79 Short Essays on Design

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 28th 2012
79 Short Essays on Design

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

Things You Will Not Learn in Graphic Design School

By: Mirko Humbert on Feb 25th 2012
Things You Will Not Learn in Graphic Design School

After almost ten years working as freelance graphic and web designer, there are many things I miss about my time in graphic design school. First, the environment was excellent to become better at designing; no constraints, lots of creative freedom, passionate conversations about design between classmates, interesting teachers, and much more. However, I must say that although studying graphic design taught me some solid basics about graphic design, there are areas that I did not cover in graphic design... CONTINUE READING

The Carolina Panthers Have a New Cat in Town

By: Matt Cannon on Feb 24th 2012
The Carolina Panthers Have a New Cat in Town

The Carolina Panthers, a team, which entered the NFL in 1995 as an expansion to the NFL, has re-branded their logo since their inception. The logo first leaked on The Panther’s Facebook page and made its debut at the Pro Bowl on a commercial for Vapor Jet Gloves by Nike. The revision of the logo correlates with Nike replacing Reebok as their official apparel provider beginning this 2012 season. Carolina Panthers President Danny Morison said “We have one of... CONTINUE READING

Students to Watch in 2012

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 23rd 2012
Students to Watch in 2012

Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) have also announced, alongside their People to Watch in 2012, their Students to Watch in 2012. The selection of 25 bright young things is sponsored by The Creative Group, and offers a platform for tomorrow’s leaders in graphic design to be recognized and showcased. The students to watch are: Terrence Fradet an undergraduate at SCAD completing his BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Printmaking. Fradet “designs information graphics to allow for a more... CONTINUE READING

Adobe Fireworks – The Graphic Designer’s Secret Weapon

By: David Bricker on Feb 23rd 2012
Adobe Fireworks - The Graphic Designer's Secret Weapon

In my arsenal of graphic design tools, Adobe Fireworks is my secret weapon. Without it, I’d change professions. It’s that good. In this post, I’ll touch on a few of the many features and possibilities that make Fireworks my favorite graphics application. If you look on the Adobe site, you won’t find Fireworks listed in the product dropdown menu on the home page, but you will find it hidden away in your bundle of Creative Suite applications. Fireworks offers an... CONTINUE READING

Aetna Redesigns Logo, The Results are Sterile

By: Matt Cannon on Feb 21st 2012
Aetna Redesigns Logo, The Results are Sterile

Aetna, an age-old Health Insurance brand started 157 years ago breathes youth into its brand with a new logo and amazing application to go along with it. The previous icon featured a dark blue serif font and a dated fitness type figure as their icon. Siegel+Gale is responsible for the new modern redesign and have gone in a completely new and fresh direction for the company relying on a beautiful purple color and slick lowercase typography. The company said... CONTINUE READING

Offset 2012: Dublin

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 21st 2012
Offset 2012: Dublin

Offset 2012 is taking place this year in Dublin from 9-11 March 2012. The conference, now in it’s fourth year, attracts creatives and speakers from around the world and is currently setting the design world alight with pre-event buzz. Offset is the brainchild of Peter O’Dwyer, Bren Byrne and Richard Seabrooke, who are all creatives living and working in Dublin. Since inception the festival has become Dublin’s premier creative event, attracting speakers and visitors from all over the world.... CONTINUE READING

Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 2 of 2

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 20th 2012
Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 2 of 2

Aside from the excellent beer and awesome burgers at New York City bar, Idle Hands, Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities For Design Innovation: Part 1 discussed the importance of packaging and label design as marketing differentiators, especially in highly competitive, high end and niche markets. In part two we continue the conversation with Devon Wade, a Digital and Interactive Marketing Manager who completed a graduate thesis on niche marketing while studying at NYU and Carmela Davis, Branch Operations Manager... CONTINUE READING

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