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And keeping with tradition, he says that he’s designed over a thousand jackets in Go’s introduction. There are some designers who may be disappointed that Go is written for children, but while the book is written on a fourth grade level, it’s not lacking information. Absolutely no space is wasted—even the copyright page is used to explain the history of the copyright symbol. And every page has Kidd’s wit and verve: “Congratulations, you have decided to open this book,... CONTINUE READING
A quick look at the table of contents shows the range of topics covered—from why the UI behind Microsoft’s Notepad application is successful to how iPhone’s Instagram application creates a “seamless” user experience through complete integration with the device itself, to perhaps less commonly encountered UI challenges such as Yupp TV’s 10-foot interface. Described on the back cover as a “comprehensive, cross-disciplinary encyclopedia of user interface (UI) design,” “Digital Design Essentials” does not disappoint. Through 100 annotated examples, each... CONTINUE READING
In four paragraphs, and in a book about cartooning, Brunetti then carefully detailed how to properly prepare spaghetti aglio e oglio. It tells you a lot about Ivan Brunetti; his Italian heritage, his belief in technique and form, his appreciation of simplicity. Above all, that last part is what makes Brunetti as much a graphic designer as a cartoonist. As he notes in the introduction to Aesthetics, his latest book, in his native Italian, “The word disegno literally meant... CONTINUE READING
The truth be told, there are loads of very talented designers out there competing against one another. But, it takes more than graphic design talent to be successful. It also requires the core business and managerial skills all small businesses need to master to be successful. That means a balancing act of wearing many hats including office manager; sales person; bookkeeper; human resources manager; janitor; chief cook and bottle washer, as well as graphic design. It tends to be... CONTINUE READING
Adobe offers a variety of subscription levels for Creative Cloud. The 30-day free trial provides 2GB of storage, but allows for only limited access to the array of applications. Its standard $49.99 US/month “Complete Individual” subscription provides full versions of Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Acrobat®, and more, along with full access to services to help subscribers create mobile-ready content and apps; 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration. It does, however, require an annual commitment that is billed... CONTINUE READING
For the uninformed, an ambigram is a word, art form or other symbolic representation, whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation. There are various forms of ambigrams including rotational, mirror-image, chain, symbiotograms, 3-D and perceptual shift among others. The earliest known non-natural ambigram dates back to 1893 in works created by artist Peter Newell. Newell published two books of invertible illustrations, in which the picture turns into a different image entirely... CONTINUE READING
“It’s not science, but it’s beautiful and all artists recognize this” says Ed Ruscha in his forward to Sign Painters, a book about hand painted signs and the people who create them. And yet sign painting must be a science—the spacing, the embellishments, brushwork, the fluidity of the type. Hand painted signs were once just signs, but now in an era of Photoshop and Illustrator, they’re something else—they’re a mark that says that someone cared enough to get something... CONTINUE READING
For designers, bloggers or anyone searching for easy-to-use, yet incredibly sophisticated website creation and hosting, a solution may be in sight. Last Friday Squarespace officially announced the release of Squarespace 6, an extensive overhaul of their previous platform, which adds 50 new features to their core service sure to please even the finickiest critic. Counted among the new features are a highly intuitive, drag n’ drop site-building interface called LayoutEngine which dynamically aligns and resizes content to a perfect... CONTINUE READING
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
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