In honor of the new redesign of GraphicDesign.com, which we hope you are enjoying, I wanted to start discussing important principles of Graphic Design applied to web design. Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Designers develop a creative tool belt of basic shortcuts and methods by studying other great design methods. The first step to becoming a great graphic designer for the web is the... CONTINUE READING
Typophiles are in for a treat. FontShop, the original independent retailer of digital type founded by Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody, recently unveiled a new site featuring their selection of The 100 Best Typefaces of All Time. ‘So what makes this list different from any other ranked list?’ you might ask. Well, a few things, for starters the selection process. FontShop used a mix of sales figures and bestseller lists spanning the last decade in combination with a jury... CONTINUE READING
Have you ever wished for a glimpse inside the minds of design leaders from across the industry? Well, wish no more, the Bill’s DESIGN Talks series moderated by Cooper-Hewitt’s Director, Bill Moggridge are here. The series made possible in part by the Adobe Foundation, began in spring 2010 with the intention, as described by Moggridge in a press release “…to bring the most interesting designers to our audience in the Greene Space and online to find out what they... CONTINUE READING
The first days of spring are nearly here, a perfect time to shake off any left over winter blues and recharge our creative batteries. Enter TYPO, the leading international design conference. An outgrowth of well-known typography publication FUSE magazine, TYPO has evolved over the course of 16 years from being a typography focused event to “a broader platform exploring graphic design, digital media, advertisement, technology, culture, entertainment and business.” Providing unique opportunities for designers to gather, share and discuss... CONTINUE READING
In graphic design and photography, color management is an essential component of the workflow to produce professional quality results. In my last article we looked at the basics of color management and how the content management system (CMS) handles color. In this article you’ll learn more about color modes and color profiles. Color Mode In graphic design and photography software such as Adobe Creative Suite, the color mode describes the overall color model used for the image or document.... CONTINUE READING
Color Management 101 Color management is the term used to describe an integrated system of computer hardware, software and workflow techniques all working together to translate color from one device to another in a controlled way. Color management is of great importance in graphic design; if you want your designs to look their best you should follow a color-managed workflow. Gamut: Range of Colors Available Various devices (monitors, printers, cameras, scanners, etc.) all handle color differently. Each device has... CONTINUE READING
The cold weather has finally arrived, officially making it winter here in New York City. If you’re looking for something to do indoors this month consider some of these engaging exhibitions on view now. MoMA’s “Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design” explores the ways in which designers inject “unique identity into objects produced on an industrial scale.” whether as a counterpoint to the homogeneity of mass production or an assertion of individuality in a post industrial era,... CONTINUE READING
Online arts resource PBS Arts has produced a short 7 minute video about typography. Featuring several emminent typeface designers and graphic designers, the short is an information rich introduction to the uses and effect of typography, looking at fonts, infographics and culture in its brief overview. “Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created... CONTINUE READING
For designers like myself, Pantone represents the definitive authority on color and each year savvy trend followers in fashion, product, retail and interior design alike look forward to the much anticipated announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. Color forecasting influences everything from the color of your home furnishings and paints to cars and cosmetics. This year’s announcement of the 2012 PANTONE Color of the Year—Tangerine Tango, was made extra special by being celebrated in partnership with premiere furnishings... CONTINUE READING
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
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