The Top 9 Attributes of Successful Design Agencies

By: Preston Lee on May 2nd 2012
The Top 9 Attributes of Successful Design Agencies

Whether you’re a thriving, multi-branch design agency with hundreds of employees or a 2-person partnership working to build your business, there are a few key things you should be doing to garner as much success as possible. Having worked for and with many (many, many) of them myself, I would like to offer a quick list of the most important attributes of successful design firms. For those out there who don’t want to start or grow their own design... CONTINUE READING

Which Comes First: The Web Design or The Graphic Design?

By: Neil Tortorella on Apr 24th 2012
Which Comes First: The Web Design or The Graphic Design?

The short answer is both. While the front-end graphic designer is busy with design, layout, typography, image research and such, the back-end web designer (let’s call them a coder) is busy setting up the server, databases, installing software, writing various custom code and the likes. The trick is to keep the communications open so the left hand knows what the right is doing and vice versa. When the communication fails, problems rear their ugly heads and they do it... CONTINUE READING

DC Women’s Shoes Gets Girly

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 13th 2012
DC Women’s Shoes Gets Girly

Founded in 1993, DC Shoes (originally Droors Clothing) quickly gained notoriety among the skateboarding community. What began as a garage operation making and marketing skateboarding footwear quickly grew into a household action sports brand. Today, DC Shoes is a leading designer and manufacturer of performance skateboarding and snowboarding footwear, whose product line has broadened to include snowboards, apparel, outerwear and other fashion accessories. Expanding the brand beyond its originally male-dominated identity, the DC Shoes business evolved to appeal to... CONTINUE READING

Game Design: The Evolution from Entertainment to Art Form

By: Carisa Swenson on Apr 12th 2012
Game Design: The Evolution from Entertainment to Art Form

The world of video games is a varied and often breathtaking landscape encompassing elements that easily transcend “game” to “art”. Many independent studios, freed from the constraint of having to meet vigorous sales numbers, are designing games that reach new visual heights, and are proving that video games are, and can be, used as an artistic medium — one which inspires and creates long-lasting impressions on the participant, much like traditional forms of art. Most notably, mainstream art institutions... CONTINUE READING

The Adani Group Expands with an Explosion of Color

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 10th 2012
The Adani Group Expands with an Explosion of Color

The Adani Group started in 1988, as a commodity-trading firm. Today, it has grown to become one of India’s leading business houses, with operations in Australia and Indonesia and ambitious plans for international expansion. In the financial year 2011-12, the group’s revenue will exceed $7 billion. The board believes that the Group is now of a scale where it needs to manage its brand actively and professionally to prepare for the future. As a first step, Adani appointed Wolff... CONTINUE READING

US Speedskating Gets Struck by Color

By: Matt Cannon on Apr 3rd 2012
US Speedskating Gets Struck by Color

US Speedskating is a non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speedskating in the United States. Its mission is to be one of the premier speed skating organizations in the world through excellence in leadership, development and performance. To date, US Speedskating has won 85 Olympic medals, making it the most successful winter sport in the U.S. In addition to its elite programs, US... CONTINUE READING

The American Red Cross Evolves Their Logo

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 31st 2012
The American Red Cross Evolves Their Logo

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The organization officially unveiled its new brand identity this February with a logo that features the iconic Red... CONTINUE READING

Digital Photography Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on Mar 30th 2012
Digital Photography Essentials

Relatively recently, digital photography has exploded into mainstream culture. Of course, regular people have enjoyed taking pictures for decades, but not until the advent of digital capture has photography captured the imagination of the masses. What was once the realm of professional photographers has spilled over into popular culture, and as a result, graphic designers are more frequently handling the capture and/or processing of original photographs. Along with type, photography has always been intrinsic to graphic design, and digital... CONTINUE READING

Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 29th 2012
Bongo Comics Misdirected New Logo and Comic Book Titles

Bongo Comics Group is a lesser-known Comic Book publishing company established in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison and Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. They publish comics related to the animated television series The Simpsons and Futurama along with original material. It was named after Bongo, a rabbit character in Groening’s comic strip Life In Hell. Long time Art Director Nathan Kane has now been promoted to Creative Director, replacing Bill Morrison, who is still rumored to be working on secret side projects with Groening.... CONTINUE READING

The Associated Press’s New Identity and Mobile App

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 27th 2012
The Associated Press’s New Identity and Mobile App

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP. The Associated Press has rolled out a new visual identity this year. The identity system is the first significant change in AP’s look... CONTINUE READING

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