Product Review: QuoteRoller Proposal Generator Software

By: Neil Tortorella on May 28th 2012
Product Review: QuoteRoller Proposal Generator Software

Over the past (Ahem) 35 years, I’ve written enough proposals to fill a tractor-trailer. In the beginning, I was pretty clueless and writing a proposal took a fair amount of time. Back then my close rate wasn’t too hot, either. But, with time and experience, they became easier to research and write. My close rate started to climb, as well. Proposals are one of those necessary business evils many designers wrestle with, newbies and vets, alike. What should be... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design—Now in Production Comes to Governors Island

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 25th 2012
Graphic Design—Now in Production Comes to Governors Island

From products and packaging to printed materials and digital interfaces, graphic design permeates every day life. Since the advent of desktop publishing not only have graphic designer’s roles expanded, but the types of work that fall under the umbrella of graphic design have as well. Current technologies continue to impact design in new and often unexpected ways, hence the organizing theme of “Graphic Design—Now in Production” focusing on “recent innovations in the ways designers work.” Arriving just in time... CONTINUE READING

Grid System Tools for Graphic Designers

By: Matt Cannon on May 25th 2012
Grid System Tools for Graphic Designers

In the last article we talked about Working With Grid Systems and how they can benefit our design structure. Grid-Based layouts are usually much more balanced and aesthetically pleasing to the user as opposed to create on a blank canvas. This is not to say that it’s mandatory but for the right projects a grid and the proper use of gutters (margins) can make all the difference in creating a solid long-lasting impression on the web. When it comes... CONTINUE READING

Interactive Things Have Published a Set of the Best Tools for Data Visualization

By: Jo Gifford on May 25th 2012
Interactive Things Have Published a Set of the Best Tools for Data Visualization

Interactive Things have published a set of the best tools for data visualization, on their site, Data Visualization. Datavisualization.ch is published, built and maintained by Interactive Things, a design and technology studio located in Zürich, Switzerland. Interactive Things provide User Experience, Interaction Design and Data Visualization services for a range of clients including work for educational institutes, NGOs, personal finance services, tele­communi­cation companies and international banks. Author of the collected resource post, Benjamin Wiederkehr is UX & Production Lead... CONTINUE READING

Designing for the iPad Using InDesign CS5 and CS5.5

By: Christine Medley on May 24th 2012
Designing for the iPad Using InDesign CS5 and CS5.5

Designing publications for the iPad isn’t much different than for print— knowing the basics of InDesign for page layout allows you to jump right into interactive tablet design by using the Folio Producer Tools. You can publish engaging brochures, magazines, portfolios and books using the Overlay Creator, Folio Builder and Adobe Content Viewer. Overlay Creator allows you to add iPad interactivity such as slide shows, links, pinching and zooming, movies and sound. Folio Builder uploads your pages to the... CONTINUE READING

Secrets of Psychedelic Text

By: David Bricker on May 24th 2012
Secrets of Psychedelic Text

“Psychedelic text” made famous by artists like Wes Wilson during the 1960′s was actually inspired by Alfred Roller’s work with the Vienna Secession movement in the early 1900s, but the analog techniques used to “liquify” the type in those famous Fillmore posters are often poorly imitated. This video tutorial offers a counter-intuitive but useful approach to warping text where Adobe Flash is used for drawing and type manipulation. Though Flash is most often thought of as a tool used... CONTINUE READING

Designer Develops Alternative Olympics Identity in Defense of Restrictions

By: Jo Gifford on May 23rd 2012
Designer Develops Alternative Olympics Identity in Defense of Restrictions

UK designer Roy McCarthy has developed an alternative Olympics brand, intended for people to celebrate the Games in their own environment. McCarthy was inspired by an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show last weekend in the UK, during which Lord Coe was questioned about legislation around the use of the London 2012 branding. Coe’s remarks were later quoted by Owen Gibson in The Guardian, saying that the legislation was essential “in protecting the sponsors who come to the... CONTINUE READING

How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 22nd 2012
How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

It has been years since I started my career as a graphic designer, and I can still remember the passion and enthusiasm to get my first design task. Many designers get the same feeling when they finish their studies or design school and start their career. As time passes, you experience the ups and downs of your career; you sometimes meet annoying clients, have to work under stress and might encounter problems that could even spoil your great ideas.... CONTINUE READING

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