GE’s Throttle Up: An Interactive Experience Guaranteed to Blow You Away

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 7th 2012
GE’s Throttle Up: An Interactive Experience Guaranteed to Blow You Away

Shake off those Monday doldrums and get ready for a week chock-full of creative presentations, events and awards shows! Today kicks off New York Creative Week, and while there’s no shortage of fantastic things to see and do (after all it is New York), GE’s mind blowing Throttle Up should be on everyone’s “must see” list. Happening alongside Creative Week, and located down the street from the events at Galapagos, Throttle Up is an installation featuring GE’s one-of-a-kind, 34’... CONTINUE READING

Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 7th 2012
Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6

Actually, many designers think the 3D feature in Photoshop CS6 will replace other 3D applications such as 3Ds Max or Maya, which is not true. The 3D in Photoshop does not aim to kill other 3D products; it aims to fulfill an intermediate gap between Photoshop and 3D applications. In many designs, you need to add 3D elements such as a 3D model or scene to use in your web, print or desktop design project. This does not require... CONTINUE READING

Adobe Creative Suite’s Loud New Rebrand

By: Matt Cannon on May 4th 2012
Adobe Creative Suite’s Loud New Rebrand

Adobe Creative Suite 6, the driving force behind the marketing industry recently released version CS6, which includes 19 applications and four different main suites to choose from. The design packaging was designed by Tolleson Design, who is also behind the design of CS4 and CS5. Adobe now offers what is likely to be an even more popular pricing option, the Adobe Creative Cloud, which also offers online storage, versioning, and sharing along with all the Master Collection of applications.... CONTINUE READING

Stanley Donwood’s LA Show

By: Jo Gifford on May 4th 2012
Stanley Donwood’s LA Show

Artist and designer Stanley Donwood’s latest show is currently on display at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, entitled “Lost Angeles”. The main piece of work in the show is an 18-foot panoramic piece depicting the City of Angels being destroyed by fire, flood and meteor storm in an apocalyptic illustration. The current show is a follow up to his 2006 London Views collection, which depicted London in the throes of being consumed by fire and flood. He says of... CONTINUE READING

The Top 9 Attributes of Successful Design Agencies

By: Preston Lee on May 2nd 2012
The Top 9 Attributes of Successful Design Agencies

Whether you’re a thriving, multi-branch design agency with hundreds of employees or a 2-person partnership working to build your business, there are a few key things you should be doing to garner as much success as possible. Having worked for and with many (many, many) of them myself, I would like to offer a quick list of the most important attributes of successful design firms. For those out there who don’t want to start or grow their own design... CONTINUE READING

Urban Speed Bumps: Designed for Engagement

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on May 2nd 2012
Urban Speed Bumps: Designed for Engagement

Another busy weekday afternoon in New York City. Hurriedly walking past what at first glance appears to be another plywood construction panel I stopped midway and turned around. What I had thought was just another temporary façade, upon closer inspection revealed itself as art in progress. Or, rather an artistic intervention called Color Splash, part of a larger project Kaavya Jayapratap calls Urban Speed Bumps which are intended to encourage people to slow down, stop and enjoy the moment... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Principles in Web Design: Part 2

By: Matt Cannon on May 2nd 2012
Graphic Design Principles in Web Design: Part 2

Check out Part 1 first covering Contrast and Repetition if you missed it. It’s good to remind ourselves as Graphic Designers that when designing for web, there is a good measure of heritage spawning from other forms of art. Art forms such as Typography, Lithography, Illustration, Industrial Design, Textures, Painting, etc. All of these forms of fine art have provided us with collective guidance to embracing our own artistic undertakings today. When discussing different Graphic Design Principles in regards... CONTINUE READING

Working with Grid Systems

By: Matt Cannon on May 1st 2012
Working with Grid Systems

Many modern website designs are based on a grid. Grids can give the designer an automatic sense of structure and usability when planning the site. This can simplify the design process and make the content feel more user friendly. The grid system is a step up from a template because the design aspect is still up to you; the guides are already in place, reducing your options as a designer. This basically leaves you with width and height to... CONTINUE READING

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