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

5 Practices for an Effective Business Card Design

By: Matt Cannon on Jan 28th 2013
5 Practices for an Effective Business Card Design

Image is everything. Your business card is a visual representation of you and your entire company. It can have heavy impact on the potential clients decision making process. You must design a card that effectively sells your service as creative, dependable and professional. Here are 5 Practices for an Effective Business Card Design: 5. Give Your Business Personality Before you design your card, make sure you know what it is your business is trying to accomplish. Become the end... CONTINUE READING

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

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