Smashing Magazine, the hub of web design and creativity has had a fresh re-design. The work of Elliot Jay Stocks, Ben Bodien, Ryan Taylor and the Smashing Team, the new look was unveiled this January 2012. Smashing Magazine is a website offering resources and tutorials for web developers and web designers. Founded in 2006 by Sven Lennartz and Editor Vitaly Friedman the magazine has grown in popularity and readership to be a hub of the web design and development... CONTINUE READING
A potential pitfall of writing is becoming overly enamored of one’s subject. This is exactly what occurred when I started researching the work of Tom Morin whose work is now on view at Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Library in an exhibit entitled “Threads of Influence: The Visual History of a Life in Graphic Design.” Morin is an accomplished graphic designer specializing in corporate communications and branding and identity design whose career spans forty years. The exhibit, loosely... CONTINUE READING
The SOPA protest has hit home this last week how much of our Internet life could be affected if the bills go ahead. The free speech, knowledge sharing and un-policed land of the net is under threat from SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA, the Protect IP Act, currently being debated by US Congress. The decision will be made next week. To bring our attention to the two acts and the devastating effects they could have on... CONTINUE READING
The Museum of Me has won the FWA Site of the Year award for 2011. The project for Intel uses the Facebook platform to link photographs in the users account in the creation of a virtual museum space, showcasing “a visual archive of your social life.” The innovative project was the product of a collaboration between Japanese agency Projector and DELTRO,TAIYO KIKAKU, Rhizomatiks and MountPosition Inc. for Intel, with the brief to represent Intel as Visibly Smart. On winning... CONTINUE READING
In my January 3rd article, Fueling the Creative Economy I wrote about the appointment of Joe Bookchin to the position of director of the Office of the Creative Economy in Vermont, as well as creative economy initiatives in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and their importance to our industry’s continued health and development. Subsequently, I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by Jean Maginnis, Founder & Executive Director, Maine Center for Creativity and Christine Harris, CEO Christine Harris Connections and... CONTINUE READING
Last week DC Comics revealed a new grayscale version of their new logo, which seemed to disappoint comic fans everywhere across the Internet. A week later, DC released their branding plans for the logo and everything came together very nicely. The logo itself doesn’t really scream “Comics!” or even remotely look like a comic book company at first glace. Rethinking a comic book company sounds like a pretty heavy task and the branding really saved this logo. The logo... CONTINUE READING
Good news for graphic designers arrived this week despite the somewhat disappointing retail holiday season. Major retail chain Kohl’s Corporation announced plans to open a new design studio in Santa Monica, California as well as expand their existing studio at 1400 Broadway in New York which may represent the possibility of much needed new jobs. According to a January 12th press release posted on the company’s site, approximately two floors will be added to the New York design offices... CONTINUE READING
Fantasy, sci-fi, comic fans and lovers of all things Jim Henson are in for a treat! In an exclusive interview for Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life, graphic novel publisher, Archaia announced plans for a graphic novel prequel to Jim Henson’s film, Labyrinth. Labyrinth tells the story of 15-year old Sara, who resents her stepmother and is tired of always having to watch her baby step-brother Toby. She spends much of her time imagining a fantasy world where she is a... CONTINUE READING
Nike has launched a new campaign for the new year 2012 called ‘Make it Count’; the campaign features elite British Nike athletes through black and white portraits with their own handwriting below the image to bring a personal angle to their individual pledges. The portraits are in partnership with a series of online films directed by Joe Roberts, which explores each Nike athletes’ drive to achieve their goals in 2012. The whole campaign is spread with the hashtag #makeitcount... CONTINUE READING
While infographics in and of themselves aren’t new, a recent article in Fast Company by John Palvus calls attention to an interesting research paper exploring their persuasive power. For those of you unfamiliar with infographics, also known as information graphics, a basic definition is that they are visual representations of information. Specifically from a design standpoint infographics are intended to convey complex or large amounts of data in an accessible, succinct, easy-to-read and high-impact manner. (In)Famous examples you may... CONTINUE READING
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