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You think you know a typeface: just when I thought I’d seen every possible use of Archer, from software to oatmeal logos, I find myself walking past the bookstore and I realize that it’s made an appearance on E L James’ S&M bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. While not exactly graphic design news, this was weird for me, and I think it’s weird for other designers. Archer is the typeface that we use for the fun projects, the ones... CONTINUE READING
Who hasn’t ever hit a creative slump or hit that extraordinarily rough, occasionally ego bruising, patch of writer’s/artist’s/musician’s block where you find yourself face-to-face with a project thinking to yourself “okay, now what”? The question is, how to get out of it. That was the question Alex Cornell an accomplished designer and musician himself, posed to other leading creatives, such as graphic designers Nicolas Felton and Tom Muller, painter and erotic artist Audrey Kawasaki, legendary typographer Erik Spiekermann and... CONTINUE READING
Sappi Ideas That Matter: 2012 Judging Panel and Talk with Four-Time Grant Recipient Doug Hebert on “Designing from the Heart”
Speaking with self described “inspiration junkie” and four-time Sappi Ideas that Matter recipient Doug Hebert, Principal, Design Director, Savage, two things are evident—his passion for cause-driven projects and the critical role that Sappi Ideas that Matter has played in making them happen. Founded on the idea that the power of design can be harnessed for social good and started over a decade ago, Sappi’s Ideas that Matter competition is “an annual, innovative grant program that provides monetary support to... CONTINUE READING
Last month was the first annual GreatGoogaMooga festival, a foodie’s paradise, or “theme park” of New York’s most renowned culinary creators. The festival included food from the biggest, most: Blue Ribbon, Craft, The Spotted Pig, Tia Pol, Luke’s Lobster, Porchetta, Frankies 457 Spuntino, Crif Dogs, etc. (Source) There were also an abundance of live bands including The Roots and Hall & Oats as the headliners each day. I must say I’ve never been to a concert where so many... CONTINUE READING
Q&A with Austin McGhie, president of the Strategy Group at Sterling Brands and author of the newly released, BRAND is a Four Letter Word. Q. What has been the biggest shift in marketing in recent times? A. This one’s easy. The biggest shift in marketing has been the biggest shift in our lives in general: the Internet. Not that many years ago, marketing was understood to be a fairly one-way process. You tried to hammer home your messages and... CONTINUE READING
Sure, there are perks to freelance life like flexible hours and the ability to work from home, but ask any honest independent creative professional and they’ll tell you there are downsides too. One of the biggest? Less daily opportunities for collaboration and interaction with like-minded peers, something The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman comically captures in “Why Working from Home is both Awesome and Horrible” Recognizing this, a growing number of co-working spaces have emerged worldwide with 537 in the... CONTINUE READING
One of the largest sites offering WordPress themes is Elegant Themes. With nearly 100 themes created to date, Elegant Themes takes the approach that “less than more.” Rather than pack each WordPress theme with flashy graphics, superfluous features, and content on top of content, Elegant Themes keeps its designs clean and, well, “elegant.” The site sells to customers and developers using a yearly subscription model. GraphicDesign caught up with Elegant Themes founder and designer Nick Roach, who shared his... CONTINUE READING
While some of the initial uproar may have died down, the topic of crowdsourced design continues to be a lightning rod issue for the industry. Recently, one of the largest design crowdsourcing sites, 99designs held a contest for their own homepage redesign, presenting an opportunity to revisit the controversial topic. I spoke with Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99designs and Debbie Millman, President of the design division at Sterling Brands and President Emeritus of AIGA, the largest professional association for design,... CONTINUE READING
The word “resume” has been known to strike fear in the heart of many a creative (including yours truly), and while advice on best practices abound online, much of it is geared towards more traditional industries, outdated or both. So, where is a creative to turn? Earlier this month creative staffing agency The Creative Group released a survey providing a measure of guidance sure to help alleviate some of our collective resume writing angst. The survey showed that almost... CONTINUE READING
Another busy weekday afternoon in New York City. Hurriedly walking past what at first glance appears to be another plywood construction panel I stopped midway and turned around. What I had thought was just another temporary façade, upon closer inspection revealed itself as art in progress. Or, rather an artistic intervention called Color Splash, part of a larger project Kaavya Jayapratap calls Urban Speed Bumps which are intended to encourage people to slow down, stop and enjoy the moment... CONTINUE READING