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

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!

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

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

The Power of Emotion in Graphic Design


The driving force behind all our decisions is emotion. It’s what makes us human, is what defines who we are and how we react to different situations. Graphic design is a platform from which emotional fighter-jets can be launched. So why is so much of what we see not much more than lifeless paper-planes? This … Continue reading

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

Chocolate date: May 28


So here is the next installment of Chocolate Date. I never made it to Dreamcakes to be able to compare them to Urban Standard but it’s on my ever growing to-do list. How was your week? We had an excellent AIGA meeting last week despite not having either of our co-presidents. We’re really kicking the … Continue reading

Power by Design


What kind of influence do designers actually have?

New York drizzles designers with inspiration


I don’t usually write on the weekends but this one is an exception. Today marks  the opening of the second New York Design Week. And yes I know New York seems to make up whole week themes to have a bunch of parties, but I’m really jealous I’m too broke to jet up there to … Continue reading

AAF Birmingham celebrates stunning students


Alabama university students take the floor this afternoon at Vulcan Park. A University of Alabama creative team will make their national presentation. University of Alabama at Birmingham students will be presented with scholarships for their respective wins during the 2012 ADDY Award Show.

The Judges Results…


I am proud to say that the work in the showcase is going to be awesome! We’ve got some real talent and I only see it getting bigger and better. I would like to thank each of our judges: Marion Powers, Sara Cannon and Anna Dembo.

A GOOD Challenge: 30 Days of Art


It’s spring cleaning season, but that includes cleaning up the creative cobwebs. Get outside and soak up the sun paintbrushes in hand and make some art! It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just have fun. And remember the Emerging Designers Showcase and the unshow deadlines are Friday!

Disruptive Wonder for a Change


Design is everywhere. Good design is harder to find to the untrained eye, but it’s there. It’s just much more subtle. One of my icons, Kelli Anderson, does a talk about looking at the small things for inspiration. TEDxPhoenix – Kelli Anderson – Disruptive Wonder for a Change – YouTube. #amforshort

Is ‘Here’ Really Gone?


I’ll let you in on a little secret: this is my favorite song, and the video isn’t too bad. It features some college aged people living their lives out loud while everyone else is moving so fast through the world they’ve becoming blurs. Time flows rapidly. It’s kind of like a metaphor for so many … Continue reading

Dispelling the Rumor Mill


I’ve come to expect nothing short of zany from French Paper Co.’s alliance with Charles S. Anderson. This new promotional is no exception. With a nod to American Pop artist Roy Liechtenstein and his sucessor Raymond Pettibon, CSA Design sets up a mailer campaign to demonstrate the paper company’s commitment to the environment. In a … Continue reading

That was then, and this is now: but what is next?


Lorraine Wild reflects on what it has been like to be a a designer for the last 30 years, and speculates what full potential the age of digital design will bring. This article was first published in 1996 in Emigre 39. The following essay is based on the transcript of a talk that I gave at 101: The Future … Continue reading

In and Around: Cultures of Design and the Design of Cultures Part I


My anthropology professor defined culture as the process of interpreting meaningful activity. He had to admit most of the visuals we receive were created by designers who had that idea in mind. Andrew Blauvelt discusses what design is like in relation to modern cultural practices. This article was first published in 1994 in Emigre 32, and now that … Continue reading

I Love UX Design, Part 1


I love the illustration style of this video, and it’s quite well written. Enjoy part one here today on Friday Fun!