Guest Blog Post by Daniel Ackerman Upon reading the Welcome Letter entitled “Intelligence Made Visual,” by Gordon Kaye, Publisher of GDUSA, in the 50th Anniversary of the American Graphic Design Awards, which I am published in, I was inspired to write this blog entry which I hope will inspire other young designers. During the long, […]
The end of the year is almost here and you may be thinking about a new job. According to The Creative Group’s 2014 Salary Guide the average starting salaries for creative and marketing positions are expected to go up 3.3% in the coming year. Good news for those of you who need a fresh start in 2014!
Every morning as I walk my children to school I take a peek at the wonderful window display at One Girl Cookies. I love everything about this bakery down to the aqua hued walls, patterned wallpaper, cut crystal globe lights and vintage details which are all perfectly suited to my Brooklyn neighborhood. Blown up vintage family photos […]
Of all the many areas of graphic design that I get to think and write about, my favorite is branding. It’s design, it’s art, it’s business, it’s strategy, it’s psychology, it’s pop culture. That’s why I am enjoying a new — and fast expanding — digital documentary series called On Branding. The series is dedicated to introducing […]
This past summer 40 Days of Dating, an experiment in love between Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman took the world by storm. Now, the amazing typographic contributions to the project by noted designers, illustrators and artists are available for purchase at the 40 Days of Dating Shop. Museum quality Epson prints by all 80 artists who contributed to the […]
Free Arts NYC, a non-profit provider of educational arts and mentoring programs to underserved kids launched a new visual brand identity and logo, created through The A to Z Project, a year-long collaboration of diverse leading artists, illustrators and designers committed to the spirit and belief that art can be transformational in children’s lives.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – RIP Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) Pictured: Senator Barack Obama meets for the first time with Nelson Mandela, May 17, 2005
The rebrand of EDP by Sagmeister & Walsh earned top honors at Justified: AIGA Design Competition. The competition judges the “effectiveness” of design and its relationship to the client’s specific needs. The famous design team created a modular identity that is transparent and customizable.
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. As part of her schooling at The Austin Creative Department, Elizabeth Perez designed this book cover to enhance Bradbury’s message and it has gone viral. She writes: “I wanted to spread the book-burning […]
October 1970: A group of five marines assigned to the Combat Information Bureau decided that they would simulate an advertising series being run by Strathmore in the U.S (pictured below). They got together outside their shack and posed with a Strathmore sketch pad to show that not only pros and students use it in the […]
Despite its forward-thinking reputation, advertising agencies are surprisingly unprogressive when it comes to gender diversity: only 3% of creative directors are women. The 3% Conference, founded by advertising executive Kat Gordon, builds the business case for more female creative leadership in advertising. Launched in September of 2012, the conference has since exploded into a movement […]
Guest Blog Post by Mark Dudlik, Executive Director of Lost Creature I’ve been an adamant supporter of AIGA for years, as a leader in the Arizona chapter and through my involvement with the organization as a whole. The group is the best and most important organization for the advancement of design and the design practice. Recently I […]
Somewhere between environmental graphics and architecture lie Detroit’s Woodward Avenue Tributes, conceived by New York-based environmental graphic design firm Calori & Vanden-Eynden (C&VE). Landmarks during the day and beacons of identity at night, the tributes are a source of visual distinctiveness and civic pride, helping to rebuild the spirit of a city broken by recession and […]
Preserving history. Creating stories. Down by the Brooklyn Bridge is the oldest waterfront neighborhood in New York City — the historic seaport district. Since the early days of New York, the district’s vibrant streets, restaurants and bars have been places for stories you won’t believe and stories yet to come. Then October 2012 happened. The […]
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. – Christopher Columbus
For much of its first 50 years, GDUSA had a standoff-ish relationship with the design schools. We defined ourselves, and were defined, as a trade/business magazine – writing about working designers doing their work. And though the schools were always wonderful centers of learning, they were often self-consciously insular. This has all changed for the […]
Divine Details, an exhibit & store in collaboration with AIGA, will feature 33 designers from around the world that have made beautiful, functional products that transcend the ordinary. Unlike most pop-up stores during the holiday season, Divine Details isn’t a pure consumerist endeavor. Instead, it turns the holiday shopping rush into a cultural experience. Divine Details […]
Paula Scher was recently presented a National Design Award by First Lady Michelle Obama. At the ceremony the First Lady quoted Paula Scher, named one of the Most Influential Designers Today by GDUSA readers. Here is a small excerpt from the speech: “So these designers aren’t just making a fleeting, momentary impact on our lives when we happen […]
A few months ago, I was approached by Project Runway to participate in an episode that included the HP and Intel Pattern Challenge. I listened intently as the producers explained the challenge even though I knew exactly what they were going to say since I am a huge fan of the show. At this point in […]
The Bloomberg Administration has transformed NYC in many ways that make it a better place to live. As someone who lives and works in Manhattan, my life has been enriched because the city is a more bike-friendly place, allowing me to cycle to work once or twice a week — usually on weekends when the […]
Every time I watch Orange Is The New Black — the exceedingly popular tv comedy-drama based on the prison memoir — I try to match up the women’s faces in the opening credits with the characters in the show. Apparently, I’ve been wasting my time, since none of the women appearing in the opening credits actually appear […]
I still have a full collection of Dover clip art books stacked up in my office. Of course the whole collection is now available digitally, but I would not change one moment of the many days I spent (and still spend) poring over these wonderful books. If you are anything like me, you can imagine […]
Mohawk is standing foursquare with the emerging maker culture. In a technological era punctuated with e-mail, smart phones, tablets and texts, the venerable paper mill is supporting this community of like-minded makers with the introduction of three new publications: The Mohawk Declaration of Craft, Mohawk Craft Cooperative and Mohawk Maker Quarterly. The publications feature the […]
Some 15 years ago I was giving a talk about stock photography trends at a conference and exhibit. Later I wandering the aisles, in a state that can only be called “trade show fatigue” — you know, flourescent lighting, hard floors, stale air, indecipherable products, junk food, bad ties, institutional hotel, keep losing my entry […]
One of the most positive trends sweeping the professional graphic design world, and the world of design education, is a commitment to use the power of design for the public good. A superb and inspiring example comes from Rule29 and its head Justin Ahrens, who recently tackled two issues at once: helping a slum in […]
In celebration of GDUSA‘s 50th Anniversary we have conducted a multitude of surveys on the state of design. This time around we turn our attention to education.
If you are a designer or just a creative soul chances are you own at least one of Moleskine‘s iconic black notebooks. The company, founded in 1997, brought back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries. Today, the name Moleskine encompasses a family of objects: notebooks, diaries, journals, bags, writing […]