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

Plans for Labyrinth Graphic Novel Prequel

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 19th 2012
Plans for Labyrinth Graphic Novel Prequel

Fantasy, sci-fi, comic fans and lovers of all things Jim Henson are in for a treat! In an exclusive interview for Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life, graphic novel publisher, Archaia announced plans for a graphic novel prequel to Jim Henson’s film, Labyrinth. Labyrinth tells the story of 15-year old Sara, who resents her stepmother and is tired of always having to watch her baby step-brother Toby. She spends much of her time imagining a fantasy world where she is a... CONTINUE READING

Infographics and the Persuasive Power of Design

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 17th 2012
Infographics and the Persuasive Power of Design

While infographics in and of themselves aren’t new, a recent article in Fast Company by John Palvus calls attention to an interesting research paper exploring their persuasive power. For those of you unfamiliar with infographics, also known as information graphics, a basic definition is that they are visual representations of information. Specifically from a design standpoint infographics are intended to convey complex or large amounts of data in an accessible, succinct, easy-to-read and high-impact manner. (In)Famous examples you may... CONTINUE READING

Off Book: Typography Video by PBS Arts

By: Jo Gifford on Jan 10th 2012
Off Book: Typography Video by PBS Arts

Online arts resource PBS Arts has produced a short 7 minute video about typography. Featuring several emminent typeface designers and graphic designers, the short is an information rich introduction to the uses and effect of typography, looking at fonts, infographics and culture in its brief overview. “Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created... CONTINUE READING

Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

By: Nat Coalson on Dec 19th 2011
Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

Finding good photographic imagery to use in your designs for print, web and video projects is one of the most common and important tasks for graphic designers and art directors. It can also be challenging and sometimes frustrating. There are several things to consider when you’re sourcing photography, including where to get the photos, image file quality and specifications, licensing and usage terms, and cost. Starting out, you have two basic options: buy pre-existing images (referred to as “stock”... CONTINUE READING

Marketing Your Infographic

By: Michael Jackness on Nov 6th 2011
Marketing Your Infographic

Once you create a compelling infographic, your main goals are to have it seen and to attract backlinks. You want to have your hard work seen by a wide audience of people who will value the presentation and help you spread the word to their networks. The methods for promoting your infographic are not unlike what you might use to promote other web-worthy work of yours, so the advice here carries over to the promotional and networking process in... CONTINUE READING

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