Design and Political Protest

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Dec 26th 2011
Design and Political Protest

Lately I get the feeling that when people hear the word “design” images of Don Draper-like ad-men plying clients with hard liquor, irresistible pitches and sheer animal magnetism come to their minds. But design can be used for more than just selling the latest product or service, it can be used as political commentary or, as the title of Milton Glaser’s book so eloquently terms it, “The Design of Dissent.” From El Lissitsky’s 1919 poster, “Beat the Whites with... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Career Paths

By: Mirko Humbert on Dec 23rd 2011
Graphic Design Career Paths

Life as a graphic design student is quite enjoyable. You get to work on interesting projects, without the constraints of picky clients and tight budgets. Your teachers push you to be creative, giving you great (if your teacher is good) advice to become a better designer. But what happens once you graduate? Once you have your diploma in hands, things become more real. You have to find a way to make money with your new skills, which means to... CONTINUE READING

Build Creates a Short Film for Nokia Using 7 Young Illustrators

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 22nd 2011
Build Creates a Short Film for Nokia Using 7 Young Illustrators

Build is a design and illustration agency based in London who have just completed a short film for Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the mobile phone technology giants. The film illustrates the benefits of Near Field Communications Technology, (tapping on device onto another in a similar way to Oyster cards in the UK), and featured the work of seven young illustrators who were discovered from the Summer graduate showcases. The featured up and coming illustrators are: Nina Cosford, Tom Edwards, Sam Falconer,... CONTINUE READING

Photoshop Hue Saturation Tutorial

By: James George on Dec 21st 2011
Photoshop Hue Saturation Tutorial

Color is an essential part of any design. The right color can invoke the right mood and set the entire tone of a design piece. Cool tones can have a calming or tranquil effect, a saddening effect, and give you the feeling of being cold. Warm tones can give you a sense of warmth, happiness, and can give you the sense of feeling angry, or parched. With this in mind, it is important to know how to correct colors... CONTINUE READING

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

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