Tag Archives: creativity

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But It’s Mine!: An Illustrator’s Brief Guide to Selling Out   December 12, 2019

“No illustrator has a ‘style’ until they literally can’t do anything else,” is something a professor once told myself and my fellow BFA-seeking illustration cohort. While I have gone back-and-forth with whether I agree with this statement, one thing is clear between the lines: one’s style is sacred. As a young illustrator in my early twenties, I fell deeply into Continue Reading

     
Vivienne Apsey  

The Trials and Tribulations of a Young Designer: How Prototyping Saved Me   August 13, 2019

As any fellow creative can attest to, there are many lessons from art school that follow us into our careers. We look at our x-acto blade scars and feel pride in the projects that we put our (literal) blood, sweat and tears into. However, no one warns the ambitious, young student about the real-world complexities of taking your first professional Continue Reading

     
Todd Pierce  

The Left-Brain-Right-Brain Battle   July 10, 2019

Are you a right-brain or a left-brain thinker? Do you even know? How many times have you heard, if you think of yourself as a creative person, then you might be a right-brain thinker? Or, if you’re a highly organized and logical person, then you may be a left-brain thinker? These distinctions have been said to guide people to function Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

The Art of Japanese Design Techniques   June 25, 2019

If there’s one thing western design has benefitted from, it’s Japan. Design has always been a cross pollination of ideas, and the influence of Japanese design, art and architecture on creative forms in Europe and the Americas has been powerful. For a better grasp on this influence, I’ve centered on the techniques specific to Japanese design that make it effective, Continue Reading

     
Becka Bates  

The Proof is in the Portfolio: The Work that Came in Clutch in 2018   June 13, 2019

We’re not ones to toot our own horn, but we’ve just got to say: nothing feels better than ranking on Clutch. If you’re not familiar, Clutch is a B2B rating and review platform that uses objective feedback from real clients, in addition to other qualifiers like quality of work, to determine company rankings both nationally and locally. That’s why we Continue Reading

     
Todd Pierce  

A Creative’s Guide to Collaboration   April 30, 2019

I am sure everyone has heard the old saying “there is no I in TEAM”—and yes I can feel your eyes rolling just thinking about it. Whether the statement is dated or not, the meaning still speaks the truth. Being a designer may seem like a very independent type of work, and although many designers tend to work on their Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Audiovisual: When Record Labels & Designers Come Together   April 16, 2019

In the design world, there has always been a balance between the needs of a client to have their goals served in a particular way and the potential for a designer to explore their capabilities to make resonant and effective design. The music industry is no exception. Indie labels have always had a penchant for permissiveness with their musical artists Continue Reading

     
Maggie Curran  

A Game of Ads for Game of Thrones   March 26, 2019

Spring has officially arrived, and while that means warmer days are ahead, it also means something far more monumental is on its way. Every day, there is a palpable air of excitement. Anxieties run higher and patience runs thinner—until the day many of us have been waiting over a year for arrives. Yes, spring is here. But more importantly, winter Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Lessons from the Bauhaus 100 Years On   February 20, 2019

In design school, in addition to a practical education in the use of programs and the principles of design, I gained a thorough survey of art history. One of my favorite eras to learn about—and maybe the most relevant to design—was the Modernist era of the early 20th century. Countless artistic movements emerged from this time, and number one among Continue Reading

     
Horacio Acevedo  

Dunkin’: A Rebrand Done Right   January 22, 2019

As a designer, I like to follow many design blogs and feeds. I love reading about new trends and concepts, but one thing that never fails to get my attention is when major companies undergo rebrands. This is because they are usually followed by a flurry of articles on why the new rebrand fails and why it was a step Continue Reading