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The 10 Best Books for Graphic Design Students

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 22nd 2012
The 10 Best Books for Graphic Design Students

Many experienced graphic designers somehow regret their time in design school. After ten years in the industry, a routine slowly sets up, you often work on the same projects and it makes it hard to feel as excited as you were when studying graphic design. For me, grabbing a graphic design book is one of the ways I use to re-create some of this initial enthusiasm. If you are still in a university, or any other design school, you... CONTINUE READING

Top 5 Wireframing Tools for Graphic Web Designers

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 21st 2012
Top 5 Wireframing Tools for Graphic Web Designers

Once upon a time, and sometimes still referred to as a blueprint, or a skeleton outline, a wireframe is a low-fi version of a conceptual website design. Normally, it is a visual representation of a basic website layout structure and navigation system. This allows the designer to easily change major site components and collaborate with their team members and clients to build a solid layout before going into the actual design process. This allows the designer to rapidly revise the user... CONTINUE READING

Intuition, How Assumptions Can Lead Us Astray

By: Ted Leonhardt on Jun 19th 2012
Intuition, How Assumptions Can Lead Us Astray

As a designer, I’ve long prided myself on my intuition and ability to “read the writing on the wall.” As I’ve gained experience, and had opportunities to work with many designers who’ve grown their own firms, I’ve learned how common this belief in one’s own intuition is and how easily the assumptions that result can lead one astray. Three examples: My client, Mary, was sure that she’d won an international packaging assignment. Her firm’s experience was an exact match... CONTINUE READING

Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 18th 2012
Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

As a graphic designer, you probably went to a graphic design school and learnt all the necessary skills: typography, color management, Photoshop, Illustrator, drawing, and much more… Once you started working, it’s highly probable that your employer or one of your clients asked you if you could design websites. You probably said yes, since you can create Photoshop mockups for a website, but is that enough for a graphic designer nowadays, or should you learn how to code to... CONTINUE READING

Portfolios – The Bare Necessities of Brand Building

By: Kelly Moeller on Jun 12th 2012
Portfolios – The Bare Necessities of Brand Building

Recently I gave a talk with two fabulous women (Jacqueline Stetson and Barbara Millet) at UPA Boston on Portfolios and the need for them. The audience was a mixed group – Designers, Developers, Usability Professionals, and User Experience Designers. The primary resounding theme we found as the talk went on was the concept of “brand.” Let’s discuss this shall we? As a Designer / Developer / Copywriter – are you doing everything you can to truly embody and be... CONTINUE READING

Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 12th 2012
Notes from Book Expo America 2012: Evolving Role of Designers in Publishing

Last week Book Expo America 2012 took place at Javits Center in New York City. According to a press release, this year the show boasted over 1,300 exhibitors, including 200 new companies, an 18% growth in new exhibitors from 2011. It may surprise some to learn that despite advertising’s higher profile, United States Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2011 show publishing ahead as an industry employer of graphic design, employing designers for content such as books, magazines and... CONTINUE READING

Telemundo’s New Logo is Big, Red and Bonito

By: Matt Cannon on Jun 8th 2012
Telemundo’s New Logo is Big, Red and Bonito

Telemundo Media, the fastest growing broadcast network in primetime among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen, today announced its 2012-2013 programming lineup, with more than 800 hours of original content, increasing the network’s original programming slate by nearly 40 percent. The network’s new programming increase includes six telenovelas, two daytime shows and a reality competition. Telemundo backed up these new changes with a launch of its new branding campaign for the fall and unveiled a new logo capturing the essence... CONTINUE READING

The Best iPhone Apps for Graphic Designers

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 7th 2012
The Best iPhone Apps for Graphic Designers

With the launch of the iPhone several years ago, Apple created the cell phone that everybody wanted. Obviously, a revolutionary gadget like this one could not be ignored by graphic designers. Designers tend to be naturally attracted to Apple’s well designed products, no wonder the iPhone became very popular among them. Of course, graphic designers bought the iPhone for it’s awesome design, wonderful features, and a little for the ego boost. However, on the long term, I would argue... CONTINUE READING

The New Creative Cloud Membership: Is it Really Worth it? (Poll Question)

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 5th 2012
The New Creative Cloud Membership: Is it Really Worth it? (Poll Question)

Adobe is one of the leading companies among design and animation software and tools, and it is rare to find a designer who does not rely on one or more of the Adobe tools in their workflow. After releasing the Adobe Creative Suite, the company started to build a solid integration between applications that help designers work fluently and smoothly with their different products and to transfer projects from one application to another much easier than before. Actually, there... CONTINUE READING

Politics and Design Inseparable in “The Life of Julia”?

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jun 4th 2012
Politics and Design Inseparable in “The Life of Julia”?

Earlier this month “The Life of Julia,” an interactive slideshow designed to contrast the Obama campaign’s policies with Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney’s managed to cause a bit of a stir, generating over 2,900 tweets on Twitter, 51,000 “Likes” on Facebook (as of this writing) and filling the blogosphere and online news channels with an assortment of rebukes, responses and parodies. Politically speaking, perhaps not much remains to be explored. But what about from a graphic design standpoint? Embedded... CONTINUE READING

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