intricate, onerous pieces of artwork, stitched together with diligence and craftsmanship. Yet, other issues appear to be slapped together spontaneously with quick indecipherable words and hastily cut imagery. I wondered about the vast variety and why some artists felt the need to use such a spry style while others stuck with the traditional methods of book binding. Image Caption/Credit: “Inking up the metal type on an old press.”... CONTINUE READING

Pantone Announces 2013 Color of the Year: Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Dec 21st 2012
Pantone Announces 2013 Color of the Year: Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald

An exciting announcement for graphic designers, fashionistas and color trend watchers, just in time for the holidays, color authority Pantone announced its color of the year—Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald. If the 2012 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango was perceived as reinvigorating and hopeful then Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald can be seen as a transition to a more introspective, balanced energy. Far from the avocado green popular in the 1970’s, Pantone® 17-5641 Emerald is a deeper color, at once... CONTINUE READING

Christopher Bonanos Explains the Inspiration Behind his New Book, “Instant: The Story of Polaroid”

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Sep 18th 2012
Christopher Bonanos Explains the Inspiration Behind his New Book, “Instant: The Story of Polaroid”

Christopher Bonanos, a senior editor of New York magazine, has written a book to be released on September 29th 2012, charting the dramatic tale of the Polaroid camera. “Instant: The Story of Polaroid” uncovers the history behind this iconic brand, discussing everything from its rise in popularity and pop-culture status to its later decline into bankruptcy. Created by Edwin Land in 1937, Polaroid was initially developed from a garage workshop. The company flourished and its first instant camera was... CONTINUE READING

Design Inspiration: Watching Indie Game: The Movie

By: Evan Johnston on Aug 3rd 2012
Design Inspiration: Watching Indie Game: The Movie

“Part of it is about not trying to be professional,” says Jonathan Blow, designer of the wildly successful independent video game Braid. He looks calmly at the camera, with a slight smile, and for a moment, that sounds like fun. After all, this is a documentary about video games, and video games are fun. Right? But instead of fun, Blow starts talking about vulnerability. “If you don’t see a vulnerability in someone,” he says, “You’re probably not connecting with... CONTINUE READING

Poll Follow Up – Do Designers Need Degrees? Poll Results With Infographic

By: Jo Gifford on Jul 20th 2012
Poll Follow Up - Do Designers Need Degrees? Poll Results With Infographic

The article I wrote on the pro’s and cons of a graphic design degree has raised a great deal of debate both here on GraphicDesign.com and in social media surrounding the piece. The poll results are now in, and they make both really interesting reading and viewing thanks to the fabulous work of Killer Infographics. Firstly, the question “do you have a degree in design or a related subject” was met with 60% of responders saying yes, 32% no,... CONTINUE READING

Interactive Things Have Published a Set of the Best Tools for Data Visualization

By: Jo Gifford on May 25th 2012
Interactive Things Have Published a Set of the Best Tools for Data Visualization

Interactive Things have published a set of the best tools for data visualization, on their site, Data Visualization. Datavisualization.ch is published, built and maintained by Interactive Things, a design and technology studio located in Zürich, Switzerland. Interactive Things provide User Experience, Interaction Design and Data Visualization services for a range of clients including work for educational institutes, NGOs, personal finance services, tele­communi­cation companies and international banks. Author of the collected resource post, Benjamin Wiederkehr is UX & Production Lead... CONTINUE READING

GE’s Throttle Up Pushes Creative Pedal to the Metal

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 9th 2012
GE’s Throttle Up Pushes Creative Pedal to the Metal

As promised in my article earlier this week, I’m back with a first hand account of GE’s indescribably awesome interactive experience Throttle Up. Having visited the site and viewed the video clips I thought I had a firm idea of what to expect. Well, may I say expectations were vastly exceeded? Excitement started to build as soon as I overheard a Throttle Up guide explain to the group ahead of me on line that they could opt to be... CONTINUE READING

Which Comes First: The Web Design or The Graphic Design?

By: Neil Tortorella on Apr 24th 2012
Which Comes First: The Web Design or The Graphic Design?

The short answer is both. While the front-end graphic designer is busy with design, layout, typography, image research and such, the back-end web designer (let’s call them a coder) is busy setting up the server, databases, installing software, writing various custom code and the likes. The trick is to keep the communications open so the left hand knows what the right is doing and vice versa. When the communication fails, problems rear their ugly heads and they do it... 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

Digital Photography Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 30th 2012
Digital Photography Essentials

Relatively recently, digital photography has exploded into mainstream culture. Of course, regular people have enjoyed taking pictures for decades, but not until the advent of digital capture has photography captured the imagination of the masses. What was once the realm of professional photographers has spilled over into popular culture, and as a result, graphic designers are more frequently handling the capture and/or processing of original photographs. Along with type, photography has always been intrinsic to graphic design, and digital... CONTINUE READING

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