Finding Your Graphic Design Muse

By: Neil Tortorella on Oct 1st 2013
Finding Your Graphic Design Muse

For Toronto-based, Ronnie LeBow, owner and creative director at LEBOW, inspiration often comes while taking a shower. Susan Barnabee Long, a graphic designer based in Illinois, prefers to tuck problems away in a corner of her mind while they percolate. Design inspiration is all around us. It can be found in music, literature and other creative disciplines such as architecture, interior design, product design, illustration and photography. It’s simply a matter of paying attention. For example, children can be... CONTINUE READING

RadioShack Unveils New Logo and Opens New Concept Store in Manhattan

By: Matt Cannon on Sep 26th 2013
RadioShack Unveils New Logo and Opens New Concept Store in Manhattan

The company offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs approximately 30,000+ knowledgeable and helpful sales experts globally. RadioShack’s retail network includes more than 4,300 company-operated stores in the United States, 270 company-operated stores in Mexico, and approximately 1,000 dealer and other outlets worldwide. GraphicDesign.com The electronic retail brand recently opened the... CONTINUE READING

Little Voices Creative Studio Discuss Branding and Design Philosophy

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Sep 25th 2013
Little Voices Creative Studio Discuss Branding and Design Philosophy

Little voices have won a number of design awards and have worked for a variety of clients including a recent collaboration with Amy Wilde Photography. We spoke to Little Voices, finding out more about their design journey and this latest branding project… How did your design studio Little Voices begin? Little Voices consists primarily of myself and one other dual photographer/designer when necessary, but others have been called in for their expertise when needed. It primarily began, as a... CONTINUE READING

Jaymie McAmmond Talks Typography, Detailing Her Recent Starbucks Mural Campaign

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Sep 11th 2013
Jaymie McAmmond Talks Typography, Detailing Her Recent Starbucks Mural Campaign

Jaymie was approached by Starbucks Canada recently, who asked her to design murals to be displayed across certain areas of Toronto. After seeing the designer’s work on Behance.net, these striking images caught our eye. We spoke to Jaymie, asking about her graphic design career so far and the story behind the Starbucks campaign… At what point did you become interested in graphic design? I got into graphic design in a sort of a round about way. In high school... CONTINUE READING

Product Design Ideas to Solve Daily Life Problems

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Sep 10th 2013
Product Design Ideas to Solve Daily Life Problems

Product design is defined as the process of generating and developing ideas that are used for creating new products or improving existing ones. Unlike creative arts, design uses both art and science to visualize ideas or deliver a message to the consumers. This concept behind design can be applied to product design, industrial design, graphic design, and other branches of the design industry. The Role of Design in Our Life Product design is one of the core fields of... CONTINUE READING

“Digital Design Essentials” Book Review and Q&A with Raj Lal

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Sep 7th 2013
“Digital Design Essentials” Book Review and Q&A with Raj Lal

A quick look at the table of contents shows the range of topics covered—from why the UI behind Microsoft’s Notepad application is successful to how iPhone’s Instagram application creates a “seamless” user experience through complete integration with the device itself, to perhaps less commonly encountered UI challenges such as Yupp TV’s 10-foot interface. Described on the back cover as a “comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of user interface (UI) design,” “Digital Design Essentials” does not disappoint. Through 100 annotated examples, each... CONTINUE READING

Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part Three: The Design Presentation

By: Neil Tortorella on Sep 4th 2013
Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part Three: The Design Presentation

After the project research, brainstorming sessions, thumbnails, rough layouts and such you’ve arrived at what you believe are, say, three solid solutions to your client’s quandary. It’s time for show and tell. The design presentation, when handled correctly, can cement your relationship with your client and have them doing the happy dance. Blow it and you can easily find yourself doing a myriad of revisions or worse. Worse would be your client saying, “Well … um … thanks for... CONTINUE READING

8 Ways to Make Your Work Look Better by Using Special Printing Techniques

By: Mirko Humbert on Sep 2nd 2013
8 Ways to Make Your Work Look Better by Using Special Printing Techniques

Of course, knowing the basics of typography, layout rules, color management, illustration, or any other skill that graphic designers use on a daily basis is a must. Nevertheless, some printing techniques can help you to take your work from good to great. Adding that extra touch will sometimes be costly, but it will definitely make your designs better. You should also not use these techniques without knowing what you are doing, otherwise you could end up with the opposite... CONTINUE READING

Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part 2: The New Business Presentation

By: Neil Tortorella on Aug 31st 2013
Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part 2: The New Business Presentation

However, don’t think designing is all you’ll be doing. There’s a good chance you may be recruited to attend a new business pitch at some point. That’s especially true if a small shop employs you. Even if there’s an account executive or two, many new business presentations include some creative folks. Prospective clients like to meet the person or persons who will be creating their materials. I’ve written this often, but it bears mention again – People buy from... CONTINUE READING

Studio Swine Explain the Modernist Influence Behind their Sao Paulo Design Collection

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Aug 28th 2013
Studio Swine Explain the Modernist Influence Behind their Sao Paulo Design Collection

Based in London and Sao Paulo, Studio Swine has worked with an array of high profile brands including Veuve Clicquot and Droog. They have also exhibited at the Barbican and the V&A, as well as appearing at New York and London Fashion Week. In addition, Studio Swine recently received international acclaim with awards such as the Gold Prize at BIO23 Biennale of Design Slovenia and recently being nominated for Designs of the Year Award 2013 at the Design Museum... CONTINUE READING

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