Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 1 of 2

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 11th 2012
Packaging & Label Design: Opportunities for Design Innovation Part 1 of 2

Last week some friends and I took a break from our respective creative pursuits and indulged in a craft beer tasting at the cozy, speak-easy themed craft beer bar Idle Hands in NYC. Naturally, the topic of packaging, specifically wine and beer labels came up. Yes, this is what designers talk about when they “let loose.” So I made mental note when our brewery representative called attention to the awesome label design for 21st Amendment’s Back in Black IPA,... CONTINUE READING

Graffiti Art: from Urban Expression to Corporate Commodity A Racial Divide?

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 11th 2012
Graffiti Art: from Urban Expression to Corporate Commodity A Racial Divide?

Whether you consider it an urban eye-sore or an extension of early cave paintings, the influence of graffiti art can be seen in almost every area of design from fashion to packaging, skateboard gear and video game art. Some cases in point are Hello Kitty’s for Sephora Graffiti collection and a recently commissioned mural for the launch of video game Soul Caliber V by Jim Rockwell of creative collective ENDoftheLINE. This past week NBCLosAngeles.com reported that graffiti artist David... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design USA Ones to Watch

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 10th 2012
Graphic Design USA Ones to Watch

Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) has begun 2012 as every year, by announcing a set of people “who embody the spirit of the creative community” and who are People to Watch in 2012. The criteria, according to GDUSA, is “individuals who we have come to know and respect for their talent, leadership, newsworthiness, success and community service.” The 19 chosen as 2012’s set are an eclectic assortment. Here is your guide to who’s who in 2012. Eight Hour Day (KATIE... CONTINUE READING

TV Land Introduces New On-Air Package for Rebrand

By: Matt Cannon on Feb 9th 2012
TV Land Introduces New On-Air Package for Rebrand

TV Land, Once a nightly spot on Nickelodeon in 1996 and Once dedicated strictly to keeping classic TV alive on the tube on a nightly spot on Nickelodeon called Nick at Night in 1996 has now segmented into a network for people in their 40’s to 50’s with both classic programming pulled from the vault and new, original productions. The new rebrand, Designed by Trollbäck + Company in New York were introduced last year. TV Land was in fact... CONTINUE READING

Color Management Essentials

By: Nat Coalson on Feb 9th 2012
Color Management Essentials

Color Management 101 Color management is the term used to describe an integrated system of computer hardware, software and workflow techniques all working together to translate color from one device to another in a controlled way. Color management is of great importance in graphic design; if you want your designs to look their best you should follow a color-managed workflow. Gamut: Range of Colors Available Various devices (monitors, printers, cameras, scanners, etc.) all handle color differently. Each device has... CONTINUE READING

PINTEREST

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Feb 8th 2012
PINTEREST

It seems that in no time at all the online pin board Pinterest has exploded into the online consciousness. According to Mashable, “Pinterest accounted for 3.6% of referral traffic, while Twitter just barely edged ahead of the newcomer, accounting for 3.61% of referral traffic.” For those of you who don’t already know, Pinterest is a by-invitation-only, virtual pin board that allows users to organize and share items of interest across the web. Or, as better put on their site... CONTINUE READING

Online Image Editor Picnik is Axed

By: Jo Gifford on Feb 7th 2012
Online Image Editor Picnik is Axed

Picnik, the online image editing application, is to cease. In a blog post on January 20th 2012 they announced “Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things. Picnik will be closing on April 19, 2012.”. Picnik is an online photo editing service with multiple image manipulation features which enable effects similar to those offered by Adobe’s Photoshop.... CONTINUE READING

The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

By: Neil Tortorella on Feb 7th 2012
The Graphic & Web Designer Team Process – Striving for Website Development That Works

Developing a website, even a small one, can easily turn into a daunting task without some sort of documented process in place. There are those sites that require little more than a designer sitting in front of their monitor tapping out some html and css. Other sites can involve an army of team members from graphic designers to coders, photographers to writers and a host of others in between. What they share, or at least should, is a process... CONTINUE READING

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