15 Poster Examples that Reflect British Propaganda During World War II

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Mar 28th 2014
15 Poster Examples that Reflect British Propaganda During World War II

There are two lessons behind the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster story; the first one is the strength of the visual message, especially when the message itself has a value to the audience. Visualized messages have a better chance of enduring time and lasting for years. The second lesson is the role of design in serving public aims in times of crisis. During the World War II, both the Allies and Axis powers understood the role of media... CONTINUE READING

AMOA-Arthouse Rebrands To The Contemporary Austin

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 24th 2014
AMOA-Arthouse Rebrands To The Contemporary Austin

The resulting name, logo, and identity were basically just the two original identities combined, which created a general confusion and misconceptions about the new entity. The century-old museum and art school, AMOA-Arthouse, has changed their name to The Contemporary Austin, along with launching a new identity and establishing a reinvigorated exhibition focus. The museum uses both their full name and the shortened version, “The Contemporary”. The new vision for The Contemporary Austin will unite the museum’s two major venues,... CONTINUE READING

12 Useful Websites Where Designers Can Download Free Stock Photos

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Mar 19th 2014
12 Useful Websites Where Designers Can Download Free Stock Photos

On the other hand, some projects have such limited budgets that they cannot cover the price of stock photos. Those include personal projects and pilot projects. In these low-payment or no-payment projects, another route should be taken to find resources for the design project. Yes, it is the free route. There are many websites that provide free stock photos with different license plans. For example, some websites allow use of stock photos for both personal and commercial projects, while... CONTINUE READING

3D Print Show, NYC in Review

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Mar 17th 2014
3D Print Show, NYC in Review

The four-day event hosted by Adobe and Shapeways followed closely on the heels of Adobe’s announcement of 3D printing capabilities being introduced in Photoshop ® Creative Cloud , and served to showcase the breadth of 3D printing applications as well as underscore the potential creative and investment opportunities of 3D printing technology. My first stop was the gallery exhibit, where work from Adobe artists Paul Liaw, Francois Veraart and Tobias Klein along with Shapeways design contest winners was on... CONTINUE READING

Interview with studiomfd: Inspiration for the New Waylon Logo

By: Matt Cannon on Mar 10th 2014
Interview with studiomfd: Inspiration for the New Waylon Logo

They devote their time and attention to one project and grow to love each one, whether big or small, well-known or unknown. Preliminary Designs The custom typography is hard to miss. Dirks had the following to say about the eye-catching new type: “The final design all had to do with many, many hours of detailing. A well balanced curve is a very hard thing to create.” While the final design was love at first sight for Waylon, there were... CONTINUE READING

15 Creative Advertising Ideas and The Concept Behind it

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Mar 4th 2014
15 Creative Advertising Ideas and The Concept Behind it

Behind simple ideas like the ones listed below are large amounts of research and brainstorming from a large team inside the advertising agency or company. In order to create a successful advertising idea or concept for a client’s campaign, there must be stages that link the creative and marketing teams. The stages begin with planning the advertising campaign and go through the production phase, ending with research feedback from the consumers. Since this article is more concerned with featuring... CONTINUE READING

The Info About Infographics (Part 2)

By: Neil Tortorella on Feb 28th 2014
The Info About Infographics (Part 2)

Part two will give you practical insights into the process, typical elements of an infographic, such as headlines, context and the all-important story, or narrative, your infographic tells. Plus, I’ll share some tools for creating infographics, use of color and typography and more. This two-part article is just the tip of the info-iceberg. A web search will yield many more resources, tutorials and articles about the topic. Add in a bit of playing around with a pencil, paper and... CONTINUE READING

Top 5 Web and Graphic Design Trends of 2013

By: Matt Cannon on Feb 24th 2014
Top 5 Web and Graphic Design Trends of 2013

Observing web and graphic design trends can give us a better idea of where the design world is headed, at least for the short term. Here are our top 5 web and graphic design trends of 2013. Creative Bloq had this to say about the long awaited trend: “In truth this is a trend that has been long in the making, and Apple themselves were late to the party, but we can safely call flat design one of 2013’s... CONTINUE READING

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