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Secrets of Psychedelic Text

By: David Bricker on May 24th 2012
Secrets of Psychedelic Text

“Psychedelic text” made famous by artists like Wes Wilson during the 1960′s was actually inspired by Alfred Roller’s work with the Vienna Secession movement in the early 1900s, but the analog techniques used to “liquify” the type in those famous Fillmore posters are often poorly imitated. This video tutorial offers a counter-intuitive but useful approach to warping text where Adobe Flash is used for drawing and type manipulation. Though Flash is most often thought of as a tool used... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Principles in Web Design Part 3

By: Matt Cannon on May 15th 2012
Graphic Design Principles in Web Design Part 3

If you missed Part One and Part Two check them out! We can group all of the basic system of beliefs regarding design into two categories: elements and principles. Elements of design are the components of design themselves, the objects to be arranged. The Principles of design are the broad aspects of the field. They symbolize the fundamental assumptions of the world that direct design, and affect the arrangement of objects within a composition. Rhythm and Balance are key... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Principles in Web Design: Part 2

By: Matt Cannon on May 2nd 2012
Graphic Design Principles in Web Design: Part 2

Check out Part 1 first covering Contrast and Repetition if you missed it. It’s good to remind ourselves as Graphic Designers that when designing for web, there is a good measure of heritage spawning from other forms of art. Art forms such as Typography, Lithography, Illustration, Industrial Design, Textures, Painting, etc. All of these forms of fine art have provided us with collective guidance to embracing our own artistic undertakings today. When discussing different Graphic Design Principles in regards... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Principles in Web Design

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 25th 2012
Graphic Design Principles in Web Design

In honor of the new redesign of GraphicDesign.com, which we hope you are enjoying, I wanted to start discussing important principles of Graphic Design applied to web design. Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Designers develop a creative tool belt of basic shortcuts and methods by studying other great design methods. The first step to becoming a great graphic designer for the web is the... CONTINUE READING

Adobe CS6 Beta Goes to Launch

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 25th 2012
Adobe CS6 Beta Goes to Launch

Design and creative industries software giant Adobe have released their latest version of Creative Suite – CS6. Launched in San Francisco on the 23rd of April, the latest version of Creative Suite now moves from Beta to fully functioning applications available either as full priced downloads or as the eagerly awaited Creative Cloud package. Adobe Creative Suite 6 consists of 14 applications available in combinations of four different packages – Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe... CONTINUE READING

Tokyo Design Agency SET Creates Designer QR Codes

By: Jo Gifford on Apr 7th 2012
Tokyo Design Agency SET Creates Designer QR Codes

Japanese agency SET have created designer QR codes, pushing the boundaries of Quick Response Technology to involve purposeful design and creativity. A Tokyo based creative agency, SET “specializes in unique marketing solutions that combine graphic design and technology.” (via SET). Client Folli Follie Japan commissioned SET to produce a designer QR code to be showcased at their flagship store in the Tokyo suburb of Aoyama. The first time a designer QR code has been placed in a store window,... CONTINUE READING

The Associated Press’s New Identity and Mobile App

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 27th 2012
The Associated Press’s New Identity and Mobile App

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP. The Associated Press has rolled out a new visual identity this year. The identity system is the first significant change in AP’s look... CONTINUE READING

Windows 8 Goes Minimal

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 22nd 2012
Windows 8 Goes Minimal

In his CeBIT keynote speech, Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft Corp., showed how Windows 8 will bring together the potential of a tablet with the power of a PC. He also invited IT professionals around the world to test the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, now available for download at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world’s most popular operating system and is available to the widest range... CONTINUE READING

Google Combines Market with Music, Introducing Google Play

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 21st 2012
Google Combines Market with Music, Introducing Google Play

Entertainment is supposed to be fun. But in reality, getting everything to work can be the exact opposite—moving files between your computers, endless syncing across your devices, and wires…lots of wires. Google is aiming to solve those problems with Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where you can find, enjoy and share your favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on your Android phone or tablet. Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies,... 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

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