Fueling the Creative Economy Part II: Call to Graphic Designers, ‘Get Involved’

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 26th 2012
Fueling the Creative Economy Part II: Call to Graphic Designers, 'Get Involved'

In my January 3rd article, Fueling the Creative Economy I wrote about the appointment of Joe Bookchin to the position of director of the Office of the Creative Economy in Vermont, as well as creative economy initiatives in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and their importance to our industry’s continued health and development. Subsequently, I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by Jean Maginnis, Founder & Executive Director, Maine Center for Creativity and Christine Harris, CEO Christine Harris Connections and... CONTINUE READING

DC Comics Rebrand Disappoints and Then Redeems Itself

By: Matt Cannon on Jan 26th 2012
DC Comics Rebrand Disappoints and Then Redeems Itself

Last week DC Comics revealed a new grayscale version of their new logo, which seemed to disappoint comic fans everywhere across the Internet. A week later, DC released their branding plans for the logo and everything came together very nicely. The logo itself doesn’t really scream “Comics!” or even remotely look like a comic book company at first glace. Rethinking a comic book company sounds like a pretty heavy task and the branding really saved this logo. The logo... CONTINUE READING

Kohl’s Expansion May Mean More Design Jobs

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 23rd 2012
Kohl's Expansion May Mean More Design Jobs

Good news for graphic designers arrived this week despite the somewhat disappointing retail holiday season. Major retail chain Kohl’s Corporation announced plans to open a new design studio in Santa Monica, California as well as expand their existing studio at 1400 Broadway in New York which may represent the possibility of much needed new jobs. According to a January 12th press release posted on the company’s site, approximately two floors will be added to the New York design offices... CONTINUE READING

Plans for Labyrinth Graphic Novel Prequel

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 19th 2012
Plans for Labyrinth Graphic Novel Prequel

Fantasy, sci-fi, comic fans and lovers of all things Jim Henson are in for a treat! In an exclusive interview for Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life, graphic novel publisher, Archaia announced plans for a graphic novel prequel to Jim Henson’s film, Labyrinth. Labyrinth tells the story of 15-year old Sara, who resents her stepmother and is tired of always having to watch her baby step-brother Toby. She spends much of her time imagining a fantasy world where she is a... CONTINUE READING

The Right Way to Add a Stroke to Text in Illustrator

By: James George on Jan 18th 2012
The Right Way to Add a Stroke to Text in Illustrator

In all aspects of graphic design, the purpose is to communicate a message to your audience. This means that we have to call attention to our text by adding different effects to our typefaces. Some designers add glow effects, some, add drop shadows, but another important method in calling attention to our text is to add a stroke around our typeface. Of course, this is mainly meant for headers and display type, such as a title or large text.... CONTINUE READING

Nike Make it Count in 2012

By: Jo Gifford on Jan 17th 2012
Nike Make it Count in 2012

Nike has launched a new campaign for the new year 2012 called ‘Make it Count’; the campaign features elite British Nike athletes through black and white portraits with their own handwriting below the image to bring a personal angle to their individual pledges. The portraits are in partnership with a series of online films directed by Joe Roberts, which explores each Nike athletes’ drive to achieve their goals in 2012. The whole campaign is spread with the hashtag #makeitcount... CONTINUE READING

Infographics and the Persuasive Power of Design

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 17th 2012
Infographics and the Persuasive Power of Design

While infographics in and of themselves aren’t new, a recent article in Fast Company by John Palvus calls attention to an interesting research paper exploring their persuasive power. For those of you unfamiliar with infographics, also known as information graphics, a basic definition is that they are visual representations of information. Specifically from a design standpoint infographics are intended to convey complex or large amounts of data in an accessible, succinct, easy-to-read and high-impact manner. (In)Famous examples you may... CONTINUE READING

Orlando Solar Bears Unveil New Logo

By: Matt Cannon on Jan 16th 2012
Orlando Solar Bears Unveil New Logo

The Solar Bears, an IHL team that played from ‘95 and finally skated off the ice in 2001 recently announced that they would return to the ice for the EHCL’s 2012 season. With a new state-of-the art Arena being designed The Amway Center, Hockey Fans in Central Florida needed a new identity for their classic team. The ECHL’s newcomer unveiled their new logos and team color scheme center court during the recent Orlando Magic vs. Chico Bulls game after... CONTINUE READING

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