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  • Is Your Website a Failure? 3 Reasons Sites Fail (And How to Save Yours)

    Is Your Website a Failure? 3 Reasons Sites Fail (And How to Save Yours)

    Traffic isn’t great, online sales are even worse, and let’s not talk about the lack of phone calls. Everyone, including you, is wondering the same thing — is your website a failure? Not yet, and not if you have anything to say about it. While a…
    - 7 days ago, 8 Oct 19, 9:00am -
  • What Is Responsive Web Design? (The Non-Developer’s Cheat Sheet)

    What Is Responsive Web Design? (The Non-Developer’s Cheat Sheet)

    For the first time in more than ten years, PC sales are expected to see a significant decrease from the prior year. In a new age where tablets and smartphones are performing the same duties as our PCs and Macs, we're seeing the face of the Internet c…
    - 46 days ago, 30 Aug 19, 6:00am -
  • We Dare You to Try These 6 Marvelous Website Optimization Tools

    We Dare You to Try These 6 Marvelous Website Optimization Tools

    Having a full suite of go-to website optimization tools is essential for maintaining a successful website. Without an optimized website, you won’t rank in search results or attract site visitors — and you’ll miss out on valuable leads and reven…
    - 52 days ago, 24 Aug 19, 10:53am -
  • The Definitive Website Accessibility Checklist

    The Definitive Website Accessibility Checklist

    Your website can reach a massive audience. Reaching, as well as attracting those users, however, requires a site that anyone can access. That’s why development and marketing teams need to review website accessibility checklists and ensure your site…
    - 78 days ago, 29 Jul 19, 1:43pm -
  • Web Design vs. Web Development: Key Distinctions to Help Decide Which One You Need

    Web Design vs. Web Development: Key Distinctions to Help Decide Which One You Need

    Whether you just want to update your current website or build one from scratch, you might find yourself wondering what the differences are when it comes to web design versus web development. With two terms that are so closely related, it’s easy to…
    - 88 days ago, 19 Jul 19, 12:59pm -
  • What is Robots.txt and How Does Implementing Robots.txt Affect SEO?

    What is Robots.txt and How Does Implementing Robots.txt Affect SEO?

    Is robots.txt the straw that’s breaking your SEO camel’s back? Search engine optimization (SEO) includes big and small website changes. The robots.txt file may seem like a minor, technical SEO element, but it can greatly impact your site’s visi…
    - 89 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 11:10am -
  • 9 Steps for Creating a Secure Website – Make Your Site Secure

    9 Steps for Creating a Secure Website – Make Your Site Secure

    An online presence gives your business valuable visibility, but creating a secure website instills consumer confidence in shopping with your business. While launching a company website can generate brand awareness and more convenient interactions wit…
    - 17 Jun 19, 9:10am -
  • 6 Best WordPress Themes for Blogs [Guess What, They’re Free]

    6 Best WordPress Themes for Blogs [Guess What, They’re Free]

    If you own a blog, one of your first goals should be to make it reflect your brand. After all, the aesthetic of your website can build brand awareness and help visitors get a feel for your industry and personality. But some WordPress blog themes are…
    - 13 Jun 19, 8:55am -
  • Importance of Anchor Text [Your All-Encompassing Guide]

    Importance of Anchor Text [Your All-Encompassing Guide]

    When you’re trying to optimize your site to perform better in the search results, you’re always looking for new ways to improve your website and search engine optimization (SEO) strategy. As you search around, you’ll come across information abo…
    - 30 May 19, 3:16pm -
  • Your 6-Step Website Redesign Project Plan That’s Easy as Pie

    Your 6-Step Website Redesign Project Plan That’s Easy as Pie

    With over 1.6 billion websites on the Internet, you’ve certainly got your work cut out for you if you want to have one of the best. The truth is, by the time you’re finished reading this post, thousands of new websites will be born. That being sa…
    - 24 May 19, 2:19pm -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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

  • Graphic Days Torino. Visual Design Festival

    Graphic Days Torino. Visual Design Festival

    Graphic Days: from October 3 to 6 the fourth edition of the international festival dedicated to graphic design and visual communication. Turin is going to be the centre of the international scene of visual design with the fourth edition of the festiv…
    - 14 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 8:00am -
  • 33 visual artists celebrate the World Peace Day

    33 visual artists celebrate the World Peace Day

    On September 21 was the International World Peace Day and to celebrate it, Gabriel Benderski designed a symbol depicting the world peace. Then, Gabriel invited 33 artists from 15 countries to design a poster expressing their own vision of the world p…
    - 21 days ago, 24 Sep 19, 11:04am -
  • The Nelson Mandela Lecture – Chaz Maviyane-Davies

    The Nelson Mandela Lecture – Chaz Maviyane-Davies

    Every year the Africana Resource Center sponsors the Nelson Mandela Lecture to recognize and introduce the Penn State community to the scholarship of an African civil rights activist. In 2005, the Africana Research Center and the Department of Afric…
    - 24 days ago, 21 Sep 19, 4:28am -
  • Graphic Matters Poster Project winners announced!

    Graphic Matters Poster Project winners announced!

    The winners of Graphic Matters biennial poster competition have been selected. This year, over 1500 posters were submitted, from over 65 countries. In contrast to most international poster competitions, Graphic Matters challenge designers to create a…
    - 42 days ago, 3 Sep 19, 8:00am -
  • CALL FOR ENTRIES – The Intl. Reggae Poster Contest announces its 7th Call for Entries

    CALL FOR ENTRIES – The Intl. Reggae Poster Contest announces its 7th Call for Entries

    After 6 successful annual competitions (2011-2018), the International Reggae Poster Contest is now  biennial. Today, we announce the 7th Call for Entries. BRIEF Main theme of the Contest: “Toward a Reggae Hall of Fame: Celebrating Great Jamaican M…
    - 63 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 8:24am -
  • 9 Important Suggestions for an Effective Logo Design

    9 Important Suggestions for an Effective Logo Design

    An effective logo design is arguably the most important part of a branding and marketing strategy because a good logo is worth a thousand words. Some companies have excellent logos that are immediately recognizable and timeless, like the McDonalds go…
    - 69 days ago, 7 Aug 19, 5:35am -
  • How to Create a Pro Photography Website

    How to Create a Pro Photography Website

    You have a good eye for photography and a stellar collection of photos to back it up. The thought of pursuing photography as a career has crossed your mind. The problem is, you don’t know where to begin. Why not start with creating a website where…
    - 75 days ago, 1 Aug 19, 8:00am -
  • Free Mockup – Post Bag by Bolderaja1

    Free Mockup – Post Bag by Bolderaja1

    Bolderaja1 is a small independent creative studio, focusing on digital products and fonts. Here is their latest Free Mockup – Post Bag. The Post pack mockup is great for concept projects or Instagram design shots. It is a realistic photographed moc…
    - 76 days ago, 31 Jul 19, 8:00am -
  • What Are the Cyberthreats Your Graphic Design Business Should Be Aware of This Year?

    What Are the Cyberthreats Your Graphic Design Business Should Be Aware of This Year?

    Design work involves a lot of digital assets that are vulnerable to attack. However, it isn’t just your designs you must protect. Your website and reputation might fall prey to an attack as well. Understanding what cyberthreats you’re most at ris…
    - 99 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 8:00am -
  • The Geometric Patterns and Pop Art of Mike Karolos

    The Geometric Patterns and Pop Art of Mike Karolos

    Greek Illustrator Mike Karolos aka Smirap Designs may have studied and worked as a graphic designer but over the years he realized that his passion is illustration. His style in illustration could be described as a hybrid between geometric patterns a…
    - 5 Jun 19, 8:00am -
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  • The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails

    The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails

    Design fails happen. And there's nothing wrong with celebrating our failures, acknowledging what went wrong, learning from the mistakes, and moving on.The post The Best of the Worst: Celebrating Design Fails appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 50 days ago, 26 Aug 19, 12:59am -
  • 5 Things to Avoid When You Think You’re Underpaid

    5 Things to Avoid When You Think You’re Underpaid

    It can be a shock to find out you earn less than someone with the same job title and experience level. If you’re in this situation, it’s up to you to make a case for a raise, but you have to be wise in your approach.The post 5 Things to Avoid Wh…
    - 57 days ago, 19 Aug 19, 12:57am -
  • 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism

    7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism

    Do team critiques too often become a war of words, careening off topic and veering toward carnage? Here’s a template for active yet affable creative criticism.The post 7 Tips for Friendlier Creative Criticism appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 64 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 12:34am -
  • 18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day

    18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day

    The internet would not be complete without cats. Check out these cat gifs from artists, designers and illustrators from all over.The post 18 Artistic Cat Gifs to Celebrate International Cat Day appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 68 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 12:39am -
  • The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds

    The Fowl Language and Fun Design of Effin’ Birds

    NSFW WARNING: this post about Effin’ Birds contains birds and foul language that some people might deem inappropriate. Did I first encounter Effin’ Birds on Tumblr or Twitter? I can’t recall where but I do remember how much I laughed out loud.…
    - 89 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 9:28am -
  • Behind the Art: Liam Sharp

    Behind the Art: Liam Sharp

    Liam Sharp has been working in comics since the 1980s, making a name for himself as an artist for 2000 AD, “the cutting edge powerhouse of British comics.” Sharp eventually landed with “the big two” comic powerhouses, Marvel and DC. Fans of D…
    - 90 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 6:41pm -
  • 5 Essentials of Masterful Product Packaging

    5 Essentials of Masterful Product Packaging

    Discover the five essentials of masterful product packaging and how designers can put a premier spin on each one. The post 5 Essentials of Masterful Product Packaging appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 98 days ago, 9 Jul 19, 12:16am -
  • A World of Typography: Creating Typefaces for Multiple Writing Systems

    A World of Typography: Creating Typefaces for Multiple Writing Systems

    Industrious type designers are creating typefaces for non-Latin scripts and languages across the world that are typically lacking in typeface options.The post A World of Typography: Creating Typefaces for Multiple Writing Systems appeared first on H…
    - 99 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 1:47am -
  • What Designers Want Copywriters to Know

    What Designers Want Copywriters to Know

    Bay Area designers and art directors share their thoughts on what makes a great copywriter-designer duo and offer copywriting tips from a design perspective.The post What Designers Want Copywriters to Know appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 5 Jul 19, 1:39am -
  • Pierre Katz: Giving New Faces to Old Luxury Brands

    Pierre Katz: Giving New Faces to Old Luxury Brands

    Paris designer and brand strategist Pierre Katz provides a brief tutorial on rejuvenating the images and branding of legacy luxury brands.The post Pierre Katz: Giving New Faces to Old Luxury Brands appeared first on HOW Design.
    - 2 Jul 19, 1:56am -

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  • 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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  • Our newest YCN Winners!

    Our newest YCN Winners!

    Earlier this week Tutors Alex Gunn and Richie Bisset accompanied our Commended YCN students down to London for the annual YCN Student Awards.  Our winners from HN Graphics were Anne Bender, Ben Neilson, David Symmons (Gumtree brief), Sean  Gordon (…
    - 34 days ago, 10 Sep 19, 4:51pm -
  • YCN Quartet

    YCN Quartet

    YCN have announced their commended students for 2018/2019, and Edinburgh College have garnered no less than six awards - including a stunning haul of 4 commendations for our Graphic Design students.HNC Graphic Design students Anne Bender, Ben Neilson…
    - 5 Jun 19, 4:13am -
  • Moving Stories

    Moving Stories

    Our annual end-of-year Industry Event and Show takes place this year on June 5th at the Fruitmarket Gallery.  We last exhibited there in 2016 and this year the event includes the use of both floors, exhibiting projects from HND Graphic Design, and s…
    - 5 Jun 19, 3:57am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -
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