Adobe Buys Typekit

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 3rd 2012
Adobe Buys Typekit

Adobe, the software giant for the design and digital world has acquired Typekit, the website typeface enabler. Announced at Adobe’s Annual MAX conference late 2011 by CTO Kevin Lynch, the new acquisition was explained as part of the company’s “Creative Cloud” strategy. Typekit is a hugely popular webfonts service which enables web developers and bloggers to easily facilitate fonts in their design without the need for code knowledge. API development and integration means the service works with self hosted... CONTINUE READING

Two Animated Children’s Films Get Oscar Nomination

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 3rd 2012
Two Animated Children's Films Get Oscar Nomination

Animation lovers take note, two beautifully drawn films to receive the Oscar nod for best animated feature this week; Chico and Rita and A Cat in Paris are soon to be released for your viewing pleasure. Captured in bold lines and washes of color by Spain’s celebrated artist and designer Javier Mariscal Chico and Rita is a love story set in pre-Castro Havana. Chico is a talented young piano player and Rita is the beautiful singer who captures his... CONTINUE READING

GraphicDesign.com Announces Formation of Industry Advisory Council

By: GD Staff on Feb 2nd 2012
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GraphicDesign.com is forming an Industry Advisory Council. The members of the council will be introduced to the public in the near future. Feedback and input from the Industry Advisory Council will be instrumental to GraphicDesign.com in areas such as site design, user experience, content topics, suggested new contributors as well as major site initiatives. Both as individuals and as a group the Advisory Council will represent voices of leadership from within a broad cross-section of the graphic design industry.... CONTINUE READING

2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Still Time to Enter

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 31st 2012
2012 Adobe Design Achievement Awards - Still Time to Enter

Graphic design students, faculty and staff—there’s still time to enter your best work in The Adobe® Design Achievement Awards! The international competition, which began in 2001 and was, established to “ … celebrate student and faculty achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts” is being held in partnership for the fourth year in a row with Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) the world body for professional communication design. The Adobe® Design Achievement Awards... CONTINUE READING

Jenny Craig Rebrands and Slims Name Down to “jenny”

By: Matt Cannon on Jan 30th 2012
Jenny Craig Rebrands and Slims Name Down to “jenny”

Jenny Craig a brand recognized all the way back to 1983. Jenny Craig and her husband Sidney started the weight loss and nutrition company offering customers diet programs that people could do at home as well as visit an office that they call their “In-Centre”. Today, there are over 650 Jenny Craig locations worldwide. Consumer reports named the entire plan the number one diet in the world last year. They have released a new logo and a new brand... CONTINUE READING

State Farm Insurance 90th Anniversary Rebrand

By: Matt Cannon on Jan 28th 2012
State Farm Insurance 90th Anniversary Rebrand

George J Mecherle founded State Farm Insurance in 1992, originally specializing in auto insurance segmented only for Farmers. Today, it provides multiple types of insurance, including banking and financial assistance. They are no stranger to the modern public sitting at number 37 on the Fortune 500 list and generating 63.2 billion dollars in revenue in 2011. State Farm was already updating their ads to a more colorful, witty feel to target a younger and wider audience. Next, they decided... CONTINUE READING

Random Design Project 2012

By: Jo Gifford on Jan 28th 2012
Random Design Project 2012

Design plays a huge part in global events, but on a smaller scale anyone can get involved and inspired by design as part of Random Project 2012. The project, which first ran as part of the London Design Festival, invites the public to design a postcard relating to an aspect of Olympic host city London, the forthcoming Olympics, or 2012. The Random Project is a concept to showcase an ever-increasing number of postcards created by the public and designers... CONTINUE READING

Wacom Webinar Launch – Designing Under Pressure

By: Jo Gifford on Jan 27th 2012
Wacom Webinar Launch - Designing Under Pressure

Wacom have launched a series of webinars to assist those working in graphic design to make the most of their tools alongside the usual graphic design software. Designing Under Pressure, a webinar run in association with Graphic Design USA, is an informative session that “pushes back the barriers of conventional design” (via gdusa.com) Wacom’s very own Application Specialist, Wes Maggio, will lead the webinar on February 28th. He will demonstrate how most of the everyday leading graphic design software... CONTINUE READING

Smashing Mag Re-design

By: Jo Gifford on Jan 27th 2012
Smashing Mag Re-design

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

Tom Morin’s Threads of Influence Exhibit

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 27th 2012
Tom Morin's Threads of Influence Exhibit

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

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