Reading Histograms

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 16th 2012
Reading Histograms

A histogram is a graph that can help you evaluate a digital image. Histograms can be found on digital cameras and in computer software. A typical histogram shows the relative distribution of the brightness values of the pixels in the image, from black to white and everything in between, using a linear scale of 256 levels. 0 is solid black and 255 is pure white. The darkest shadow values are shown at the left end of the scale, and... CONTINUE READING

Most Common Conflicts Between the Web Designer and the Graphic Designer

By: Neil Tortorella on Mar 13th 2012
Most Common Conflicts Between the Web Designer and the Graphic Designer

A website project can be a lesson in conflict and compromise. A delicate dance between the designer and the developer. Their goals are the same – to please the client and the audience. Yet they often approach these goals from very different mindsets, which can easily result in a collision. Graphic designers tend to focus on aesthetics. Balance. Elegant typography. Beautiful color palettes. Dynamic images. Developers, on the other hand, tend to think about function, usability and concise code... CONTINUE READING

Copyrights and Usage Rights: The Fundamentals

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 5th 2012
Copyrights and Usage Rights: The Fundamentals

Since graphic design and media production is dependent on the reproduction of photographs, designs and other imagery, graphic designers and photographers need to understand the issues related to copyrights and usage rights. They are not the same thing. (Note: although copyright and usage is an international issue, the topics discussed in this article pertain specifically to the U.S. and Canada, and for the most part, Europe. Other countries have varying laws and protection related to copyright. If you live... CONTINUE READING

Jamie Hewlett Collaborates with ABSOLUT

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 2nd 2012
Jamie Hewlett Collaborates with ABSOLUT

ABSOLUT Vodka’s most recent collaboration is with Jamie Hewlett, of the Gorillaz, who has designed a London-inspired bottle for the brand. This collaboration is the latest in a long line of creative collaborations by ABSOLUT, who for 30 years has collaborated with the a diverse range of creatives such as icons Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst to Lenny Kravitz and Versace. This latest limited edition bottle by Hewlett is entitled the “ABSOLUT London’. The bottle depicts characters who are... CONTINUE READING

Designs of the Year 2012: Design Museum, London

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 17th 2012
Designs of the Year 2012: Design Museum, London

The fifth annual Designs of the Year exhibition is open, showcasing 89 nominations on the top floor of London’s Design Museum. Designs of the Year is the Design Museum’s “annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward-looking work in design of all kinds, from around the world.” The objects on display throughout the seven categories – architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport – represent an anthropological snapshot of the last year through the eyes of design.... 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

Graffiti Art: from Urban Expression to Corporate Commodity A Racial Divide?

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 11th 2012
Graffiti Art: from Urban Expression to Corporate Commodity A Racial Divide?

Whether you consider it an urban eye-sore or an extension of early cave paintings, the influence of graffiti art can be seen in almost every area of design from fashion to packaging, skateboard gear and video game art. Some cases in point are Hello Kitty’s for Sephora Graffiti collection and a recently commissioned mural for the launch of video game Soul Caliber V by Jim Rockwell of creative collective ENDoftheLINE. This past week NBCLosAngeles.com reported that graffiti artist David... CONTINUE READING

Color Management Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on Feb 9th 2012
Color Management Essentials

Color Management 101 Color management is the term used to describe an integrated system of computer hardware, software and workflow techniques all working together to translate color from one device to another in a controlled way. Color management is of great importance in graphic design; if you want your designs to look their best you should follow a color-managed workflow. Gamut: Range of Colors Available Various devices (monitors, printers, cameras, scanners, etc.) all handle color differently. Each device has... CONTINUE READING

The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

By: Neil Tortorella on Feb 7th 2012
The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

Developing a website, even a small one, can easily turn into a daunting task without some sort of documented process in place. There are those sites that require little more than a designer sitting in front of their monitor tapping out some html and css. Other sites can involve an army of team members from graphic designers to coders, photographers to writers and a host of others in between. What they share, or at least should, is a process... CONTINUE READING

Two Animated Children’s Films Get Oscar Nomination

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 3rd 2012
Two Animated Children's Films Get Oscar Nomination

Animation lovers take note, two beautifully drawn films to receive the Oscar nod for best animated feature this week; Chico and Rita and A Cat in Paris are soon to be released for your viewing pleasure. Captured in bold lines and washes of color by Spain’s celebrated artist and designer Javier Mariscal Chico and Rita is a love story set in pre-Castro Havana. Chico is a talented young piano player and Rita is the beautiful singer who captures his... CONTINUE READING

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