Urbanized Design Documentary

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 29th 2011
Urbanized Design Documentary

Film maker Gary Hustwit recently released his third documentary featuring the world of design. It opened in New York on October 28th. Titled Urbanized, the film jumps around from New York, Rio De Janeiro, Mumbai, Beijing to New Orleans, Santiago, Brighton and Bogota. The film asks some of the world’s foremost planners, architects and policy makers what they are presently doing and what needs to be done to help cities survive in the 21st century. Hustwit Ethos Hustwit has... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Career Data

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 28th 2011
Graphic Design Career Data

I recently discovered a fascinating infographic on the graphic design industry. It was produced by Carrington College in California. While they invested considerable time in the creation and presentation of their infographic, which I don’t have permission to reproduce here, the data they used is all sourced to the public U.S. Department of Labor (UDL). The UDL data was collected for their 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). I thought it might be helpful to share some of the key... CONTINUE READING

Blurb Launches Self-Made ebooks for the iPad

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 27th 2011
Blurb Launches Self-Made ebooks for the iPad

Technology and graphic design are closely intertwined. With each new advance of hardware or software, graphic design evolves. An exciting new advancement for book and graphic publishers was announced last week by Blurb. Blurb is a San Francisco based firm that is dedicated to creating a platform for artists to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality books independent of traditional outside sources. They are attempting to allow a self-publishing and marketing platform intended to unleash the artistic potential inside... CONTINUE READING

Walker Graphic Design Exhibit

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 27th 2011
Walker Graphic Design Exhibit

No other art form has grown and developed as far over the last decade than graphic design. The rapid innovations and improvement in computing and the Internet are constantly accelerating the capabilities of graphic design, making them more and more accessible to almost anyone.The democratization of graphic design can be seen in the overall high quality of even purely amateur work. Those with experience and skills soar to new heights with the software available to them. Lead Exhibit One... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Designers Go To The Olympics

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 26th 2011
Graphic Designers Go To The Olympics

Ever wanted to travel the world? Ever wanted to go to the Olympics? Read the story of a great opportunity for 100 creative types to experience both. Creative Ambassadors BT Group plc, the London based organizers of the upcoming 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games around London have been calling on designers, artists and writers who would be interested in creating imagery, stories, films etc. to tell the stories they encounter from the 2012 Games. Selected designers and artists will... CONTINUE READING

Five Steps of the Creative Process

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 26th 2011
Five Steps of the Creative Process

For anyone involved in the creative arts, the process of creation can often be a challenging one. There are times when it flows, but many times when it doesn’t. It can arrive at the least suspecting moment, but not necessarily when you are on deadline. Those elusive moments when creativity flows are like ecstasy as you see things with a clarity and imagination that escapes you in your everyday world. Your aim is to apply our talent, vision, and... CONTINUE READING

David Mack’s graphic novel “Kabuki: The Alchemy” Featured at NKU

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 26th 2011
David Mack's graphic novel "Kabuki: The Alchemy" Featured at NKU

Each fall, freshmen college students at Northern Kentucky University are assigned a reading list. That expectation has been in place since 2000. This year their reading list has one special addition. One of the former NKU students went on to become an author and has had his graphic novel chosen to be on the select recommended reading list. First Time It is the first time that the students are reading a graphic novel as part of their requirements. Around... CONTINUE READING

Rudolf Steiner: 150th Anniversary Retrospective “Alchemy of Everyday”

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 25th 2011
Rudolf Steiner: 150th Anniversary Retrospective "Alchemy of Everyday"

Understanding the very beginnings and influences of the creation of graphic design is helpful to any serious graphic design student. One of the first influential figures to lend his thoughts and weight on art, architecture and European culture was Rudolf Steiner. Birth and Education Born in 1861 in a small village in Austria, Rudolf Steiner became one of the most influential and controversial thinkers and activists until his death in Dornach, Switzerland in 1925. Formal education at university consisted... CONTINUE READING

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