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
Victionary have published Typoholic, a collection of type projects and a celebration of type in book format. The book features a diverse collection of type projects, including illustrated type, sculptural type as well as inflatable and photographically created letterforms and alphabets. The collection depicts typography from a wide range of design outcomes such as record sleeves, marketing and advertising collateral, graphic identities, as well as art projects. Typoholic is a 288 page volume with a soft cover, and actually... CONTINUE READING
Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design is the latest collection of writings by Michael Bierut of Pentagram, and published by Princeton Architectural Press on 29th February 2012. The book is a 272-page hardcover publication which comprises of two decades of essays ranging from “New York’s faulty “Push for Walk Signal” buttons, to the disappearance of the AT&T logo, to the implications of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire for interaction designers” (via Pentagram). The book is described by cultural website A Very... CONTINUE READING
Build is a design and illustration agency based in London who have just completed a short film for Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the mobile phone technology giants. The film illustrates the benefits of Near Field Communications Technology, (tapping on device onto another in a similar way to Oyster cards in the UK), and featured the work of seven young illustrators who were discovered from the Summer graduate showcases. The featured up and coming illustrators are: Nina Cosford, Tom Edwards, Sam Falconer,... CONTINUE READING
Don’t let the name fool you, “How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer” by noted brand designer, Debbie Millman is not a typical “how to” book. In Millman’s introduction she clearly sates, “the book is a glimpse into the minds of reverend masters in order to understand the way they think and why”. You won’t find chapters full of checklists for becoming a graphic designer; rather it is a very honest presentation of how giants of the industry... CONTINUE READING
At first glance, Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design by Bryony Gomez Palacio and Armin Vit appears to be very similar to dozens of other titles that are available on the market today. It does not take the reader long, however, to discover that this 400+ page, beautifully illustrated manuscript gives a timeless view into the world of graphic art and how it has evolved throughout modern times. Readers will... CONTINUE READING
The 13th edition of the Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines is a go-to manual for a diverse array of artists in the ever changing, ever evolving, graphic design industry. The book is a bit bulky, but contains all the information an artist would want and will need to start a thriving business as a graphic artist. As a union, the Graphic Artist’s Guild’s goal is to support all creative professionals including graphic and web designers,... CONTINUE READING
On November 9th, a highly anticipated book is being published; Saul Bass; A Life in Film & Design. Bass was considered one of the greatest American designers of the 20th century and influenced the identity of many classic films with his graphic title contributions. Saul Bass lived from 1920 to 1996. During his remarkable lifetime he created many high visible compelling images in the pop and commercial worlds. Saul Bass; A Life in Film & Design is the first... CONTINUE READING
Each fall, freshmen college students at Northern Kentucky University are assigned a reading list. That expectation has been in place since 2000. This year their reading list has one special addition. One of the former NKU students went on to become an author and has had his graphic novel chosen to be on the select recommended reading list. First Time It is the first time that the students are reading a graphic novel as part of their requirements. Around... CONTINUE READING
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