Archive | Art & Graphic Design

Design Forefathers

October 21, 2011

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Designers who have left an indelible mark on the world of graphic design. Our series of biographical sketches of designers who have created breakthrough work in their careers and have influenced successive generations of designers continues with this installment. LUCIAN BERNHARD (Born Emil Kahn) March 15, 1883–May 29, 1972 1981 Art Director’s Hall Of Fame [...]

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Our Daily Best: Week of October 17th

October 21, 2011

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We’re closing in on Halloween folks! If you haven’t decided on a costume, you better hurry! If you’re responsible for creating Halloween themed decorations, invitation or promotional tools, you still have time thanks to our rapid turnaround and speedy shipping options. Monday Tips & Bits – Gave some serious thought to a topic that has [...]

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Photobomb: Portrait Photography

October 20, 2011

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Portrait Photography: Perfecting Your Techniques Pictures of people are so captivating because humans enjoy looking at other human beings. Many studies have been conducted that demonstrate this principle. Eye movement tracking research solidifies this observation. Our eyes are drawn to the eyes of others. Portrait photography is a great way to ensure that your subject [...]

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The Art of Design: Distinctive Doorhangers

October 18, 2011

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Hanging Out There’s more to those door hangers than just a Do Not Disturb message. As a marketing tool, the humble door hanger is versatile, efficient and affordable. Here are some ideas that will get you thinking and encourage you to “borrow” or experiment and generate some new ideas of your own. Some of the [...]

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Tips & Bits: More or Less?

October 17, 2011

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If less is more, does that mean more is less? Discover how keeping things simple can lead to success. An exclusive jeweler in Switzerland that specializes in fine rings, bracelets, and necklaces has a display window that measures about 15 feet wide and 4 feet deep. Instead of creating a comprehensive presentation to demonstrate their [...]

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Free Fridays #13: Infographic Tools, PS Actions and Spooky Halloween Wallpapers!

October 14, 2011

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Who likes Free! I do, I do! Free from oppression, free of the chains that bind you and the freedom of choosing the new paths in your life! Oh yeah… and Free stuff!! So before you head off into a new freedom adventure (even if its just the weekend), finish off your week wtih free [...]

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Learn How to Create Alluring Landing Pages

October 14, 2011

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Most people prefer NOT to be sold something. They want to be wooed. The act of sales-by-seduction can be a fun and exciting experience. Is your landing page up to it? While it’s true that visitors to your landing page want to be educated and get help to make rational purchasing decisions, they yearn to [...]

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Let LinkedIn Help Increase Your Company’s Connections

October 14, 2011

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LinkedIn is an effective vehicle for any company to network with connections in the industry, with vendors and partners. Here are some techniques designed to help you: improve the visibility of your LinkedIn content with search engines improve the visibility of your LinkedIn content within the LinkedIn community increase the exposure of your LinkedIn updates improve [...]

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Graphic Design Roundup #51: Gender and Design

October 12, 2011

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“Girls like dolls and pink. Boys like fire trucks and red.” To the average pre-schooler, the differences are obvious. This just goes to show that gender does matter in design. The ways in which gender is taken into account during the design process is important because it is estimated that women control 85% of spending. [...]

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Art of Design #38: Pushing the Envelope

October 11, 2011

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Art of Design #38: Pushing the Envelope

Direct response is part art and part science. It’s where creativity can be measured in dollars and cents. The envelope gets opened, or it doesn’t. It’s that simple. So for all of you folks on the front lines of creating packages that must be opened and need to stimulate sales, here are some award winning examples from our friends Down Under!

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Free Fridays #12: No Charge For These

October 7, 2011

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Free Fridays #12: No Charge For These

Gotta love Retro Robots!

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Photobomb #47: Tutorials, lessons, education and more!

October 6, 2011

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This edition of the BOMB focuses on educational opportunities. Here you’ll find tutorials on shooting portraits, landscapes, families, children and how to review photography – both your own and that of others. Plus there’s good advice on how to take better pictures and some tips for beginners. Ready, aim, start clicking!

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Design Roundup #50: Top 10 Websites for Designers

October 5, 2011

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Design Roundup #50: Top 10 Websites for Designers

Each month, HOW editors peruse hundreds of websites to find the best of the best—the Top 10 Websites for Designers. In reviewing these websites, the editors are looking for exceptional design as well as functionality.

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Art of Design #37: In Typography, Context is Everything

October 4, 2011

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(Or: How Having a Baby Made One Designer Appreciate Comic Sans.)

Vincent Connare’s simple and innocent type face has long been thought of as one of the low points of good taste in design. People who don’t even know what "sans" means are quite willing to pass judgment on this humble font.

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Paper Ephemera & Collectibles: The Original Swatch

September 30, 2011

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Paper Ephemera & Collectibles: The Original Swatch

The things we take for granted today often become the collectibles of the future. These swatches for fabrics were not intended as either art or artifact, yet they somehow transcend their practical functionality. In fact, they act as snapshots of a time and place. Not only is the typography appealing, these simple frames for a wide variety of textile patterns for clothes and furniture from the past are capsules offer a glimpse back in time.

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