Pantone Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 21st 2011
Pantone Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

Global color experts at the Pantone Color Institute have announced that “Tangerine Tango”, a vivid red-orange is to be the top colour of 2012. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute explains the choice, saying “It’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things”, and that “There’s the element of encouragement with orange,” relevant in particular to the current economic climate . Leatrice Eiseman is a world renowned... CONTINUE READING

Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

By: Nat Coalson on Dec 19th 2011
Sourcing Photography for Graphic Design

Finding good photographic imagery to use in your designs for print, web and video projects is one of the most common and important tasks for graphic designers and art directors. It can also be challenging and sometimes frustrating. There are several things to consider when you’re sourcing photography, including where to get the photos, image file quality and specifications, licensing and usage terms, and cost. Starting out, you have two basic options: buy pre-existing images (referred to as “stock”... CONTINUE READING

Barnbrook Designs Occupy London Logo

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 16th 2011
Barnbrook Designs Occupy London Logo

The Occupy London movement has a new identity. The winning logo, created and voted for anonymously, won over 17 others in a public vote for the recent open competition. The work of renowned social activist and legendary graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook, the winning project was undertaken pro bono and will be implemented across web and social media communications. It is also available for download for printed collateral and materials for future protests and campaigns. Until the new logo was... CONTINUE READING

How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer – Book Review

By: GD Staff on Dec 16th 2011
How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer - Book Review

Don’t let the name fool you, “How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer” by noted brand designer, Debbie Millman is not a typical “how to” book. In Millman’s introduction she clearly sates, “the book is a glimpse into the minds of reverend masters in order to understand the way they think and why”. You won’t find chapters full of checklists for becoming a graphic designer; rather it is a very honest presentation of how giants of the industry... CONTINUE READING

Apple Hires UI Concept Designer Jan-Michael Cart

By: Matt Cannon on Dec 15th 2011
Apple Hires UI Concept Designer Jan-Michael Cart

When someone constantly dreams up new ideas for Apple as a personal hobby, posts them on the web and eventually they get hired to implement those new ideas, new doors open for all including the end user. Jan-Michael Cart is a 20-something media arts student at The University of Georgia. He has recently created many Apple iOS conceptual designs and videos expressing new UI, apps, and new ways that he thinks Apple OS X products can improve from a... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design, Referenced – Review

By: Michael Jackness on Dec 14th 2011
Graphic Design, Referenced - Review

At first glance, Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design by Bryony Gomez Palacio and Armin Vit appears to be very similar to dozens of other titles that are available on the market today. It does not take the reader long, however, to discover that this 400+ page, beautifully illustrated manuscript gives a timeless view into the world of graphic art and how it has evolved throughout modern times. Readers will... CONTINUE READING

Organic Design

By: David Bricker on Dec 12th 2011
Organic Design

What is organic design? There are “organic foods” (even though there’s no such thing as inorganic food) and an “organic” movement that’s tied to ecological concerns. Organic food is free from chemicals, pesticides and other artificial additives. Organic design is similar; it avoids the “artificial” look of work that appears to have been created by software instead of by a caring, human artist. How often do you look at design work that clearly broadcasts the “footprint” of whatever software... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook: 13th Edition

By: Michael Jackness on Dec 6th 2011
Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook: 13th Edition

The 13th edition of the Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines is a go-to manual for a diverse array of artists in the ever changing, ever evolving, graphic design industry.  The book is a bit bulky, but contains all the information an artist would want and will need to start a thriving business as a graphic artist. As a union, the Graphic Artist’s Guild’s goal is to support all creative professionals including graphic and web designers,... CONTINUE READING

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