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In the days of Pin-Up Girls, artists would render upgraded versions of the models based on photographs to achieve the look every woman wanted at the time. This is an old tradition and a false reality that we have accepted and become comfortably numb to in mass marketing for quite some time. We’re always told not to believe everything we read. In a digital age where reality is so easily skewed by a simple box of tools inside Photoshop,... CONTINUE READING
Jo Gifford is a designer, writer, blogger and founder of Cherry Sorbet Creative. With 15 years experience in graphic design in the hair, beauty and lifestyle industries working with a diverse range of clients her portfolio career continues to evolve, which is just how she likes it. As a designer Jo, art directs and project manages a team of co-workers, and is most in her element when running a brainstorming session or one of her many workshops hosted by... CONTINUE READING
James George is a graphic designer, web designer and writer from Knoxville, Tennessee. Graduating with a BS from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, James has been designing for print and the web for the last 6 years. James is an expert in print and web design, creating logos, printed materials, identities and websites that his clients can be proud of. With his love and dedication to the field of design, he launched Creative Beacon, so that he could help... CONTINUE READING
‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’ is currently exhibiting at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis until 22 January. The exhibition explores how design has grown and evolved over the last decade and, more specifically, how the world of design has been shaped by design-led books, posters and magazines such as Wallpaper*. The major international exhibition is the largest on the subject since the seminal 1989 exhibition Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History also at Walker Arts, and the... CONTINUE READING
Lately I get the feeling that when people hear the word “design” images of Don Draper-like ad-men plying clients with hard liquor, irresistible pitches and sheer animal magnetism come to their minds. But design can be used for more than just selling the latest product or service, it can be used as political commentary or, as the title of Milton Glaser’s book so eloquently terms it, “The Design of Dissent.” From El Lissitsky’s 1919 poster, “Beat the Whites with... CONTINUE READING
Build is a design and illustration agency based in London who have just completed a short film for Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the mobile phone technology giants. The film illustrates the benefits of Near Field Communications Technology, (tapping on device onto another in a similar way to Oyster cards in the UK), and featured the work of seven young illustrators who were discovered from the Summer graduate showcases. The featured up and coming illustrators are: Nina Cosford, Tom Edwards, Sam Falconer,... CONTINUE READING
Global color experts at the Pantone Color Institute have announced that “Tangerine Tango”, a vivid red-orange is to be the top colour of 2012. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute explains the choice, saying “It’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things”, and that “There’s the element of encouragement with orange,” relevant in particular to the current economic climate . Leatrice Eiseman is a world renowned... CONTINUE READING
Matt Cannon is a Freelance Graphic Designer & Creative Director living in Brooklyn, NY. He was born with a computer mouse in hand and hasn’t put it down since. He has over 10 years of experience designing strong, effective corporate brand identity and specializes in website composites, logos, print and brainstorming and designing user interfaces for web and mobile environments. He always aims to create out of the box experiences when approaching creative projects rather than in-the-box, template based... CONTINUE READING
Nathaniel Coalson is a nature, travel and fine art photographer and mixed media fine artist based in Leicester, England and Denver, Colorado. Nat has worked professionally in the arts and photography, digital imaging and printing since 1987. Prior to his current career as a professional photographer, Nat worked for over 15 years as a graphic designer in print and web. His work has been exhibited extensively, received numerous awards and is held in private and corporate collections. Nat is... CONTINUE READING
The Occupy London movement has a new identity. The winning logo, created and voted for anonymously, won over 17 others in a public vote for the recent open competition. The work of renowned social activist and legendary graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook, the winning project was undertaken pro bono and will be implemented across web and social media communications. It is also available for download for printed collateral and materials for future protests and campaigns. Until the new logo was... CONTINUE READING