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  • 4 Website Development Best Practices to Ensure Happy Site Visitors

    4 Website Development Best Practices to Ensure Happy Site Visitors

    A website is a crucial part of your business, and in most cases, it’s the first time potential customers “meet” or interact with your brand. It’s essentially a virtual business card for your business, so a visitor’s first impression can be…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Mar 19, 9:11am -
  • 6 Reasons You Should Redesign Your Website in 2019

    6 Reasons You Should Redesign Your Website in 2019

    Your website is the heart of your digital marketing campaign. As such, there are numerous reasons why you should redesign your website in 2019. In this post, we’ll cover six ways you can upgrade your site. We’ll also cover the benefits you’ll s…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Mar 19, 9:30am -
  • 7 Web Design Trends for 2019

    7 Web Design Trends for 2019

    The new year brings new trends and changes in the world of web design. To ensure your business stays current, you must keep your website up to date. So, what are the upcoming web design trends for 2019?   In this post, we’ll cover seven expected…
    - 20 days ago, 28 Feb 19, 10:00am -
  • 7 Web Design Questions Companies Should Ask Clients

    7 Web Design Questions Companies Should Ask Clients

    Your website is the heart of your online presence. You need to invest in web design so you can attract more qualified leads and keep them engaged on your site. If you don’t have experience designing a website, you will want to work with a professio…
    - 15 Jun 18, 10:00am -
  • 40 Free Branding & Identity Mockup Templates to Download

    40 Free Branding & Identity Mockup Templates to Download

    This roundup of 40 free branding and corporate visual identity mockup templates will add a whole new level of professionalism when presenting design work to clients.The post 40 Free Branding & Identity Mockup Templates to Download appeared first on…
    - 2 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • 10 Excellent Online Payment Systems

    10 Excellent Online Payment Systems

    In this article, we’ll be reviewing my top 10 online payment systems for accepting payments on the Web. While many of the companies on this list have been available to online merchants for years, many are also now getting into new areas of online p…
    - 15 May 18, 10:34pm -
  • 5 Font Pairing Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Designer

    5 Font Pairing Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Designer

    Ah, font pairings — to a designer, the two-word phrase is exciting, but to an average Joe, probably not so much. What’s so important about font pairings anyway? Can’t you just pick two fonts for your website and call it a day? Well, you could,…
    - 30 Apr 18, 10:19am -
  • How Web Design Impacts Content Marketing

    How Web Design Impacts Content Marketing

    The design a company chooses impacts how a potential consumer perceives them. From color choice to style, different elements add up to create a first impression. This means that bad design – or lack of design – can have potential customers closin…
    - 26 Sep 17, 8:40am -
  • How to Choose a Navigation Setup

    How to Choose a Navigation Setup

    Do you want users to spend time on your site and stick around long enough to convert? If so, it’s essential that your content is easy to navigate. If finding information is difficult, users will likely become frustrated and leave, in search of a si…
    - 22 Sep 17, 10:46am -
  • Why User Experience Matters to Marketing

    Why User Experience Matters to Marketing

    User experience, also known as UX, is made up of many moving parts that allow it to positively impact how users feel when they visit your website. Without a positive user experience, your marketing tactics can be affected, so it’s important to unde…
    - 1 Aug 17, 1:42pm -

Design Journal

  • Spot the differences 


    Spot the differences 


    For this project, I selected an image I took of my hair and makeup setup that I use for competitions. I made changes such as color changes, logo removals, text changes, and item additions and removals. My main tools were the cloning and stamping tool…
    - 1 May 13, 6:46pm -
  • Final booklet


    Final booklet


    I received a lot of helpful feedback in class. One major comment was that there was far too much content, still. I’ll have to pare it down even more. There needs to be more white space. Another comment referred to the diagrams, which had too many k…
    - 25 Apr 13, 8:21pm -
  • Cover ideas

    Cover ideas

    This first cover emphasizes the food that I make, by showcasing two of my most memorable items: Elvis cupcakes (banana cupcakes, peanut butter filling, honey cream cheese frosting, caramelized bacon topping), and semisweet chocolate dinosaurs studded…
    - 25 Apr 13, 8:08pm -
  • Spreads Draft 2

    Spreads Draft 2

          The feedback session today was very helpful. I worked with Jason for this assignment. As I expected, he said there was far too much content. It looks too cluttered and visually confusing. It is unclear what the reader should look at first be…
    - 25 Apr 13, 7:44pm -
  • Mood board, color palette and Spreads Draft 1

    Mood board, color palette and Spreads Draft 1

    1. 3-5 typographic study samples This is reposted for posterity’s sake. Please find my comments in the previous post. 2. Post screenshots of 2 mood boards. This board emphasizes journals, calm and serenity, and food. It is mostly neutral-toned. Thi…
    - 25 Apr 13, 7:36pm -
  • Typography study and Sketching grids

    Typography study and Sketching grids

    I created three typography samples. The title font will be used for teacher names and book title, in large print. The first uses Century Gothic, which I like for its round and geometric shape. It is also sans serif. I also tried Handwriting, which ga…
    - 25 Apr 13, 6:18pm -
  • Book Design, Grids

    Book Design, Grids

    I did several sketches of my grid design before moving to InDesign. Here are my sketches:   I experimented with things like text wrapping and modular grids. In my InDesign versions, I used a 4×4 modular grid, 3×3 modular grid, and 3 column grid. A…
    - 25 Apr 13, 6:04pm -
  • Book Spread Exercise
    1. What is a modular grid? A modular grid is especially useful for layouts that contain a lot of information. It is essentially a column grid with many horizontal flowlines that help create rows. Each square formed is called a module, and the designe…
    - 2 Apr 13, 4:57pm -
  • Color Exercise

    Color Exercise

    In the beginning, I attempted to find my own colors through the color swatches. I scrolled aimlessly through the color wheels, scaling the values up and down in an attempt to find the perfect color. It was quite frustrating, until I realized I could…
    - 2 Apr 13, 12:53pm -
  • Tracing grids

    Tracing grids

    For this assignment, I chose to trace the grid of TastingTable.com, a food-centered website and newsletter.     Here is my grid tracing of it, done on InDesign. I used guides and transparency tools to help create this.
    - 28 Mar 13, 3:39pm -

Design You Trust

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  • Start the Year off Right With 2 Months of Skillshare Premium for Free

    Start the Year off Right With 2 Months of Skillshare Premium for Free

    Looking to start 2019 off on the right foot? Looking for ways to challenge yourself and take your work to another level? Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes related to design, illustration, business and marketing with…
    - 50 days ago, 29 Jan 19, 9:16am -
  • Recently Received Books

    Recently Received Books

    In our latest edition of book picks we highlight titles from Wee Society, Intercom, Universe/Rizzoli, Laurence King, TBW Books, HarperCollins and Princeton Architectural Press. In addition, we take a look at a stunning new typeface from Lost Type. Al…
    - 95 days ago, 15 Dec 18, 9:40am -
  • 2018 A’Design Award & Competition Winners

    2018 A’Design Award & Competition Winners

    VAUNCE Trampoline Park Brand Identity Design by PlusX and Vaunce The 2018 A’Design Awards winners have been announced! Pulling from a large pool of entrees, The esteemed award is presented to artists whose work rises above and excels in the area of…
    - 23 Apr 18, 4:12pm -
  • A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call for Entries

    A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call for Entries

    “Module” Calendar by Katsumi Tamura The deadline for submissions to the A’ Design Awards is quickly approaching. Entries must be received before February 28th. The renowned event which is held each year Como, Italy honors exemplary design work…
    - 20 Feb 18, 8:15pm -
  • A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

    A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

    Motif Wine by En Garde Interdisciplinary GmbH   Do you have a project you’re really proud of? Do you think it could win an award? Start off the New Year by taking a chance and entering the A’Design Awards, the largest design competition in the w…
    - 5 Feb 18, 3:06pm -
  • World Design Rankings

    World Design Rankings

    Filoferru Outdoor Chair by Robby Cantarutti and Partners Since 2010 the A’ Design Awards have been tracking and displaying important data gathered from their prestigious competition at the World Design Rankings (WDR). The lengthy list has recently…
    - 9 Jan 18, 12:49am -
  • Elda Broglio

    Elda Broglio

    Elda Broglio is an illustrator and designer who focuses on motion graphics and editorial projects. She often employs fluid lines and playful patterns to craft lighthearted drawings that capture the comforts found in everyday actives. In her collecti…
    - 20 Dec 17, 8:30am -
  • Run Studio Run

    Run Studio Run

    Building and sustaining a design firm is a massive endeavor and until recently there has been a lack of material on the subject. In Run Studio Run, a new book published by Extracurricular Press, Eli Altman sheds light on the topic and shares valuable…
    - 19 Dec 17, 10:09pm -
  • Stéréo Buro

    Stéréo Buro

    Stéréo Buro is a Parisian multidisciplinary studio founded by Diane Boivin, Christelle Ménage, and Silvia Dore. After working at prominent agencies throughout Europe, the trio joined forces to create a new studio and combine their unique and comp…
    - 18 Dec 17, 8:30am -
  • Stefan Hürlemann

    Stefan Hürlemann

    Stefan Hürlemann uses personal side projects to help him pursue his love for type and experimentation. Since 2016, he has participated in the weekly challenge offered by blankposter.com, a site that encourages artists to design a poster based off of…
    - 13 Dec 17, 8:30am -

Graphic Art News

  • Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

    Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

    Women’s Rights Are Human Rights is a very fitting title for an exhibition of Women’s rights and advocacy posters, as it is a term used in the women’s rights movement and was the title of an important speech given by Hillary Rodham Clinton at t…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 9:52am -
  • Wonderful wallpapers by the MuralsWallpaper

    Wonderful wallpapers by the MuralsWallpaper

    MuralsWallpaper design, print and deliver custom wallpapers for residential and commercial projects the world over. The in-house designers draw, paint, print, sketch and experiment every day with the aim of offering a wide selection of the best in cl…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Mar 19, 8:00am -
  • Famous Logo Grids

    Famous Logo Grids

    Graphic designer and illustrator Florian Popescu created the project Famous Logo Grids to expand his knowledge about the real-life application and usage of grids in general. What started one day as a simple, individual study grew into something he th…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Mar 19, 8:00am -
  • Above by Giga Kobidze

    Above by Giga Kobidze

    Above, Giga Kobidze’s new illustrations are an explosive, dynamic, visual expression. Although some love the initial objective of this massive professional game, others are much more fascinated by the game’s visual reflection of energy flow, dyna…
    - 20 days ago, 28 Feb 19, 8:05am -
  • “Poster for_” An International poster competition

    “Poster for_” An International poster competition

    The Poster for___. is a non-profit design project and international poster competition established and held by Shangning Wang. The topics of the project are only focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project is honorably partnered wit…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 8:10am -
  • Playing Arts: Edition Zero

    Playing Arts: Edition Zero

    Top illustrators, artists and motion designers team up to create a unique deck of playing cards animated in Augmented Reality. 1 February 2019 — Leading illustrators, artists and motion designers from around the world have teamed up to create what…
    - 39 days ago, 9 Feb 19, 8:00am -
  • Rebranding GovLoop by Marçal Prats

    Rebranding GovLoop by Marçal Prats

    Marçal Prats was commissioned by GovLoop to rebrand their identity and he did an extraordinary job! Marçal Prats is a graphic designer from Barcelona specializing in branding, publishing and art direction. He is currently based in London after work…
    - 40 days ago, 8 Feb 19, 8:21am -
  • Animated Posters for the Black Mirror series

    Animated Posters for the Black Mirror series

    Francesco Hashitha Moorthy is an Italian graphic and motion designer based in London. He started the animated posters for the Black Mirror series because he wanted to merge his newest ability on motion graphic with his illustration skills. Loving Bla…
    - 44 days ago, 4 Feb 19, 7:46am -
  • Designers & Books Launches a Kickstarter for the Second Printing of Its Acclaimed Facsimile of the “Bolted Book” by Fortunato Depero

    Designers & Books Launches a Kickstarter for the Second Printing of Its Acclaimed Facsimile of the “Bolted Book” by Fortunato Depero

    This sold-out facsimile of the first artist’s book of the twentieth century is coming back in print. January 18, 2019 (New York) — Designers & Books is launching a Kickstarter on February 4 for a second printing of its acclaimed facsimile of Depe…
    - 56 days ago, 23 Jan 19, 6:11am -
  • 12 beautiful art nouveau zodiac designs

    12 beautiful art nouveau zodiac designs

    Claus Jacobsen has worked as a freelance as a fashion designer and a graphic designer. After working for other Denmark or international fashion brands, Claus decided that it’s time to do something for himself. He started by designing 12 beautiful…
    - 71 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 9:51am -
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HOW Design

  • newThe Finer Details with Neenah and Maharaja

    The Finer Details with Neenah and Maharaja

    Smooth paper's essential for a clean look. Neenah Paper explains why SLIDE™, their new super smooth surface paper, is made for tiny type and focused detail through their sample project, Maharaja.The post The Finer Details with Neenah and Maharaja…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Mar 19, 1:34am -
  • newColor Inspiration: Dynamic and Differing Color Palettes in Top Tier Cities

    Color Inspiration: Dynamic and Differing Color Palettes in Top Tier Cities

    From Dubai to New York, every city has a story and a dynamic look to match. Find your next color inspiration in the palettes of four top tier cities.The post Color Inspiration: Dynamic and Differing Color Palettes in Top Tier Cities appeared first o…
    - 14 hours ago, 19 Mar 19, 3:16pm -
  • International Design Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement: Loupe

    International Design Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement: Loupe

    Loupe, a project designed by Han Jun Kim, adds another layer to the museum experience and won him a HOW International Design Award.The post International Design Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement: Loupe appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 1:40am -
  • The Design Principles Featuring Pum Lefebure – Texture

    The Design Principles Featuring Pum Lefebure – Texture

    Graphic design principles are here to guide us, and texture does by feel. Pum Lefebure and Neenah explore how textures adds dimension and elevates design.The post The Design Principles Featuring Pum Lefebure – Texture appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 6 days ago, 14 Mar 19, 1:42am -
  • International Design Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement: Les Concerts du mercredi

    International Design Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement: Les Concerts du mercredi

    WePlayDesign's work for Les Concerts du mercredi combined effective communication with bold design, winning them a HOWDesign International Design Award.The post International Design Awards 2019 Outstanding Achievement: Les Concerts du mercredi appea…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Mar 19, 1:33am -
  • Lisa Congdon’s Top 10 Tips for Being a Business Boss

    Lisa Congdon’s Top 10 Tips for Being a Business Boss

    Lisa Congdon writes books, makes art, and dominates in her design business. She gives us her top 10 tips on how to be a business boss and make the most of your creative talents.The post Lisa Congdon’s Top 10 Tips for Being a Business Boss appeared…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Mar 19, 1:24am -
  • Brand New’s First Round is For Everyone

    Brand New’s First Round is For Everyone

    Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio host First Round, a one-day event for pitches and designer collaboration. Here's our takeaway from Austin's event.The post Brand New’s First Round is For Everyone appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 9 days ago, 11 Mar 19, 1:25am -
  • Podcast #90: Greg Larkin on Creatives as Intrapreneurs

    Podcast #90: Greg Larkin on Creatives as Intrapreneurs

    In this HOW Design Live podcast, Ilise Benun talks with Greg Larkin about creatives as disrupters and why fireable offenses (probably) won't get you fired.The post Podcast #90: Greg Larkin on Creatives as Intrapreneurs appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 12 days ago, 7 Mar 19, 11:36pm -
  • Skate Culture, Creative Self-Expression Lead Design Efforts at Vans

    Skate Culture, Creative Self-Expression Lead Design Efforts at Vans

    Design at Vans must always keep heritage in mind, even when creating for the modern world.The post Skate Culture, Creative Self-Expression Lead Design Efforts at Vans appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 13 days ago, 6 Mar 19, 11:03pm -
  • Young Designer on the Rise: Simoul Alva

    Young Designer on the Rise: Simoul Alva

    Simoul Alva's a young designer with some serious cred already. Her work in typeface design and brand identity deserves the recognition she's been receiving.The post Young Designer on the Rise: Simoul Alva appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 15 days ago, 5 Mar 19, 12:10am -

Imprint

  • Breakthrough Thinking: A Q&A with Thomas Vogel

    Breakthrough Thinking: A Q&A with Thomas Vogel

    In the business world there has been a lot of buzz about “design thinking,” “innovation,” “creative thinking,” and more. The rumor is that it’s only the newest fad in business and soon, it too, will fade away in to obscurity … The pos…
    - 23 Jun 14, 8:30am -
  • Out-of-This-World Inspiration: Books That Celebrate Classic Sci-Fi Cover Art

    Out-of-This-World Inspiration: Books That Celebrate Classic Sci-Fi Cover Art

    Sponsored: How designers turned their love of vintage sci-fi imagery into curated blurb books. The post Out-of-This-World Inspiration: Books That Celebrate Classic Sci-Fi Cover Art appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 21 Jun 14, 10:58am -
  • The Six C’s of Creative Leadership

    The Six C’s of Creative Leadership

    When it comes to creative leadership the great design leaders exhibit six essential characteristics. How many of these traits do you have? The post The Six C’s of Creative Leadership appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 20 Jun 14, 9:00am -
  • Laura Bifano: June’s Cover Artist

    Laura Bifano: June’s Cover Artist

    We were lucky to work with illustrator Laura Bifano to create the cover of the June issue of Print. She tells us about her process, what inspires her and shares some images of another illustration piece. The post Laura Bifano: June’s Cover Artist…
    - 17 Jun 14, 9:53am -
  • Albert Einstein’s Favorite Artist?

    Albert Einstein’s Favorite Artist?

    Here's a tribute Einstein wrote for Print magazine about artist Josef Scharl—and, of course, a look at Scharl's life and work. The post Albert Einstein’s Favorite Artist? appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 16 Jun 14, 8:00am -
  • Weekend Heller: Stamp Butcher

    Weekend Heller: Stamp Butcher

    Niko Courtelis is a creative director, filmmaker, and, says the Kat Ran Press, "a butcher of stamps." Learn more about his book that collects his creative work. The post Weekend Heller: Stamp Butcher appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 13 Jun 14, 4:01pm -
  • Masquerading Artists

    Masquerading Artists

    The 1951 Improvisations program for the Artists Equity Masquerade Ball includes artwork by the likes of Isabel Bishop and many more artists. Take a look inside this limited edition program. The post Masquerading Artists appeared first on Print Magaz…
    - 13 Jun 14, 1:38am -
  • You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

    You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

    At the turn of the century Mon. J. Filiatre, drawing from ancient methods and revealing them in 128 photographs (some included here), teaches the world "les sciences utiles" of hypnotism. The post You’re Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy appeared first…
    - 12 Jun 14, 1:36am -
  • LACMA’s New Graphic Design Collection Plans

    LACMA’s New Graphic Design Collection Plans

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art plans to build one of the country’s most vital, important graphic design collections. The post LACMA’s New Graphic Design Collection Plans appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 11 Jun 14, 10:46am -
  • Stars and Barbs

    Stars and Barbs

    Mirko Ilic created this poster and billboard for 8th Festival of Tolerance - Jewish Film Festival for the 25th Anniversary presentation of Schindler's List. The post Stars and Barbs appeared first on Print Magazine.
    - 11 Jun 14, 7:06am -

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  • Daydream Believers
    The Daydream Believers programme, founded by Graphic tutor Helena Good,  is aimed at secondary school pupils to help them develop essential skills necessary for the future ahead. Working closely together with Employers, Teachers, Lecturers and Stude…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Mar 19, 5:10pm -
  • Berlin Letterpress Experience

    Berlin Letterpress Experience

    As part of our annual study trip to Berlin, we booked the Year One Graphics class on a visit to P98a - Erik Spiekermann's fantastic Letterpress studio located on Potsdamer Strasse in central Berlin.Spiekermann set up this studio primarily to work on…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Mar 19, 9:05am -
  • Miles Ahead

    Miles Ahead

    Here's an interesting project by NC Graphics student Pavils Vorobjuvos, for his digital project, combining web design, storytelling and art direction.  The brief was to select a title from the Bloomsbury 33 & 1/3 book series about seminal or famous…
    - 44 days ago, 4 Feb 19, 12:50pm -
  • Espresso Loves Colour

    Espresso Loves Colour

    Our NC Graphics class kicked off 2019 by presenting their packaging project.  We run this project each year, and some of the Units integrated in this work include Colour, Introduction to Typography, Digital Media, and Sketchbooks.  So a lot of new…
    - 69 days ago, 9 Jan 19, 5:21pm -
  • YOYP Xmas Alphabet

    YOYP Xmas Alphabet

    We had Whitespace in a couple of weeks ago to run a guerilla day for their Year of Young People project. Whitespace briefed 60 students (also including a class from Napier University) to each take a letter and create a festive themed alphabet. Chris…
    - 92 days ago, 18 Dec 18, 9:01am -
  • Pure Joy

    Pure Joy

    HND Graphic Design student Joy Mooney took the Breakthrough Award at the DMA awards recently in London. The DMA Breakthrough Awards runs in partnership with the DMA Awards and GRT. This year, Direct Line supplied the brief, which was to re-position D…
    - 92 days ago, 18 Dec 18, 8:46am -
  • DMA Breakthrough Finalists

    DMA Breakthrough Finalists

    Huge congratulations to Blanca Jiminez, Natasha Ryan and Joy Mooney who have all been announced as finalists for the DMA Breakthrough Award for their work on the Direct Line brief.The three final year students will be travelling down to London during…
    - 25 Nov 18, 7:28am -
  • Into Orbit

    Into Orbit

    HND Year 2 recently finished a short poster project set by former graduates Kyle McPartlin and Kiera Winfield, both designers at Edinburgh agency Orbit.They set a brief to explore the word 'collaboration', and the class were tasked with each designin…
    - 25 Nov 18, 7:18am -
  • Class of 2018

    Class of 2018

    Lovely film by 2018 graduate Natkritta Chanmee, which she filmed over the course of her final year at Edinburgh College.
    - 24 Oct 18, 3:40pm -
  • YCN At The Barbican

    YCN At The Barbican

    Earlier this week we attended the YCN Awards in London to see five Edinburgh College students (four from Graphic  Design and one from User Experience Design) receive YCN Commendations.YCN has been going now since 2001,  and we have been regularly a…
    - 19 Sep 18, 11:40am -
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