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Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 6th 2012
Creative Co-working Space Weld, “A Place for Creatives” Opens in Dallas

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-on-One with Nick Roach of Elegant Themes + Poll Question

By: Julia Wild on May 29th 2012
One-on-One with Nick Roach of Elegant Themes + Poll Question

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

Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? (Poll Question)

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 21st 2012
Crowdsourced Design: Commoditization or Democratization? (Poll Question)

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

Survey Says, “Resume Design Matters”…a lot

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 18th 2012
Survey Says, “Resume Design Matters”…a lot

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

Urban Speed Bumps: Designed for Engagement

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 2nd 2012
Urban Speed Bumps: Designed for Engagement

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

826 National: Advancing Student Writing with a Design Twist

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 23rd 2012
826 National: Advancing Student Writing with a  Design Twist

Earlier this month, in an article on Sappi’s Standard No. 5 event in NYC I promised you more about 826 National, a phenomenal non-profit organization providing students aged 6-18 with after-school tutoring, field trips, in-school projects and other programs centered around writing, creativity, and from a student perspective most important—fun. When I learned of 826 National I was impressed not only by their mission but by the clear role graphic design plays in the organization, most visibly in their... CONTINUE READING

Behance Portfolio Review Week

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Apr 18th 2012
Behance Portfolio Review Week

Portfolio review—two words capable of striking fear into the hearts of artists and designers everywhere. It can be one of the most valuable exercises for creatives to undergo but many of us dread it. Not only is there critique of the work, but the actual presentation of the work itself. Digital, print, both? How many pieces? What to include, what to leave out? Underlying it all is the fact that portfolio review is typically done in an academic or... CONTINUE READING

WantedDesign NYC 2012

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 29th 2012
WantedDesign NYC 2012

Showing that things can be better the second time around, WantedDesign NYC returns to New York City May 18–21, 2012. Through a series of exhibits, workshops, conversations, student contests and more this second edition of the three-day event focusing on architecture, industrial, product and interior design, promises to delight and inspire. Additionally, this year marks the introduction of a transatlantic “Design Students Challenge” where students from six participating schools from the United States and France will have three days... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Hiring Trends and Positions in Demand: Insights from The Creative Group

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 20th 2012
Graphic Design Hiring Trends and Positions in Demand: Insights from The Creative Group

If you’re looking for some good news to start your week then look no further! As a follow up to our article “Skills Designers Need Now” we asked Donna Farrugia, executive director of well known and highly regarded staffing agency The Creative Group to weigh in on graphic design hiring trends and positions in demand for 2012, as well as new portfolio and résumé standards. In addition to answering our questions, Donna, who manages operations for the firm’s locations... CONTINUE READING

TYPO Conference Comes to San Francisco

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 13th 2012
TYPO Conference Comes to San Francisco

The first days of spring are nearly here, a perfect time to shake off any left over winter blues and recharge our creative batteries. Enter TYPO, the leading international design conference. An outgrowth of well-known typography publication FUSE magazine, TYPO has evolved over the course of 16 years from being a typography focused event to “a broader platform exploring graphic design, digital media, advertisement, technology, culture, entertainment and business.” Providing unique opportunities for designers to gather, share and discuss... CONTINUE READING

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