Talented Artists Create Series Of Colorful Illustrated Book-Themed Benches Around London

By: Julia Wild on Jul 16th 2014
Talented Artists Create Series Of Colorful Illustrated Book-Themed Benches Around London

Each “book bench” features a story, but not any old story; every single one is linked to London in one way or another and each is based on a book such as “How to Train your Dragon, “The Railway Children”, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, “Peter Pan”, “Sherlock Holmes” and so many more. You can see the entire list of benches and also their location. The website tells you all about each bench and also about each... CONTINUE READING

5 Awesome Creative Design Finds of the Day

By: Matt Cannon on Jul 14th 2014
5 Awesome Creative Design Finds of the Day

Labels Brought to Life as GIFs While there isn’t necessarily a practical use to these GIFs, Trevor Carmick has created some eye-catching and awe-inspiring animated GIFs of some of his favorite beers. It offers another look at otherwise flat design. This will hopefully inspire other designers and brands to explore additional realms of design to show us just what could happen when our favorite icons come to life. Playful Barcode Designs The barcode has been an unexplored terrain up... CONTINUE READING

AIGA Century Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of Type

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jul 2nd 2014
AIGA Century Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of Type

I was fortunate to view the exhibit created by Pentagram partner Abbott Miller and curated and produced by Monotype as part of private tour led by Dan Rhatigan, type director at Monotype. Browsing the collection while waiting for Rhatigan to finish the tour before ours, it was clear how much thought and planning had gone into the design of the exhibit, as well as its actual curating. A pattern made from periods of over 1,000 different typefaces decorated the... CONTINUE READING

Stinky Robots – 2 Authors and 12 Artists, Creating a Beautiful Children’s Book

By: Julia Wild on Jun 30th 2014
Stinky Robots - 2 Authors and 12 Artists, Creating a Beautiful Children's Book

Matt explains “I told it (the story) to my eldest son Isaac when he was younger and then, after many years, I began telling it again to my youngest son Elijah. And then the magic of the internet stepped in… My son Elijah and I wrote the story down, adding new touches to the original story. And then we reached out to 12 fantastic artists from around the world to start bringing our robots to life. Each day my... CONTINUE READING

Adobe Unveils 2014 Creative Cloud Release and Cloud–Enabled Mobile Tools

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 18th 2014
Adobe Unveils 2014 Creative Cloud Release and  Cloud–Enabled Mobile Tools

Additionally, collaborative and community aspects of Creative Cloud, such as integration with Behance have evolved into a more robust “persistent creative profile” that allows users to access and manage files, fonts, colors and community from anywhere, across devices. Citing results from The New Creatives Report (issued June 16), Scott Morris, Senior Marketing Director, Creative Cloud, explained how the new updates directly responded to “factors impacting the way creatives work today”—the rapid pace of change, the explosion of mobile and... CONTINUE READING

Highlights from HOW Design Live 2014

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2014
Highlights from HOW Design Live 2014

Distilling five days packed with graphic design advice, inspiration, tools and techniques is a tall order, especially when there were so many noteworthy moments. So, rather than give you a play-by-play here (in no particular order) are some of my HOW Design Live 2014 highlights. Known for her book Designing Brand Identity, Alina Wheeler’s talk “Ready. Set. Reinvent!” was enough to motivate anyone considering a brand reboot. Wheeler shared past and present day stories of famous (and not so... CONTINUE READING

Every Week Two Students Anonymously Create Beautiful Chalkboard Quotes

By: Julia Wild on May 16th 2014
Every Week Two Students Anonymously Create Beautiful Chalkboard Quotes

I tried to look into who these designers are but it seems that very few people know: “They’ve been popping up on campus all semester: intricately worked chalkboard messages with one signature, #dangerdust. The article on their college website continues to explain “I recently sat down with the artistic duo and, while I can’t name names, I did get a sense of who these artists are and what drives them. They wish to remain unnamed (although they admit most... CONTINUE READING

Powerful Stories Through Photography

By: Julia Wild on May 13th 2014
Powerful Stories Through Photography

1. James Mollison, 1973, was born in Kenya but grew up in England. His latest book “Where Children Sleep” was published in 2010 and it tells the story of diverse children from around the world through portraits and photos of their bedrooms. Mollison explains on his website: “When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children’s rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it... CONTINUE READING

Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 5th 2014
Debbie Millman and Ilise Benun talk about what’s new at HOW Design Live

The HOW Design Live 2014 kick off next Monday, in Boston brings an amazing, interdisciplinary speaker line up, including creative heavy–hitters Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister and Maria Popova. But what also caught our attention were the changes in the Creative Freelancer Conference (now the Creative Freelancer Business Conference) founded by Marketing Mentor’s Ilise Benun and the newly added HOW Leadership Conference presented in partnership with Sterling Brands’ Debbie Millman. The changes speak to the ways that boundaries... CONTINUE READING

Kory Grushka Interview: Talking Branding and Package Design

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 7th 2014
Kory Grushka Interview: Talking Branding and Package Design

Grushka had this to say about his passion for packaging design: “I have always been obsessed with branding and design, and I’ve always been drawn to the food and beverage space. Even as a lawyer, I would occasionally take on freelance work for large and small restaurants and non-profits. Was just the perfect fit for me at the end of the day.” The Creative Process When creating a new package or brand identity, a solid plan of action is... CONTINUE READING

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