Priez gets the lead out of lettering


Welcome to the ninth edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at a French freelance type designer.  Calligrapher and type designer Julien Priez lettered a series of compositions in 2011 based around the idea of The Boogy Paper. This followed his success the year before when he graduated with an … Continue reading

Benetton bumbles Pieta AIDS Campaign


Welcome to the eighth edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at the many controversies of United Colors of Benetton.  The fashion house United Colors of Benetton has spent the last few decades under critical fire for their often controversial advertising campaigns. One of the first examples of … Continue reading

Copyright conflicts create chaos


Seen here as the logo from 1975 the NBC color block “N” cost the National Broadcasting Company some serious cash. This short-lived abstract N logo was first unveiled on October 1975 and premiered on-air January 1, 1976, nicknamed the “Trapezoid N”.  In 1976, a lawsuit was issued by a public television broadcaster in Nebraska named Nebraska … Continue reading

Play Major Scales on Your New Stemware


Remember that scene in Miss Congeniality where Sandra Bullock plays the wine glasses onstage at The Alamo? (No? Well thanks to YouTube the clip is below.) Well, now you can make your own stemware sing right in the comfort of your own home. Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses | Foodiggity.com.

Take a page from Page Three Hundred’s playbook


I love successful design. It’s why I packed my bags (and boxes) and moved in sunny central Florida to be a Gator! I’m currently halfway through my first year in the masters of fine art program in…drum roll please…graphic design. How’d you know?! Today I present to you Page Three Hundred via The Dieline. This … Continue reading

Quick Mistletoes


While on my lunch break I was telling my co-workers about this web-comic I used to read when I was a freshman in college. It shows my age that author Katie Tiedrich was in high school at the time and now she’s about to graduate from college. *sigh* This girl has comic chops even though … Continue reading

Seventy scenes from Helloween


This just seemed like a great way to announce a Halloween party than to send out tarot cards! I may not believe in psychics and such but it’s a clever idea and there’s some really nice detailing on them. For more check out For Print Only!

Halloween’s here!


Designing for kids can be a challenge. Go too cute and you’ll loose them. Go too far in the opposite direction and you get offended parents. Here’s a nice balance for an invitation to a children’s Halloween party called “Halos and Heroes.” It may be a touch too cute for me, but it’s a nice … Continue reading

Guts & Glory: Packaging pumpkin carving kits


It got chilly this week here in central Alabama. I guess that means it’s Halloween! Halloween is up there for me in my list of favorite holidays. It always has been ever since I was little. Mom made my costumes and Dad carved the pumpkins following my drawing until I was old enough to wield … Continue reading

Vintage Packaging: Halloween Goodies


How awesome is it that we’re still celebrating this holiday? I’m still counting down the days with these handy Halloween Advent Calendars! I mean sure it’s a pagan custom. And sure it’s marketed mainly by candy and cheap costume-making companies. But tell me it’s not a fun party and I’ll give it up. I bet … Continue reading

OrangeYouGlad I didn’t say Boo?!


I know people always assume “the holidays” start at Thanksgiving, or at least in America, but really it starts with Halloween. No joke. You can’t just expect to find cranberry sauce the day before the Turkey Day–so here are the holidays starting October 1–complete with an advent calendar. Here we get a glimpse of creepy … Continue reading

Talking to the techies


The relationship between designers and developers is a tricky one. Blake Callens at VentureBeat has some great advice for the ‘pretty picture’ people when talking to the computer geniuses that make the visuals work. Callens gives a quick run down on the lingo needed to translate the tech speak. The microchip computer was, arguably, the … Continue reading

Half Moon Orchard Gin sails smoothly


Clear bottles seems like a no-brainer for clear liquids–and even some colored ones. Designing for clear bottles creates some unique challenges. I think Fahrenheit 212 handled the copy well. Just from this shrunken photo it appears all the type is easily read, except for maybe the bottling and distribution lines. What’s important is the copy … Continue reading

Red Balloons for Red Cross


How cute is this campaign? It definitely pulls at people’s pathos (emotions). It also let’s the benefactor do the legwork for them: the children are their own mini-ambassadors. It’s genius! See more at Red Cross: Balloon « Ad Pitch Blog.

Five roommate types you know you’ve had but wish you hadn’t


Sometimes roommates are awesome. Sometimes they are not. These five flashcards are simple, but effective, graphics that amuse because you know you’ve been there. Take a look at the rest of the roommate types here: 5 Roommate Types | Second Lunch.

DYSFUNCTIONAL TYPE FAMILIES


If you’re a designer and you don’t like Steven Heller then you might be in the wrong profession. Yesterday he tackled typefaces. Enjoy the snippet. Type fashions come and go, but the Western alphabet and Arabic numerals are here to stay. Correspondence lettering schools were for a long time, during the 20th century, the keepers … Continue reading

‘Warm Bodies’ designs deliberately


Friday I gave you my mini-review of the new zombie comedy ‘Warm Bodies.’ It’s a must see on Valentine’s Day–action for the guys, romance for the girls, comedy for everyone, and even gross out alerts for the squeamish. Think ‘Shaun of the Dead’ + ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Now as much as I loved the movie … Continue reading

Gingerbread houses no longer just for the kids


We Americans sometimes like to takes things to extreme and revel in the excess. These gorgeous gingerbread houses are no exception. Hogwarts never looked so tasty! Just bring a cup of Christmas tea to sip while munching! 15 Outrageous Gingerbread Houses Slideshow | The Daily Meal.

The Dieline discusses “The Unsung Hero of Design”


Why is the art of brand design the unsung hero of the design world? We live in a culture that is more creative than ever before. The man on the street is probably more hard-wired into an appreciation of creativity and its power to transform than ever before. Fashion, architecture, product design are not just … Continue reading

People Too creates papercrafted pretties


I may work solely on digital projects now, but there’s no replacing the tactility of paper and the construction of physical objects. It’s amazing that people can still create such precise work without the aide of computer generated graphics. Just look at how detailed the pieces are and knowing that it was all done by … Continue reading