What Do Graphic Designers Do?

By: David Bricker on Jan 4th 2012
What Do Graphic Designers Do?

Flying first class from Miami to Philadelphia, I watch through the window as the Atlantic coast passes thirty thousand feet below me. I’ll pick up a rental car, check into a cozy little bed and breakfast, enjoy a gourmet meal at the inn and then climb the stairs to my room. Tomorrow, I meet with the vice-president of a three billion dollar pharmaceutical company and his team to talk about technology, marketing and the design of their 14 million... CONTINUE READING

Fueling the Creative Economy

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 3rd 2012
Fueling the Creative Economy

According to a news release from the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, Vermont has named former director of the Vermont Film Commission and Tisch film graduate, Joe Bookchin as the state’s new director of the Office of the Creative Economy. The purpose of the newly created office is to stimulate and encourage the state’s burgeoning creative economy, defined in the release as “Creative enterprises—from web designers and software game programmers to architecture, e-commerce, graphic design, publishing... CONTINUE READING

Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Jan 2nd 2012
Google Tablet and Channeling the Unicorn

This week Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced Google’s intention to introduce their own Android Tablet as early as in the next six months. Although plans had reportedly been in the works for some time, according to the Inquisitr, this was the first time anyone from Google attached a timeline to the project. As I read through articles with what by now has become typical “will this be an iPad killer” rhetoric, one question was conspicuously absent—“What does this mean... CONTINUE READING

Las Vegas Design Center & Pantone Partner to Celebrate 2012 Pantone Color of the Year

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Dec 31st 2011
Las Vegas Design Center & Pantone Partner  to Celebrate 2012 Pantone Color of the Year

For designers like myself, Pantone represents the definitive authority on color and each year savvy trend followers in fashion, product, retail and interior design alike look forward to the much anticipated announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. Color forecasting influences everything from the color of your home furnishings and paints to cars and cosmetics. This year’s announcement of the 2012 PANTONE Color of the Year—Tangerine Tango, was made extra special by being celebrated in partnership with premiere furnishings... CONTINUE READING

The London Printworks Trust Launch Counter Feat Art Notes

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 30th 2011
The London Printworks Trust Launch Counter Feat Art Notes

The London Printworks Trust have launched a “Counter Feat” project to aid fundraising and save the printmaking facility in Brixton. The charity is resorting to a brave and innovative approach to keeping their much treasured services open, including art notes designed by Victoria Beckham, Hemingway Design, Zandra Rhodes and Jonathan Saunders. London Printworks Trust is positioned as a center of excellence for textile print, and is based in Brixton, South London, UK. “Our passion has continued for twenty years... CONTINUE READING

U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

By: Matt Cannon on Dec 29th 2011
U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

In the days of Pin-Up Girls, artists would render upgraded versions of the models based on photographs to achieve the look every woman wanted at the time. This is an old tradition and a false reality that we have accepted and become comfortably numb to in mass marketing for quite some time. We’re always told not to believe everything we read. In a digital age where reality is so easily skewed by a simple box of tools inside Photoshop,... CONTINUE READING

Smart Adjustment Layers with Photoshop

By: James George on Dec 28th 2011
Smart Adjustment Layers with Photoshop

Photoshop is synonymous with image editing, and with the addition of adjustment layers to its arsenal, Photoshop has even more flexibility than ever before. For the addition of adjustment layers, when you would edit an image, you would have to duplicate the original layer for safe keeping, and when you made an adjustment to its Hue/Saturation, Color balance, or any of the other adjustment settings, they were permanent. To go back and edit them, you would have to use... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design: Now in Production at Walker Arts

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 27th 2011
Graphic Design: Now in Production at Walker Arts

‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’ is currently exhibiting at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis until 22 January. The exhibition explores how design has grown and evolved over the last decade and, more specifically, how the world of design has been shaped by design-led books, posters and magazines such as Wallpaper*. The major international exhibition is the largest on the subject since the seminal 1989 exhibition Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History also at Walker Arts, and the... CONTINUE READING

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