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

New York City’s LowLine: Movin’ On Up

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 28th 2012
New York City’s LowLine: Movin’ On Up

When former PopTech executive Dan Barasch and RAAD studio principal James Ramsey first presented their idea for Delancy Underground, a project to turn the abandoned Williamsburg Trolley Terminal under Delancey street into a subterranean park to Manhattan Community Board No. 3 last September, little did they know that less than a year later they would have the support of 2,900 backers*, surpassed their $100,000 dollar fundraising goal and be well on their way to funding the project’s next phase of... 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

It’s Nice That No.8

By: Jo Gifford on Mar 21st 2012
It’s Nice That No.8

The 8th edition of cutting edge design and creativity magazine It’s Nice That is now available for pre-order online. Issue #8 features interviews with John Pawson, graphic designer Paula Scher, and art collective Slavs and Tatars. Will Hudson founded It’s Nice That in April 2007 as “the perfect platform for him to record and document his love of the creative industry and desire to uncover new talent”. It’s Nice That is both a publishing platform on and offline, and... CONTINUE READING

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

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