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

A History of Graphic Design For Rainy Days

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 24th 2011
A History of Graphic Design For Rainy Days

The graphic design industry is expansive and voluminous in its history. It is a loosely categorized creative process that undertakes to convey a specific message to a targeted audience utilizing visual communication and presentation. Wrapping your arms around the history and breadth of the graphic design industry would be an intimidating proposal, that is until now. Studio 3, an Oslo based student-driven design agency has created A History of Graphic Design for Rainy Days which offers a comprehensive treatment... CONTINUE READING

7 Tips on how to Make a Good Infographic

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 22nd 2011
7 Tips on how to Make a Good Infographic

The concept of an information graphic, commonly referred to an infographic, is not a new one. The desire to share information in an easy to relate to medium is useful in every area of our lives. With the advent of the Internet, the infographic grew in popularity because of the visual simplicity they can bring in distilling and presenting key data. Information seeking consumers are drawn to the elaborate design and yet simple delivery and presentation of information in... CONTINUE READING

A New Spin On Making Portraits By Dru Ritger

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 21st 2011
A New Spin On Making Portraits By Dru Ritger

Creating portraits of people is an art form that goes back nearly as far back as the very notion of art. Countless artists have attempted to give their own approach to the portrait creation process. A modern day example of an artist infusing their individuality and creativity in the portrait design is Dru Ritger from Montvale, New Jersey. Ritger was surround by an art-loving family and started demonstrating his creative eye as early as age 3. His progression started... CONTINUE READING

Popular Steve Jobs Image That Goes Viral Is Challenged

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 20th 2011
Popular Steve Jobs Image That Goes Viral Is Challenged

One of the enduring images to emerge from the passing of the legendary Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, was a revised Apple logo that replaced the iconic bite mark with a silhouette of the likeness of Steve Jobs. It was both subtle, symbolic and very very powerful. The image struck a chord and quickly went viral as it was retweeted, re-posted and shared via various social media platforms. Now comes word that the Honk Kong based 19-year-old student who created... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Trends: InfoGraphics

By: Michael Jackness on Oct 19th 2011
Graphic Design Trends: InfoGraphics

The concept of an InfoGraphic is nothing new. It is a visual representation of often complicated and complex information that is presented in such a way that your brain immediately has an “ah ha!” moment when it processes the visual. This is because an effective InfoGraphic is fun and immediately engaging. So why are InfoGraphics noteworthy when talking about trends that graphic designers need to be aware of? Glad you asked. Effective InfoGraphics can easily become viral in your... CONTINUE READING

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