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8 Ways to Make Your Work Look Better by Using Special Printing Techniques

By: Mirko Humbert on Sep 2nd 2013
8 Ways to Make Your Work Look Better by Using Special Printing Techniques

Of course, knowing the basics of typography, layout rules, color management, illustration, or any other skill that graphic designers use on a daily basis is a must. Nevertheless, some printing techniques can help you to take your work from good to great. Adding that extra touch will sometimes be costly, but it will definitely make your designs better. You should also not use these techniques without knowing what you are doing, otherwise you could end up with the opposite... CONTINUE READING

Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part 2: The New Business Presentation

By: Neil Tortorella on Aug 31st 2013
Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part 2: The New Business Presentation

However, don’t think designing is all you’ll be doing. There’s a good chance you may be recruited to attend a new business pitch at some point. That’s especially true if a small shop employs you. Even if there’s an account executive or two, many new business presentations include some creative folks. Prospective clients like to meet the person or persons who will be creating their materials. I’ve written this often, but it bears mention again – People buy from... CONTINUE READING

Studio Swine Explain the Modernist Influence Behind their Sao Paulo Design Collection

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Aug 28th 2013
Studio Swine Explain the Modernist Influence Behind their Sao Paulo Design Collection

Based in London and Sao Paulo, Studio Swine has worked with an array of high profile brands including Veuve Clicquot and Droog. They have also exhibited at the Barbican and the V&A, as well as appearing at New York and London Fashion Week. In addition, Studio Swine recently received international acclaim with awards such as the Gold Prize at BIO23 Biennale of Design Slovenia and recently being nominated for Designs of the Year Award 2013 at the Design Museum... CONTINUE READING

7 Deadly Typeface Usage “Sins”

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Aug 26th 2013
7 Deadly Typeface Usage "Sins”

In a previous series of articles, I tried to shed light on the two main typeface scripts in human history, which are the Latin scripts and the Arabic calligraphy scripts: Creative Examples of Calligraphy Art Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Design Along with this long history, typeface is the initial and most important visual element in your design that delivers the design message to the audience. Unlike the other visual elements in a design, typefaces are used to visualize the... CONTINUE READING

Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part One: The Employment Interview

By: Neil Tortorella on Aug 23rd 2013
Presentation Tips for Graphic Designers – Part One: The Employment Interview

Presentations go by several names – the dog and pony show; the pitch; the presentation. They’re a necessary evil that can strike fear even into the hearts of many seasoned pros, let alone novices. Mush mouth, failed equipment or software, questions you didn’t anticipate, a hostile audience. They can all come into play during a pitch … and you’d better be ready. As mentioned, there are typically three types of presentations for graphic designers: • The employment interview •... CONTINUE READING

Cody Petts Discusses the Concept Behind his Striking Pine Typeface

By: Helena Wilson Beevers on Aug 15th 2013
Cody Petts Discusses the Concept Behind his Striking Pine Typeface

In addition to Pine, Cody’s other work includes a musical identity tribute to Eric Church, a ‘Tabasco Dynamo Sauce’ packaging project and a Palace Theater re-brand proposal. After checking out Cody’s portfolio on Behance.net we wanted to find out more about this upcoming creative, asking in particular about any advice he has for other design students… You are a student at the University of Wisconsin Stout in the Multimedia Design program- when did you first become interested in design?... CONTINUE READING

Aesthetics: A Memoir – Ivan Brunetti

By: Evan Johnston on Aug 12th 2013
Aesthetics: A Memoir - Ivan Brunetti

In four paragraphs, and in a book about cartooning, Brunetti then carefully detailed how to properly prepare spaghetti aglio e oglio. It tells you a lot about Ivan Brunetti; his Italian heritage, his belief in technique and form, his appreciation of simplicity. Above all, that last part is what makes Brunetti as much a graphic designer as a cartoonist. As he notes in the introduction to Aesthetics, his latest book, in his native Italian, “The word disegno literally meant... CONTINUE READING

Creativity and UX: the Beauty and the Beast

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Aug 8th 2013
Creativity and UX: the Beauty and the Beast

Do not blame me or other creative designers because when we have an art background, we are used to using maximum creativity inside the artwork. I have read an article a few years ago in Adobe’s Design Center about style versus design by Jeffrey Zeldman, who put an end to the long time confusion about the difference between design and styling. Since then, design has had a wider meaning by controlling the major visual elements on a website or... CONTINUE READING

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