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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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